Molly & Ralph {maltese x poodle puppies}

Maltese Poodle

Just some recent pictures of Molly and Ralph. They’re the new Moodle puppies currently residing at James’ house! They’re adorable when they play-fight, but not so much when they try to bite your toes! Molly is smaller than Ralph and she just loves crawling through the gaps in the fence that surrounds the swimming pool. She’s fallen into the water more than once for all her trouble, which is a headache for everyone. The sneaky little thing, always getting into trouble!

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The Dog Walking Chronicles: Lovely Sweethearts

Hearty, Healthy Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits

The lovely smell of oven-baked peanut butter biscuits fill the chilly kitchen as I pull open the oven door, letting out an intense blast of hot air. Fudge is gonna love this, I think to myself as I carefully remove the tray with oven mitts and place it on the kitchen bench. The baked goods are hard, crunchy, chunky and flaky. Everything my dog adores.

I would now like to take this time to tell you that my passion of baking for people has extended to baking for animals. I’ve baked many different types of treats for my Sheltie over the months. But you can never go wrong with good old peanut butter biscuits. Unlike store-bought dog treats, these biscuits are free of chemicals and preservatives. They are very healthy for your pooch, as long as you use natural peanut butter in the recipe. That means the unsalted, unsweetened stuff that’s just made of 100% peanuts. Dogs are sensitive to many ‘people foods’ in general. Too much salt or sugar can be toxic to them.

The following is a safe and super simple recipe that you can use to make tasty treats for your little furry friend.

Ingredients:

2 cups wholemeal flour
1 cup natural peanut butter, room temperature
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 eggs, lightly whisked
1/2 cup water

Preparation:

  1. Preheat oven to 190°C and line baking trays with baking paper.
  2. In a bowl, combine the flour and baking powder. Set aside.
  3. In another bowl, combine the peanut butter and eggs.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix well. Add the water and continue mixing.
  5. Knead the mixture with your hands until a firm, stiff dough forms. If the dough won’t clump together nicely, add a little bit more water.
  6. On a flat surface covered with baking paper, roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thickness and use desired cookie cutter to cut dough into shapes.
  7. Place cookies onto baking tray and bake for about 20 minutes, or until dry and hard.
  8. Remove from oven and let cookies stand on a wire rack until completely cool before placing in an air-tight container.

Because no preservatives are used in this recipe, these cookies will only keep for about a week or two. Not that your dog will have any trouble devouring these yummy treats! That said, feed them to your dog in moderation please! No overfeeding!

Don’t have a dog of your own? Here’s an idea! Make a batch of these, package them nicely and give them to a friend or family member that you know has a dog! Their dogs’ll love them and they’d probably come back asking for the recipe!

The Dog Walking Chronicles: A Late Afternoon Stroll

A couple of days ago, we took darling Fudge and my camera for a walk. The sun was about to set, so I figured we’d get some pretty shots in the dwindling light. We took Fudge to the nearby dog park where owners are allowed to let their pets run loose and socialise with other dogs. Along our journey, we managed see other little creatures including creepy spiders, beautiful butterflies and brave birds.

When The Clouds Come Out To Play And Then Go Away

Big, fat storm clouds of every shade of grey started gathering this afternoon. It was a beautiful sight. In between baking a batch of almond flour thyme crackers, I took a few snapshots over the course of a couple of hours. The weather was chilly and drizzly, but perfect in every way. Sometimes, the shy sun would peak out of the dense blanket of clouds and shine through a shower of mist, producing a faint little rainbow…

In the evening, as the sun started to set, the clouds finally cleared and I managed to get a few pretty shots of orange light. Fudge was out there with me, scuttling about. He was excited about the ducks making a short visit.