My dog’s name is Venus. Venus The Wonder Dog, to be exact. She’s quite old. Nobody really knows for sure. We picked her up at the shelter 7 years ago, and she was old then. So, you can do the math…
I’m still in denial. I’m pretty convinced that my dear ol’ dog is going to live forever. If I ignore the aging process intently enough, it just stops– right? Is anybody with me on this?
In an effort to appease the ol’ girl, I feed her stuff. Lot’s of it. Let’s be clear that I did not say crap. I do not feed my dog crap. If I wouldn’t eat it, my dog is surely not getting it. Corn, fillers, binders and chemicals surely are not the stuff that old dogs are made of. That is for sure.
My dog sleeps a lot. It’s part of the deal. When you get old, you get to sleep a lot, and fart a lot. She has mastered the fine arts of both, and concurrently too. But; nothing rises Wonder Dog faster than a knife hitting the chopping block! That dog knows that if something is going down in the kitchen, she had better get to the doorway, and quick, to lay right at the imaginary line. And wait…
She’s not allowed in the kitchen and is very respectful about the rule. She used to not be a beggar either, but one day I decided to forgettaboutit, because she’s in her golden years, and heck, everyone deserves a little kale, apple, carrot, lettuce, spinach, celery, sweet potato and radish scraps in their golden years! You get the idea. I basically give her little bits of whatever I’m cooking up, in addition to her carrot to chew on. She gets a carrot a day, (if I can remember to give it to her), and that makes her happy. (Please note: not all foods are good for dogs, and some like onions and xylitol are toxic and even fatal. Do your homework, (that’s a theme around these parts), and feed your dog foods you are comfortable with, and at your own risk. I am in no way advocating that you make your own dog sick! Here’s a helpful list to start, and I keep a list of NO-NO foods on my fridge).
Since buying manufactured dog treats are: A). not in the budget, B). stinky, and C). laden with mysterious ingredients, we don’t buy them for our Wonder Dog. She, like every other dog, appreciates a good dog biscuit though, so in addition to her fruits and veggies she gets biscuit treats. We have a nice and easy recipe for some homemade Peanut Butter Biscuits–For Dogs, that comes from Dear Husband’s Aunt, who is a terrific homemaker 🙂 Since most dogs love peanut butter, these will be a hit for certain!
Peanut Butter Biscuits–For Dogs
- 2 + 3/4 C Whole Wheat Flour
- 2 + 3/4 C All-Purpose Flour
- 2 T Brown Sugar
- 1 tsp Sea Salt
- 3 Eggs
- 1 C Peanut Butter
- 1/3 C Oil (olive, coconut, vegetable–whatever you’ve got)
- 1 C Water
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Combine flours, brown sugar and salt in a mixing bowl.
- Add eggs and peanut butter and mix until incorporated.
- Mix in oil.
- Add enough water until dough is smooth and workable.
- Cover dough and let it rest for 15-20 minutes
- Roll out dough to approximately 1/2 inch thickness
- Cut into shapes and place on pan
- Bake for 30 minutes or until biscuits are slightly browned and fairly hard
(They will harden a bit more when cooled).
When cool, store in an airtight container.
Is anyone out there??? If you’re reading this, and you love your pooch, post their stats in the comments! I want to hear from you dog-lovers!
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