Showing posts with label Easter. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Easter. Show all posts
Monday, 15 April 2019
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Doggone Great Carob "Chocolate" Easter Dog Treat Ideas

Happy almost Easter, furfriends! Today we have two simple no-bake Easter treat ideas using carob to create a dog-friendly version of Easter chocolates. There are lots of ways to create carob treats for your pet, from baked treats to frozen pupsicles and everything in between, but these two are quick, simple, healthy, and you can use then to mold fun festive shapes too!  All of the looks of a fancy treat, but actually easy peasy in the kitchen.

Paw and bone shaped homemade gelatin gummy dog treats with carob

Monday, 8 April 2019
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{RECIPE} Stained Glass Yogurt Gummy Easter Dog Treats

Dalmatian dog staring at a colourful gelatin gummy dog treat

Anyone else remember stained glass Jell-o jigglers from childhood? Here's my dogified version made with yummy yogurt, healthy gelatin, and colourful add-ins. Because I simply can't resist doing these crazy things. Haha!  The dogs totally don't care about the colours, but they do love gummies!

Monday, 1 April 2019
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{RECIPE} Pretty Pastel Pupsicle Easter Dog Treats

A bowl of colourful frozen dog treats with pastel polka dot napkins and ribbon

Pupsicle season is nearing an end here, just as things start to warm up for our northern furfriends. This may be our last batch before chilly weather arrives. Boo! These simple treats were created as an add-in to our posting cycle to go along with our stained glass gummies which use similar natural add-ins for colour - but you'll have to wait until next week's post for the full details. Moohahha...

Monday, 26 March 2018
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Free Pawesome Printable Easter Dog Treat Tags and Labels

Happy almost Easter, furfriends! As promised and previewed in Friday's Bunny Bone Easter dog treat recipe post, here is your fresh Easter freebie. This is our last pre-Easter blog post and we're going to take a little posting pause for the holiday weekend. We will return to our usual posting schedule next Friday. Have a pawesome week/weekend!

Pastel coloured dog treat labels with bunny and bone shaped dog treats

Friday, 23 March 2018
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{RECIPE} Bacon Bunny and Bones Easter Dog Treats

Dalmatian dog eating a bunny shaped dog treat

Mmmm...bacon bunnies! These treats combine the doggone irresistible scent/taste of bacon with yummy peanut butter and blackstrap molasses to make a naturally brown treat.  The Easter treat tags and labels you see in the pictures will be shared here on Monday as our final pre-Easter post this year. Woofs!

Monday, 19 March 2018
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{RECIPE} "Hot Cross Gummy" Easter Dog Treats

Gelatin gummy dog treats shaped like Easter eggs, paws, and bones

These Easter dog treats were inspired by the aroma of beloved hot cross buns. Drool...  Hot cross cross gummies...smelling oh so yummy we would like them in our tummies! Hot cross cross paws... tasting so delicious when we get them in our jaws!  

Friday, 16 March 2018
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{RECIPE} Peanut Butter and Carob Coconut Oil Easter Treats

Homemade Easter dog treats made with Easter egg and paw print molds

Is anyone else a sucker for peanut butter and chocolate? It's one of my personal favourite (human) treat combos, so I couldn't resist combining them into a peanut butter chocolate egg inspired Easter treat.  The treats were created in layers, as shown, but can also be created as a homogeneous mix  if you prefer, or you can adapt to make without the carob and/or peanut butter to suit your dog's sensitivities, palette, and/or your own personal preferences. Easy peasy!  My dogs both enjoy coconut oil straight-up too!

Monday, 12 March 2018
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{RECIPE} Guilt-Free Healthy Carob Gummy Easter Dog Treats

Carob gummy Easter dog treats shaped like Easter eggs, paws, and bones

Guilt-free "chocolate" Easter dog treats? Oh yeah! We're in! These easy DIY dog treats only take a few minutes to prepare (plus set-time) and the ingredients are simple, healthy, and doggone delicious!

Monday, 10 April 2017
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Fun and Fancy (So Easy!) Easter Egg Dog Treats

As promised in last week's post on how to make hard-set "royal icing" for dogs, here is an alternative way to make fancy Easter treats. Stamping patterns into your treats is an easy way to dress up special homemade treats (it's actually my favourite way to decorate dog treats). The finished treats look fancy, but are still "plain" enough to be freezer-friendly and perfect for pressie packaging or pocket portability for treats on the go. 

Homemade Easter dog treats shaped like decorated eggs with stamped patterns
Since you can use any roll-and-cut dough with no extra toppings, it's also a great way to make a fancy treat for a dog with allergies or special dietary sensitivities using your favourite safe recipe. There's no icing set/dry time and much less mess, which is great if the kids are helping out. You can also use these techniques to make human cookies, if you'd like!

Friday, 7 April 2017
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Free Printable Easter Dog Treat Tags and Labels

A little Easter treat from us to you! Pretty pastel Easter-themed treat labels and tags for those of you who plan on sharing a few Easter treats with friends or perhaps packing up doggy bags for furry guests at next weekend's celebrations. Make sure that you follow the links to access the high res file(s), don't just save the compressed blog-friendly versions that you see here in the post. 

