The origin of St. Patrick’s Day was in Ireland. St. Patrick’s Day was first celebrated in America in 1737 in Boston, where there were many Irish living. Several hundred years later, we celebrate in America every year on March 17, the day that St. Patrick died. In Wake County, the St. Patrick’s Day parade started in 1983 with some enthusiastic Irish-Americans. Today everyone can be Irish for the day.
While you are getting ready for your big celebration this year, don’t forget to include your pet in the fun! A small article of green clothing will call people’s attention to your pet when you take them for a walk or when you arrive together at the party.
Speaking of parties, consider making special pet treats for St. Patrick’s Day! Color your pet treats green! You can use green food color. Or, if you prefer to keep your dog biscuits or cookies natural, you can use spinach powder to tint your dog treats green.

Peanut Butter Dog Treats

3 cups of whole wheat flour 1/2-cup of vegetable oil
1/2-cup of cornmeal 3 medium or large eggs
1/2-cup of rolled oats 3 teaspoons of vanilla
All-purpose flour for kneading 5 tablespoons of peanut butter
2 cubes of chicken or beef bouillon

Directions for Creating Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits

  1. Begin by preheating the oven to 375º F.
  2. Next, measure out and combine all of the wet ingredients into a medium mixing bowl, with the exception of the bouillon cubes. Use a fork or whisk to thoroughly mix all of the wet ingredients.
  3. Crumble two cubes of beef or chicken bouillon into the bowl of wet ingredients. Use a fork or whisk to stir the contents of the bowl until the bouillon has completely dissolved.
  4. Measure out and combine all of the dry ingredients in an extra large mixing bowl. Use your hands to mix the dry ingredients.
  5. Pour the wet ingredients into the extra large bowl containing the dry ingredients. Use a mixer or your hands to mix the ingredients thoroughly into a wet dough.
  6. Remove about one-third of the dough at a time and place it on a well-floured surface. Knead the dough, adding 1/2-cup of whole wheat flour at a time. Continue to add flour and knead until the dough is moderately firm and of a consistency that will retain its shape when cut into individual treats.
  7. Once the dough is of the desired consistency, use a rolling pin to flatten out the dough to a uniform thickness of 1/4- to 1/8-inch.
  8. Use a cookie cutter or rolling pizza cutter to divide the dough into treat-sized pieces. Larger treats are more suitable for a large-breed dog, while smaller treats are ideal for a small-breed dog or for when the treats are going to be used as healthy rewards during the dog-training process.
  9. Place the treats on a large, ungreased cookie sheet, spaced about 1/2-inch apart.
  10. Place the cookie sheets in the oven, preheated to 375º F.
  11. Bake the dog treats for 18 to 23 minutes, or until the treats take on a golden brown appearance.
  12. Allow the treats to cool and then serve!
Since these treats are preservative-free, they do have a limited shelf life. To extend the life of your treats and to avoid spoiling, place a small quantity of the homemade dog biscuits (about a dozen at a time) in a container and store in the refrigerator for up to one week.
The remaining treats can be placed in freezer bags and stored in the freezer. A dozen treats at a time can be removed, thawed and then stored in the refrigerator.
Cooking for a pet can be a rewarding, fun experience, and pet owners will have the assurance that their dog is eating healthy, all-natural foods.

Luck of the Irish. Consider these breeds:

  • Irish Wolfhound
  • Irish Setter
  • Irish Red and White Setter
  • Kerry Beagle
  • Irish Water Spaniel
  • Wheaton Terrier
  • Kerry Blue
  • Irish Terrier