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For The Dogs: Easy and Healthy Treats

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This week, let's try some great treats for your four-legged friends. My Daisy, a predominantly mini-dachshund adores the following and both are so simple to make, really healthy, and you'll have tails a-waggin' all summer long. The yogurt treats are courtesy of my friend Steve Kemble, who is well known in Dallas and beyond as a "sass-fab" tastemaker and social commenter. Following the recipes are some ideas Steve has should you and your pet want to host an "open dog house" this summer.

Frozen Peanut Butter Yogurt Treats

One 32oz. container of vanilla yogurt

1 cup peanut butter

Put the peanut butter in a microwave-save dish and cook in the microwave until melted. Mix the yogurt and the melted peanut butter in a bowl. Pour mixture into cupcake papers and freeze.

Sweet Potato Chips

Preheat the oven to 225 degrees. Wash sweet potatoes. Don't worry about peeling unless you just want to and cut into 1/4" slices. Line a cookie sheet with foil. Place the slices in a single layer on the sheet.

Bake 2.5 - 3 hours until crunchy looking. Store in a cookie tin. If you have a food dehydrator, you can save a little time.

Party tips:

Make sure you have plenty of treats. And entertainment...lots of entertainment. Steve recommends chew toys galore and if there's a birthday pup in attendance, have one for the honoree in the shape of a cake. Specialty pet supply stores should have lots of choices. If it's a hot day, consider a small inflatable pool. The dogs will love cooling off and splashing about and if the pool gets chomped on, it's no a huge expense. (Of course, a few towels are necessary.) Steve also says to make sure you have enough space to host a group. That is, some dogs aren't social butterflies and need to just hang back and watch. Consider a collapsible fence should a dog need to be in the "VIP" section. And when the party's over, don't forget favor bags. You can make them in advance or dog parents can make their own bags from treat selections you've put into bowls.

Dog Biscuits

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Grease a cookie sheet or use a Silpat

Mix two small jars of organic baby food and a cup of organic wheat germ.

For a shiny coat, add 2 Tbsp. of ground flaxseed.

Roll into 1-inch balls. Put on the baking sheet and flatten with the back of a fork.

Bake 25 - 30 minutes.

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