DIY Carrot Cake Cookies & Easter Baskets For Fido!


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Happy April Friends! Wow! Mako and I cannot believe this year had just flown by! I mean January lasted forever, and now it’s April!! Next month Mako and I will be aunties and OMG it’s so hard to wrap our heads around! But then again, warmer temps are here and we are freaking out about that!! Because let’s be real, we all know what that means!! Puppy pools, dog parks, lake days, and more! Yes! Makos losing her mind with excitement, heck, the weather got warm, and mako found her voice! She BARKS now. Yeah, literally. My dog who never in her life barked, now barks. I’m amused, my moms amused, were all losing it. It’s great!

Speaking of Spring though, and all these warm temps what’s on your calendar for spring? Any fun plans? Where are we traveling for Easter? Are we traveling with Pups? Do you have your Easter Baskets Ready for Doggo? If not, no worries, because Mako and I have whipped up the perfect cookies to get your Easter Baskets looking right! We also curated our top 3 picks for Easter Goodies this season for your pup!! Lets lived leashed y’all and get this party started, because my kitchen smells OMG Fan Freakin Tastic!!

Carrot Cake Bites (Easter Cookies OMG)

Prep Time 45 minutes

Bake Time 30 minutes

Ingredients:

2 Cups Whole Wheat Flour (All Purpose Flour, Coconut Flour, etc. is also fine! Definitely up to your discretion, but as you can see I alway use whole wheat, oh and target (market pantry) now sells a huge bag for like $2!)

1/4 cup Ground Flax Seed

1/2 Cup Shredded Coconut

1 Cup Rolled Oats

1 Tbs Cinnamon

1 Cup Shredded Carrots ( I used a Food Processor)

2/3 Cups Pumpkin Puree (off brand is fine, organic can be really juicy so be careful there)

1 Egg

Instructions:

I measured out all of my ingredients first this go round so I could get a feel for what I needed. you don’t have to do this, because I have done that prior and this should be pretty accurate!

  1. Pre Heat Oven to 350 Degrees

  2. Mix Dry Ingredients: Flour, Flax Seeds, Coconut, & Oats in a large bowl.

  3. Mix Wet Ingredients: Egg, Carrots, and Pumpkin Puree in smaller Bowl.

    1. Side Note- I made an additional side of pureed carrots, for added wet ingredients. Depending on your dough you may feel as if you need something to hold your dough together, feel free to add more pumpkin puree, or combine, carrots, water, and olive oil to make a small batch of pureed carrots. (not necessary though!)

  4. Combine Wet ingredients and Dry ingredients to Form dough.

  5. Optional: If you have extra flour roll out dough and cut out shapes with cookies cutters. I bought the cutest Easter cutters at Hobby Lobby for like $2 with a coupon!! Otherwise, roll dough into balls and space two inches apart. Flatten each ball with a fork. I would say depending on dogs size and your treat size preference, determine the best size. I didn’t opt for this, because my cutters were large enough to make treats enough treats. However, my two previous DIY recipes, show how its done!

  6. For cookie cutter sized treats Bake for 30 minutes. For larger dough balls as pictured, approximately 40min bake time. Be mindful as you bake. You want them to be cooked all the way through, a little hard is fine!

  7. I also bought some cream cheese ( cause what’s carrot cake with out cream cheese frosting!!) to top the cookies with, I only topped a few, because it doesn't harden… If that makes sense. I also used red & blue food coloring to get a cute Easter purple! Check it out below!

  8. Store in Fridge for up to 7-14 days. Until eaten. Mako ate hers in about 3 weeks in fridge, and they were fine! (I have updated this from our last blog!)


As always I’m gonna give you dog mom and dads the play by play, so you can perfect this carrot cake cookies!! These were pretty awesome to come up with, mostly because the only thing I knew about carrot cake… was carrots. I didn’t even do research on carrot cake. I went with my guts on this one. I went with my taste buds. Or more so my dogs sense of smell. Did you know that a dogs sense of smell is 10,000 times more important than there sense of taste! What?! So if a cookie smells good, a dogs going to actually salivate more for an item over one that doesn't smell good. Basically what I’m saying is a dog is more likely to crave an item over its smell than its taste. So why not make them both! While also making it have added health benefits!!

Measure out all ingredients if you would like. This made it easier for me! I also locally sourced my Cinnamon from Penzey’s! #organic (Not pictured here: 1 Egg)

Measure out all ingredients if you would like. This made it easier for me! I also locally sourced my Cinnamon from Penzey’s! #organic (Not pictured here: 1 Egg)

If you follow the recipe closely, you should get a orangey brown dough. Somewhat sticky. Use extra flour to roll out dough and cut shapes. Or use previous blog instructions to make the fork cookies!

If you follow the recipe closely, you should get a orangey brown dough. Somewhat sticky. Use extra flour to roll out dough and cut shapes. Or use previous blog instructions to make the fork cookies!

As always I like to talk about ingredients chosen! as I mentioned before, I wanted this to be a cookie with a bite to it, and cinnamon smell that popped off the cookie! And let me tell you, this cinnamon did the trick!

Not only is Cinnamon beneficial to catch a dogs attention by there sense of smell, but cinnamon is found to include anti inflammatory properties as well as the ability to stop bacterial growth! It’s also been found to help regulate blood sugar in overweight or diabetic dogs!! Who knew?! Can you say winning?? Hello, add this to all our cookies??

I also chose ingredients like pumpkin, flax seed, coconut, and oats because they’re rich in fiber and great for digestion! Cream cheese, is kind of an added bonus, and isn’t required for this recipe! If you want to make treats with icing, feel free to use cream cheese, if not, go without!

Bare Cookies! Loved how these turned out! You can see the carrots, and the coconut, and I love that they have a bit of orange coloring to them!!

Bare Cookies! Loved how these turned out! You can see the carrots, and the coconut, and I love that they have a bit of orange coloring to them!!

I decided to dye my cream cheese purple, and I think I should have done pink or maybe green or even yellow. This didn’t turn out the way I wanted, but at the end of the day, Mako did not care! haha

I decided to dye my cream cheese purple, and I think I should have done pink or maybe green or even yellow. This didn’t turn out the way I wanted, but at the end of the day, Mako did not care! haha


Easter Basket Perfection!! Iced Cookies Handmade by Mom, Treats Galore, with Bocces & Good Boy inside the Eggs, and Toy to top it off!

