An easy homemade peanut butter pumpkin dog treat your pup will love but also totally safe for the humans in the house as well!
This is a post about my dog, not sure if that means I’ve become some crazy stay at home pet-obsessed lady already in my 7 days of unemployment or if I just love her that much…jury’s out.
Most of you already know her, but if not, meet Ginger:
my insane, 6 year old weimaraner who literally makes me laugh every single day.
This dog suckles on a stuffed hedgehog like she’s 16 behind the high school bleachers.
Jumps up and wraps her arms around my arm ferociously wagging her tail every.single.time I enter the house no matter if it’s 2 weeks since I was home last or 20 minutes.
Grunts like a human when she’s tired.
Whines incessantly if she can’t be within 6 feet of you at all times.
And tries her absolute hardest to catch the family of deer in our backyard for 4 years now. Each time with such renewed vigor like maybe, just maybe, this time will be the one she actually does it.
As a puppy and for the first few years of her life, her energy levels were insane. Literally, insane.
We spent many nights riding around our neighborhood on a bike with her running along side us on the leash or throwing a tennis ball back and forth at midnight in the boat storage lot of our community at the time just trying to tire her out so we would all be able to sleep for at least 6 hours.
People ask why I don’t want kids, Ginger’s first year of life is why. I can distinctly remember crying on the kitchen floor in the middle of the night because she wouldn’t sleep and was just balls to the wall full of energy when she was 6 months old. If that’s what a dog can do to me, I’m pretty sure I’d end up institutionalized with a child.
At age 6 though, she has finally calmed down.
Her day now consists of 75% following the sun around the house and 25% running around like a lunatic when we let her outside.
She’s gone from happily strapping on the harness and leash for a run with Ulysses to literally hiding under my desk when he’s in workout clothes and calling her (smart little lady). If you saw the hill he runs up in the neighborhood next to us, you wouldn’t blame her.
But she doesn’t get off that easily around here because let’s face it, even if she’s 42 in dog years, that’s too damn young to be spending all day laying around on the carpet, only getting up to swipe blog food off the counter while I’m photographing.
So, I happily play the role of annoying mom, leash her up and march her butt right up that big hill until we’re both panting at the top. Then we come home, she gets one of these healthy homemade peanut butter pumpkin dog treats and I raid the pantry for chocolate while she stands by with sad eyes trying desperately to understand why I never give her a piece.
I never want to come back in my second life as a dog for that one reason. A life without chocolate just wouldn’t be worth living. Poor pup.
Are you a dog owner that exercises with your pet?
- 1 1/2 cup oat flour
- 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/4 cup pumpkin
- 1 egg
- pinch of salt
- 1 ripe banana, mashed
- 1/4 cup peanut butter
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Combine flours and salt in a large bowl.
- Whisk together all other ingredients in a separate bowl.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix together until fully incorporated.
- Turn dough out onto a floured surface and roll out with a rolling pin.
- Using a cookie cutter (any shape will do) and place on a parchment or silicone mat lined baking sheet.
- Roll all the scraps back into a ball and roll out again with rolling pin.
- Cut out as many cookies as possible again and place on the baking sheet.
- Continue this process until all the dough is used up.
- Bake for 15-17 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and transfer to a cooling rack.
- Once cooled completely, store in a air tight plastic bag in the refrigerator.
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