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December 23 2014 @ 03:00 am
25 Days of Christmas: Christmas for the Furry Babies....  
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(He's sticking his tongue out at us?!)


In honor of my childhood dog's birthday!

I lost him 21 years ago (I was a teen) but he's that pet that always stuck in your heart. Almost all of my childhood memories include him, mostly because he was like our Nana (dog from Peter Pan). So in honor of my dog Jordasche (yes he was named after the jeans but we called him Jordy)....Who deserves a Christmas treat more than those adorable furry babies we have in our lives. Not only are the super cute but they provide us with such unconditional love. Every year growing up, we had a stocking for our dogs too. I remember our big German Shepherd/Huskie would get a toy and often a huge bone. He was always excited. I can remember him sitting with us in the living room while we opened gifts just squeaking his toy happily.

Dogs understand so much more than some people think. Cats understand far more than anyone realizes because the cat is too busy pretending none of it matters, but should you leave the room, you might come back to find them happily enjoying whatever you gave them.

A few years after we lost our dog, we decided to change it up and get cats. So then every year our kitties got stockings with little toy mice, a toy what was essentially a catnip toy and maybe a bag of kitty treats. They loved their gifts but they were often too busy pouncing on the torn wrapping paper to pay attention to their gifts. See cats are much like small children, the wrapping makes them happy.

So to celebrate these furry loves of ours, this Tasty Tuesday recipe is going to the dogs and the cats. LOL

Did you know that Pumpkin is really good for your animal? It is a good source of fiber and really great for their digestion. Of course, if your pet has health issues like allergies you should consult your vet before using it but if not try it. I've read the best is pureed because it breaks down the cellulose allowing both cats and dogs to eat it.

So I found this recipe and you can go to her blog and see how much her dogs love them.

3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Pumpkin Homemade Dog Treats

1/2 cup Natural Peanut Butter
1 cup 100% Pure Pumpkin Puree, canned
1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour (I used Whole Grain Brown Rice Flour)

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

2. In a large bowl, stir together peanut butter and pumpkin. Stir in the flour 1/4 cup at a time just until dough is no longer sticky.

3. Roll the dough out between two sheets of parchment paper to 1/4″ thick. Use a cookie cutter to cut out the dough, then place on the prepared pan.

4. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 8-10 minutes. Let cool completely. Store in an airtight container or freeze for up to 3 months.

Feel free to cut them into fun shapes for your dog.

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The SPCA put a pumpkin recipe up on there website:

Pumpkin Pie Cookies (for cats and dogs!)
2 cups rice flour
1/2 cup oatmeal
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 cup grated carrots
1/2 cup unsweetened plain applesauce
1/4 flour for rolling

• In a food processor blend carrots, applesauce and pumpkin until smooth.
• Mix rice flour and oatmeal in a bowl.
• Add wet ingredients to the dry and mix gently until dough forms.
• On a floured breadboard place dough and roll out to about 1/4 inch in thickness.
• Use cookie cutter to cut out little cookies.
• Place cookies on a greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for seven minutes.


• Flip treats over and cook for five more minutes. Remove from oven and cool thoroughly.

Special Note
Remember, these recipes are treats and should not replace your pet’s regular meals. Please check with your veterinarian if your pet has special dietary needs or food allergies.

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Remember, sugar isn't good for cats or dogs so there are alternatives like raw honey which is not only good for human but for our furry friends. It is naturally antibiotic and soothing to the stomach.

You can even add a tiny amount of cinnamon to a pumpkin recipe. Here is a Dog Treat recipe that call for it. This recipe makes multiple treats but only calls for 1/2 tsp of cinnamon. Large quantities can be harmful just like it can be harmful to people but this is tiny and help with diabetes, arthritis and prevent infections. So adding a little to a treat for them that they get once in a while is a health benefit.

Here there is a whole host of recipes for cat treats including one with catnip in it!

I wish I'd known all this when I was a teenager with my lovable dog. I would have made Jordy and our dog Sassy (Sassion, again named after jeans) treats in a heartbeat and maybe Jordy would have stopped stealing treats that were for humans only.
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Jordy (Jordasche) and Sassy (Sassion) the best of friends.


This is Christmas 1985 where Jordy clearly got his candy cane toy which he loved! I can see myself in the red pjs at the top left and my little brother at the top right sitting by the Christmas tree. I can't remember if he also got that newspaper toy by his paws too. Those were his favorites. This picture makes me laugh!