Easter Basket Perfection!! Iced Cookies Handmade by Mom, Treats Galore, with Bocces & Good Boy inside the Eggs, and Toy to top it off!

Now that the baking is out of the way, let’s really crack down on Easter! There are literally Three Weeks till the Bunny makes his debut and our pups are ready to get their Easter egg hunting on!! Speaking of Easter Egg Hunts, if you are local to Raleigh Check out the K9SpringFling on May 5th!! It’s gonna be amazing!!! more details to come!

Below, I’m featuring Mako’s mini Easter basket and what I chose to get her all set for the Big Bunnies Arrival! I found all these goods for under $10 and most were under $3 at Target! Love me a good deal!

So I got the basket, the eggs, and the fluff at Target in the Easter Section for under $3 each. I think it was like $6 or $7 for the whole thing.

I then found the bunny toy in the Bark Spring collection at Target! Perfect Addition and only $7.99!! OMG they also have the cutest spring toys, like watermelon, pie, and picnic baskets! In LOVE!

Within the Easter Eggs, I added some local treats I picked up from a brewery, that are made from the leftover beer grains of local breweries in North Carolina! Our favorite Breweries to get these from include, Trophy, Clouds, and Raleigh Brewing! Check them out at Good Boy Dog Treats! However, if you can’t find local treats to add to your basket, try, Bocces! They are one of our favorite companies and they are doing 15% on April Fool’s Day (April 1st Only) with Code BBAprilfools!! Stock Up Friends!!


Mako's Anatomy: Part One


Sunday Morning. From Smiles on walks in our neighborhood and Lake Splashing, to a week long Nightmare, that has changed out Lives forever. This blog is more than about her surgery, but about what you as pet parents can do to stay one step ahead.

Sunday Morning. From Smiles on walks in our neighborhood and Lake Splashing, to a week long Nightmare, that has changed out Lives forever. This blog is more than about her surgery, but about what you as pet parents can do to stay one step ahead.

August 21, 2016. A Sunday morning that started out like any other Sunday morning with Mako. We would roll out of bed, power up for the day with breakfast, and because it’s August in North Carolina and the weather is insanely beautiful, we walked. I lived pretty close to Lake Jordan at the time, and walking the pups to the lake was about 1.5miles there, they got to play in the water, and then 1.5miles back to dry off! The perfect August day! Especially when it ended with puppy snuggles and a nap! Mako loved these walks. Look at her face. The joy radiated from her. She was so happy. This picture was taken the morning before everything changed. Before everything went scary. Mako got up mid nap. Awkwardly at that, dry heaved some, and then spit up some water. It wasn’t full dog vomit, so I wasn’t really concerned as of yet. I figured she had drank too much lake water, nothing to be worried about. Except that there were small black pieces of plastic in her spit up. Concerning… a little, but not 100% omg lets go to the vet.

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Now let me back up to Thursday August 18, 2016. I came home from work to let mako out of her crate, and to what I originally thought was throw up in Mako’s crate, I came to find out really quickly was actually a whole in her crate where she had chewed threw her crate bottom!! Are you catching the drift here, Mako LITERALLY ATE her CRATE!! YESSS! HER FREAKING CRATE! The plastic they sit on. Mako got bored or anxious, or hungry for that matter and thought, I’m gonna eat this. I bout lost my mind, like why?! Turns out that’s not all, the next day she ATE MORE of it! How much you ask?! well see for yourself!! A huge chunk right out the top base of the the crate bottom!

Now, I’m not telling you this, so you will run out and buy some crazy expensive indestructible crate, but I do want to keep you aware that the plastic in these wire crates isn’t the safest material around! It isn’t indestructible and dogs, larger dogs who chew, can chew through them! So Please keep this in mind! The websites will say these are a safe place to let your pup spend 8+ hours a day, and it’s a misconception. Mako had no anxiety issues prior to this whole thing. And I have to say and Emergency Room vet visit and week long stay with strangers can really trigger a pup. She not struggles with me leaving, she hates meeting new people the first time around, and we still have a lot of issues every time we turn the corner into NC State. I will talk about crate options sometime soon, but note, Apple Bitter Spray can protect your pup from chewing the crate bottom! Please invest, if your dogs a chewer! Talk to your vet too, if you notice any signs of anxiety as well.

Now back to Sunday. So following the minor spit up. I fed Mako that evening. Her appetite was still there. She was starving! Straight up engulfed her food! Like always Mako attacks the bowl. She’s kind of a skinny fat kid. Another sign, not to be worried about the minor spit up. the crate must be passing, whatever, I won’t worry. Well, again, I was wrong. Within thirty minutes, her entire meal was on my carpet. Along with it, pieces of plastic. Yes, I investigated the vomit. I’m a pet parent and we do what we got to do. I called my friend and asked her to pick me up a can of pumpkin and a bag of rice and some milk, cause I was gonna go to the store, but didn’t want to leave Mako! I didn’t feed mako the rest of the night but let her have water and boiled rice for the morning. Rice always settles her belly. At this point I just wasn’t sure what to do. I googled online about bowel obstructions, and what I could do, and a suggestion online said bread. Apparently bread (or cotton balls) can stick to the item and help it to pass. I wasn’t sure if it was too late in the game for this, but it was certainly worth a shot!

The next morning (Monday) I was getting ready for work. I gave Mako a chance to potty and her stool was normal, to my surprise. I felt this was a good sign. Something must be passing through her intestines if that’s all normal, right?? I fed her some rice with one slice of bread, hoping and praying we were through the worse. When I left that morning I left a key under the mat, and text pretty much everyone I knew in Raleigh, to see if they could check on Mako. A friend of mine at the time, finished class around one and went by. He didn’t let her out of the crate, because Mako had only met him once or twice, but when he went by he told me she hadn’t had any form of accident in her crate. I was so excited for good news. A weight felt lifted from my shoulders. I was able to concentrate at work and get back to what needed to be done. I got home around 5pm, and was crushed by bad news again. Mako had thrown up the rice along with the bread. I could feel the weight on my shoulders again. Everything was heavy. I let Mako out and she just slowly came over to me. She wasn’t excited or anything, she was sick and I could tell. I started to clean up her crate and told her everything was going to be ok. Then I heard the worst noise come out of my dog and I knew I had to do something to help her. Mako ran around my dining area (that at the time had no furniture and was her free area to run), and made a noise that resonates in my ears to this day. She whimpered in pain and then stopped about a foot in front of me a threw up what to me was a bowl of water. As if she released everything she could from her body to get out what was causing her pain. I immediately dialed my vet.

