|Teddy and I gave these treats away as Christmas presents to our four-legged friends|
Teddy loves everyone he meets. Almost. Mysteriously, whenever he is spooked by someone, it is almost always a man wearing a hat. For example, as I sit down to write this post, he is barking quietly at at the TV because Leonardo DiCaprio is wearing a pilot's hat in Catch Me If You Can. That, or he's upset that Leo didn't get an Oscar nomination for J. Edgar. Me too, Ted. Me, too.
Just as confusing for us as Teddy's fear of hatted men, some people are downright terrified of Teddy. I know, he looks kind of like a black bear, which can be scary. But, true to his breed, he has an incredibly sweet disposition and never meets a stranger (unless he's wearing a hat). Admittedly, I take advantage of his intimidating appearance. I feel comfortable walking in dark alleys in Chicago late at night with him by my side, and I'm happy that he acts - in appearance alone - like a built-in security system for our car and home.
What would-be burglars don't realize is that, if they just gave Teddy the most modest of dog biscuits, he'd probably unlock the door for them. And if they gave him these homemade treats, well, Teddy would help them hot-wire our car or carry our television out the front door.
I love these treats, too, because the main ingredients are extra nutritious for dogs according to this article. Plus, they're so easy to make and cheaper than store-bought alternatives.
2 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 cup canned pumpkin
2 Tablespoons peanut butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix ingredients together. Scoop in 1/4 teaspoons onto cookie sheet. Bake for 30-40 minutes until golden around the edges.
Let cool and serve to your pup!