Days Until Christmas: 2
 
 
 
tracyj23: Cute puppytracyj23 on December 23rd, 2014 12:51 pm (UTC)
This is such a sweet idea. I'm going to give it a try. Though I might wait a few days as Emily just ate some ribbons off a present a couple of days ago and she's been barfing them up ever since. Silly dog.
Jill aka Jo: Holiday: Christmas Cookiessireesanwar on December 23rd, 2014 06:20 pm (UTC)
Isn't it. It never dawned on me and then I stumbled upon it online looking for Christmas ideas and there you go.

Oh no. Yes, silly dog. We had cats that did that. My Sydney would just chew on the ribbons but my sister's cat Phoebe would eat them and... well it was bad.

I hope Emily is okay soon so she can enjoy the treats you'll make her!

Also added the picture I wanted to share with you all of my childhood dog at Christmas. See I didn't exaggerate. There he is squeeking his toy while we are in front of the tree (can't see much of that but....).
tracyj23: Holiday - I saw three shipstracyj23 on December 23rd, 2014 07:30 pm (UTC)
Our cat used to eat the tinsel off the tree and it would end up coming out her backside, which was crazy looking to say the least, but she never threw it up. Emily has barfed ribbons twice now (last night at 2am of course) and I hope that's the end of it!

Sweet! Pets are so adorable.
Jill aka Josireesanwar on December 24th, 2014 01:54 am (UTC)
Ewww. Yeah same happened to my sisters cat. I hope that is the end of it for Emily too.

They are.
tracyj23: Holiday - green Christmas treetracyj23 on December 25th, 2014 02:22 pm (UTC)
So far so good ... keeping my fingers crossed that that's the end. *lol*
Jo Ann: Cats: Blk cat wagging tail & earyeuxdebleu on December 23rd, 2014 07:37 pm (UTC)
What a lovely tribute. I haven't had a dog since I was a child; I've always been more of a cat person, but I do love dogs, too. If I lived alone, I'd definitely have a BIG dog. I love the independence of cats, but mine are also very loving. Each of my five have such diverse personalities, just like children do.

I love your cookie recipes.
Jill aka Jo: Stock: kitten playingsireesanwar on December 24th, 2014 01:57 am (UTC)
Thanks. Kind of same here. I had dogs as a kid and then we moved onto cats. I'd say I'm a cat and dog person. I love them both. I think ideally I'd like to have both too.

Cats have VERY distinct personalities but then so did my Jordy but he was the first dog I ever had so I don't know if that was just him or a dog thing too.

I love loving kitties. They are the best. Drives me nuts when they are standoffish... I want to pet them!

Thanks!
Jo Ann: Garfield: Jon--Loveyeuxdebleu on December 25th, 2014 05:48 am (UTC)
The only time I didn't have an animal with me was when I was away a college. But after graduation I moved to NYC and almost immediately got two kittens. A dog wasn't practical because I never knew for sure when I'd be getting home from work. Cats have litter boxes, but dogs need to be taken out.

Three of mine are standoffish sometimes, but two of them are lovable ALL the time.

Edited at 2014-12-25 05:50 am (UTC)
Jill aka Josireesanwar on January 2nd, 2015 06:40 pm (UTC)
Loveable ones are the best. Standoffish is okay but then they have to be willing to not scratch when you force a little love on them. LOL

My Sydney was standoffish before her sister died and such a pansy. I could easily cuddle her against her will. But then when her sister died she was all about love all the time. I was happy that happened in her last couple of years.
Angelserenitysangel on December 24th, 2014 01:35 am (UTC)
*hugs* What a lovely idea for one of the posts. Love the recipe will have to do this for Major, who already has his Christmas stocking stuffed full of goodies for Christmas :D
Jill aka Jo: Holiday: Craft Treesireesanwar on December 24th, 2014 02:00 am (UTC)
I knew you'd like it. And why not. I always gave my furry babies gifts so I say make them goodies too. (Major is so spoiled, but why not!)

The best thing about these treats are that they are something they can eat that, as a treat in moderation, is good for them so it doesn't just have to be a Christmas treat.

I never even thought to make treats for my cats or even the dogs I used to have. In the future, maybe I will.

*big hug*
Angelserenitysangel on December 24th, 2014 11:50 pm (UTC)
They deserve it and after the hell Major lived through he deserves to be spoiled rotten :D

Exactly. I've made treats for Saffy in the past. Such a good way to make something that is good for them but is a treat too.

Have a fantastic Christmas hon *big hug back*
Jill aka Josireesanwar on January 2nd, 2015 06:35 pm (UTC)
It is so true. So spoil him rotten! LOL

Yes, and you can see the appreciation when they get so excited to have a treat. They are so loveable.

Thank you. I did have a pretty good one. *hugs*