Vegan MoFo 2017 – Day 25: Cook for your best friends!

Best Bud Pumpkin Dog Biscuits

While we have people in our lives who we hold near and dear, our small fury companions are who we’ve chosen to introduce to you today. As you may already know, we are traveling around North America in our little campervan. We’ve been on the road for almost five months now and don’t have an end in sight yet. Along with us for the adventure are our three dogs and cat, Irma Jane, Gizmo, PJ and Stella. Originally there were supposed to be six of them, but in the last two months before leaving, two of them passed away. We’d like to introduce you to them first.

Quigley – For anyone who met him, he was a quirky, broken little monster, who didn’t really know how to be a dog.  But to us, he was a smart, affectionate, handsome snuggle-bug who was the most content when he was with his family.  He was fiercely loyal, had a tail that didn’t work properly and was the only dog we’ve ever known that actually hugged.  In late April we rushed him to the vet when out of nowhere he started falling over.  He was diagnosed with hemolytic anemia and after two blood transfusions, the underlying cause was found to be untreatable leukemia.   We were (and frankly still are) devastated to have lost him, especially so quickly and unexpectedly.  So much of our trip was planned around his idiosyncrasies and his needs that we found ourselves lost and struggling to move forward.  What we have tried to take from his loss is that you need to cherish the time you have with your fur-babies, because it will never be enough.  Also, if you have a dog (over 50 lbs), please look into canine blood donation.  It saves so many lives each year and although it wasn’t enough to save Quigley, it gave us a little extra time with him and for that we are so very grateful.

Sophie – Our tiny little Netherland dwarf bunny came to live with us after she was found, dumped like garbage, behind an apartment building near where we lived. Someone must have bought her as an Easter present and grew tired of her, leaving her, with her cage door open, literally next to a dumpster. Someone we know took an entire weekend to catch her, but after her dog became depressed with the new addition to the family, she called us to see if we would take care of her. We had two bunnies of our own already, so we were more than happy to have her join the gang. It sadly took her most of her 11 years to trust people again, and it wasn’t until she became quite ill late in life that she finally opened up to us. In the end, her illness finally became more than she could bear, and she passed away in April.

Irma-Jane – She is our little spitfire.  A complete and total terrier, she always has energy to burn.  She has the absolute best wiggle and most gorgeous toothless grin which can’t help but make you smile.   She is the best therapist and nurse and will immediately jump in your lap if you grab a blanket.   She is most definitely not a morning dog and a bit of a princess, but can still roll in the dirt with the best of them.  She’s our rough and tumble girl, but under the tough exterior is still the biggest sweetheart of them all.

Gizmo – This tiny little papillon-pomeranian is a puppy mill rescue and even after five years with us, he’s still incredibly timid.  He is completely bonded with Irma who truly is his emotional support dog, as long as he’s with her, you get to see a little more of his personality come out.  Even though he’s a little skittish, he’s incredibly cheeky and far too cute for his own good, making him the perfect star of any ‘Tongue Out Tuesday’ Instagram post.

PJ (aka. Peanut Butter and Jelly) – He’s our distinguished elder pup.   Introduced as our Walmart greeter, he loves everyone…especially if you have food.  He’s a quintessential beagle, who requires the constant supervision because if something has any type of food (or intriguing) smell, it will find a way into his mouth .  He is a gentle old soul with the happiest tail wag (with an actual injury called ‘happy tail’ from knocking it off of something in a giddy wag-fest).  He has the most wonderful frosted face and when he’s not laser focused on his next meal, he’s an incredibly sweet boy.

Stella – She’s a Maine Coon cross, kinda huge with crazy soft, gorgeous long hair.  She’s figuring out how to be an outdoor cat and has finally learned that her tie-out isn’t actually trying to murder her.  She’s your typical cat, aloof and indecisive, but has occasional tender moments when she enjoys a chin rub, or exactly five pets, before she decides to bite your hand.  We named her Stella thinking it would be a fun name to yell when she’s causing trouble (a la Streetcar Named Desire) and six years later it’s definitely lived up to that sentiment.

So, here’s to all of the furry friends who grace our lives. It wouldn’t be the same without you all.

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Best Buddies Dog Biscuits
 
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Serves: 24 or more
Ingredients
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree, unsweetened and unflavored
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup buckwheat flour
  • ½ cup sprouted whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Combine the pumpkin, apple sauce and molasses together
  2. Stir together the flours, baking powder and cinnamon
  3. Stir the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture
  4. Flatten the dough by hand on a floured board or table until about ¼-inch thick.
  5. Because we don’t have an oven on the road, we cook them in a dry cast iron pan over medium low heat. But you could bake them on a parchment lined baking sheet at 325F for 15 minutes.
  6. Heat your pan over medium-low heat until hot.
  7. Cut the cookies into the desired shape and place them in the pan, leaving a little space between them.
  8. Cook until the first side has browned, about 2 minutes. Flip and repeat with the other side.
  9. Repeat with the remaining dough, rolling up and flattening any scraps as you go.
  10. We store them in the freezer after they have chilled, taking out what we need for a day at a time.
 

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Jenny
    October 26, 2017 at 12:56 am

    What a cute bunch! I don’t know how you get anything done! PJ is especially adorable, but I love Irma-Jane’s dirty face – I bet she’s a handful!

    • Reply
      Two Happy Rabbits
      October 26, 2017 at 11:45 am

      Some days we don’t, Jenny! PJ is a such a nice old man. He’s the first one out the RV to meet people.

  • Reply
    Kelly
    October 26, 2017 at 11:28 am

    Oh, so sweet. I need to make these treat for my girls. And I’m so sorry about your two most recent losses. Quigley’s story is so similar to my Luna’s, and I lost her earlier this year unexpectedly too. My life still doesn’t feel right now that I’m not tending to all her special needs every day.

    • Reply
      Two Happy Rabbits
      October 26, 2017 at 11:49 am

      Our deepest sympathies, Kelly. We’re still trying to figure it all out, too. Life just isn’t the same without them around. I guess that means more love for the others, though. We hope your girls enjoy the cookies!

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