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Friendship Treats for Furry Friends

 Posted by on June 28, 2012
Jun 282012
 

It’s week 2 of the MeMeTales Readathon!  This week’s theme is Friendship.  There are 3 new books to borrow for the week at MeMeTales:  StickFiggy Makes a Friend,  Lott’s Tea Party, and Arthur.  All three are great reads.  Inspired by Arthur, we made a special treat for a special friend.

Arthur is about a dog who desperately wants a forever home.  He is the only dog left in the pet shop.  Each day more and more pets get homes.  Arthur tries everything to get noticed.  He acts like all the other animals in the pet shop hoping someone will take him home.  Finally, he decides to be himself.  When he is the only pet left in the shop, a little girl and her dad come in to take him home.  Arthur is happy at last.

The story illustrates the importance of being yourself instead of trying to get others to like you by being something you’re not.  It fits perfectly with our Friendship theme.  True friends like you for who you are.

How to be a good friend is an important skill for children {and adults} to have.  The best ways to teach a child how to be a friend are to model being a friend yourself and to let them practice being a friend.

What are some attributes of a good friend?

  • A good friend is kind.
  • A good friend shares.
  • A good friend takes turns.
  • A good friend encourages.
  • A good friend helps.
  • A good friend plays fairly.
  • A good friend likes you for who you are.

 

 

 

Meet Anea – a nine year old shepard mix.  Aiden and Anea are good friends.  We’ve taught Aiden how to play with Anea.  Her favorite game is fetch, which provide Aiden tons of entertainment.  He knows how to nicely and gently pet her.  Aiden calls, and Anea comes running.  I thought it would be a kind act of friendship to make Anea some special treats.

 

No Bake Dog Treats

I found a recipe at the Dog Treat Kitchen that didn’t require turning the oven on.  It’s super quick and easy and only has 3 ingredients.

No bake dog treats - an act of friendship for furry friends #readforgood

Aiden helped mix together the milk, peanut butter, and oats.  We shaped the mixture into circles and squares as requested by the little chef.  I had some leftover bacon, so I topped a couple of treats with bacon as well.  We gave Anea a treat as soon as we were done forming them, but the recipe suggests refrigerating to allow them to set up a bit.  She liked them both ways equally as well.

There are lots of other friendship activities linked up at MeMeTales.  Be sure to check them out!  Have you been waiting for the MeMeTales Android app to arrive?  It is now available!  That means you can read the ebooks on your computer or any device that has a web browser.  You can also download an app on the iPad, iPhone, Android device, and Kindle Fire.  The Nook app will be available soon.

Thanks for stopping by today, friends!

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Disclosure:  In exchange for writing activities based on the weekly themes, I will receive the featured books.

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  13 Responses to “Friendship Treats for Furry Friends”

  1. This is fantastic! What a great idea. I’m sure our Buster would love these. Will have to try making them. Can’t forget about our furry friends :)
    Jen@Plain Vanilla Mom recently posted..Life Lessons from LaundryMy Profile

  2. Great list of what a good friend acts like. Animals are such a great way to teach kids to be kind and a good friend. Love your homemade treats for dogs! Looks like great messy fun to make and yummy for dogs too!

  3. Great post! Dogs definitely have all of the qualities of a good friend :) We will have to make a batch of these for our furry friend, although I think she will just want to eat the bacon!
    Liz recently posted..Readathon 2012: Arthur Does YogaMy Profile

    • Thanks, Liz! I don’t think our dog noticed the difference between the treats with bacon and the treats without. She engulfed them equally as fast. :)

  4. I would have never thought about making a dog friend gift. This are just wonderful. We are going to have to make them for our sweet dog too!
    Kyetra Belton recently posted..Readathon 2012 Week 2: FriendshipMy Profile

  5. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this! I have linked to your recipe from my latest blog: Give a Dog a Bone: Compassion and Kids. http://kidlutions.blogspot.com/2012/07/give-dog-bone-compassion-and-children.html

    Thank YOU!

    Wendy @Kidlutions
    Wendy Young, LMSW, BCD recently posted..Give a Dog a Bone: Compassion and ChildrenMy Profile

  6. i thought milk was bad for dogs ? or did you use powdered milk? they look like something my baby would like .

    • Thank you for your question. The recipe was from a dog bakery. It calls for 1/2 cup of skim or low-fat milk in the entire batch. Milk can be bad for some dogs just like it can for some people. A lot of dogs are lactose intolerant and cannot digest dairy very well. It really depends on your dog. If you are concerned, I would suggest asking your vet about it. I know my dog cannot handle a lot of dairy (found that out after she drank some milk out of a cereal bowl), but the amount in this recipe didn’t seem to bother her. I wonder if water would be a decent substitute for the milk.

  7. How much pnut butter, & oats?

  8. can’t wait to try it for my gang. I have 2 greyhounds and 3 greyhound fosters who would love to get these!

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