At this point I was in tears, I didn’t know what to do. I’m crying on the phone, they answer. “Hello… I’m sorry, I’m crying… this is Mako’s Mom, Kellie, She’s in pain where can I take her, what do I do??” “ NC State Emergency Room, Take her now.” I clean up what I can of the throw up and I get Mako and her leash and we get in the car. I call my mom hysterically crying on the phone. My mom tries to call me down, telling me that Mako is feeding off of me and I need to not be upset. I need to stay calm. I try to calm down and make it to NC State. When I arrive, we walk in and the ER receptionist asks me what I need and I tell her that my dogs in pain, she ate her crate recently, and she’s been throwing up for the past 24 hours. A Nurse come out, starts taking notes on her gloves of everything that has happened in the last 48hours and takes Mako back. I didn’t see Mako again for another 3 Hours. At the time I thought that was the worst 3 hours of my life! Sadly, I was wrong.

This didn’t raise concern because gas was still able to move through the entire abdomen, according to Mako’s vets.

This didn’t raise concern because gas was still able to move through the entire abdomen, according to Mako’s vets.

When the Doctors came and talked to me, they told me that Mako’s X-rays don’t really show much. To the right you see her on of her first set of Scans. The doctors told me that with foreign bodies such as plastic or socks, non metallic objects, the vets must rely on gas patterns. A blockage shows gas building up, like its trapped. To the right, they didn’t really see much, other than gas being bale to move through the body as normal. So they couldn’t really say whether or not anything was causing a blockage and where. At this point they told me I had three options. 1. The most risky and least advised: I could take her home, watch her overnight, and most likely be bringing her back tomorrow. 2. The most cautions and most advised upon: Leave her overnight, and pump her with fluids with observations, and a second set of scans in the morning (Fluids can help to swell the organs and tissues, which can help to push out a blockage) Approx. $1000, or 3. The least advised and also very risky because they don’t have much to go on except my word that she ate something: Surgery Approx $3,000-$4,500. WHAT?? Well ok, I have literally no idea, first of all i’m freaking out at this point. I can’t afford surgery, and omg maybe fluids will work? maybe she’s ok. I don’t trust that she will be ok coming home tonight. Ok, I called my mom, talked it over with her, and we made a judgement call. Mako is my lifeline and we have to what we can to save her life. We went with fluids. I felt good with NC State monitoring her and maybe this would open her intestines and help pass the crate.


Well, they called me the next morning (Tuesday) and told me her X-rays didn’t show much change and that Mako could come home following a meal. Below are her Day 2 Scans. I came to pick Mako up after work around 5ish and when I did, the ER vet came out without Mako. Something was up!! Apparently every hour Mako was getting an abdominal exam to note any pain or improvement. Mako received one before she ate, and one after she ate. The ER vet noted Mako winced in pain after she had eaten. Which made him sense there was an underlying problem. He told me they could do fluids again or I could take Mako home on a Green Card, meaning she would need to be brought back first thing in the morning for X-rays. When I thought the nightmare was over, our worst fears were starting to set in. I told him I couldn’t afford fluids just for her to throw up on the floor again. I would take her and bring her back. Mako was pitiful. That night she and I slept on the floor with a towel. She slept, I stayed awake watching her. It was extremely miserable.

As you can see from these images, the Gas patterns have changed. These are her Day two Scans.

As you can see from these images, the Gas patterns have changed. These are her Day two Scans.

Gas basically shows the vets where the blockages are.

Gas basically shows the vets where the blockages are.

Gas builds up because it can’t pass through the blockage, which raises concern.

Gas builds up because it can’t pass through the blockage, which raises concern.

Day 3 Scans. The Blockage Showed Major Reason for Concern in the intestines. The Gas had built up at this point, which is what caused the vet to make the call for surgery.

Day 3 Scans. The Blockage Showed Major Reason for Concern in the intestines. The Gas had built up at this point, which is what caused the vet to make the call for surgery.

3am. The typical point in the night where a dog wakes you up and vomits everything from their stomach. As a concerned parent, I inspected what was on the towel, thank god she made it on to the towel. What did they feed her? Full sized food, Ol’ Roy? Not her typical Kibble thats for sure. It didn’t even make it into the digestive track. I felt so bad for her. At this point Mako hadn’t even eaten or had a full nutritious meal since Saturday. My heart hurt. She was so pitiful! We snuggled close the rest of the night and first thing that morning, I rushed her over to NC State. I met with the ER doctor and told him what happened. He took her back and I left Mako again. Little did I know I wouldn’t see her for another 24hours, then again, I think deep down I knew we were at the point of surgery. Her third set of Scans were completed and I got a call from the ER doctor with a sense of urgency. Mako needed surgery. An estimated cost of $4500! My immediate reaction was YES! He asked me if I needed to talk it over or call someone and I told him no, that I knew what I had to do, that Mako was important to me and I couldn’t lose her. Do the surgery. Save her Life!

I called my mom frantically. She didn’t answer. My sister was at work. My other sister MIA. I called the one person I knew would answer. I called my Nonno. He answered when he heard me through the answering machine. My grandparents are always there for me when I need them. My Nonno helped calm me down and let me know that everything was gonna be ok. After getting off the phone with him, I immediately applied for the care credit card (which by the way is incredible, I will discuss more below!!) I had to have a way to pay for this and I had to do it fast. While applying, the vet called and confirmed that they were good for surgery. I was a little frustrated because I obviously had already given permission and thought they had started. Around 5pm, as I was leaving work, I got the call the Mako made it out of surgery! Phew! She was in the ICU and in recovery. I wasn’t able to visit that day but could schedule a time on Thursday with the Student working her case.


The doctor did tell me this though! Mako didn’t just ingest crate pieces. Mako had ingest two very large crate pieces, one of which had passed through her intestines and one that was in her stomach. The kicker was that they were attached by a piece of string or rope. ROPE TOYS another very dangerous toy that Mako no longer plays without major major major supervision! Basically the problem was one piece of plastic was trying to exit the body one way while the other was fighting to exit the other way. Kind of a freak accident!! But still something to be very worried about!

