Now here is a puppy treat they will be waiting at your feet for!
Pumpkin and Peanut Butter...Yum!
How did your dog like the biscuits?
Buy Them or Make Them?
A common discussion among dog owners is the origination of ...the puppy treat. Is it made in the U.S.A. or is it made in China? I am among one of those who sit in the treat isle of the store and intently reads all product descriptions on the treat bags before I buy for my precious lil Yorkie. *Sighs...why can't we just have some good ol' nutritional treats that are long lasting, yummy and safe?
Well, my solution was to make them myself. Then I know they are containing only fresh and nutritional ingredients. So, I began testing. I ordered this cute little puppy biscuit cookie cutter, scoured the internet for some yummy tasting treats I pretended to smell through the computer screen and began making up some batches. Hmmm, maybe I will take out a little of this and add a little of that. My typical kind of day in the kitchen. Low and behold, a perfect puppy treat and when I was taking them out of the oven, where did I find my little Yorkie pup? Right at my feet. That never happens. As a matter of fact, she knows she isn't allowed in the kitchen. How did she know these were for her? One smart little doggie I say.
So, give these treats a whirl. I believe you will find they are a hit and they last six months in the freezer. Wowzer, that is a plus for sure!
- 2 1/2 cups Whole Wheat Flour
- 2 Eggs
- 1/2 Can 14 oz. Pumpkin
- 2 Tbs. Peanut Butter
- 1/2 Tsp. Salt
- 1/2 Tsp. Ground Cinnamon
Rolling out Dough
Made with Love
- Whisk dry ingredients in bowl. Whisk liquid ingredients in another bowl. Combine liquid to dry.
- Mix well. I find it is easiest to use your hands. This is a thick batch and not easy to mix with a spoon. Roll out to 1/2 inch sheet, cut with cookie cutter or squares. Use flour on rolling pin so it doesn't stick.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until hard. Will last in freezer for up to 6 months.
Just .69 cents for a biscuit cutter!
You can buy a variety of sizes of doggie biscuit cookie cutters on Amazon.com starting with the tiny one at just .69. From there you can choose other individual sizes or sets with multiple sizes.
Treat Buying Statistics
The pet industry as a whole is estimated in 2014 at a whopping 55 million dollars according to American Pet Products Association. Now that is a staggering number which is comprised of all pet expenditures. What about those snack treats we just know our pups cannot live without? Well, that number comes to an average of $65 annually spent per household. Yes, we all buy them and continue to wonder if we are buying the "healthy" ones. It is a great feeling of self gratification to make your own treats and know that they are make with wholesome ingredients. The additional beauty of making your own is the cost. I figured it costs just a couple of bucks to make multiple batches of treats. Now this just makes good sense!
Lil Missy Montana
Need a Community Project?
I remember when my kids were young, I involved them in a lot of groups along with a lot of community involvement. I felt it was good for their upbringing as doing for others is good for the soul. Some of what we did was voluntary. However, there are many mandatory community projects out there as well. I know my son had to complete a pretty detailed project in order to graduate high school so he volunteered to shelve products at a second hand store. My daughter had to do several community projects for her Girl Scout troop. So, if you are in the need, consider baking doggie biscuits and selling them for a fundraiser or donating them to a local shelter. There are a lot of smaller dog and cat organizations that are starving for funds for pet food, etc. Take on a challenge of helping them. It would be a very rewarding adventure and a great group project for troops or families. I am sure all the puppies in the world would appreciate you and your efforts.
Spice up Your Packaging with Bags
The Cute Paw Print
Paw print materials are becoming very popular. I noticed our Dollar store now carries paw print wrapping paper and I will use that at times to decorate greeting cards or use on my tags for the puppy biscuits. You can also purchase FDA approved cellophane bags online with paw prints on them. This is a clear bag with the markings of the paw, so you can still see through the bag enabling the buyer to see the product. You can also buy a paw print rubber stamp. This is a great little item that can be found at many craft stores and you can use simple white paper to make a tag for your biscuits and then dip your rubber stamp in a black ink pad, then place paw prints all over your tag. A great value as it is reusable.
Paw Print Cello Bags
Free Paw Print Printable
Printable Paw Prints
Here is a FREE printable sheet of paw prints. You can cut them out and add a foam adhesive to the back of one and place it on your tag. The foam adhesive adds dimension and gives the paw print a really neat look. Then maybe add a few more using adhesive tape or glue. You can also cut a border of these to adhere to a handmade greeting card. I make a lot of pet sympathy cards so you can often find a lot of different styles of paw print around my craft room from paper to rubber stamps. Enjoy this free printable sheet.