Unconditional love. That's all that man's best friend wants to give. Licks, kisses, nose-nudges, wagging tails, yips, barks, and pure, innocent love. With no expectations in return.
Dog people are special people. We make exceptions for hair on our couches, wet paw prints on our floor, and the occasional squeaky toy under our foot. Often we would rather spend a couple hours wandering in the woods with our four-legged friends then shopping at the mall. Or we would rather be snuggled on the couch with our favorite lap buddy then sitting in a cold movie theater watching a movie. We make these choices because of unconditional love.
Every time I am too tired to take my dogs for a walk or too rushed to give them an extra pat on the head, I think about my mom's words of wisdom: their world is only as big as we make it. And that's my motivation to be a good doggie mom!
This Valentine's Day I will be spending my time with friends at dinner as the fifth wheel...which will be cheery in the absence of my traveling hubby. The best thought is knowing I will be greeted by two favorite smoochie butts when I arrive home!
I like to show my puppies how much I love them by making these delish treats (can be eaten by humans too, although be warned, they are bland for our pallets)! The beauty is that these are GRAIN FREE!!
PEANUT BUTTER PUPPY POPPERS
2 Cups of Organic Rolled Oats (you can either throw them in the cuisinart or leave them as is)
1 TBSP Baking Powder
1 Cup Peanut Butter (I try to stick to organic when I can, but sometimes the separation is too oily/wet)
1 Cup Organic Milk
Preheat oven to 375. Mix the rolled oats and baking powder together in one bowl. Mix the peanut butter and milk together in another one until creamy. Combine. Consistency should be sticky but not too sticky to roll out and cut with a cookie cutter. Roll into a ball. Flour (I use Almond Meal) your flat surface and roll out until poppers are about 1/4" thick and cut them with your choice of cutter. Place on non-stick baking sheets and bake for about 15 minutes (plus or minus depending on your oven) until the cookies start to "tan" and get brown around the edges. Take them out and let them cool! Package them up and spread the love to your other puppy friends!!
If you are feeling extra generous and want to spread the Valentine's love to some puppies in need, here are a couple of my favorite rescue sites that I support whenever I can! They are doing such wonderful things to help our buddies find good homes, be well-fed, and medically cared for....
Dogs may not be our whole life, but they make our lives whole. Unconditional love. It's something to behold.
Have a fun, fashionable, doggie kiss-filled Valentine's Day,