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Seasonal Delights: Michelle’s Gingerbread Dog Treats for Bear

In the festive streets of Nashville, Michelle Parker and her Chocolate Lab, Bear, are getting into the holiday spirit. One of Michelle's favorite holiday traditions is baking, and she includes Bear in this festive activity by making gingerbread dog treats. These treats not only capture the essence of the season but are also tailored to suit Bear's tastes, which, like many dogs, can change over time.

The Joy of Gingerbread for Dogs

While traditional gingerbread cookies aren't suitable for dogs due to their sugar and spice content, Michelle has crafted a dog-friendly version that allows Bear to enjoy the holiday flavors safely. Using ingredients that are beneficial for dogs, Michelle creates a treat that’s both festive and health-conscious.

Recipe for Gingerbread Dog Treats

Michelle’s recipe for gingerbread dog treats is carefully designed to be delicious and nutritious, ensuring Bear can partake in the holiday cheer without any worry.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour (a healthier alternative for dogs)
  • 1 tsp ground ginger (safe for dogs in small amounts and good for digestion)
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon (for flavor and its anti-inflammatory properties)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce (to add natural sweetness)
  • 1/4 cup molasses (for binding the ingredients without using too much sweetener)
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil (a healthy fat that's good for Bear's coat)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F (163°C).
  2. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl—flour, ginger, and cinnamon.
  3. Mix in the wet ingredients—applesauce, molasses, and coconut oil.
  4. Stir until a stiff dough forms. If the mixture is too dry, add a bit more applesauce.
  5. Roll out the dough on a floured surface to about 1/4 inch thickness.
  6. Cut out shapes with a dog-bone cookie cutter or a gingerbread man cutter to make them festive.
  7. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes or until the edges are crisp.
  8. Allow to cool completely before treating Bear to these festive delights.

Bear’s Reaction to Gingerbread Treats

When Michelle first introduced these gingerbread treats, Bear was instantly curious about the enticing aroma wafting through the kitchen. His excitement was evident as he waited patiently by the oven, and his joyful munching on the treats once they cooled down confirmed they were a new favorite.

Keeping Treats Exciting and Varied

Understanding that Bear’s preferences can change, Michelle often tweaks her treat recipes to keep Bear interested and engaged. She sometimes adds a spoonful of peanut butter to the dough for a different flavor or swaps molasses with pureed pumpkin for a lighter version of the treats.

Conclusion: A Festive Tradition Continues

Michelle’s gingerbread dog treats have become more than just a holiday tradition—they're a symbol of the special bond she shares with Bear, filled with care and shared joy. By sharing her recipe, Michelle hopes to inspire other dog owners to create safe and delightful holiday treats for their pets, ensuring every family member gets a taste of holiday spirit.

Through her blog, Michelle not only connects with fellow dog lovers but also spreads the joy of healthy, homemade canine cuisine, proving that a little creativity can go a long way in keeping our furry friends happy and healthy during the holiday season and beyond.

This post was last updated at July 20, 2024 19:45

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