Conversation Hearts Peanut Butter-Pumpkin Dog Treats

Today is National Peanut Butter Day!  One of my favorite things!  And my dogs are a huge fan of it too!  So, in honor of the holiday, I am bringing to you one of my favorite recipes for homemade Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats!  But this one has a twist!  How about Conversation Hearts Dog treats?

peanut butter pumpkin conversation hearts dog treats

As you probably already guessed, holidays are kind of a big deal in my house.  So naturally, the dogs would like to celebrate too, right?  I made a batch of homemade dog treats and turned them into Conversation hearts!

peanut butter pumpkin conversation hearts dog treats

Of course, the smell of peanut butter had them at “Hello”.  Know what I mean?

peanut butter pumpkin conversation hearts dog treats

The recipe includes:

2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
2 eggs
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
2 tablespoons peanut butter
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
microwaveable candy wafers (in four colors)
gel food coloring

For a fully illustrated and detailed tutorial, check out my other website- Suzys Artsy Craftsy Sitcom- Conversation Hearts Dog Treats

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And speaking of peanut butter and dogs…

We made an attempt at enforcing some dental hygiene on our Chihuahua-Pug, Faith. You see Faith is known for a few things. One is her Chihuahua-like attitude. She’s not a fan of most folks. In fact, she can count on one paw how many people she really likes.

faith dog

If she deems you “unsuitable” as buddy material, you will most likely receive a good look at the curled lip that makes her look amazingly like Elvis. Well, a small hairy Elvis with floppy ears, but you get the picture. My family refers to her as “Devil Dog”. To us, though, she is very sweet- most of the time.

The other thing Faith is known for? She has the breath of the dead. Ever smell a dead zombie after he has trecked through a field of dog poop in sweaty sandals with toe fungus? I’m thinking her breath is worse than that. Totally not kidding. And being that I am one of those folks that she has deemed eligible to be her buddy, I end up on the receiving end of that stench more times than I want to count.

The vet helpfully suggested that we try a waterpick or maybe some dental floss. Well, after enduring the breath of the dead, I’m willing to try anything. So we chose some toothpaste and a small toothbrush from the vet’s selection of doggy needs. I could choose between peanut butter flavored or beef flavored. Wow. Now who would have thought we’d have a selection? I’m thinking that knowing my dogs like I do, probably poop flavored would have been the best choice. But we settled for the peanut butter.  Because she loves peanut butter!

I optimistically grabbed some dental floss, toothbrush and toothpaste and then cornered the unsuspecting dog. Peanut Butter! She loves peanut butter! Ummm… well not apparently when it is in the form of toothpaste.

I got in two good swipes before her brain turned on and she realized what I was up to. Elvis lip appeared. So I called in reinforcements. My husband was more than happy to lend a hand. He held the now growling and squirming dog while I did my best to pry her doggy lips apart.

angry dog

Suddenly we were in a swirl of growling, snarling doggy parts. The Devil Dog in action. Thinking about it later, I’m pretty sure her head spun around and I heard a deep voice utter “GET OUT!!!”

Or maybe that was just my imagination…I think.

End result- both my arms scratched and bleeding, peanut butter flavored toothpaste on the cupboards, in the sink, all over the floor, and in my face, a broken expensive doggy toothbrush and one pissed off, mussed up dog with nasty breath.

And then there was my husband who was unfortunately wearing shorts at the time. Let’s just say his injuries were a bit worse than mine…

We both turned in our doggy dentist hats. Faith now has an appointment at the vet for a teeth cleaning.

Hope your National Peanut Butter Day is a good one!  And stay away from that peanut butter flavored tooth paste.  Just saying.

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2 comments… add one
  • Cindy January 25, 2014, 4:58 pm

    You make me laugh!

    Try these bones for your dog, my Golden Retrievers LOVE them a lot! One is 8 years old, and loves to chew on them. They last a long time. The vet said her teeth look like they belong to a 3 year old. Apparently they keep their teeth strong and CLEAN!

  • norene January 24, 2014, 12:02 pm

    That is such a great story. I don’t think I would even try to brush my dogs teeth. They are pretty big teeth. She gets hers cleaned at the Vet. I think I will try the peanut butter doggie treats for her some time. They sound pretty tasty.


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