Valentine’s Day is recognized for chocolate….I told my honey a long time ago..please skip the chocolate but I know for many…Valentine’s Day without chocolate is just unheard of. The truth is chocolate contains theobromine. Theobromine is basically toxic to dogs and can result in sickness and even death. Of course, we have to think about size of the dog, as well as the kind of chocolate, but why would anyone even take a chance! Chocolate can make your dog sick but they do not know that….if your dog, is like our pug, then it really doesn’t matter what is placed down before the Pudgy Puglet….she will eat it.
We do not have kids, and we do not even have chocolate in the house, but it can only take second for a child to slip some chocolate to the dog and this is where education and awareness is key. Peteducation.com gives a whole list of foods and their potential risks to our furry babies.
We are all about treating the puppies..they are spoiled but there are a lot of other goodies we can give, and even make, that will make them happy and keep them healthy. So..what about CAROB? Stuck on chocolate? Why not use a great substitute that tastes very similar to chocolate and will not cause any kind of poisonous reaction like cholocate can.
Both you and your dog can enjoy Carob and you would be happy to know that it is part of the legume family and even has vitamins and minerals that promotes healthy bones, teeth, eyes and coat.
I love the site doggiedesertchef.com…many cool recipe ideas..this is the one I like..sounds yummy!
CAROB CHIP PUMPKIN
1 (15 ounce can) Pumpkin
1/3 cup Carob Chips
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 Egg (lightly beaten)
1/2 tablespoon Cinnamon
3 cups Whole Wheat Flour
Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
Combine pumpkin and carob chips until well mixed then add vanilla extract, egg and cinnamon, stirring well after each addition. Once mixed add whole wheat flour a cup at a time until a dough is formed.
Roll onto a floured surface 1/4 inch thick. Cut with cookie cutter of your choice and place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 10 to 15 minutes, you will see the carob chips melt. ( I also add a bit of peanut butter!)
Cool and refrigerate.
Valentine’s day can be fun for all…Just as we do not want to be forgotten ( Right Wayne?:), neither do our furry babies…they also enjoy the attention, the treats and just the feeling of being special…Valentine’s day is a day for love ..all the way around…woof!
Happy Valentine’s Day to Nat, fellow bloggers, readers, furry friends, my furry babies, my hubby, friends and family and to everyone….enjoy the day!