25 Days of Kindness: Day 17 Dog Treats for Our 4-Legged Friends

My car is at the dealership today for repairs so we are hanging out at home all day. We needed to find something to do without leaving the house or going too far. And it just so happens my sister-in-law just got a new puppy...

We decided we would appreciate the 4-legged friends in our lives. We have two dogs, Tucker and Bruno, who love dog treats. I am ashamed to say that our dog Bruno is on a diet. The vet told us at Bruno's last appointment that he was overweight. He had bulked up. I suppose we got distracted having two kids 17 months apart and moving into a new home over the last 2.5 years. And he needed to lose a chunk of weight so now we feed him half frozen green beans, half dog food. We switched to a natural, lower ingredient dog food as well. 

But anyway, awhile back I found a fun and easy recipe for dog treats using baby food. I just so happen to have some baby food! :) And the only other ingredient is flour!

We mixed it up. Then we rolled it out and used some cookie cutters to make fun shapes. Cooked them and let them cool.


See that one lonely snowflake?? Yeah that was us trying really hard to make cute dog treats... it didn't last very long! Haha. We went for cutting them for the sake of time and sanity! 

We tested them out on two loyal subjects! :)

I think they were a hit considering they were gone before we knew it.

1:1 whole wheat flour and baby food* (add more flour as needed to get the dough-like consistency)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix ingredients into a dough. Roll dough to 1/4" on a lightly floured surface. Use cookie cutters to make each treat or cut into squares. Cover baking sheet with parchment paper. Place 1/2" apart and bake for 20-25 minutes depending on size of each treat. Cool on a wire rack and then place in a paper bag. 

*Please note that there are some foods that should not be fed to dogs and you have to be sure to avoid them! Check the ingredients of any baby foods you use and ensure there are not preservatives and/or the list of ingredients found here. No ONIONS!

We packaged the treats in cups, covered with plastic wrap, and added some ribbon. They just look a little more festive this way. We had enough for four containers so we are keeping one and giving three away to the dogs we know. :)

We read from James 1 today. I was reminded how blessed I am and how thankful I should be. Verses 12, 17, and 19 really spoke to me.

Today was just a fun one and I love getting Mason and Kennedi involved. They are so much fun... I am thankful I get to hang out with them every day! :)

Do you have any 4-legged friends who might enjoy this??

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