It’s hard to believe this past weekend we celebrated Halo and Buster’s 9th birthday. While I can tell age is creeping up on them, they both still seem to be the happiest of pups. Halo, the more chill of the two, continues to swim her heart out during the summer and makes it a point to cuddle as much as possible. What I love about her is that she also has an independent side. Halo understands we’ll always be here for her, and I like to think she values quiet time as she disappears at certain points of the day to relax in our bedroom and catch up on z’s.
Buster, our shadow, has a more difficult time being left alone, so I’m thankful they have each other during the day for company. Did I tell you Buster was abandoned in a neighborhood Ben and I frequently visited for the dog park? Yes, our sweet pup was left to fend for himself. Luckily, we were in the right place at the right time to find him. Buster took to Halo so well that after a week of attempting to find his owner with no luck, we decided to make him part of our family. A bit more vocal than we’d like, Buster is a sweetheart who spends much of his energy running around the house to find a rope to shake furiously in his mouth. By 9 p.m., he begins to dose off like a kid, who spent an entire day at the beach.
Together, these two are the perfect pets. We do treat them a bit more like people, but it’s because they have such fantastic personalities. Personalities that deserve a delicious homemade dessert for their birthdays. So without anymore delay, try these No-Bake Peanut Butter and Carob Dog Treats I made for them to welcome another year. They are a tad crumbly when you shape each treat, but be patient, your pup will love them and enjoy the surprise banana within. Happy birthday to my fave pups in the world!
- 1 cup all-natural peanut butter
- 1/2 cup low-fat milk
- 3 cups old-fashioned oats (also known as rolled oats)
- 1 cup unsweetened carob chips
- 2 bananas, each cut in half lengthwise and sliced into 20 pieces
- In a bowl, mix the peanut butter and milk with a spoon.
- Stir in the oats; the mixture will look crumbly. Mix in the carob chips.
- Place a mound of the peanut butter mixture into the palm of your hand. Then, place a piece of banana in the center and top with more peanut butter mixture. Squeeze the ingredients together to form a 1-inch ball. Don't worry about mashing the banana and expect to add more mix, as needed, because some will fall off as you shape it into a ball. Repeat with the remaining ingredients, placing each piece on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
- Refrigerate the treats for at least 1 hour before serving.