As the season fall is upon us, most of us are getting out the decorations, making seasonal goodies, and pulling out our calendars to mark fun upcoming events. Family fun activities are always a focus during this time of year, so we’ve decided to share a few recipes and events with you that help you to include ALL members of your pack this fall!
1. Halloween / Fall Inspired Dog Treat Recipes
Not only is pumpkin festive, but it is extremely healthy to give your pup as well. Aiding in digestion, when paired with peanut butter, this is a hard combination to beat for an easy to make treat.
Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats
2 ½ cups of whole-wheat flour
½ cups of canned pumpkin
2 tablespoons of peanut butter
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Preheat to 350 degrees. Whisk ingredients together in a bowl and add water as needed to help make dough workable. Dough should be dry and stiff. Roll into ½ inch-thick roll and cut into 1/2 inch pieces. Bake in oven until hard, about 40 minutes.
2. Cranberry Pumpkin Cookies
Another wonderful addition for any treat is cranberry! What makes this treat pawfect is you and your pup can both enjoy munching them down at the same time. Keeping the process a pretty basic one, here is how you can make them yourself.
1 (15ounce can) Pumpkin Puree, Approx 1 1/2 cups
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1 cup powdered milk
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
3 cups whole wheat flour
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet. Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl while kneading well. Knead dough into a ball and onto a floured surface 1/4 inch thick. Cut with a cookie cutter (you can always make ghosts or pumpkins to really get into spirit) and poke with fork to prevent air bubbles. Place on baking sheet and bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until browned. Cool and refrigerate
3. Candy Corn Frozen Dog Treat
I may not be the biggest fan of candy corn itself, but these frozen treats will be appreciated by any pup! These can also be made with just four ingredients, which you might already have in your kitchen.
1- 1 1/2 cup plan non fat yogurt
1-2 small bananas
1/2 cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
3 oz paper cups
First, put a spoonful of yogurt at the bottom of the paper cup (about a 1/2 cup). Freeze for 1-1.5 hours and then mix 1/2 cup yogurt and 1/2 pumpkin. Add the mixture, or just canned pumpkin to the paper cups and then freeze for 1- 1.5 hours. Mash 1-2 bananas and then mix bananas with 1/2 cup plain yogurt, can use blender as needed. Add a spoonful of the yogurt/banana mix or just mashed bananas to the paper cups and then freeze again for 1-1.5 hours. Peel off the paper cup and serve.
4. Pumpkin Spice Puppuccino
While the pumpkin spice lattes and cappuccinos are long awaited for by the humans, this treat is one your pup will be looking to his/her personal barista for. Next time you grab a coffee, ask for a couple sample cups so you can create this easy mix for your pooch.
3/4 cup (unsweetened) coconut milk
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup pure pumpkin
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until well mixed. Pour into small serving cups.
Looking for some fun events to attend around the area?
Halloween Yappy Hour
October 11, 2017 (6:00-8:00p)
7813 Mitchell Blvd, New Port Richey FL 34655
Fiddlers Green Trinity Irish Pub- Admission is free
This annual event includes raffle prizes and a costume contest, so make sure your pup is dressed to impress!
October 21, 2017 (6:00-9:00p)
Ferg’s Sports Bar 1320 Central Ave St. Petersburg, FL 33705
Admission $5 and includes BOGO drink ticket
“Come howl with us at our 7th Annual Party for the Paws Fundraiser for Pet Pal!
This is a dog and kid friendly event with TONS of festivities including:
Live Music: Screamin’ Donkey
Doggie Biscuit Bar: Provided by TBA
Raffles: 50/50 Raffle, Raffle baskets
Tye Die Creation Station: (shirts provided or bring your own)
Doggie Costume Contest Categories TBA
AND MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED!”
October 22, 2017 (9am-3pm)
Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park
$2 fee for park admission
“The Annual “Barktoberfest” Super Pet Adopt-a-Thon Event will be held this year on Oct. 22rd 2017 in beautiful Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park. Event will include music, food, vendors, dog agility course, entertainment, dog pet tricks contest, most unique pet contest, and the largest pet costume contest!! This even will also include a Barking Bash 5K Run/walk & 1 mile stroll (run or walk with your dog, or without!) sponsored and organized by Mayor and Princess LLC. This years event will help raise money for 4 local non-profit pet charity groups. Please email email@example.com for additional information, vendor and sponsor information.
Groups to benefit:
LRRoF, SPCA Suncoast, Hands & Paws Rescue, and Raffle Rescue Inc Pet Food Program of Pasco Co. FL.
To sign up for 5K with, or withou a dog, or 1 mile stroll, visit www.mayorandprincess.com for info and links.
HOWL-O-Ween Pet Fest & PAWrade
October 28, 2017 (11a-4p)
3 Daughters Brewing 222 22nd St S, Saint Petersburg FL 33712
“FREE Event & PAWrade! Pet Adoptions! Live Music, food, pet related products, training tips & demos, and more!
Push, Pull or carry your furry friend in the most spook-tacular PAWrade of the year! If a FLOAT is your hearse of choice, you can create one from a wagon, baby carriage, dog bed on wheels, anything imaginative - just NOT motorized.
The PAWrade is free to enter. One prize will be awarded to the 1st place winner in each category: Best Float, Best Pet/Owner Costume and Judges Choice.”