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Visitation Day was by far the best day. It was only third minutes, but it was the best thirty minutes of the week. I missed my girl so much. Sleeping in bed with out her all week was soooooo awful. But seeing my sweet girl was the highlight of the longest week of my life. She was sad though, she had tears down her face and was shedding from all the stress she was under. She was wrapped in a bandage that held her timed medication monitor on and also her wounded area. Mako was weak but she was so excited to see me. They asked that I try and get her to eat. Because the sooner mako ate, the sooner she was able to go home. I talked with her. I tried to get her to eat some. I told her if she ate, she could home. I comforted her. I took selfies. I face timed my mom. We cherished every bit of our little meet and greet. When the doctor came back, Mako jumped into my lap. My heart ached. She didn’t want to go. But I knew she had to. She would be home soon. Mako was a fighter and she was doing amazing. I told her to eat her dinner and that she would be coming home soon!

My Grandma sent Mako a get well soon Card! Sweetest Grandma award goes tooooo….. Makos Great Grandma for sure!

My Grandma sent Mako a get well soon Card! Sweetest Grandma award goes tooooo….. Makos Great Grandma for sure!


Mako came home the next day. Post op was a little unusual. Discharge instructions weren’t exactly the best, but I wasn’t also really aware that I shouldn’t have walked Mako the way I did. I made Soft Tissues aware of what happened. And let them know of ways they can improve their services, they are a teaching hospital after all!

Mako developed a Hematoma Seroma, which is a mass at the staple sight that leaks. She was prescribed a medication that helped to dry it up and after three weeks in the cone, all was healed. 40 staples. 10 inch scar. and a little bit of traumatization and anxiety and here we are. But I’m not really here to talk post op. So let’s talk about what you can do to stay ahead of all of this. What can you do? What options do you have as a pet parent??


Staying Ahead of Your Pet’s Health:

Option 1: Pet Insurance! - There are so many options out there! SO Many! I’ve actually considered a few and originally went with Embrace. About a year ago though we switch before Mako developed anything serious and I already was aware that her allergies were pre-existing. FIGO Pet insurance has actually been incredible. (which I will go into full detail about our experience with them, in Part 3!) However, for a medium mixed breed dog, we pay $45.00 a month for 90% coverage and a $250 deductible for up to $10,000.

Option 2: Care Credit! - Not all vets take this so keep this in mind, but major vet hospitals, like NC STATE and the VSH in Raleigh I believe do, My vet, City Vet also do! Every vet is different but most do 6 months no interest! which is pretty good for smaller bills. And it’s better than nothing! Great place to start. I applied for this when Mako had surgery, and was approved on the spot, basically tell them what you need for surgery, and you can get approved. (at least that’s how it was for me.)

Option 3: Crate Options: Impact Dog Crate: This isn’t really affordable unless you pay this off over time. I bought the collapsible crate, and its been incredible!! Mako actually feels safer in her crate than she ever has in her little metal crate she was in before. Impact dog crates, are aluminum based crates and designed to protect your dog from themselves, in a car accident and so much more. They have crates designed for high anxiety dogs and more. They do have a cheaper version of the crate, and I believe it just as sturdy and reliable as the more expensive ones. But it is not designed for dogs who have high anxiety. HIGHLY Recommend if your dog chews on the crate!

FOUR Things I do to Stay On Top of Mako’s Health: What Warrants a Vet Visit and What doesn’t?

  1. 24 hour Rule: Throwing up! OMG. Scariest thing of my life and will literally wake you out of your sleep. But notice the signs, what’s been going on? Did they eat something weird? Is there means to be concern? Don’t rush to the vet if they are still eating, if they are still drinking, if the attitude in your pup is still normal, watch for signs of lethargy. Still throwing up after 24 hours, good sign, you probably should see the Vet!

  2. Whimpering: Now this is something you have to be careful with. I’m not saying every time your dog cries at the dog park because they ran into the fence or another dog and they whimper take them to the vet, there’s always a chance for a strain and your dog could just need rest! (happened to me before and omg I do not have money for the vet over a strain, rest up sweet girl, no park for you.) But if the injury isn’t improving, or you notice it seems worse than it should be, as in your dog can’t even walk, there’s an open wound, or again the 24 hour rule and lethargy, use your best judgement. You are the advocate for your dog! AGAIN I HIGHLY RECOMMEND PET INSURANCE. but again pet insurance is a know your dog basis. I can explain further, but just let me know if you have questions.

  3. Lethargy: What is your pets normal activity level? Mako’s changes all the time, but sick Mako is whole other ball game. If your pup loves meal time and then refuses to eat, problem. If your pup won’t drink water, problem. If your pup is alllll kinds of lazy and their attitude is literally you when sick, problem. Signs of lethargy aren’t just science. It’s knowing your dog. Advocate for your pup.

  4. Coughing: Wow this ones been big lately and a lot of pet parents I know have had an issue with it. If you’re up to date on vaccines for kennel cough/ bordetella, don’t freak out. Try warm water, lemon juice and little honey for sweetness. have them drink or use a syringe to get it right into their throat! Mako had a slight cough and this worked wonders!! Not healing a couple days or improving, see your vet!

These days we don’t miss. Lethargy is vey noticeable. Mako was weak and hungry! Food wasn’t processing and all she wanted was somewhere cool to lay. We are glad to be all healed up!

These days we don’t miss. Lethargy is vey noticeable. Mako was weak and hungry! Food wasn’t processing and all she wanted was somewhere cool to lay. We are glad to be all healed up!

Mako’s three weeks in the cone were a blast. Especially when she was wearing a tank top, being babysat by her favorite Auntie Heidi, and getting extra attention cause everyone wanted to know what happened! Does she miss it? Heck no!

Mako’s three weeks in the cone were a blast. Especially when she was wearing a tank top, being babysat by her favorite Auntie Heidi, and getting extra attention cause everyone wanted to know what happened! Does she miss it? Heck no!

It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog.
— Mark Twain

Heart Beet Delights, a Pawlentine Bite for your Pup!


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Happy Valentine’s Day Fur-iends!! Boy do we wish we could celebrate with all of you! Whether if be at the dog park or snuggled up watching netflix, a puppy pawty Pawlentine’s day would be pretty amazing right now!

