With Valentine’s Day approaching, what are you planning for the furry loves of your life? Since the best way to our pooches’ hearts is through their tummies, we suggest making one (or all!) of these tasty treats that have received 2 paws up from FTF rescues.
Ground Turkey Hearts
½ pound ground turkey
All-natural peanut butter (make sure it doesn’t contain xylitol)
Fresh green beans, sliced carrots, peas, or other healthy veggies
Form ground turkey into thin patties, place in a nonstick skillet, and cook thoroughly over medium heat (internal temperature 165o F). Allow to cool and use a cookie cutter to cut into heart shapes. Spread a thin layer of peanut butter on top of each heart and decorate with veggies.
Cheesy Carrot Muffins
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
1 cup grated carrot
1 cup milk
¼ cup vegetable oil
Preheat oven to 350o F. Grease a muffin tin or line it with paper baking cups.
Combine the flours and baking powder and mix well. Add the cheese and carrots, using your fingers to mix them into the flour until well distributed.
In another bowl, beat the eggs, then whisk in the milk and vegetable oil. Pour the liquid over the flour mixture and stir gently until just combined.
Fill muffin cups 3/4s full with the batter. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the muffins spring back when lightly pressed. Allow to cool before feeding.
Doggy Ice Cream
32 ounces plain yogurt
1 ripe banana
2 tablespoons all-natural peanut butter
2 tablespoons honey
Mix all ingredients in a blender. Freeze mixture in an ice cube tray and pop them out one at a time.
Valentine's Day is also a day of many yummy human treats that are not good for our furry friends. Make sure to keep your pets safe from foods including candy or products that contain xylitol (an artificial sweetener that is toxic to dogs), chocolate, alcohol, grapes/raisins, walnuts, macadamia nuts, and large pits/seeds from fruits (apple seeds, apricot/cherry pits, etc.) No matter if you choose to make your own treats or buy some pet-friendly desserts at a local pet store, remember all special snacks should be given in moderation. Happy Valentine's Day to all our 2- and 4-legged friends!
Written by: Michele G