Special Treats for Gus

Living on a boat has changed many aspects of my routine and how I spend my free time. One thing that I am doing more of during our life on the boat is cooking and baking. Since we grocery shop every three or four weeks, I am finding that I look for creative ways to use up leftovers and find innovative reccipes using what I happen to have on hand in the refrigerators and pantry.

For example, the other day I noticed that some of our apples were starting to get a bit mushy. Before life on the boat, I probably would have just thrown them away. Now that we are on the boat, the first thing that comes to mind is how much effort went into walking to the store to get those apples and how much energy was spent carrying them back to the boat and then finding space to put them away. I am now hyper vigilent about making sure that we get the most out of our time, effort, and energy that went into getting those apples! So what to do with some mushy apples? Apple spice cake of course! Last week it was zucchini bread, and while we were in Virginia Beach a few weeks ago, I made some corn bread. The leftover sausages from lunch went into an egg casserole for breakfast, as did the leftover sloppy joe meat a few months back. My grandmother would be proud of me for making use of what we have and putting a nuritious meal on the table for my family.

My recent experience with Gus’ diarrhea got me thinking about how I could also incorporate a healthier treat diet for Gus- as well as use up the pureed pumpkin that was sitting in my refrigerator. What to do with pureed pumpkin? PUMPKIN PATTY TREATS OF COURSE!

RECIPE FOR PUPPY PUMPKIN PATTIES

3 cups of instant oats
2 eggs
About 7 oz of pureed pumpkin in a can (it was a 15 oz can, so there is nothing wrong with adding more or doubling the recipe)
3 tablespoons of liquified coconut oil
A heaping handful of pumpkin seeds (Husks and all- Put them in the coffee grinder and fine grind the pumpkin seeds until it looks like flour)
A few tablespoons of water to add moisture to the batter so that the mixture is just gooey enough to stick to your fingers

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
Mix all ingredients together
Put parchment paper on cookie sheets
Create balls of the batter and then flatten them into patties and place on the parchment paper. The cookies will not rise or spread out, so you can fit a lot on the cookie sheet.
Bake on 400 for 40-45 minutes until they are crisp.

Voila! There you have it- 36-40 homemade treats with all the ingredients that are good for Gus.

A few things to take note of:

  1. Notice that there is no sugar or sugar substitutes.
  2. Coconut oil is used instead of canola or olive oil since coconut oil is better for dogs and great for soft skin and a silky coat. It also have a very appealing taste and adds some natural flavoring.
  3. Pureed pumpkin and finely ground pumpkin seeds are rich in vitamins, but are also terrific for Gus’ intestinal health. I will make a point of keeping those items on hand for him.
  4. Eggs are also good for a shiny coat as well as providing protein.
  5. Oats are used instead of flour to keep him gluten free. Oats are also great for his heart and blood pressure.
  6. Notice that there is no baking powder or baking soda which are rising agents and can wreak havok on a young stomach.

I think I know what I will be doing with the next batch of mushy apples or extra ripe bananas- more special treats for Gus! I’ll just substitute the apples or bananas for the pureed pumpkin. But I can’t forget the other two special guys on board- so maybe banana bread or another apple spice cake is on the menu!