Dogs, cookies & Santa

Dogcookies

"A dog can express more with his tail in minutes than his owner can express with his tongue in hours."
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Today's post takes on a little twist in that I'm sharing a recipe with all of you out there that are dog owners or have a special furry relative somewhere in your extended family.

Since every dog deserves his special day too that's exactly what happened yesterday at our second annual Doggy/Santa photo day. It's a great day where we invite all of our clients, family and friends to bring their furry family member out to have a picture taken with Santa. We have a great location that is offered to us by a wonderful set of clients. An outdoor barn that has been converted to a garage is the setting stage for the pictures with Santa and while each pet waits for his or her special time with Santa they get to run, play and make new friends.

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There is hot apple cider, chocolate milk and desserts for the humans and dog treats and loot bags for the dogs. There is no charge for the event but we do ask that a donation in any amount is made to the Lanark Animal Welfare Society (LAWS). LAWS is one of the only kind of animal shelters in our area that institutes a no kill policy and they are always in desperate need of supplies and funding. This year I’m happy to say we raised $600.00!!

Check out our Facebook page for a pic of our doggie host of the day Zoey…she is just so great at letting all of the dogs roam and play on “her” property and not even complaining about it. She certainly is the “hostess with the most-est”!!

Here’s a pic of one of the happy dogs with Santa..isn’t he just adorable??

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So now for the food! I’m in charge of baking the dog biscuits and they’re always met with a huge “paw” stamp of approval from what I can see. Healthy, preservative free and easy to make…what else could a dog ask for when wanting some cookies too??

I use a silicone dog treat pan by HUGS pet products.

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Because I’m making usually around a 100 bone shaped cookies and the treat pan only holds 10 at a time I press and remove the cookies and place them on a very large cookie sheet for baking. This allows me to get the cookies done in approximately 3 batches.

Ingredients:

-1 cup dry oats (large flake variety are best)
-2 cups whole wheat flour
-1 cup peanut butter (smooth)
-1 cup water
-1/4 cup canola oil
-1 egg beaten

Mix the dry ingredients together and add the peanut butter.
In a separate bowl mix together the water, oil and egg.
Combine all of the ingredients together and mix together until completely incorporated.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, flip over and bake for an additional 20 minutes.
Cool for 2 hours on a rack

Buon Appetito to all my canine friends and dog lovers!

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