This year, take a couple of hours each week to try your hand at baking Tessie’s treat for her. You’ll know what goes into them, she’ll just know you’re wonderful. Below are a few recipes that are tried and true with my dogs. Note: some dogs are wheat-intollerant, so watch for those recipes that are wheat free.
Spicy Treat Balls

2/3 cup whole wheat flour                                                               
½ cup bran        
¼ cup wheat germ       
3 tablespoons honey       
1 egg         

1/3 cup all-purpose white flour
½ cup brewer’s yeast
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons corn oil
1/3 cup milk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, beat honey, corn oil, egg and milk. Gradually add mixture to dry ingredients to form a dough. Form into 1-inch balls and bake at 350 R on an un-greased cookie sheet for 15 minutes.
Yield: about 18 spicey balls.

Mendo’s Sea-Farers

1 cup oatmeal                                                                                  
½ cup cornmeal       
½ teaspoon garlic powder      
1/3 cup fish broth       

½ cup all purpose flour
¼ teaspoon baking powder
1 can tuna in oil, undrained or ½ can salmon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray cookie sheets with Pam or equivalent.
Grind oatmeal in food processor until it becomes fine; put in large mixing bowl and add flour, cornmeal, baking powder and garlic powder, mix well and make a well in the center. In the food processor, puree the fish and its liquid; add fish broth and pulse. Stir into oatmeal mixture and beat with a wooden spoon until a ball is formed. Turn out onto a floured board and knead 2 to 3 minutes. Roll in  ¼ inch thickness and cut into shapes with cookie cutters. Bake 20 – 25 minutes. Cool and refrigerate.

Tigger’s Turkey Treats

3 cups whole wheat flour      
½ cup olive oil       
1 egg         
1 jar (Gerber) turkey      

2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 cup shredded cheese
¼ cup flax seed 
¾ cup milk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a cookie sheet with Pam or equivalent.
In mixing bowl, combine flour and garlic powder. Make a well in the center. In a small bowl, combine oil, egg, ½ cup cheese, turkey and milk – blend well. Pour into well in dry ingredients and mix well. Knead on a floured surface. Roll out to about ¼ inch thick, and cut into rounds with biscuit cutter. Into each round, sprinkle a small amount of shredded cheese mixture. Fold ½ of round over the bottom and seal/crimp it around. Bake at 350 degrees F until browned. Cool and keep in refrigerator.

Smokeyjo’s Yippees!

4 cups all-purpose flour      
1 can chicken and brown rice soup (undiluted)   
1 egg         
¼ cup flax seed

1 ¼ cups cornmeal
1 tablespoon minced parsley
2 tablespoons olive oil
Preheat oven to  325 degrees F. Spray a cookie sheet with Pam or equivalent.
Combine all ingredients thoroughly; make sure dough is not too sticky or too dry (add more flour or a bit of water if either happens). Knead and roll out to ¼ inch thickness. Cut with cookie cutters. 
Place on cookie sheet and glaze with a mixture of:

1 egg         
1 tablespoons milk
Dash of garlic powder

Bake for about 25 – 30 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on racks.
Yield: about 7 dozen small cookies

Silky’s Apple-Carob Snap Ups

1 large apple, cored and minced     
¼ cup honey        
½ teaspoon cinnamon      
1 cup oatmeal        
1/8 cup (extra) whole wheat flour     
1/3 cup flax seed       

1 egg
½ cup water
¼ teaspoon ginger
1 ½ cups whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/3 cup carob pieces
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray cookie sheet with Pam or equivalent.
In large bowl, mix together apple, honey, egg, water, cinnamon, ginger and oatmeal. Blend in wheat flour, ½ cup at a time. Fold in carob pieces. Drop by teaspoonful onto cookie sheet(s).
On a small plate mix 1/8 cup wheat flour with garlic powder. Dip bottom of small glass into flour mixture and press cookies flat. Bake 20 minutes, flip, and bake another 15 – 20 minutes until brown.
Yield: 3 – 4 dozen cookies
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