However, we know everyones got their own thing going on!! But in the mean time, we wanted to make sure you Dog Mom and Dog Dads were able to spoil you pups the right way!! Whether you decide to stop at the local pet store for treats and cookies or bake something yourself, your pup will love you no matter what! But here’s a easy recipe to get your pups heat Beet-ing for you this Valentine’s day!!

Heart Beet Delights! (Beet and Apple Bites)

Prep Time 30+ minutes

Bake Time 30 minutes

Ingredients:

3-4 Cups Whole Wheat Flour (All Purpose Flour, Coconut Flour, etc. is also fine! Eyeball this. I started with 2.5, and adjusted as my dough needed. Depending on how big your beets are. Feel free to DM me!)

1/4 cup Ground Flax Seed

1 Tablespoon The Honest Kitchen Perfect Form Herbal Supplement (Great for Belly Digestion!!)

1/4 Cup Shredded Coconut

2 Cups Rolled Oats (These helped to dry your dough out too, and make it less sticky!!)

2 Small Apples Chopped Finely ( I used a Food Processor)

3 Small Beets Boiled, Peeled, and Pureed ( I used a Food Processor, I used 4 and it was a little much!!, so go with three!)

1 Egg

4 oz Unsweetened Apple Sauce

Instructions:

  1. Pre Heat Oven to 375 Degrees

  2. Mix Dry Ingredients: Flour, Flax Seeds, Perfect Form, Coconut, Oats, & Apples in a large bowl.

  3. Mix Wet Ingredients: Egg, Apple Sauce, and Pureed Beets in smaller Bowl.

    1. To Puree Beets: Boil with skin on. Ice Bath Beets to Cool. Peel Skin. Puree in Food Processor.

  4. Combine Wet ingredients and Dry ingredients to Form dough. Dough will be Really sticky consistency.

  5. Optional: If you have extra flour roll out dough and cut out shapes with cookies cutters. I bought the cutest Valentines day cutters at Target for $3.00 in the dollar section!! Otherwise, roll dough into balls and space two inches apart. Flatten each ball with a fork. I would say depending on dogs size and your treat size preference, determine the best size. I chose larger size and baked for longer.

  6. For cookie cutter sized treats Bake for 30 minutes. For larger dough balls as pictured, approximately 40min bake time. Be mindful as you bake.

  7. Store in Fridge for up to 7-14 days. Until eaten. Mako ate hers in about 3 weeks in fridge, and they were fine! (I have updated this from our last blog!)


Now for some play by play so you can kinda follow along and make sure you got the steps right. But then again, its a dog cookie, its doesn’t have to be perfect! If they are not picky eaters, they will love these!! Mako is obsessed! And the Color of these is alllll Natural! YAY!!

I used two apples about this size. and I used all 4 of the beets, but would recommend using 3.

I used two apples about this size. and I used all 4 of the beets, but would recommend using 3.

Apples gave me about 3/4 cup chopped in the food processor.

Apples gave me about 3/4 cup chopped in the food processor.

Pureed beets, apple sauce and one egg.

Pureed beets, apple sauce and one egg.


These are seriously the perfect Valentines Day cookie cutters for dogs because they are just the right size for any dog! For mako its Bite size and for smaller dogs, you can break the cookies up! I liked that they were not too big like normal cookies cutters usually are. I also found these in the dollar section at target for like $3.00! A freaking STEAL!!!

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Now at this point because the dough is sticky you might need to roll out onto flour so your dough doesn’t stick! Also the dough is pretty red, so be careful of it dying your hands kinda pink . I didn’t have any issues but I do want to warn you, while your rolling out the dough! If you have issues, you can always make dough balls, and make what i think looks like hamburger meat!


Final Product! This dough color was soooo perfect for VDAY! These baked at about 25 minutes. depending on dough thickness, I think you could bake longer if needed. The dough balls baked the full 30minutes.

Final Product! This dough color was soooo perfect for VDAY! These baked at about 25 minutes. depending on dough thickness, I think you could bake longer if needed. The dough balls baked the full 30minutes.

Plated! Again store in the Fridge for up to 2 weeks! Share with friends cause this dough makes a lot!! Happy Valentine’s Day!!

Plated! Again store in the Fridge for up to 2 weeks! Share with friends cause this dough makes a lot!! Happy Valentine’s Day!!


New Years Resolutions for Dog and I


Eyes are totally the Windows to the soul, and Makos are telling me to eat right and exercise this year!! And not use flash! haha

Eyes are totally the Windows to the soul, and Makos are telling me to eat right and exercise this year!! And not use flash! haha

New year, New Me… Seriously this mantra is old. How about New Year, Same Me (or rather us.) But in the mean time lets make some resolutions and upgrades. Lets be honest us dog moms and dads are striving to work on our own New Years Resolutions this years, but we should also be thinking about how we can also improve our pets lives. I thought a lot about Mako’s pretty interesting 2018 and how we can make 2019 a much better and healthier year for both her and I. Throughout the year we will keep you posted on our progress!! Hopefully from these you can set your own or use these too!

Below I give you our top FIVE 2019 New Years Resolutions:

  1. Shed Less. (Stress less) Did you know that shedding isn’t just a seasonal thing? Dogs shed when the temps change and also in high cases of stress. For example, Mako had surgery two years ago and was left at the vet without mom for 24-48 hours, hair was coming out in chunks! The vet told me she was under so much bodily and emotional stress that this was extremely normal. High cases of stress can cause excess hair loss. As many of you know allergy pups already shed more than most pups on average, so stress less, means shed (a little) less for us! So thats a starting point for us!

  2. Itch Less. (Get our Allergies under Control!!) Allergies are no freaking joke! After two years on our allergy journey and 2018 basically was us starting over with new test and meds, but 2019 is about leveling out those allergens and keeping our itching down! And don’t worry friends, we have a post all about this just for those pups with allergies! How Mako went from Naked and no fur, to fully fluffed and a massive shedder (I almost prefer her less hair, less lint rolling your leggings if you know what I mean??)

  3. Get Out More!! Get Outside, Go to Public Outings, Get out of Our Comfort Zone! Mako struggles with minor social anxiety. She doesn’t tend do well around, well, anyone. Especially kids and strangers. But we strive daily to walk in our neighborhood filled with kids riding bikes, and various people we don’t know, which is a huge start. We will keep you posted on other fun ways to keep your dog social in 2019!

