Pets are Family Too

For the past several weeks most of us have been shopping, decorating and cooking for the big day.  We are coming down to the wire.  Christmas will be here in 2 days!  Are you ready?

The tree is up, the wreath is hung and the Nativity Set is on display.  Last week I finished off the last of the 2 doll comforters and have both safely packaged and under the tree.  I also have filled my freezer with “food” gifts and yesterday I cleaned my house in preparation for coming guests.  My son is scheduled to arrive today and he is bringing his 4-legged baby, Nyx.

Over the years we have had some wonderful fur babies. I grew up with dogs and cats and during my life there have been plenty.  Each year when we decorate I am reminded of some very special ones.  There was Brahms and Benji, Bear and Goldie, Pooh, Samantha, Cookie and one of the most special is our current fur baby, Brisa.  I have hung stockings for both Nyx and Brisa.  My daughter and her family also have two very special fur babies and then my neighbors.

Knowing how busy Santa is I have designated myself as Santa’s Helper for fur babies.  Yesterday I made Gourmet Dog Biscuits and Chicken Jerky for Dogs.  They have been divided up, packaged and ready for Santa to deliver on Christmas Eve.  These are not my “original” recipes but I will post the recipes and tell you what I did.

Gourmet Dog Biscuits

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup dry powdered milk
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 5 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 jars strained baby food (I use either beef or chicken.)

Preheat oven to 350 F degrees.  Line 1 to 2 large cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside.

Place all ingredients in the large bowl of a stand mixer.  Using the dough hook attachment, knead the dough until it comes together and is thoroughly combined.  Pour out onto lightly floured surface and knead until smooth.  Roll dough to 1/2 inch thickness and using cookie cutter of choice cut into desired shapes.  Place the cookies on prepared pans.  Re-roll dough as needed.  The cookies do not spread and can be placed almost touching on the pans.

Bake in preheated for about 22 minute.  The biscuits should be lightly brown and crunchy.  Turn off oven and allow the biscuits to dry as the oven cool downs.  Remove from oven, allow to cool completely and package in sealed container.  The yield will depend on the shape and size of cutter used.  Not gluten-free but your dogs will love you for it.

Gourmet Dog Biscuits

Chicken Jerky For Dogs

  • 2 boneless, skinless, chicken breasts

Place the chicken breasts in a small saucepan, add water and cover pan with tight fighting lid.  Bring to a boil and cook for 10 minutes.  Turn off heat and allow the breasts to remain in covered pan for 10 to 15 minutes.  Remove the cooked chicken for the saucepan and put in freezer for about 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 225°.  Place a cooling rack on a cookie sheet and set aside.

The chicken may be slightly frozen but it will help to keep them from shredding while cutting.  Thinly slice the chicken into 7 to 8 thin slices.  Place on prepared cookie sheet and bake in oven for approximately 2 hours or until dehydrated.  When cool, place in tightly sealed container for storage.  These are gluten free, all natural and your babies will love them!

Chicken Jerky for Dogs

Your babies don’t ask for lots.  Keep them warm, safe and give them lots of love.  They will return that love many times over.

Merry Christmas to all!

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