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If you haven’t figured out by now, I LOVE my dogs. Hence the “AussieMomma” title of my blogs. My Aussie pack is one of the reasons I smile and laugh so much, even on bad days. The five of them keep me both busy and entertained. They keep me company in the kitchen when I am baking, often lying close to my feet while I work. And the best part is they clean up all my spills!
National Dog Day
I’ve been wanting to include them in my baking blog for a while now. National Dog Day on August 26th sounded like the perfect time to bake up some scrumptious dog treats. So I came up with these pup-kin peanut butter treats for them to enjoy.
We aren’t super snobby about dog food around here but I do make sure that they usually only have things that are healthy. I check the lists about what they’re allowed to have. My little “Piglet,” Clara, loves to eat fresh fruit and veggies. She will do anything for a blueberry! So I have to be pretty vigilant about what they can and cannot have in case they beg for something off of our plates.
I very rarely let them have peanut butter, but some peanut butter and pumpkin will make just about any dogs tail wag. Pup-kin peanut butter treats; pumpkin for the fall, and peanut butter just because! Trust me, the dogs ate the dough and the finished product for these cookies without a single problem. Even Ahsoka, our pickiest pup, ate it happily.
These treats have not lasted more than a few days. The dogs start salivating as soon as I open the jar. And while they were baking?? The pups laid next to the oven waiting for them to come out! I have never seen them move so fast as when I pull out these treats. According to my pack, the pup-kin peanut butter treats get two paws up!
Meet Our Pups
Sok-sok or Tano, our first Aussie baby. We got her less than a year after we were married and after I had been begging the Hubs for a dog. I wanted a Great Dane, still do, but by chance I met a friend’s adorable new Australian Shepherd puppy, Kane.
I had to have one. So we met a our local breeders two remaining little girl pups and ending up choosing Kane’s sister. The Hubs named her Ahsoka Tano after one of his favorite Star Wars characters. She was the most precious little ball of fluff. Intelligent, playful, easily trained, and super loving. We not only fell in love with her, but with her breed too.
Aren’t her little freckles so sweet? She is still such a little sweetheart, although she has a bit of spitfire in her personality. She is definitely a daddy’s girl!
Clara was our answer to a companion puppy for Ahsoka because we were looking for a house to move away from all the animals she’d grown up with. I got to pick Clara out of a new litter and we got to meet her before she ever came home. Isn’t she just the cutest little ball of fluff?!
She has a few nicknames, including Pig or Piglet. She was originally given the nickname piglet because she was so tiny and loved to roll in the mud. She loved to dig in the dirt, jump in the pond, and just generally get dirty. Then we realized her appetite. The fact she would eat anything. And thus, Pig became the established nickname. But it’s definitely a term of affection.
Ri-Ri or Rikey, this is my heart dog. He and I have a relationship like no other. He’s gentle and sweet and always wants to be by your side. He’s deaf due to a genetic abnormality from breeding two merle dogs. But he doesn’t know it. And he has epilepsy. It’s a horrible disease. But despite this, he’s just the sweetest boy.
He’s just as happy as any dog could be. He plays and runs with me and his siblings. He swims in our pool as often as he likes. He’s just a loving sweet little boy that we affectionately call a polar bear.
Murdy or Murds, is Riker’s littermate. We rescued them after I saw these two sweet little fluff balls who had special needs. Murdy is blind in one eye and thinks he’s a little smaller than he is. But he’s the most empathetic and empathic dog I’ve ever known. When I’m sad or mad he puts his paws on me and tries to help me calm down. He stays nearby and protects me from any perceived threats.
He is truly a gentle boy and just loves to love on, be loved on, and play. He is a calming force in the midst of our chaotic home. That is, of course, unless he’s choosing to play! You can learn more about Riker & Murdoch’s special abilities and why they happened if you click here and read about it in my grief blog.
My sweet Gus-Gus, Gussy, or Trash Panda. He was truly the best bookend dog we could have had. He gets along with all of our other dogs and just seems to fit in perfectly. He’s sweet and snuggly, though a bit anxious at times. He is playful and loves his siblings and his people.
Gus is lucky he’s so cute, though. He has a knack for chewing on things he’s not supposed to; socks, underwear, toilet paper rolls, Firestick remotes, raw chicken, stick of butter… you name it he’s probably eaten it or tried to. Though he’s a little bit naughty, he’s also just a sweet little boy.
Treats for My Babies
So there you have it. My pack. My family. The five dogs that have kept me sane through all the chaos, grief, and sadness. They’re literally the reason I get up in the morning (Gus whines) and I wouldn’t have our life any other way.
And they’re who I will be celebrating on National Dog Day this year. I have used them as my taste-testers for these pup-kin peanut butter paw treats. So far they have met approval from all concerned parties and I cannot wait to give them out to some of our other furry friends.
Looking for a pumpkin treat to eat while your canine babies are having theirs? Check out my Pumpkin Spiced Carrot Muffins!
Pup-kin Peanut Butter Paw Treats
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 2 large eggs
- 2 Tbsp honey
- ½ cup peanut butter
- 3 cups whole wheat flour
- Whisk together pumpkin, eggs, peanut butter, and honey.
- Switching to a spoon, mix in flour, 1 cup at a time. If needed, mix in by hand, basically like kneading the dough.
- Flour a surface and dump out the dough. Roll out to about a quarter of an inch thick.
- Use cookie cutters (I used these fun dog ones!) to cut out as many shapes as possible. Roll out scraps of dough and cut out more.
- Place on a lightly greased baking sheet. Poke shallow holes in the top of each cookie with a fork. Spray the tops with coconut oil or olive oil.
- Preheat oven to 300°F and lightly grease several baking sheets. I coated mine with spray coconut oil.
- Bake for 20 minutes. After the 20 minutes are up, turn the oven down to 250°F. Leave cookies in the oven for about 3 to 4 hours until treats are crispy.
- These will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for about 2 weeks.