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Baking for my dogs

I really enjoy baking and baking for my dogs is a big part of that. People are always surprised when I tell them that I bake my own dog treats, but see the reason behind it when I explain that a) I have 2 Staffys and b) a lot of commercial dog snacks are full of additives and hydrated stuff. Baking your own treats is pretty quick and simple, usually you have the staples in your cupboard anyway and the dogs are so grateful, sometimes more so than other family members!!

Today I baked them apple and carrot dumplings:

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Grated carrot, grated apple, flour, oats, poppy seeds (for extra crunch), 2 eggs, molasses and a few walnuts. The food processor did all the work!

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I just popped spoonfuls of the sticky mix onto a baking sheet and put them in the oven for 30 minutes. The dogs think the oven is the “Baking Channel” and are quite happy lying on the kitchen rug whilst their treats bake! I leave them in the oven to dry out and then pop them into a container when they’re completely cold. 🙂

I must admit, we are all missing Dad (Nick), who is fishing a big competition this weekend and won’t be home until Sunday. It makes us all restless and we don’t sleep well without him, so keeping busy is the only cure!! This is Flake’s sulky, “I miss Daddy” face yesterday…

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Definitely didn’t want to get up, bless her!

Tomorrow I’ll post another of the Loving Homes Dog Rescue dogs looking for their Forever Home… Have a good weekend 🙂

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Catch-up!

Well Zeus turned 1 year old last Friday. Where did the time go? I can’t believe we’ve had him almost a year now. He and Flake are bestest buds and my dilemmas are now all about sharing things with both of them, getting them to play with toys without fighting over them and trying to move them out of the kitchen when I’m baking! They watch their treats baking like a pair of greedy vultures! You’d think the oven door was a film screen, they pay it that much attention… Oh and Zeus, clever trickster that he is, can open the oven door if I leave it ajar to harden their biscuits, and pull the baking tray out far enough to get his mouth round a treat and sneak off with it! 🙂

"Are they done yet?"

“Are they done yet?”

He’s grown so much – he stands shoulder to shoulder with Flake now, has a suspiciously wavy streak of coat near the base of his tail (like a Rottweiler), and is still very wrinkly round his face. I keep wondering if his head will grow in proportion to the rest of him – it’d be nice if he broadened out a bit!

Yin and Yang

Yin and Yang

They’re asleep in the centre of the bed here – Flake normally sleeps in her bed on the floor at the foot of our bed, but Zeus won’t stay there. He usually waits till we put the lights out and then sneaks onto the bed…

Pork scratchings for dogs

Pork scratchings for dogs

These are from the lovely Jamie’s blog and they were really yummy (hot!). The dogs love them, but I have a habit of giving them too many new things at a time, so Flake had a bit of a loose bum, although Zeus could eat a tray full before it affected him! I have to be more disciplined!

Apple and carrot dumplings

Apple and carrot dumplings

These apple and carrot dumplings came from a recipe book that was sent to me by a doggy friend who also helps out with Loving Homes Dog Rescue. They have apple, carrot, flour, egg, oats and black treacle in them – much loved by both dogs! I try to alternate so that they have a sweet/fruity treat and a fishy or meaty one – sweet and savoury snacks as a reward.

The dogs do very well, but then I do love baking for them… it’s an addictive pastime. Nick says they eat as well as we do – well, they’re also family, so it seems only right, doesn’t it?

I have a few more posts to share with you, so expect more frequent updates… 🙂

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