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Project: Happy Hour for Shelter Dogs

It’s time for some good news. So, let’s make some.

And let’s also make some dog treats.

beer biscuits for dogs

Om nom nom.

Ever since I put out the call to the local homebrewing community that I would take their leftover mash, I’ve been making a lot of dog treats.

The beer grains come to me one huge bucket at a time.

pit bull with bucket of grains

Turning those grains into tasty dog treats fills up my countertops, fridge and freezer.

Consequently, my dogs have eaten a lot of beer biscuits lately. So have my friends’ and coworkers’ dogs. (Click to see a video)

And in the past month, I’ve donated at least 15 pounds of homemade biscuits to animal shelters in Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska.

I want to bring happy hour – or at least a happy moment – to more shelter dogs.

But I need help. So, I’m starting this:

Project: Happy Hour for Shelter Dogs

Baking biscuits takes time, energy and ingredients. Oftentimes, I run short on all three.

How you can help:

  1. If you live in or near Kansas City and have an oven, you can bake biscuits – I’ll even provide pre-mixed dough!
  2. If you don’t want to bake, you can donate or gather ingredients like eggs, peanut butter, pumpkin and flour.
  3. You can spread the word, by sharing this post or putting me in contact with other folks who may be interested in supporting this cause.

Reasons to get involved:

  1. You can help brighten a shelter dog’s day with a tasty treat.
  2. Your own dog is likely to get some samples.
  3. By joining this effort, you will be helping me to decide which beer biscuit recipe(s) I will eventually add to the Beer Paws brand and begin selling – to ultimately help generate financial support for animal rescues and shelters.

If Project: Happy Hour for Shelter Dogs sounds like something in which you’d like to get involved, contact me. Even if you live far away, there are ways you can engage in this effort.

Festive Nostalgia

Better get your green out, it’s almost St. Patrick’s Day.

Courtesy: Fido Fetch Photography

Dr. Minerva

Last year on the Saturday before the leprechaun’s favorite holiday, Minnie the husky mix accompanied me in a parade through the Brookside neighborhood of Kansas City.

Emily from Our Waldo Bungie was there, too, with her foster-dog-of-the-moment Lucy.

Lucy Liu - st. pat

The lovely Lucy Liu

I remember the day very clearly. The sun was bright, and the air was warm.

Minnie was wearing a green t-shirt, but we soon had to strip that off to keep her cool and comfortable.

Lucy Liu got lots of looks thanks to her festive green skirt, in which she strutted for the whole parade.

It’s hard to believe that a whole year has passed.

Both of these sweet dogs have now been in their forever homes for several months.

The pre-St. Patrick’s Day parade is happening without us all this year, in just a few hours.

However, I will definitely break out that green bandana Minnie wore to help Luke or Charlie Machete get festive sometime this weekend.

Check out this video I took of her after last year’s parade:

Will you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year? Will you be dressing up your dog?

Easy Baked Peanut Butter Cookies for Dogs

Confession: I’ve had these cookie cutters for years and never used them.

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That all changed yesterday, when I decided to make DIY Christmas cookies for our dogs and their doggy friends.

I started with a recipe on Pinterest that required just four ingredients.

I only had three of those ingredients on hand, but I played recipe jazz and found success anyway.

Hint: You can almost always substitute yogurt for milk!

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Is it wrong to give a dog cat-shaped cookies?

You can check out Brown Eyed Baker’s original recipe for Peanut Butter Doggie Bones.

Here’s my adapted recipe:

Baked Peanut Butter Cookies for Dogs

Ingredients:

  1. 2 cups flour (whole wheat preferred – I used a mixture)
  2. 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  3. 1 cup peanut butter (natural preferred – I only had Jif)
  4. 1 cup plain yogurt
  5. water as needed

Directions:

Mix wet ingredients (except water) and dry ingredients separately and then combine in one big bowl. Stir thoroughly. Add a little water if batter seems to dry or lumpy. Once the mixture is smooth, roll out onto a lightly floured surface and cut out shapes with your favorite cookie cutters. Place on a greased cookie sheet and bake at 375 degrees (F) for 18 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a cookie rack, and then store in an airtight container. Yield depends on the size of your cookie cutters.

peanut butter dog cookies

Om nom nom

The next time I make these cookies, I will probably add cinnamon and maybe mini carob chips.

I gathered up several baggies of 10 or so cookies each for some of Scooby, Luke and Charlie Machete’s favorite friends.

At Zach’s family Christmas celebration last night, Echo the elderbelle and hot Roxy (aka Charlie Machete’s girlfriend) approved.

pit bull and jackeranian

Do you make holiday cookies – for people or pets? Share you story in the comments.

Don’t feel like baking? Try my no-bake peanut butter dog treat recipe!

From small dog playgroup to a pack of pitties

Jessica and her sister Amy.

My friend Jessica and I met through our min pins.

Several years ago, we both replied to a Craigslist ad from a gal who wanted help socializing her new Chihuahua (a rough-looking fellow who had been living the wayward life under a dumpster).

Jessica and I both made it to the second small dog playgroup gathering — she with two red miniature pinschers named Nic and Andy, and I with my black-and-tan elderpin Scooby. Jessica and I have been friends ever since, dog sitting for one another and trading perspectives on animals, men, good food, cheap living and what to do when you find a wayward dog on the way to work.

Jessica is the first person I ever met who fostered dogs. She is a proud mama to a beautiful baby boy now, but she still has a pack of furbabies.

The newest canine addition to Jessica’s household is Julie, a gray pit bull she and her husband rescued from a local shelter. Julie is petite, athletic, a little bit shy and fantastic with the baby. She was a well-behaved and well-dressed addition last Saturday to KC Pittie Pack and Friends, the new way Jessica and I have to help socialize our pets.

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After a hike with the KC Pittie Pack through the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, I gave Jessica a belated Christmas present:

Of course, the gift was a hand-painted piece of doggy art by Magnet Lady Kathleen Henn. Jessica’s sister Amy took the photo of Julie.

To order a magnet featuring your pet, e-mail kathleenhenn@yahoo.com.

To be part of KC Pittie Pack and Friends, “like” the community page on Facebook or e-mail kcpittiepack@gmail.com. Our next excursion will be a walk around Loose Park in Kansas City, Missouri.

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