I have wanted a pug for as long as I can remember. I'm not really sure when or how the "obsession" came about. There's something about their smashed little faces and big sad eyes that charm me to no end. I just simply adore them. Growing up I knew I always wanted a little guy but was waiting for the right time. I am moving into the beautiful, rustic German Village (my absolute favorite neighborhood) of Columbus in a couple months and found this little guy online. Instantly I knew I had to have him...he just had my heart in 2 seconds flat. I placed a down payment and he was mine. I've had him for almost a month now and he's my little baby who drives me crazy at times...but it's a crazy well worth it.
I pondered over his name for a while and decided that Kirby fit. My dad has been telling me for years to name my dog Kirby after Kirby Puckett. He's a hyper funny little guy. He chases his own tail and likes to sit on my neck. He loves giving kisses and he could play for hours. The cutest thing of all is when he gets his binky in his mouth he runs in circles around the room and prances around. He's smart...yet stubborn which is where I lose my patience. Sometimes I feel bad for yelling at him...and what do I do when I need to say "sorry"? I bake!
I've come across numerous dog treat and dog cookie recipes online. Many of them have lots of butters, sugars and oils. I'm a little weary of those as pugs can easily become obese...like me, they are overeaters. I searched for pug treats and found these pug crunchies. I don't recall where I found it...I just jotted down the rather vague and simple recipe. Obviously any dog can probably eat these.What's great is you can experiment with dog treats, and they just appreciate that their treats were made with love, regardless of how they turned out.
Kirby loved these...he actually went a little crazy for them. And as far as I can tell they are good for him!
Pug Crunchies (the origional recipe was vague, so I experimented with it and hope that I made it more clear)
1 large jar of baby food (I got a 6 ounce jar of turkey and rice)
1-1 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour (depending on what size jar you buy...I found that almost 1 1/2 cups worked nicely. Just add until it becomes a consistency that you can roll out)
1/2 cup wheat germ
Preheat oven 300F (I thought this was a little low/odd but followed it anyway, it took a while but worked, maybe thats why they turn out so crunchy)
Mix all ingredients, starting with all wet ingredients then slowly add in the dry ingredients until dough reaches desired consistency.
Roll dough out onto flat surface, dusting with flour as needed. Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters (I used little doggie bones :))
Bake on ungreased baking sheet for about 45-60 minutes. I found that baking for 55 minutes works and then let them finish outside of the oven on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes.
Baby boy begging for more treats! :)