For the one who leaves paw prints on your heart (and your newly washed floor and your clean pants), Valentine’s Day becomes a wonderful opportunity to spoil your dog (more), avoid crowded restaurants, and skip the expensive roses.
I know my pack would really like a nice dinner in and a movie. They won’t care what movie, as all three are guaranteed to sleep through it, curled up around me on the couch. Before it’s movie time, we’ll take a long walk. I’ll strap on the snowshoes and we’ll go into our woods.
We’ll also celebrate with special treats that I made before we head outside. I call these treats “Elvis Cookies” but my dogs just call them delicious. Here’s the recipe:
1 egg, plus 1 egg white
1/2 cup good peanut butter*
1 ripe banana, mashed (about a 1/2 cup)
1 tablespoon honey
1 cup whole wheat flour or rice flour
1/2 cup oatmeal
Optional: 1 strip cooked bacon, crumbled
Olive oil or coconut oil cooking spray for baking sheet
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Spray baking sheet with non-stick oil. Stir together wet ingredients, except for 1 egg white. Mix in dry ingredients.
Roll dough to 1/4 inch thick. If the dough is super sticky, add a little more flour. Cut rolled dough with a cookie cutter. (Hearts, bones, whatever you like!) Brush top of each cookie with the egg white.
Bake 20-30 minutes or until cookies are golden. Time will vary depending on the shapes you cut, so watch them: Bigger and thicker cookies will take longer; small shapes will bake more quickly. Store baked cookies in an airtight container then in the refrigerator if you add bacon.
* Read the peanut butter label for xylitol, which is toxic to dogs. Most peanut butter doesn’t contain it, but to be sure, check the ingredients.
Other ways to celebrate your dog:
- Find a new trail to explore with your dog. Search online for dog-friendly areas near you. Be mindful of local leash laws.
- Create a piece of artwork of your dog. Draw, paint, sculpt, or photograph your pooch to remember your outing.
- Indulge your dog with a trip to your home “spa.” If your pup likes a bath, take out the old towels and rub-a-dub in the tub. Lucy would be in heaven if I gave her a brushing followed by a bubble bath. Linus and Charlie would just take a massage, hold the bath.
- Buy a new toy for your dog. Fix or toss any old ones that are coming apart.
- Donate to your favorite rescue or local shelter. Spread that love around!