Monday, 3 April 2017
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DIY Iced Easter Eggs + Bunny Bone Dog Treats

Homemade Easter egg and bone dog treats with hard-set icing decorations

Although I make a lot (a lot!) of treats, iced dog treats are a special rarity around here. I prefer to bake and freeze treats for readily available variety and keep things pocket portable.  Sometimes though, you just need to have a little fun! Sugar-based human royal icing is not suitable for dogs and since hard-set dog treat icing is something many folks are keen to master, I thought I would share one of my icing experiments and a few tips here on the blog.

Friday, 31 March 2017
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Assembling a DIY Dog Easter (or Any Occasion Gift) Basket

Smiling Dalmatian dog with a homemade dog gift basket full of toys, treats, and dog supplies

Today's doggy DIY combines crazy pet-parent with a dose of practicality to create positively pawesome dog-friendly Easter baskets.  Special occasions are a good opportunity to refresh any worn-out pet necessities like collar, leads, harnesses, etc. as well as indulge in a few new toys or treats.  You can use this as inspiration for any occasion doggy gift giving, and a basket of goodies is a great idea for gifting new pet owners as well.  Here are our tips:
Monday, 27 March 2017
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{RECIPE} Dog Cross Bun Easter Treats

Dog cross cross ha'penny, two ha'penny, dog cross buns... In our local supermarkets and bakeries, hot cross buns seem to sneak onto the shelves ridiculously early, sometimes even replacing Christmas treats at the start of the year! In honour of the beloved bun, these Easter treats are made with a deliciously spiced dough and topped with a cross; however, instead of yeasty bread buns these are snappy biscuits without the doggy no-nos often found in human buns, like nutmeg, raisins, dried currants, and other unhealthy ingredients.

Homemade Easter dog treats shaped like small (flat) hot crossed buns and bones

Since these treats are really all about the simple shape and embellishment, to make your own Dog Cross Buns, you can use any dog-friendly roll-and-cut treat dough; however, for an authentic spiced sweet bread inspired scent we opted for a dough that includes Ceylon cinnamon and blackstrap molasses. You can easily tweak your favourite rollable treat dough, where flavours/scents are compatible, by altering the wets to include some blackstrap and/or adding a sprinkle of Ceylon cinnamon (if suitable for your dog). Easy peasy!  Here is how we made our treats:

Friday, 24 March 2017
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DIY Squeaky Easter Egg Stuffed Softie Dog Toys

Dalmatian dog playing with homemade Easter egg dog toy with brightly coloured ribbons

Calorie-free DIY doggy Easter egg fun! You can even burn off a few naughty treats with some pawesome playtime together! I made two toys (one for each dog), but of course the only thing better than playing with your own toy is playing with your brother's toy, and the only thing better than playing with your brother's toy hording them BOTH... right Humphrey??? Check out this rather guilty looking face and the cheeky snaps below:

Monday, 21 March 2016
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{RECIPE} Homemade Dog Easter Egg Carob Treats

DIY carob and peanut butter Easter egg dog treats

Today's recipe is ridiculously simple, but insanely dogliscious (and cute too!).  These DIY dog Easter egg "chocolates" were made using an Easter silicone candy mold, but you can use any mold including re-purposing a simple ice-cube tray (preferably flexible for ease of removal) or just make a "chocolate" bark and crack/cut into smaller pieces after hardening. Either way, expect to have very excited dogs circling around your kitchen. 

Wednesday, 16 March 2016
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DIY Easter Bunny Softie (Big and Small) Guest Post

Smiling Dalmatian with a homemade Easter bunny stuffed dog toy

This post is a collaboration with our partner blog, Creativity Unmasked.  Oli was so excited about his new homemade squeaky Easter bunny toy that he couldn't resist a few nibbles before I could even snap a photo!  Look at that drool!  He wasn't going to give it up, either, keeping a possessive paw securely on his prize. 

Friday, 11 March 2016
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DIY Multi-Strand Tug Toy with Loop Handle

DIY woven fleece loop and double tug dog toy with Easter treats

When playing with our dogs, I'm often relegated to clinging to whatever drooly end is closest at hand and find myself threading my fingers through the fleece for slippery grip in fierce tugging competitions. This DIY tug toy combines the convenience of a loop with multi-tug tails for multi-dog fun. Our toy has two tails for dual-doggy playtime, but you can add as many as you wish for more dogs or just for fun.  

Friday, 4 March 2016
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Woven Fleece Carrot Dog Tug Toy

DIY fleece Easter dog tug toy shaped like a carrot

Does your dog love carrots?  Ours do, especially Humphrey - check out the little carrot thief at work!  Although Easter is more typically associated with sweet treats, these is nothing wrong with a crunchy carrot stick every now and then either. For a little interactive fun, why not create your own Easter carrot tug toy?

Friday, 26 February 2016
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DIY Easy Sew Over-the-Collar Bow Tie for Dogs

DIY plaid dog bow tie with Velcro collar attachment

With St. Patrick's Day and Easter so close together (and the the start of spring for those of you up north!), we wanted a party-worthy holiday "outfit" that could be worn for multiple occasions.  This remnant of bright plaid cotton was perfect for all of the above, and just begging to become preppy plaid bow-tie! You can do this DIY with any lightweight cotton fabric, and could be a great recycle for a scrappy old shirt if you are digging the plaid. Here's how to make your own simple dog bow tie and a finished fabric Velcro over-the-collar fastener.