But, then I met Axl.
He is now "my" puppy (while, ironically enough, the cat and I pretty much just tolerate each other). I completely adore him and am so happy that Tex will grow up with such a stalwart friend.
On our Honeymoon, I bought a dog bone shaped cookie cutter and decided I should make him homemade treats because he is so entirely awesome. I am not sure anymore where I got the recipe, but he loves them. In fact, since the first time I made these cookies for him, every time he hears the oven door creak open, he hightails it to the kitchen to see if I made him more cookies. (Seriously. My Sweetheart loves to show company this trick.)
I made a fresh batch last night (and cut one into a heart for his Valentine). You might want to make some for your pup, too. Here's the recipe:
Axl's Favorite Doggy TreatsBecause there are no preservatives, I always store these in the fridge. On occasion, I have made a double batch and then put half in a ziploc bag and keep them in the freezer until we need them. Axl has never complained, so I suppose that's working well!
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1/3 cup peanut butter (I always use smooth, although I imagine chunky would work, too)
- 1- 1/4 cups hot water
- May need a little additional flour for rolling out the dough.
1- Preheat oven to 350° F.
2- Mix dry ingredients together.
3- Mix in the peanut butter and hot water. You may need to add more flour if the dough is too sticky.
4- Knead the dough well.
5- Roll out the dough into 1/4" thickness and cut into shapes with dog cookie cutters (or whatever shape makes you and your puppy happy - cats, perhaps?).
6- Bake for 45 minutes or so on lightly greased cookie sheet (I always use parchment paper instead).
7- Let cookies cool completely on wire rack before giving one to your favorite puppy!