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Treat Your Pet for the Holidays... two easy recipes from Brooklyn Bark

Holiday season is here. It is here for all Barkers, human and furry.

This is a special time and special times call for special foods. Have you ever thought of special treats for your own kitty or pup? Or for the pups and kitties you may be visiting over the holidays?

As a famous flour company has us sing, "Nothin' says lovin' Like somethin' from the oven."

Here are a couple of ideas from our Brooklyn Bark dog walkers. If you have the time to make these and share there will be lots of holiday joy in the pet sector. Truthfully, they shouldn't take more than 10 minutes to mix up and form, then 15 - 25 minutes to bake.

Barring allergies, we guarantee these will be great hits with our four footed friends, your own or the cuties you are visiting.


1 1/2 cups instant oats 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/2 cup canned plain pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling) 2 tbsp water (or as needed to make pliable dough) 2 tbsp olive oil 2 strips bacon, fried and crumbled baking spray (or parchment paper)

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray cookie sheet or line it with parchment paper.

Mix pumpkin with baking powder, water, olive oil and bacon crumbles in a large bowl. Add oats and mix in. Dough should be dry but pliable.

Break off pieces of dough about the size of a small walnut. Roll each dough bit between your palms to make a ball and array these balls on the prepared cookie sheet.

Flatten each dough ball with your palm. Make an imprint with your little finger to simulate the pad of a paw. Then stamp with the top of a pen or a pencil to make three toes.

Bake for 25 minutes at 350 degrees. Cool and present.

TUNA YUMS with cheddar

12 oz tuna canned in water, well drained 1 egg 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese 1 tbsp chopped, fresh parsley 1 3/4 cups instant oats

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray cookie sheet or line it with parchment paper.

Pulse all ingredients but the oats in a food processor until well mixed. Transfer to a bowl and mix in the oats.

Roll out on a flat surface to about 1/4" thick. Cut with cookie cutters or into 1" squares. Transfer to prepared baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.

I think my pup can read my thoughts. She is already waiting for me in the kitchen.

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