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Homemade Yummy Treats Any Pet Would Love

By Colleen Williams
October 13, 2013 • 3 min. read
Healthy Paws Pet Insurance - Pet Treats

Your four-legged friend doesn’t have to be a Belgian Malinois or a scent sniffing German Sheppard in order to know there’s something magical a-brewing in the oven. Heck, even your neighbor’s Chihuahua would be doing his best Taco Bell dog impression and be saying “Yo Quiero?” if he were to catch a whiff.

You don’t have to be a pastry chef to conjure up these ol’ factory canine delights, either. All it takes is a lot of love and a few tips from this week’s pet parents to come up with great tasting treats. And after hearing the dozens of recalls on pet food and treats in this year alone, it never hurts to up the health factor a bit with some home-cooked treats.

There’s a good reason why we call ourselves pet parents. And there’s nothing wrong in showing the same level of concern for our four-legged family. Keeping our pets safe will always be of the utmost importance. And knowing exactly what goes into each treat ensures that our kids are getting the healthiest treats free from additives and preservatives.

Just be sure to leave something extra, you just might find yourself digging into these treats before they tantalize the tongue of your four-legged friend. Bon appétit!

As we get closer to Halloween, pumpkin starts to creep into all sorts of items: coffee (Starbucks pumpkin spice latte, yum!), beer, and desserts – pumpkin cheesecake anyone? – among many.

But all too often, our four-legged friends miss out on this frenzy of pumpkin. And did you know that most dogs really, REALLY enjoy the taste of pumpkin? Give them a little taste of pure pumpkin when you make your next pumpkin pie and you’ll see.

Or better yet, try the recipe below and give them a well-deserved treat. Pure pumpkin is loaded with fiber and key vitamins and minerals, so the treats will be good for them, too.

Pumpkin Poppers for Halloween

1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
4 tbsp shortening
1/2 cup pure pumpkin, canned
1 whole egg
1/2 cup milk (I mixed from powder)

To make it gluten-free: 

3/4 cup rice flour (brown or white)
1/2 cup + 1/8 cup tapioca flour
1/2 cup + 1/8 cup cornstarch 
(1/8 cup = 2 tbsp) 


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Combine flour and cinnamon. Cut in shortening until no large lumps appear.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat egg with milk and pumpkin. Add to flour mixture and mix well.
  4. Stir until soft dough forms. (it will be sticky)
  5. Drop by tablespoons onto an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes.

Let cool and serve. They should be slightly crisp on the outside and warm and soft on the inside.



Our dogs actually start to drool as soon as these come out of the oven. Try giving them one while it’s still warm, and they will go crazy. Yes, you’ll be tempted to try one yourself, and you should! Don’t feel bad–you deserve a treat, too.

You can put the cookie cutters away for this recipe, it’s a sticky dough. And when you drop them onto cookie sheets, have fun with the shapes. After all, dogs don’t care about the shape of their treat, just the flavor. Your dog will enjoy Pumpkin Poppers for Halloween!

Author Bio: Liz Sommers, of Beggles Dog Treats LLC, hand-crafts delicious and allergy-friendly dog treats. Along with the flavors dogs love, like peanut butter, Beggles treats contain wholesome grains and healing herbs and spices. For helpful information on healing foods and natural remedies, pet allergies, and to purchase home-baked and healthy dog treats, follow her at Beggles Dog Treats.

Strawberry lemon chicken jerky

1 cup pureed Strawberries
1 tablespoon Cinnamon
2 tablespoons Lemon Juice
1 tablespoon dried mint
1 to 2 cups Water
2 – 3 Chicken Breasts


  1. Combine strawberry puree, cinnamon, lemon juice, dried mint and water in a bowl.
  2. Clean the chicken breast and cut into strips, removing all the fat you can from the meat. It is easier to cut if you freeze the chicken slightly.
  3. Place chicken strips into the marinade and allow to marinate for at least an hour in the refrigerator.
  4. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Fahrenheit.
  5. Place on a cookie sheet 1/2 inches apart, brush with marinade for additional flavor.
  6. Dry in an oven, with the door slightly open to let out moisture, for about 3 to 4 hours, until meat is dry appearance and texture.
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*If you have a food dehydrator that can be used to dry the meat as well, just follow the manufactures instructions.

Author Bio: Tennille Tejeda, better known as the Doggy Dessert Chef, creates and develops recipes for dog treats and biscuits. You can find her two pups, dog treat and biscuit recipes, and other doggy fun at Woof!

colleen williams
By Colleen Williams

Over the past decade, Colleen has written about health, wellness, beauty, and even pets for The New York Times, The Cut, Refinery29, xoVain, Healthy Paws Pet Insurance, and Seattle Met Magazine, as well as many beauty brands. She has a BFA in Art History from the University of New Mexico and an AAS in Fashion Design from Parsons School of Design in New York.

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