As I delve into this vibrant season with all of my senses engaged and ready for action, I remind myself that I shouldn't steal all the fun. What a delicious opportunity to share this season with those closest to me, including my furry companions. As the season shifts, I delight in observing how they observe; their nuance, their instinct, their simple and grateful appreciation for their shifting surroundings. I absolutely love experiencing this with them, as their perspective shows me beauty I might otherwise overlook or take for granted.
During the Fall, the daily pack walks with my dogs seem a touch more primal, aware, and unified, as we traverse through our beautiful local landscape and alongside our native wildlife friends. Their instincts shift with the seasons and it's amazing to watch. I am also a giant believer of daily guided exercise for a happy and balanced dog (humans alike!). At home, I like to pay additional attention to their well-being by adding a little organic pumpkin to their dinner, a plush blanket to their slumber balls, outfitting them in their seasonal collars, as well as their custom-made sweaters. The latter arguably more to my delight than to theirs, but I like to believe that they enjoy my carefully curated fashion choices that the cooler months bring.
I am certain that they appreciate the shift in the daily menu.
I do not tent to partake in treats for my dogs. I assure you they are not in the slightest bit neglected. I'm referring to processed dog treats or chews, as opposed to healthier choices that help them thrive in their overall health and well-being. My dogs are crazy about apples, bananas, carrots and the aforementioned organic pumpkin at mealtime. In this season where I am wholly and happily ensconced in the kitchen, I am mindful to include a seasonal snack for my dogs as well, which I'd love to share with you. They are a breeze to make and while you can make them all year round, these are particularly fitting flavors for this festive season.
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup peanut butter (without xylitol! Toxic to dogs.)
1 overripe, mashed banana
1 dollop unsweetened applesauce or organic pumpkin
1/2 cup shredded, chopped carrot
Makes 12, 1" round cookies
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Blend all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and using a melon baller, scoop each cookie onto a Silpat. You can make these smaller, depending on the size of your dog, or conversely, roll out and flatten the dough to cut into fun, seasonal shapes. Bake for 10-15 minutes, until they've set. No need to over bake.
*Please cool the cookies completely before bestowing onto your best friend. And please, please do not make if your precious baby is known to have food allergies. Common sense disclosure.
I know what you're thinking. Yes, they are totally delicious. We kind of end up splitting the batch, Baker's rules. It's the season of giving! And sharing is caring.