Over the past two months, we’ve been talking here on the blog about all kinds of activities we can do to spread cheer among our neighbors and friends. We’ve created kindness rocks and felt rainbows to distribute throughout the neighborhood, made joyful sidewalk art, sewed and donated DIY masks, sent handmade cards to healthcare workers, and set up thank you stations for delivery drivers. But the one thing we hadn’t done yet was bring some joy to a special kind of neighborhood friend….the furry kind! Every time we go on a walk, we pass tons of homes with dogs, and as dog owners ourselves, we thought it would be fun to make and give out some treats.
We baked some homemade Pumpkin and Banana Biscuts, but you can do this project using any kind of dog treat, including storebought! One big box of Milkbone treats will go a long way. All you have to do is place whatever kind of treat you’re giving away in a plastic bag, tie it shut, then attach one of these free printables…take a look.
To use these, just save the file to your computer, then print it out and use scissors or a paper cutter to cut out each individual tag. Punch a hole in one corner of the tag, then tie it onto the treat bag with ribbon or twine.
If you’d like to try your hand at some fresh baked doggie biscuts, here’s how I made ours.
Pumpkin Banana Dog Biscuts
Pumpkin Banana Dog Biscuts
- 2/3 cup Canned pumpkin puree
- 2 Very ripe bananas, mashed
- 2 cups Flour (whole wheat or all-purpose)
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix until a soft dough forms.
- Since the size of bananas can vary, you may need to add either a bit of extra flour or water to make the dough a good consistency. If the dough seems dry and crumbly, add 1-2 T water. If it's sticky and has a batter-like consistency, add more flour until it feels like a dough.
- Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface until it's 1/4" thick.
- Use the cookie cutter of your choice to cut out the biscuts. A bone shape would be awesome, but since we didn't have one, we just used a scalloped circle. We got 36 biscuts of this size. Larger cookie cutters will yield less biscuts.
- Bake at 350 F for 20 minutes.
I’m happy to report that our dog, Pumpkin, heartily approves. In fact, he thinks he should be able to eat them all instead of sharing with the neighbor pups!
No matter what type of treats you use, your four-legged neighbors and their humans are sure to love this thoughtful surprise. If you use the printables to share some joy in your community, we’d love to hear about it! Share your photos and stories with us in the Amy Latta & Friends Facebook group so we can all be inspired. See you there!