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Food For Thought

BusterHi everyone,

I have been getting requests for dog food/treats.  I do have recipes for dog food/treats and I am happy to share these with you.  I have two dogs.  My oldest, Buster (12), is a Shih Tzu.  We got him when he was 9 weeks old.  He was a divorce gift to my two girls.  Our neighbor bred him, and when the litter was born we went over to her house to see the litter.  As we were sitting on her floor adoring the three puppies in this litter, this little, tiny, brown and white baby crawled up and wanted to be held by me, I was smitten.  He chose us!  We have loved him since December 1998 (Thanksgiving is his birthday).  Ally (10), our Golden/Yellow Lab mix came to us 5 years ago.  My husband, as much as he loved Buster, wanted a big dog he could play with.  We rescued her from the Auburn Hills campus of the Michigan Humane Society.  She is loving, caring and friendly.  She is our watch dog (if you could call a dog that lets you know someone is here and then kisses them until they give up) and our watch dog (If someone is not feeling good she will sit with them for hours with her head on their lap).  What more can you ask for?  Her face is so sweet, her love is so unconditional, and she is so faithful and loving.

Before I give the recipe, I need to tell you a few things.  I, in my first marriage, was not allowed to have a dog.  My ex husband grew up with a dog, a nice dog named peppy.  He was a Collie and a bit spoiled as my former mother in law who I love to this day, used to feed him table scraps including bagels and butter.  When he got sick with a blood disease, she made him fried liver, hamburgers and steaks.  My father in law, may he rest in peace, who always threatened to send him to the “pound” every week, loved him too. I think my ex was afraid of falling in love with another dog and losing him.  My kids, two daughters always wanted a dog.  So with our divorce pending, I got them one, Buster.  Although he turned out to be cat-like, meaning he shies away from loud noises and large crowds, he is the most lovable lap dog I could hope for.

We did have a dog, a black lab named Benny, in between. Benny was my husband’s dog during his first marriage.  Benny was a very special dog.  He was a rescued Leader Dog.  He was released from the program after it was discovered he had epilepsy.  He was so good at his job that he was opening cabinets/drawers and causing a mess at my husband’s ex wife’s house.  So we took him in.  And precocious he was.  We would come downstairs in the mornings and find that he had opened the drawers where we stored snack bars.  We found wrappers all over our foyer carpet.  We remodeled the kitchen.  Benny was not happy.  He figured out how to open our refrigerator.  One morning we woke up and found the packaging to a loaf of bread, torn and empty in the foyer.  He started to open our pantry and take more snack bars, take them upstairs and eat them in my daughters’ bedrooms.

One day, I had to have some outpatient surgery.  We left both dogs in the laundry room at 6am.  Upon our return at 11:30 am, we came into our house through the laundry room and found both dogs hovering in a corner and water spurting out of our laundry tub.  Benny had gotten so upset that he jumped on top of our washing machine, bit through the metal casing, jumped down and went under the laundry room tub, then bit through the hoses to the washing machine and got stuck under the laundry tub.  He then dislodged the connection from the washing machine.  The water was spurting everywhere.  We put him outside and had to make a difficult decision.  While I was recuperating my husband took him to a farm where he could roam free.  Enough about this let’s get to the recipe.

Banana/Peanut Butter Cookies

5 Cups flour

1/2 Cup Peanut Butter

1/2 t Baking Soda

1 Egg

1/4 Cup Vegetable Oil

1 1/2 Cups mashed Banana (2-3 medium)

2 t Vanilla


Preheat oven to 325*.  Place dry ingredients in a large bowl.  Make a well in the center.  Blend egg, bananas and oil together.  Heat the Peanut Butter in the microwave for 15 seconds to warm.  Peanut Butter will soften in incorporate easily into the liquid mixture.  Add Vanilla.  Add into the well of the dry ingredients.  Begin to incorporate the flour mixture into the wet ingredients.  Add water, 1 teaspoon at a time as needed.  Form into a ball.  Knead by hand on a lightly floured surface until mixed thoroughly.  Form into logs approximately 2 inches high.  Flatten to 5-8 inches wide by 1 inch high.  I make them smaller so Buster can eat them.  Place on non-stick baking sheets or lightly greased ones (Pam is OK for this).  Bake 30-40 minutes.  Remove and cool for 10 minutes.  Slice into 1/2″ to 3/4″ slices.  Place back on baking sheets and bake again for about 20 minutes or until golden brown.  Cool.  Store in airtight container.

Hope your dogs enjoy!



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