DIY Doggie Treats: Valentines for Fury Friends

Day 11| Fury Friend Valentines | The Little Red Heart

Hello. Welcome to Day 11. Today is a day full of love for our furry children and friends.

I want to say somewhere around six years ago I walked into a chocolate shop. I was wandering and came across dog bone shaped cookies dipped in carob. I thought that was odd. Why would I want to eat dog bone shaped cookies?

Wait for it…

The sign beside it eloquently said, “Not for Humans.”

Reading is a skill that should never be underestimated. So I went up to the counter to enquire about this treat dipped in chocolate. This particular woman must have gotten that question a lot because she rolled her eyes and said abruptly, “It’s NOT chocolate.” I was so confused. “What is it?” I asked. She responded, “Carob,” and walked away. But wait, “What is carob, and can dogs really eat it?” All I got was a head nod, from the perturbed woman.

So I bought a bunch and did a little research before feeding them to Mr. Doodles, the Miniature Schnauzer that is always right behind me. Mini Schnauzers have very particular digestive systems. He and I share that common trait. After thorough research, I learned that carob is indeed a friendly chocolate substitute for dogs.

This recipe is for biscuit style dog treats. A crunchy, cookie, like treat that Mr.Doodles gets for his, now occasional, anxiety when we leave the house, or for when he is a good dog!

DIY Dog Treat Valentines | The Little Red Heart

DIY Dog Treat Valentines | The Little Red Heart DIY Dog Treat Valentines | The Little Red Heart

Warning!

If you dipped these in carob be sure to test a small treat to see how your dog does with carob and as a general rule keep the carob intake low to avoid tummy aches or diarrhea.

Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups Whole Wheat or Regular Flour

1 egg

1 t. salt

1 t. Beef or chicken bouillon granules

1/2 cup water

{Optional} Carob chips

Step 1. Preheat oven 350˚F

Step 2. Dissolve bouillon cube or stock in 1/2 cup hot water and allow water to cool.

Step 3. Combine dry ingredients and mix well.

Step 4. Add water/bouillon mixture and egg to dry ingredients and mix well

Step 5. Knead dough until ball is formed — approx. 3 minutes

Note: If you are using two shapes cut dough ball in half and roll out one half for each shape.

Step 6. Roll out dough 1/2 in. thick.

Note: Around this time if your dough is too dry, slowly add a bit more water and continue to knead.

Step 7. Cut dough into slices or shapes. I used a small acorn and squirrel cookie cutters.

Step 8. Place biscuits on lightly greased cookie sheet.

Step 9. Place in oven for 7-10 minutes. {I used very small biscuit shapes, but if you are using something bigger it may take up to 30 minutes.} If unsure, bake them in small time increments until the biscuits are golden brown}

Note: These are for your dog so if they burn, c’est la vie.

Step 10. Melt carob chips in microwave 5-10 seconds at a time.

Step 11. Dip biscuits in carob and set aside to dry.

Step 12. Hide someplace so furry friends do not consume all at once. Mr.Doodle’s treats are kept in a glass container with a lid so that they stay fresh and are easy to access.

If you are giving these V-day treats to other fury friends, place them in a little bag (2.5” wide) and print off some of the tags that I made for you Doggie Treat Labels. The labels are in .doc form if you would like them in another format just shoot me an email and I will gladly send you a new format.

Love. Marisa

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