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Holiday Treats for the Pampered Pet

When it’s time for holiday treats, don’t forget one of the most important members of the family. Try these recipes for your special pet.

Dog Treats

Biscuit dough: 1½ cups flour ¾ cup oatmeal ¼ cup wheat germ ¼ cup peanut butter ¼ cup vegetable oil 2 tablespoons honey ½ teaspoon baking powder ½ cup water

Glaze: 1 large egg 2 tablespoons milk

Preheat the oven to 275° F.  In a large bowl, combine the flour, oatmeal, wheat germ, peanut butter, vegetable oil, honey, baking powder and water. Mix until thoroughly combined. Roll the dough out to a ½-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface. Cut into desired shapes and place on baking sheets.

In a small bowl, mix together the egg and milk. Brush the glaze on the biscuits. Bake for 40-50 minutes or until biscuits are golden and firm.

Kitty Treats

1 can tuna, packed in oil 1 cup whole wheat flour 1 cup powdered milk 2 eggs, beaten ½ cup water

Preheat oven to 350° F. In large bowl, mash the tuna with oil. Add flour, milk and water and mix well. Fold in beaten eggs.

Roll out on lightly floured surface and cut into bite-sized pieces. Place treats 1 inch apart on lightly greased baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes. Turn treats and bake 10 more minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely and store in the refrigerator in an airtight container. Allow treats to come to room temperature before serving.

If you have a friend who has a special pet, have fun and surprise him this holiday season with a gift for his pet. Fill a jar with some of these homemade treats and tie a bandanna around the top. When the treats are gone, the pet can wear the bandanna! Cyndi Roberts is the editor of the 1 Frugal Friend 2 Another bi-weekly newsletter. Visit to find creative tips, articles and a free cookbook.

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