Christmas Cookies for the Dogs

The weekend before Christmas is usually one full of holiday baking–families and friends get together to bake all sorts of goodies. I always enjoy baking, I just don’t do a bunch of it because I end up eating it all. But when it comes to baking for my pups and for my friends’ with dogs, I’m all about it. Which is why part of my holiday baking consisted of baking two batches of Christmas cookies…for dogs.

These two recipes are pretty easy, and healthy, for you. If you’re looking for some last minute gifts for dog lovers, or for your own dog, I highly recommend these two recipes.

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Chicken ‘N Oats Cookies

2 Cups + 1/2 Cup rolled oats
1/2 Teaspoon salt
1 egg
1/2 Cup low sodium chicken broth (can use beef broth)
1 Tablespoon parsley

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine 2 cups rolled oats with salt, broth, egg, and parsley. Once combined, add the 1/2 cup leftover oats.
  3. After laying out wax paper, pour out the batter and knead by hand for 3 minutes to firm up the dough. Let the dough stand for 3 more minutes.
  4. Roll the dough to about a 1/2 inch thickness and use cookie cutters to cut into the dough.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes, with the option of flipping the cookies over for 4 additional minutes for extra crispness.
  6. Store in airtight container.

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Peanut Butter Puppers Cookies

1 1/4 Cups whole wheat flour
1/2 Teaspoon baking soda
1 Cup natural peanut butter (I like to use crunchy for texture)
1 Cup water
2 Tablespoons honey
1 egg

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the whole wheat flour, baking soda, egg, and peanut butter.
  3. Add the water and honey (your dough will be very sticky).
  4. Allow dough to chill for about 5-10 minutes in the freezer to help quell the stickiness.
  5. Roll out the dough on a floured surface to about 1/4-1/2 inch thickness and use cookie cutters.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes, until golden. Sometimes I’ll flip over the the cookies after 20 minutes and bake an additional 4 just to get a little more crunch.
  7. After cooling, store in an air-tight container.

**If you’re giving these (or any) homemade cookies to a dog lover on your list, be sure to include the ingredients in case their dog has an allergy. (For instance, my mom’s dog cannot have gluten due to his epilepsy.)

Your turn: Do you do anything special for the dog lover in your life on Christmas?

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Friday Fun: Pup Photos

Every once in a while I get a couple of great photos from agility trials that I compete in with my dogs. At a trial in October, the photographers with Springfield Photography were great about capturing moments with me and my two furry teammates. I figured the best way to celebrate a Friday was by sharing some these photos with you! 🙂

High Five! LaMesa and I give each other a high five before every run. She absolutely loves to do agility, or just about anything with me, actually. This is one of my favorite photos of all times.

High Five! LaMesa and I give each other a high five before every run. She absolutely loves to do agility, or just about anything with me, actually. This is one of my favorite photos of all times.

Baby A&W has already been learning how to handle a dog on an agility course, as you can see here (yes, you can see my baby bump!).

Baby A&W has already been learning how to handle a dog on an agility course, as you can see here (yes, you can see my baby bump!).

Dally is my fluffy best friend (we've been through a lot together) and I love running her. Our start-line routine is: rev up, pick up, kiss, drop, and go! This caught us in our kiss.

Dally is my fluffy best friend (we’ve been through a lot together) and I love running her. Our start-line routine is: rev up, pick up, kiss, drop, and go! This caught us in our kiss.

Busy, Busy! Mid-Week Good Reads: Fun Game, Girl Power, CrossFit Power

Today I’m heading to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, for the 2014 American Kennel Club National Championships with Dally, my Pembroke Welsh Corgi. I’m so excited–this is the third straight year we’ve qualified, second straight year our friends get to join us, and will probably be Dally’s final foray in the Nationals ring. I’m hoping for nice weather, but the 10-day outlook isn’t looking so bright. Whose bright idea was Pennsylvania at the end of March anyway??

  • I’ll be posting updates on my dog agility blog: Agility On Stumps
  • As well as doing some coverage for the Canine Chronicle, both on their website and in their print magazine.
  • Plus coverage for The Daily Corgi, as well as orchestrating #TeamDailyCorgi, a collection of five Corgis competing at Nationals who will share their experiences for the popular blog.
  • You can watch the free live streaming video, though Dally and I run early everyday (8 am).
Dally competing at the 2013 AKC National Agility Championships in Tulsa, Okla.

Dally competing at the 2013 AKC National Agility Championships in Tulsa, Okla.

Shew! So, like the title said, I’ll be busy, busy! But I wanted to share a couple of cool things with you:

First of all, my friend Nicole’s boyfriend just released a fun game app called Box Off. Remember playing that game as a kid? Now it’s “grown up” so you can play it on your IPhone. Check out Nicole’s blog, Fruit N Fitness for a fun giveaway she’s doing to help promote the game. And be sure to download the game!

Girl Power! Have you seen this video on YouTube yet?? It surprised me and really made me think. One guy answered a question about what would be wrong about having a female President with “Besides the PMSing…” Excuse me?? Wowwww… What do you think?

Because of that video, this post was written on WODTalk (thank you, Lindsay, for sharing this). Again, all I can say is “TRUTH!” I haven’t felt more powerful in a long time thanks to my time in the CrossFit gym. I still can’t do pull-ups like the guys, but when we finish a tough WOD, and I’m the only girl in our class, I’m beaming from the props I get from everyone. It has helped my confidence and helped me overcome my depression in so many ways.

Your turn: Share something you’ve enjoyed reading in the past week! 

Valentine’s Day Love

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!! I’ve never been much about celebrating this holiday (I feel like you shouldn’t need one specific day to tell someone you love them, you should celebrate love everyday), but some times you can’t help but get in the mood.

