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December 13 2015 @ 06:00 am
13th Day of Christmas: Pumpkin Peanut Butter Dog Treats  
I posted these last year in honor of my childhood dogs birthday. He was a special dog who treated us like his charges. He often took it upon himself to referee us as children so you could count on him to bark at us should we be fighting. Jordache (we named him after the jeans) pretty much loved having children around mainly because they were low to the ground and seemed to have goodies all the time (from his perspective, not ours). He was notorious for gently snatching a cookie out of my youngest sister hands and on more than one occasion finished off that soggy cereal you get when you don't eat it fast enough. I know, I still shudder to think my mom had no idea and that bowl got reused by one of us though dogs are supposed to have cleaner mouths than us. Still.

Jordache never got to try these treats but I know he would have loved them as he enjoyed peanut butter quite a bit and hunted us down whenever we had it. Though he also did that when he heard those Kraft Single's wrappers being opened so there was no account for taste with him.

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

Mix It Up

  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.

I was curious the first time I shared this whether pumpkin is actually good for a dog? As it turns out it is a good source of fiber and great for their digestion. But should you're dog have health problems like allergies, you should consult your vet before feeding it to them.

Always use pumpkin puree because it being pureed breaks down the cellulose allowing both cats and dogs to digest it without issue. Also never buy the pumpkin pie puree because it has spices dogs cannot eat.

No sugar, which isn't good for furry babies but you can add raw honey. Honey is a natural antibiotic and is very soothing to the dogs stomach. And in one recipe I found they added 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon which is only a tiny amount per treat. Cinnamon can help with diabetes, arthritis and prevent infections... in pets and people. But remember for both pets and people it should be small amounts.

And despite what our pets want these are treats and should never replace regular meals. Of course, if your pet has special dietary needs you should talk to your vet before you furry baby gets to partake.

And like last year, here is Jordache to make things festive.

Yes, that candy cane was his Christmas present that year.


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Angelserenitysangel on December 14th, 2015 01:36 am (UTC)
Love the idea of these. I wish Major liked Peanut Butter otherwise I'd definitely try making these for him.
Jill aka Jo: LIA: Darcysireesanwar on December 14th, 2015 08:13 pm (UTC)
Well you could try this variation which Major may like better.

1/2 cup pureed pumpkin
1 egg
1 1/2 cups flour
Angelserenitysangel on December 16th, 2015 05:42 pm (UTC)
Oh, good idea! Thank you! That I will give a try!
Jill aka Josireesanwar on December 17th, 2015 01:28 am (UTC)
Awesome. I hope Major loves them!
thrace_adams: Puppy Lickingthrace_adams on December 14th, 2015 02:59 am (UTC)
OMG LOL that your dog's name was Jordache! That is AWESOME :D

What a great idea, and thanks for all the tips at the end :D
Jill aka Jo: Stock: Puppy pawsireesanwar on December 14th, 2015 08:17 pm (UTC)
We has a second little dog named Sasson after the jeans as well. It all came about when a neighbor at the time thought because my brother's name was Levi (Biblical) that we needed a dog named after jeans too (didn't get the Biblical reference). It stuck and we went with the theme a couple years later when we found Sasson.

We called them Jordy and Sassy.

thrace_adams: Puppy Lickingthrace_adams on December 14th, 2015 08:19 pm (UTC)
Oh my goodness, that is ADORABLE!
Jill aka Josireesanwar on December 14th, 2015 08:21 pm (UTC)
birggittbirggitt on December 14th, 2015 02:17 pm (UTC)
I knew about pumpkin being good for dogs, as my vet once recommend it for Shadow when she was having... er... intestinal problems :P

Your Jordache was a beautiful dog :)
Jill aka Jo: Bones: overhead bones tablesireesanwar on December 14th, 2015 08:22 pm (UTC)
Yes, I didn't know that. I wish I'd known when I had a dog but I know now.

He was. And a sweetie. Visitors were always afraid of him because he was rather large but he was a big softie.
Kaylee Winchester: Supernatural - Dean Smileroguem on December 15th, 2015 02:51 pm (UTC)
What a cute dog.
Jill aka Jo: Stock: Puppy pawsireesanwar on December 17th, 2015 01:30 am (UTC)
Mine? Yeah, he was adorable. But then so is the model dog.

But Jordy was a cute sweetie.
Kaylee Winchester: Tangled Lightsroguem on December 19th, 2015 11:14 am (UTC)
Was thinking of yours, yes, but they are both cute.
Jill aka Josireesanwar on December 23rd, 2015 11:35 pm (UTC)