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I'm extremely excited to be working at the Museum since October 2010. My favorite part of this job- besides working with the animals- is listening to all of the Keeper stories, I hear a new one each day. In my spare time I enjoy hiking, belly dancing, and vegan cooking.
I work Sunday through Thursday. I can be found mostly behind the scenes or training the Ring Tail Lemurs.

Baking for the animals

May 6th, 2012

As Keeper Jill mentioned we had our annual AAZK Rummage Sale on May 5th. This year I baked dog treats to sell.

Homemade Dog Treats

 They were dog tested and approved. Below is the receipe from

“The Ultimate Dog Treat Cookbook”

~~~Veggie Treats~~~

3 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup quick oats

1/2 cup roasted, unsalted sunflower seeds

1/2 cup grated carrots

1/4 cup finely diced celery

1/4 finely chopped broccoli

1/4 cup finely diced red or yellow bell pepper (no seeds)

1 teaspoon minced garlic

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1 cup water

(I altered this a bit- I used whole wheat flour, diced the carrots, and added extra celery and broccoli instead of using bell peppers- just to use what I already had at home)

  1. Preheat the over to 350 degrees
  2. Mix all the ingredients well. Using your hands, knead the dough for a few minutes
  3. Form the dough into a ball and drop it onto a floured breadboard (I used the counter). Roll the dough out to about 1/4 inch thick.
  4. Use a 3 inch cookie cutter (I used the mouth part of a small jar) to cut the dough into shapes. Place the cookies on greased cookie sheets.
  5. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown
  6. Remove from oven, let cool, store in airtight container- or from crisper treats, turn oven off and return treats on cookie sheet to oven. Leave them in the cooling oven for several hours or overnight to harden.

 

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  1. Hi Kimberly!

    It was great meeting you yesterday at the Wolf Overlook and finding out all those cool things about the Red Wolf Rehab program. I’m definitely going to follow this blog more often.

    As a side note, I was reading your post about homemade dog treats and was a little alarmed that GARLIC is included. I’ve worked as a certified vet tech for many years and have seen garlic poisonings in dogs a few times, which wasn’t pretty. So I ask that you educate yourself about this possibility when garlic is used in recipes and I’d recommend not giving garlic and onion. Please read the link I provided from the ASPCA.

    Again, thanks for all the great info yesterday and keep up the awesome work with the carnivores!

    Posted by Laura Tweed
  2. Keeper Comment :

    Laura
    It was great to meet you as well. The receipe only called for 1 tsp, for over 80 treats, a very small amount. But thank you for the information and I look forward to talking to you again soon.

    Posted by Kimberly Lawson

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