I just wanted to share my two favorite Valentine’s (next to my hubby, of course), from a little puppy Valentine’s Day party at the Bluegrass Barkery last weekend.

LaMesa & her (boy)friend Stout.

LaMesa & her (boy)friend Stout.

Dally & her (boy)friend Porter (and our friend, John).

Dally & her (boy)friend Porter (and our friend, John).

Give everyone a little extra love today!

Your turn: How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day?

Yuletide Greetings!

Can you believe it’s Christmas already?? This month has flown by so quickly with everything going on, it’s been hard to get into the Christmas spirit, but we’ve tried!

We took the pups (and the cats) to our favorite humane society that was having photos with Santa. So here, for your entertainment and holiday cheer, are our fur kids wishing you a very Meowy, Appy Christmas!

Sean and Sarabi

Sean and Sarabi

LaMesa and Dallas Mae

LaMesa and Dallas Mae

Footsteps for Figo

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On Saturday the Stump Kids, M, and I headed to Keeneland Race Course for a dog walk fundraiser sponsored/organized by the Bluegrass Barkery. Figo is a retired police K9 whose handler was ambushed and murdered earlier this year near Bardstown, Ky. His photo during Officer Ellis’s funeral was shared nationwide:

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Figo has since been retired to live with the Ellis family. Footsteps for Figo was meant as a fun walk and fundraiser where 100% of the proceeds went to the family for Figo’s lifetime care. There was a silent auction and donations were accepted (no cost or registration for the walk). The weather was gorgeous and the turn out was great.

We walked with my friend Joy, her boyfriend Rick, and her dog Sasha. Rick was like our own paparazzo (he’s a professional photographer), so we had a weirdo following us taking photos the whole time. (Dally didn’t worry–she knows she’s fabulous.)

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Dally’s towards the back, as always.

Towards the end of the walk Dally decided she was worn out. We maybe walked a 3K, but it was pretty muggy that morning.

Towards the end of the walk Dally decided she was worn out. We maybe walked a 3K, but it was pretty muggy that morning.

Smile for the camera, girls!

Smile for the camera, girls!

 

Dally Turns 8!

Today is Dally’s 8th birthday!!! That’s right, my pretty Corgi girl is celebrating turning two whole paws today, and she’s not showing the slightest sign of aging (well, minus the gray hairs sprouting on her face, but we blame LaMesa and Matt for those, and, of course, you don’t mention those to her).

Dally and I in the mountains with Lake Tahoe behind us.

Dally and I in the mountains with Lake Tahoe behind us.

I never would have imagined the world that was opened up to me when this little round ball of fur bunny hopped into my life.

Dallas Mae has been an awesome little buddy to help me through so many things like multiple state moves, loneliness, new jobs, big decisions, broken hearts, tears of sadness and joy, etc.

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I never would have thought she’d take me to Reno, Nev., nor back to Tulsa, Okla., to compete on our sport’s largest stage. I was told five years ago or so that she wouldn’t be an agility champion, but in November we proved them all wrong.

She’s my little Snuggle Bug at night–when we go to bed, I spoon Dally, with her head sharing my pillow with mine, and one of my hands rubbing her belly until we both fall asleep.

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She loves to get revved up before we cross the start line in agility, she loves her walks in the park, and her swims in the creek.

Today we’ll be hitting up the Bluegrass Barkery for her birthday treats and having a little celebration, and of course a lot of tennie playing. I’m hoping to have eight more years with this little girl.

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(You can read more about my relationship with Dally from our post on The Daily Corgi.)

Happy 8th Birthday, PACH Frontiers Honkytonkbadonkadonk RN, AX, AXJ, NF, MXPB, MXP4, MXJPB, MXJ4, PAX….aka Dallas Mae….aka Dallas Corgi Furr….aka Dally

Good Reads 4.20.13

Happy Saturday!! Here’s another serving of Good Reads for your weekend reading:

Yogurt is Not a Meal (Dangerously Hardcore): A great post from a personal trainer about healthy eating. Some times we get so caught up in the fact that if we eat all veggies and low fat foods we’re eating a healthy diet–but we’re not. Our bodies need more than just those things to keep burning fuel (calories) and keep y ou active and healthy. Important to note: “What’s happening here is that your body isn’t getting what it needs on a regular basis, so it starts craving what it’s not getting. This is the part you need to learn if you ever want to be successful.”

Why Women Should Not Run (Dangerously Hardcore): I know, I know, I don’t normally list two posts from the same blog, but when I was reading the above post, I saw this and it caught my eye. I totally agree that you should cross-train–everybody should, not just women. You need to do more than the same type of exercises and sports everyday. My physical therapist and I talked about this post during my appointment and he mentioned how he gets a lot of overuse injuries, especially in children. It’s a controversial post. Read it. Discuss.

Things That Matter (& Things That Don’t) (Carrots N Cake): Tina’s been on vacation to Ireland, so her blog has had a lot of scheduled posts lately. But apparently she came on and posted real quick about the Boston Marathon bombing and short, but poignant post. (NOTE: I know there were tons of Boston blog posts, and they all are great posts with many deep thoughts and feelings, I couldn’t pick just one or two, but I encourage you to check some of them out!)

Dally of Kentucky: Call Me Badonkadonk (The Daily Corgi): OK, so I had to do a little self-promoting here. The Daily Corgi wanted to feature my Corgi, Dally, as their Dog of the Day on Friday! I was able to write her bio and include a bunch of photos. I encourage to check it out!

Making Ripples (Life as a Running Mom): Short and sweet–how do you plan to make ripples of positivity in your life? Even the littles things can turn out to be huge.

And this…which I needed after a week like this:

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Thanks to On The Rodeo Road for this image.
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