  4. Smile More! Not sure if you’ve noticed, but Mako has a major case of RBF. Treats involved and she just gets into formation and tenses up. Sometimes I’m not sure if she’s happy of she’s just eager for the treat. But Smile More, I think goes for both Mako and I. Over the Holidays we had a Joy Seeker Challenge, to seek joy and find happiness everyday, and it really made us find the light and good in everyday, so in 2019, mako is working on her RBF and I am working just finding Joy with Mako. We’re hoping for more fun, and more smiles along the way this year.

  5. Lastly Mako and I are taking time to just enjoy each other. With working two jobs, sometimes theres not enough time in the day to have dog mom and dog time. But I have made it a point for Mako and I to do something daily together. This past week we have walked every single day or had a 10-15 minute dance party to the Taylor swift reputation tour. Our little bit of bonding daily makes our relationship quality that much better.

What are your resolutions this year? Are you trying to get Fit? Can Pup be involved? Are you eating healthier? Are you working on self care? Are you indulging in finer things? Let us know! Message us on Insta! We want to know your resolutions! And we want to hold you to it! In June at the 6 month mark we will post an update on our resolutions, and hopefully we haven’t fallen off track! We can also see how you’re doing!! How does that sound? Are you in? Join us!! Welcome to 2019 friends! Happy New Year!! Thank for being here with us!!

Pawliday Cookies! Just in time for Santa Paws.


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Nothing screams Holidays, more than Christmas Cookies!! And OMG do these scream (and smell like) Christmas! From the cranberries to the mint, to the added bonus of flax seed and coconut these cookies for your pups are literally to die for! Santa Paws is going to go beg for more on Christmas Eve!

Now I know from reading recipe blogs myself, you’re not here for the chit chat, you’re here for the recipe and low down! so lets get to it!

Santa Paws Cranberry Delights

Prep Time 30+ minutes

Bake Time 30 minutes

Ingredients:

2.5 cups Whole Wheat Flour (All Purpose Flour, Coconut Flour, etc. is also fine!)

1/4 cup Ground Flax Seed

1 Tablespoon The Honest Kitchen Perfect Form Herbal Supplement (Great for Belly Digestion!!)

1/4 Cup Shredded Coconut

1 Cup Rolled Oats

3/4 Cup Diced Whole Cranberries

1.5 Tablespoons Chopped Fresh Mint

1 Eggs

3/4 Can Cranberry Sauce (Jellied)


Instructions:

  1. Pre Heat Oven to 375 Degrees

  2. Mix Dry Ingredients: Flour, Flax Seeds, Perfect Form, Coconut, Oats, Cranberries, & Mint in a large bowl.

  3. Mix Wet Ingredients: Egg and Cranberry Sauce in smaller Bowl

  4. Combine Wet ingredients and Dry ingredients to Form dough. Dough will be sticky consistency.

  5. Optional: If you have extra flour roll our dough and cut out shapes with cookies cutters. Otherwise, roll dough into balls and space two inches apart. Flatten each ball with a fork. I would say depending on dogs size and your treat size preference, determine the best size. I chose larger size and baked for longer.

  6. For cookie cutter sized treats Bake for 30 minutes. For larger dough balls as pictures, approximately 40min bake time. Be mindful

  7. Store in Fridge for up to 7-10 days.


Ok Ok. Now that I have given you the run down on the recipe, let me get into more serious things. No for real. I created a recipe feeding off another recipe that had incredients that promoted all around a better digestive system for our pups! Lets be real holidays can be all around CRAY-ZEE! Mako is already beet bopping from one house to the next between my sisters houses and my moms, to struggling from a possible UTI/Yeast infection (lord help us), and antibiotics are noooo Joke! So lets be honest here anything to counteract those holiday stressors on our belly is a positive in our house!! So we fed off of one of our favorite pineapple and coconut recipes and made it Pawliday friendly! It’s Screaming Red, Green, and White all over! I mean look at all of that snowy coconut and that beautiful fresh mint. And lets not forget those gorgeous cranberries!

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Speaking of digestion though. The ingredients that really build this recipe up, but your dog doesn’t even notice what happening because of all the good good above, are the flax seed, the perfect form, the oats, and the whole wheat flour.

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Flax seed is already a good source of omega-3 fatty acids which is great for your dogs skin and coat (WIN WIN for allergy dogs) but did you know know that ground, its an awesome source of fiber!! Perfect Form has been a staple in our house since literally day one!! Mako has always had belly issues, and when mixed with a little pumpkin, its like FREAKING MAGIC!! I’m telling you, save yourself a vet trip and buy yourself this miracle worker. It literally makes your dogs stool the “perfect form,” if you know what I am saying, ok! As for Oats and Whole Wheat flour, hello, they are literally whole grain, which is basically fiber in itself!

Save yourself some stress this week, make these cookies, make your dog happy and your heart happy by having fun making them! I know Mako and I sure did! We even had assistance from a good friend of ours! Oh! And Omg before I forget this yields like wayyy too many cookies for one dog to eat in a week. So bake half the dough! Freeze the other half and bake the rest later! Seriously!! Or if your at home with others, share!! (and DO NOT CONSUME THIS DOUGH, IT IS DOG FRIENDLY ONLY!! I REPEAT, DOG FRIENDLY, NOT PEOPLE FRIENDLY, because of the perfect form, which is a dog supplement not a people supplement.) Stay Stress Free this week Friends! Bake some cookies whether it be dog cookies or people cookies and have a Happy and Safe Holiday! We love each and everyone of you and are so thankful to be able to share our blog with you! Merry Christmas! Cant wait to share more with you all!


Pre-baked bones. I used a mini sized bones. These baked at the full 30 min and turned out great. Flour is kind of annoying and was literally not something I enjoyed cause it doesn’t like bake into the dough, it like just coated the cookie, if that makes sense.

Pre-baked bones. I used a mini sized bones. These baked at the full 30 min and turned out great. Flour is kind of annoying and was literally not something I enjoyed cause it doesn’t like bake into the dough, it like just coated the cookie, if that makes sense.

These are probably about 1.5 inch dough balls. I baked these for the 35-40 min range. Depending on the crunch your dog would like and size treats this is something to thing about.

These are probably about 1.5 inch dough balls. I baked these for the 35-40 min range. Depending on the crunch your dog would like and size treats this is something to thing about.


