From your kitchen to their doggy dish, it's time to celebrate man's best friend. In honor of National Puppy Day, why not spoil your canine companion with a fresh and tasty treat?
Melissa Gundersen, the author of Proud Dog Chef: Tail-Wagging Good Treat Recipes and founder of the hit blog ProudDogMom.com, stopped by Houston's Morning Show to help you whip up a quick, easy, and nutritious dog treats.
"I call this grain-free dog treats 'Fish Paws' and chances are you have all of the ingredients in your kitchen right now," said Gundersen.
Keeping your dog's health in mind, Gundersen's dog treat recipes all use fresh "human ingredients" and are carefully crafted to boost essential nutrients -- all while exciting your fur kid's taste buds.
Fish Paws Recipe
- 1 (4.25 oz) can of sardines -- boneless, skinless, in water, no salt or flavors added
- 1 large egg
- 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
- Pinch black pepper
- 1/4 cup almond flour
- Pre-heat oven 350ºF.
- Drain canned sardines well.
- Add drained sardines, egg, turmeric, and pepper into a food processor. Mix until you're left with a thick paste consistency.
- Spoon mixture into a mixing bowl.
- Add flour and mix in with a spoon.
- Either form into little balls and place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet OR stuff into a silicone mold of your choice.
- Bake 15 minutes.
- Let cool before serving to your drooling dogs!
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Gundersen dishes up 60 gluten-free, grain-free, and dog-approved recipes in her cookbook, Proud Dog Chef: Tail-Wagging Good Treat Recipes. Sharing a variety of crunchy biscuits, veggie chips, and even frozen 'pupsicles', there's a little something in this book for every dog's unique preferences and needs. Proud Dog Chef is available at online book retailers, such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
Launched in 2006, National Puppy Day is a special day to celebrate the unconditional love that puppies bring to our lives. It's also a day to help save orphaned puppies and educate people about the horrors of puppy mills.