Meet Nola, our dog of 13 days. She’s a scaredy-dog, but a really, really sweet one, full of quirks. We rescued her from the Austin Humane Society. Nola is 5 years old, and she’s the perfect dog for us. Anthony and I were not wanting to potty train a puppy nor were we wanting a thousand hole-y objects to show for our attempt at training one not to chew.
Nola knows exactly zero tricks. She is afraid to pass through doorways. She still eats less, and less regularly than any dog I’ve met. It took her a couple of days to realize treats are yummy. Nola doesn’t know how to play with dog toys. When we first got Nola, the only word she knew was “no.” She didn’t even seem to know she had a name (we tried calling her by her former name, Gypsy). Our dog goes in her kennel on her own, a lot. And Nola loves walks.
Getting a dog was always in the plan for Anthony and I, but I thought it’d be a year or more before we got a pet other than Shapiro, the fish that used to be my office-mate. Then, on a whim, in a weekend, we visited the Austin Animal Shelter, Pets Alive, and the Austin Humane Society. If you’re going to get a dog, please, please rescue one.
Here is the recipe for some treats I made for the newest member of our family. After reviewing about a dozen recipes online, I mixed and matched formulas to concoct this one using ingredients I had at home. I’m telling you, if Nola ate them, any dog will love them.
- 1 cup flour (whole wheat recommended)
- 1/4 cup oats
- 1 tsp parsley (this helps freshen dog breath)
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup warm water
- 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
In a small bowl, mix together the flour, oats, baking powder and parsley. Add in the peanut butter, egg, and water. Mix well. Add more water if the dough is too dry, and flour if the dough is too sticky. Place the dough on a floured surface and roll it to 1/8 inch thickness with a rolling pin. Use the cookie cutter of your choice. I used approximately 3 inch fire hydrants and dog bones, but I think cats or squirrels would be funny. Place the shapes on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.
Knick knack paddy whack, give a dog a bone!