Final Product! Ready for Santa Paws!! I would Definitely Bake again! Mako is in Love and so are all the cousin dogs! YAYYY!

Final Product! Ready for Santa Paws!! I would Definitely Bake again! Mako is in Love and so are all the cousin dogs! YAYYY!


Holiday Gift Guide 2018


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Happy Holiday’s Fur-riends! I hope you all are enjoying this holiday season and the much cooler temperatures to come with. Mako and I have already decorated my home with the fall and Christmas “Transitional” Decor. Before you jump down my throat!! Christmas Decor is the most warm, inviting, and cheerful decor of the year! And its scientifically proven to brighten your mood, so why not enjoy it as long as you can! (Also Mako thrives on snuggles by the tree! She loves to post up on the couch with her head by the tree, so she can enjoy the lights!) Trust me, decorate today and enjoy the holiday environment, not only because its great for you, but it’s great for your pup!

Speaking of Holidays, our Holiday Gift Guide is finally complete! (Took us fur-ever, to pick our favorite products, take pictures, release content… but perks of the blog right?) Below you will find some amazing gifts for any pup at almost any budget! I found myself shopping more local this year, but have some last minute Black Friday doggo finds to order this week! I can not pass up a sale! I will mention those as well, but in less detail! But my local finds are to die for! Keep reading for more details on each Item on our holiday wish list, (or more like holiday-we-now-own these list) OH and sorry for Mako’s Constant RBF, she decided to play in our drain water at the apartment, therefor she had to have a “Mom’s Mad at me Bath!” and she was not happy about that!


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First on our Holiday Gift Guide: Festive Bandanas!

Whether you are looking for bandanas for Thanksgiving or Christmas or just the holiday season in general, the Humble Hound Co. can hook you up! Her Pumpkin Pie Bandana stole my heart (and Mako’s) in an instant. Perfect for trimming the turkey or munching on pie, Mako looks ready for any Thanksgiving task! And who doesn’t love pumpkin and pie?! (speaking of, I’m making mini doggie pies for Mako! If anyone is interested in my recipe, holllla!)

Mako has about a 16-17 inch neck around, and I went with a large bandana. The size is perfect! I love the way these bandanas fall on Mako as well. They are large enough to show the pattern, and also look nicely when tied around your pup. Along with having amazing bandanas, this NC local company has an amazing CEO, Clyde the Basset Hound, is by far one of mako’s favorite dudes! Check out these festive bandanas and more here.


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Secondly: Holiday Photo Worthy Bow Ties & Girly Bows!

Chase and Chauncey bows are to die for! This girly bow has seriously become my newest dog mom addiction! The oversized bow screams, “I am one fancy pup!” On top of that, we get so many compliments on all our girly bows! I love telling all our new friends about the newest and hottest doggy trends, and this one takes the cake! Not only are her girly bows great, the bow ties are a smash! My sisters pup Mateo (15lb mini beagle) is so dapper in his Christmas bow! (and more, cause I'm all about stocking up him too!)

Chase and Chauncey also makes bandanas and scarves, along with her bows and girly bows!! Her scarves are seriously the perfect winter additives to any pups wardrobe! So boy or girl, get your pup ready for the holidays with all the fun holiday patterns and prints! Want something special, maybe for your Christmas photos, or just family portraits and need to include the pup? No worries, Chase and Chauncey will make it happen! Found fabric you just have to have in a bow or bandana? If you’re local, contact Alyssa and she will work it out for you! Find her bows, bowties, and more here.


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Third: Christmas Poinsettia Sailor Bow!

This Pawties sailor bow is by far a Christmas staple that every diva dog needs! I found the poinsettias to be subtle and the stripes on this fabric will make this a perfect transitional piece! I’m freaking loving this pattern! And it looks so good on Mako!

Pawties is great because the bows are made to fit your dogs style. Whether your dog wears a collar or not. With choice of velcro collar attachments or an elastic band (around the neck), you can choose the fit that makes your pup comfortable! Mako wears a collar regularly so we went with the velcro attachments, and it was just to easy and can fit any collar! I also love that Pawties, sells bows and sailor bows (more girly) because this truly diversifies your pup. Tired of hearing “He looks so cute!” when your dogs a girl, these sailor bows have just the feminine touch any girly pup needs! I’m literally obsessed! Find Pawties bows and sailor bows here. I also think they have an amazing Black Friday Sale going on, so head over there and get your dapper pup some swag!


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Fourth: Holly Jolly Matching PJS for Christmas Eve!!

These are a must have! Hanna Anderson Dog Johns are the perfect fit for dogs small and large! Mako is 55lbs and really chesty (ie, the staffy in her,) so a lot of doggo apparel just doesn’t fit. But OMG Hanna Anderson has rocked our world! Besides our adorable matching jammies, we have the narwhal dog John and the gnomes pet sweater! I’m so excited to have jammies that fit my girl and match mine!! I will for sure be buying more asap!

Besides having amazing dog clothes, their pjs pants are amazing. I am literally obsessed! they are so soft and so cozy, I could spend the entire holidays in these! I would potentially size down, as the pjs kinda run large! OH! and their customer service is phenomenal! (and I don’t mess around when it comes to customer service!!) We had an issue with a our sweater, and Hanna Anderson replaced it on the spot!! Check our insta for the gnome sweater, it will make debut soon! Now these are on the more expensive side. However, with refer a friend, you can save 20% on your first purchase, shoot me an email @ theleashedlife.gmail.com and I will get your referral, (and I’m sure they will have good sales Black Friday, they typically run sales daily!) To find dog johns and matching pjs, go here.


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Fifth: Festive Target Bark!

Y’all already know mako and I are obsessed with bark box. When Bark launched toys and treats at Target, I bout lost my mind. Their toys are seriously the best dang toys, you will ever purchase! From the crinkle paper, to the giggle sticks, right down to the very theme of each series at target, Bark just makes the best toys!

I know, I know, do they hold up?? Like any toy, there is a certain level at which said toy can be destroyed, and lets just say right here, right now, these toys are worth the $7.99-$11.99 price tag. Our Bark toys have lasted longer than our toys from any other retailer, and its because they are made to be GREAT toys! Find these holiday bark toys and more, here. or shop on bark.

