Woof you be my valentine?

You don't have to be a seasoned baker to treat your dog for Valentine's Day.

Tu-na Fish Is Better Than One
1 c. oat flour
1 c. brown rice flour
¼ c. oat bran
1 6-oz. can albacore tuna (in water)
1 egg
½ c. water


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Empty all contents (including juices) from can of tuna in a food processor and puree. Combine all ingredients together and mix until a dough forms. Roll out on a lightly floured surface to ¼” thickness. Use a cookie cutter or a knife to cut out shapes. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and place the cookies on it (they can be rather close together as they don’t grow much while cooking). Bake 20-25 minutes. Transfer and let cool completely on a wire rack. Set aside a week’s worth of cookies and keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Store the remainder in the freezer.


• Low-fat.

Plumpkins

1 ½ c. oat flour
1 ½ c. brown rice flour
½ tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. ground nutmeg
½ tsp. ground ginger
1 egg
3 Tb. applesauce (unsweetened)
¾ c. canned pumpkin (or fresh, pureed pumpkin)
½ c. water


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients together and mix until a dough forms. Spoon mixture out with a tablespoon and drop onto an ungreased cookie sheet (they can be rather close together as they don’t grow much while cooking). Bake 18-22 minutes or until golden brown. Transfer and let cool completely on a wire rack. Set aside a week’s worth of cookies and keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Store the remainder in the freezer.

• Pumpkin is high in potassium and beta carotene but low in calories, so these are great treats for tubby buddies.


The recipes for these treats are owned by the Bubba Rose Biscuit Company.

I personally have never been one to get excited over Valentine's Day. I do, however, get excited over my dogs. Ask anyone and they will probably tell you that I'm one of those "dog people," the kind who prefers four-legged friends to two-legged ones. In my defense, I can't think of any one time my pups, or any pup for that matter, has left me feeling betrayed, deflated or otherwise unwanted. Can you?

One day upon scanning the shelves at Books-A-Million, I discovered the “Organic Dog Biscuit Cookbook” from the Bubba Rose Biscuit Company. It makes sense now that we are becoming more aware of all the advantages of organic eating that we would want to offer our pets the same kind of benefits we want for ourselves, so I bought into the idea and haven't looked back since.

The book has more than 100 recipes that are fun and simple to make. The most difficult ones involve the use of a food processor (which says a lot), because if you own one you know they exist only to make your life easier. You don't have to be a seasoned baker to make these treats, and I promise your pet will still love you regardless of the outcome.

Since I've experimented with this book, I've purchased others that are equally as creative but bring some concern, as some of the recipes call for ingredients such as garlic and raisins- foods I've learned are toxic to dogs. So for the most part, I stick to Bubba Rose, and I test my treats on my loyal, loving subjects. They may or may not be able to taste the difference in their new biscuits, but I've yet to hear any objections, and I feel a whole lot better knowing they're eating identifiable ingredients that I put together with my own hands.

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