Every family has their own little traditions or occasions to celebrate, ours included. This post is a celebration of Ollie. We found him on Petfinder and knew that we had to give this little brown Boston Terrier, a puppy mill survivor, a proper home. A home where he always has a toy to comfort him, a brother to play with, homemade treats to snack on, and someone to cuddle.
My favorite memory from the first week Ollie lived with us, happened at my parents’ house, my childhood home, in Dracut, MA. It was my Aunt’s 60th birthday and the family had decided to go out to lunch and then have cake and ice cream back at my parents’ house. After lunch, Kate and I made sure we were the first to arrive back at the house. Then Auntie came in and called out for Stevie “Where’s my Stevie?” “Come and see your Auntie!” All of a sudden, to her surprise, this tiny little white flash came running down the hallway! She had the biggest smile and greatest birthday surprise — puppy love from the newest member of our family!
In honor of Ollie’s adoption anniversary we took him to the Somerville Dog Festival in our neighborhood on a recent Sunday afternoon. A field full of games to play, prizes to win and free treats to sample… any dog’s dream. Followed up by some homemade dog treats for the boys to enjoy. Yay!
Pumpkin Peanut Butter Dog Treats
Recipe credit: Adapted from an original recipe by Courtney Danyelle Georg (instagram handle: triceracourt)
Makes 40 – 60 treats (depending on the size & shape you choose)
2 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour
1 cup 100% pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
2 TBS natural peanut butter
1 TBS ground flax
1 TBS honey
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1) Preheat the oven 350 degrees
2) Line two baking sheets with parchment
3) In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment combine all the ingredients
4) The dough should be dry and come together in a ball when mixed
5) Add a few drops of water if the dough does not form a ball while mixing
6) Remove dough from bowl and place on a floured work surface
7) Using a rolling pin roll dough out to 1/2″ thickness, cut out shapes using a cookie cutter shape of your choice
8) Bake for 20 minutes, then take the baking sheets out, flip over each treat, and then rotate trays before returning to oven
9) Total bake time: 40 mins
10) Turn oven off after 40 mins and let cool in oven on the baking sheets
Stevie and Ollie loved them — they couldn’t get enough! Also, we made a little package for our dog walker to share them with her pack
Happy baking! Enjoy the recipe — I’m sure your pups will! Below is a photo of Ollie with the prize he won at the Somerville Dog Festival. He carried all around the festival and all the way home on our walk. What a character!