Y’all for real do not pass on these toys! They are by far some of the most fun and most wonderful toys ever. I think Mako owns like 35 bark toys and had an eternal battle about which one is her favorite of the week!! Seriously though she took her fish taco to bed for almost a month!


Turns out our Box has been SNATCHED… by the post office and didn’t arrive yet! However our Fred the reindeer toy is on its way!!! I will do a box opening on instagram this week!!

Turns out our Box has been SNATCHED… by the post office and didn’t arrive yet! However our Fred the reindeer toy is on its way!!! I will do a box opening on instagram this week!!

Lastly: The Grinch Themed Barkbox! I am Obsessed! Barkbox out did themselves with this theme. Not that any of there themes are bad, because every box blows me away, The Grinch themed box is a holiday wish list must have! First of all, its the freaking Grinch! Second, It’s the GRINCH! These toys are by far some of my favorite holiday toys ever!

Now, why do I love Bark so much, and why not another box subscription for dogs, (well I love Realdog subsciption box, but more on that later?) I love Bark and Barkboc because of how much they care for my pup. Mako is really going through a lot with her allergies and come end of December, our Dermatologist has recommended a food Trial (which I will go into detail in January.) Basically on a food trial, Mako will be restricted to the food prescribed by the vet. That means treats, dinner, you name it, the nasty chicken smelling soup cracker prescription food, will be all Mako is allowed to eat. So what about Bark, how does this play into affect. Well I emailed Bark, and I expressed how Mako will be on a Trial soon, and having a box of treats, is kind of a waste. I said if we can’t have toys, can we have chews? Chews are much easier to disperse to a shelter, or to friends, or to Mako once the trial is over. Within 24 hours our box was re-done, avoiding proteins on our no list (chicken) and without treats! Phenomenal. On top of this, Bark sent Mako a get well card with her own personal portrait! Can you say AMAZING CUSTOMER SERVICE!!! (My number one must have in a company!!!) Sign up for Barkbox here!


Other items on my Pawliday Wishlist for Mako are as follows:

  1. Found My Animal- Leash and Collar: These are by far some of the best leashes and collars I have ever bought! I found them in NYC this summer, and OMG. The leash is so versatile and can be wrapped around the waist for better stability! Its such a classy leash and is so dang stylish!

  2. Bocce’s Bakery Treats and Chews: These are some of my favorite treats on the market right now! I love that they have some of the most fun treat names like “truffle Mac & Cheese” and “Beef Bourgeon!” Mako is also dealing with some food issues and cant have meat, and their meatless treats are sooooo trust worthy, with limited ingredients, that I know and understand!!

  3. Honest Kitchen Perfect Form: This stuff is seriously to die for! If your pup has ever experienced any tummy issues, this will save your dog!! Check it out and if you have questions, let me know!!


Pumpkin Puree DIY!


Pumpkin Patch Vibes. Mako had such a blast picking out her pumpkins and mom’s decor!

During October and November, the pumpkin patches are readily available and pumpkins all over your local grocery stores! Save yourself a few dollars on Pumpkin Puree and have some fine while making it yourself!!

Did you know that Pumpkin Puree is full of fiber and makes the perfect additive to any dogs meal when their tummy is upset?? I can tell you from personal experience that Libby’s Canned Pumpkin saved me from many sleepless nights when I first got Mako. Pumpkin, straight up, is a gift of the Gods when it comes to making dogs of all sizes feel better!

Let’s be honest here, we all know as dog parents that the number one and two rules of thumb are as follows:

  1. Is your dog eating normally?

  2. Is your dog using the restroom normally?

If either of these two things are a No, there is trouble in doggy paradise. If they’re eating and being ravenous, but number two is out of the ordinary, there is a quick and inexpensive fix, and canned Pumpkin Puree or homemade can solve your issue!

And a little goes a long way, so be careful, when finding the right dose! Too much and you might get the opposite problem. For Mako, 55lbs, she can usually do two spoonfuls of pumpkin and everything is right as rain the next potty break! I personally like to pour the pumpkin (canned or homemade) into treat molds and freeze them for easy on the go snacking of a healthy and beneficial doggy treat! I always have a can in my pantry for those go to moments! You should too!


You don’t need much, a food processor, pan, utensil, cutting board, knife, and Pumpkin! I got my scooper at Target for 50% off right now! and my processor is from target too! (I’m also certain its on sale in stores only!)

You don’t need much, a food processor, pan, utensil, cutting board, knife, and Pumpkin! I got my scooper at Target for 50% off right now! and my processor is from target too! (I’m also certain its on sale in stores only!)

Below I have included easy go to instructions and pictures to help you make your own with those leftover orange decor pumpkins. (do not consume yourself unless made from Pie Pumpkins or Sugar Pumpkins) Left over Jack-O-Lantern scraps make the perfect puree as well, but not to be consumed by dog mom and dog dad!

Once you have your pumpkin, (we chose a small Sugar Pumpkin from Trader Joe’s) your first step is to remove any stickers and wash your fruit! Pre Heat the Oven to 350 degrees.

After your Pumpkin is washed, Cut in half! This is probably the hardest part so be careful! If you feel more comfortable doing this, by all means it doesn’t change the outcome. Feel free to cut your stem off so you can more easily cut. (It’s way easier, than cutting through the stem!)

Once cut in half, you will see some strings and seeds like any other pumpkin, naturally. Use a pumpkin scrapper, spoon, fork, or whatever to clean your pumpkin as much as you can. Your pumpkin should look like this:

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Place pumpkin halves face down like pictured, and fill your tray with about 1/4inch of water. Bake for one hour! (longest wait time ever so turn on some Netflix and smell that pumpkin aroma!)

Once your pumpkin is baked, it should be a really soft consistency and easily removed from the peel.

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Keep in mind, do not use the peel when blending the puree. You only need the warm yellow orange inside. Remove the inside and place in a food processor or blender. Pumpkin should process to a nice smooth consistency and resemble Libby’s Puree (except way more yellow than orange!)

This next part is completely optional. If like me and can’t use a whole pumpkin of Puree in one day, feel free to freeze in treat molds of easy access when in need! I store my frozen treats in a Stasher Bag (You can also refrigerate and use spoonfuls throughout the week, by keeping it in a air tight container! Your pup is going to love you and their belly will too!! Def give this DIY a shot and let me know if you do! We might even feature your DIY Puree!!


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