Hello friends! Winston here. It’s finally the holiday season, and I think my tail might just fall off from excitement about all the fun things coming up. But do you know what I’ve noticed about you humans? Celebrating the holidays sure does involve a lot of food. It’s too bad that being a dog excludes me from eating 99% of those delicious dishes that take up every empty square inch of counter space.
So I did a little bit of searching, and I’ve found a few recipes that are safe for me and which taste even better than a brand-new tennis ball! Check out a few of my favorite festive DIY holiday dog treats:
Pumpkin Pie Cookies
Straight from the friendly folks at the SPCA, these Pumpkin Pie Cookies are tasty treat for your canine or feline best friend. With just a few things you might already have on hand—like rice flour, oatmeal, canned pumpkin, grated carrots and unsweetened plain applesauce—you can make your favorite furry child a holiday treat he’ll be begging for all month long. Use a cookie cutter for lots of fun shapes, and fill up that cookie jar as much as you want—I’ve been a really good boy this year, I swear.
Peanut Butter Bites
On my list of dog-friendly people food, peanut butter is probably at the top. It’s tasty, it smells great and I rarely notice when there’s a pill in it. It might actually be made of magic. Here’s a great recipe for Peanut Butter Bites that takes almost no time and dirties only one bowl. Which I will volunteer to clean. Promise.
Sweet Potato Chews
Sweet potatoes are basically a superfood for dogs. Super because they’re super-tasty, super-healthy and super-easy to work with! These sweet potato chews are a one-ingredient wonder. Just wash, peel and slice up some sweet potatoes into strips, dehydrate them in the oven at 150 degrees for six to eight hours, and POOF! Chewy, delicious treats just for me!
DIY Doggie Ice Cream
Dogs like ice cream, too, you know! But seeing as how I don’t have thumbs or a debit card, I can’t very well drive myself to the store for a bowl of soft serve. But I do know how to make it myself, and it’s pretty easy, even without thumbs! Mix a banana with a four-ounce container of vanilla yogurt and 2 ounces of water. Pour the mixture into ice cube trays, and in a few hours, I can have ice cream with you!
Happy holiday snacking!