Poor farm poodle, Bryony. November was such a rough month for her.
Let me set the stage for you.
- I sold the the couch and the poodle perch (i.e. the chair that the poodles claimed as their own).
- I ordered a new sectional, but it wasn’t delivered until over a month later. Which meant a month with only one chair to sit in for two people. And the dogs.
- Bryony developed a pretty nasty ear infection that wouldn’t clear up.
- Which led to three vet visits.
- She had a laser pointed at her ears. And they were drained with a needle.
- She was diagnosed with severe food allergies.
- Her food, treats, chewies, etc were taken away.
- And a special food (i.e. expensive) from the vet replaced all of that for a little while.
- She hated the new temporary food.
- And last but not least, I raided the toy basket and threw away all of their old, chewed up, no-longer squeaking toys. Believe me, they have plenty of new toys waiting under the Christmas tree.
But things are starting to look up. Bryony likes the new permanent grain free food. She hasn’t had anymore ear problems. Plus, she’s starting to enjoy car rides again, instead of thinking each one is going to end in a visit to that most dreaded place: The Vet.
The one difficult thing: She doesn’t like the treats. I’ve bought bag after bag of grain free treats, and none of them have piqued her interest so far.
So, I decided to make my own. Good news, she loves them! In fact, she was sitting patiently waiting in the kitchen when I took the second batch out.
Even Sophie got in on the patiently waiting action.
Even the weims like them. And they are, shockingly, not treat fans. In fact, they’ve been known to spit treats out. But not these.
How to make them:
Mix together all of the ingredients.
You may need more or less eggs depending on the dryness of your ingredients. My puree was left over from juicing carrots for a new soap (see here), and it was very dry. I used 4 eggs in all.
Roll or pat out the dough until it’s a 1/2 inch or less in thickness. This makes quite a lot of dough, so I patted mine flat in about four batches.
Cut into shapes and bake in a preheated oven for about 40 to 55 minutes.
They’ll still be quite soft and chewy (so perfect for older dogs), but if you’d like them to be harder and more brittle, try leaving them in a little longer or even turning the oven off after they’re through baking and leaving them in overnight to dry.
Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
This recipe makes about 30 candy cane shaped treats.