The fall is such a wonderful time of year: The leaves change, the air is crisp and, best of all, we get to celebrate Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving is a favorite holiday for many people. Who wouldn’t love it? Lots of great food, company and so many things to be thankful for. I know my dog seems to be thankful when all the yummy foods are cooking in the kitchen. She sniffs around like crazy at all the delicious smells, and all the visitors who have come just to pet her — or so she thinks.
My dog is part of our family and wants to be included, too. This Thanksgiving-themed recipe specifically for dogs is a perfect way my pet — and yours — can join in the fun. It uses the most iconic ingredient of fall: pumpkin.
Canned pumpkin lines the shelves at supermarkets to make all kinds of fall-themed human treats, but did you know that pumpkin is actually a healthy food for dogs to eat? This treat helps them get all the benefits of pumpkin in an easy, storable way: a dog biscuit. You can also package these pumpkin biscuits up in — dare I say it — “doggy bags” for your guests who have dogs at home or joining you. Instructions for the “doggy bags” immediately follow the recipe.
1 cup canned pumpkin
2 tablespoons peanut butter
1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon honey
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and assemble the ingredients.
2. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients.
3. Once ingredients are mixed into a thick dough, generously sprinkle some flour on a cutting board and roll dough out flat.
4. Use your favorite cookie cutters to shape the dough into biscuits. Place shapes on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
5. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 15 minutes, or until cooked through completely.
6. Let cool completely before giving to your dog.
Festive Doggy Bags
cellophane bags or sheets
fake, decorative leaves (optional)
1. Lay out your materials.
1. Spread out the cellophane sheet and stack your treats in the center. (If you are using bags, put the treats in the bag).
2. Bring the corners of the sheet together to create a makeshift bag, then tie ribbon around the center to hold the treats in. (If using bags, just tie ribbon in a spot just above the treats).
3. Cut a tag or any desired shape from the construction paper and use a marker to write a little note or greeting for the treat recipient. Cut a small hole in the tag to loop the ribbon through.
4. Tie the ribbon (now with tag and leaf) into a bow and curl the ends of the bow with scissors.
This recipe was reviewed by a veterinarian. It is intended as a treat or snack and should only be a small percentage of your pet’s daily food. If your pet has any health issues or if you have any concerns, consult your pet’s veterinarian before offering this food item.