New Year’s Dog Treats

With the current scares about processed pet foods, a lot of folks are turning over a new leaf and feeding all natural food and treats. In the spirit of the holidays, Todd Muchmore of Rover’s Recipes offers this delicious recipe sure to make your dog drool:

Apple Cinnamon Doggie Biscuits

·1 package apple, dried

·1 teaspoon Cinnamon –(I usually just shake some in)

·1 Tablespoon parsley, freeze-dried

·1 Tablespoon Garlic Powder

·1 cup ice water

·1/2 cup Corn Oil

·5 cups flour

·1/2 cup powdered milk

·2 large eggs

·1 tablespoon corn oil

Put the apples in a food processor so that pieces are small. Combine in a bowl all of the ingredients–can add oil or water if dough is too dry. Using a rolling pin roll out dough to about 3/16″ thick (can make thinner or thicker). Using a cookie cutter–cut into shapes -place on cookie sheets.

Bake at 350 degrees for approx 20 -25 minutes (until golden). NOTE: if you substitute corn meal just subtract about 3/4 cup from flour and add Corn meal .

Todd offers special treats for dogs with allergies and a host of other options. Check out his site at

Also, if you are shopping for a new dog food, consider Life’s Abundance.

I have a personal testament to this food. My last foster puppy, Perry, was a parvo survivor. Perry was a half Australian shepherd whose mother had been abandoned while pregnant. She had the litter in a foster home. I had actually adopted Perry’s littermate before him, who broke with the terrible virus and I had to take him in to be euthanized.

The original foster mother, who lost most of the litter, was devastated. She offered me Perry to replace the other pup. Perry had been sick too, but he’d recovered. He was a very good-natured puppy, blue merle, mostly black, with a blue spot in one eye. I named him Perry, short for “Periwink.” I brought him home when he was about ten weeks old.

Perry had beaten the disease. However, it had ravaged his intestines. He had a loose stool that no matter what I did, just would not firm up. I tried giving him canned pumpkin and yogurt, and I tried several different foods, including cooking hamburger and rice.

Finally I tried Life’s Abundance. Perry’s recovery was nothing short of miraculous. He immediately started gaining weight, and his coat shone. In just a week’s time he was radiating good health.

Perry has since gone to a good home with a wonderful family. He enjoys playing with Buster, his Boston Bull buddy, and I am told he fetches the paper every day!

Life’s Abundance dog food is holistic, no preservatives, and shelf life is never over six weeks. You order it online and it’s delivered right to your door. They offer cat food too, AND horse treats!

Here’s wishing you and your pet “Bone Appetit!” and Happy New Year!

About Nancy J. Bailey

Artist, author, bad karaoke singer. Woodsy ragamuffin. Mom of a horse named Clifford who plays fetch and paints with watercolors. He visits libraries and schools with me, to promote literacy and making the world a better place. Yes, he is house trained, no, he doesn't live in my house! I have written three books about Clifford. But my newest book, THE NORTH SIDE OF DOWN, is co-written by my awesome sister Amanda, who has Down syndrome. Her unexpected one-liner wisecracks can always make me laugh. If you make me laugh, you've made my day!
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