A large part of my rural life involves dogs. Not so much as working breeds – although mine do serve as mentors and tattletales – but more because my wife and I serve as a foster home for sick or wayward dogs. We work with the local animal shelter to help save some of their dogs from an untimely death.
Our own dogs, Blondie and Cochise, were rescue dogs that we adopted. They are both excellent companions. While they may never herd sheep or guard chickens (mostly because we have neither), they do help us in mentoring the hooligan dogs that come into our program needing ‘behavioral modification.’
Because they are such good members of our family, and helpful in our volunteer work, we spoil them just a bit. Part of that spoiling involves daily treats. Some are earned; some are just because we love them.
Recently there has been a flap about commercially made dog treats being tainted with all manner of unsavory things. Many dogs have been made very sick or died as a result. So I decided to strap on my apron and take a stab at making my own doggie treats.
Credit Where Credit is Due
I found this recipe for peanut butter dog cookies floating around on the Internet. The poster said it originally came from Paula Dean’s website. I’ve modified that to comply with what I have on hand to work with. Below is my version. NOTE: be sure you use Xylitol free peanut butter. This common sweetener is poisonous to dogs. And whole wheat flour makes for a crunchier cookie.
Peanut Butter Dog Cookies
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 40 min