What a mug…
Saturday (January 30th) was Indy’s first anniversary with us. Exactly a year ago on that day, we went and adopted him from North Shore Animal League. He was a little 5 month old, squiggly, squirmy ball of cuteness. He is now 3 times the size he was back then (he was 35 pounds, you do the math!), but he’s still a squiggly, squirmy ball of cuteness. Just a bigger and stronger one. We went on to find out he was not a German Shepherd mix as they told us at North Shore, but a mix of Labrador Retriever, Staffordshire Bull Terrier and English Coonhound. Which explains a lot, really- the powerful chewing, the tendency to carry things in his mouth, the “tracking” he does on walks… yeah, he’s definitely a mix of those three. He’s totally a genius. He’s got his own blog now, did you know that?
The past year has been a total learning experience for both me & Jay- I never had a puppy, when I was a little girl and got my dog Casey he was a year old and fully housetrained and came with a whole set of tricks already. And Jay never had his own dog at all. So we went through housetraining, teaching him tricks (sit, lay down, paw, high five, play dead, and so on), and the other training that comes with having a puppy: not to chew shoes/bags/etc, no begging at the dinner table (which to be honest, Indy never did to begin with), getting them to alert you when they need to be taken out, and all the other things, both banal & exciting.
We learned a lot of things too. That not every dog needs a crate, that no crate can contain certain dogs (at the mere size of 35 pounds Indy demolished not one, but two crates made for dogs more than twice his size), some toys that claim to be indestructible are certainly not, some food isn’t as good as others, and the list goes on. Indy has a very sensitive stomach & digestive system, so most of the treats that other dogs get to have lots of don’t agree with him, like Jumbones, or Pup-peroni, or Snausages. He can really only eat Milkbones, or biscuits, or all natural treats. We only let him eat treats made in the U.S.A. and most of it is 100% natural so there are no additives or by-products. His dry food has to be high quality (Solid Gold, Blue Buffalo, EVO, Innova, etc) and he can only tolerate Halo wet food (we just use it as a “gravy”- one tablespoon mixed with his dry food). The non-dog owners or people who dislike or don’t have pets may think this is slightly insane; but we don’t. For many reasons, not the least of which because he may as well be considered my son, but the one reason you’ll relate to the best is this- what would you prefer, a 95 pound dog you feed garbage to with diarrhea who whines, barks and cries incessantly and tries to chew your fingers off out of frustration because he’s uncomfortable and has to constantly go out (the result of which is quite messy)… or a happy, comfortable, healthy 95 pound dog who contently enjoys his organic food & homemade treats? Thought so. Now tell me I’m crazy.
So anyway I like making him treats, because I know what goes into them, and I know he’ll be able to eat them, enjoy them, and not suffer later. I can tailor them to his likes (many things) or dislikes (very few things) or things I know he can tolerate. The first thing I ever made for him were these pupcakes. He was crazy about them, and he especially loved the frosting, so I added a similar frosting on these. If you wanna do the same go here to get the frosting recipe. I also topped these with peanut butter chips, because he loves peanut butter.
While these were in the oven, I gave Arwyn catnip & a good brushing, because she can’t stand it when the dog gets more attention when clearly cats are superior animals.
BANANA, HONEY & CINNAMON PUPCAKES
First you get:
- 2 ¾ cups of water
- 1 large egg
- 3 tbsp honey
- 2 med bananas (mashed)
- 3 ½ cups whole wheat flour
- ¼ cup dry milk powder (*I used ¼ cup fat free milk)
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Spray muffin pans with Pam to keep the cakes from sticking.
- Mix water, egg, honey, and mashed banana together. (I add the milk here too).
- Combine flour, dry milk powder, cinnamon and baking powder to the wet mixture.
- Mixture should have a cake batter consistency.
- Bake at 350 for approximately 30 minutes.
- Pupcakes are done when they turn a golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Indy adored them, I’m sure your pup will too. I have quite a few dog treat recipes, to see more of them go to the dog biscuit category. Actually, humans might enjoy these cakes as well. They certainly smell fantastic, and this time there’s no random ingredient like cheese to make them a bit off-putting. A tip from me to you: feed them to your dog on tile floor or wood, otherwise you’ll be cleaning cream cheese & honey frosting off your carpet. Indy has a thing where he will not eat anything off the tile, and he won’t eat anything but his food out of his bowl… so I speak from experience.
Look at that face… haha..
And remember, if your dog is a senior, or has any kind of health issues or food intolerance, please ask a veterinarian first before making them any homemade treats. And do your research before feeding anything to your dog. Grapes, garlic and onion are all included in a list of foods that can make your dog seriously ill.
And thanks to Brianne for coming up with “pupiversary.” Why didn’t I think of that!?