Homemade Treats and Paws for Celebration #NationalDogDay

If you’re a dog owner, every day is paws for celebration . . .

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but August 26th is National Dog Day!


National Dog Day was founded in 2004 by Pet & Family Lifestyle Expert and Animal Advocate, Colleen Paige. It’s celebrated August 26th every year to encourage dog ownership of all breeds, mixed and pure, and embraces the opportunity for all dogs to live a happy, safe and “abuse-free life”.

The National Dog Day Foundation supports all breeds and varieties of dogs and discourages purchasing from unethical backyard breeders and puppy mills; instead, supporting reputable breeders or adopting from rescue shelters and homes.

 Celebrate National Dog Day by taking your dog for a ride. . .


Or with a treat. . .Woof!

I found this ‘woof’ cookie cutter at Williams-Sonoma, perfect for a peanut butter dog biscuit for #NationalDogDay or any day you want to treat your canine companion!

‘Woof’ Peanut Butter Dog Treats

Makes approximately 2 dozen (3 1/2-inch x 1-inch) treats


1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

1 egg

1/2 cup *peanut butter (*make sure your peanut butter does not contain Xylitol, a natural sugar alcohol sweetener which is harmful to dogs)

2 cups whole-wheat flour

 1/4 cup cornmeal

 1/4 cup oats (quick or old-fashioned)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In the bowl of food processor, add applesauce, egg, and peanut butter. Pulse to combine.

Add flour, cornmeal, and oats and process until dough comes together.

Turn dough onto floured surface and knead and roll out to 1/4 – 1/2 inch thick and cut into shapes. (Dough will be crumbly). Reroll scraps and repeat.

Place treats on parchment-lined cookie sheet and bake 12 minutes – 15 minutes or until treats are firm and edges are starting to brown. Cool on a wire rack and store treats in airtight container or freeze some for later.

You can use any shape or size cookie cutter to make these treats. If you’re using a larger size cookie cutter, increase the baking time.

You can find a printable recipe, HERE.

Even quicker for the lazy days of summer, make your pup some Copycat Frosty Paws.


Easy Frozen Dog Treats that you can make in a blender!

 Only 4 ingredients and your pup will lap them up!

Freekibble.com was launched in 2008, as the vision of then 11 year-old, Mimi Ausland. Mimi wanted to feed the hungry dogs and cats at her local shelter. “There are 10’s of thousands of dogs and cats in animal shelters across the country, all needing to be fed a good meal.” With this goal in mind, Freekibble was created.

Today, the Freekibble Network reaches over 500,000 passionate pet-lovers. This loyal community has helped feed over 14 million meals to homeless dogs and cats in shelters, rescues and food-banks across the country.


Click on the badge above and help feed shelter dogs and cats for free!

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“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.”
—Roger Caras

Happy National Dog Day from Chloe & Gracie!


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  18 comments for “Homemade Treats and Paws for Celebration #NationalDogDay

  1. August 26, 2017 at 8:27 am

    Happy National Dog Day! Your two fur babies are so well taken care of…love the woof treats!

  2. August 26, 2017 at 8:32 am

    I love starting my morning with the darling Chloe and Gracie! Happy National Dog Day, from Cupcake, Cowboy, Reilly, Winston, and Lilly!

    • August 26, 2017 at 8:34 am

      What a fun crew Tracy! Happy National Dog Day 🐾

      • Cynthia Raines
        August 26, 2017 at 8:54 am

        The girls are so precious! Thanks for the good recipe. I know Buddy will love the treats!

  3. Karen Wright
    August 26, 2017 at 8:56 am

    Chloe and Gracie, just adorable! Love the Woof Peanutbutter treats! Where did you get the “woof” cutter, Mary? I want to make those treats for my adorable cockapoo GRAND DOG, HENRY! Henry is my only Grand and I love to spoil him, when he comes to visit!!! He will love those treats! Thanks for the National Dog Day Post and the recipes!!! 🐶

    • August 26, 2017 at 9:07 am

      Hi Karen, It came from Williams-Sonoma 🐾🐾

  4. Norma Rolader
    August 26, 2017 at 9:03 am

    Oh my I have several friends who would love these treats for their dogs Thank you and God bless

  5. Jo
    August 26, 2017 at 9:29 am

    Freekibble.com wonderful organization! Enjoyed reading about Gracie & Chloe’s escapes.
    Thank you for supporting animal rescue shelters. Jo

  6. August 26, 2017 at 10:26 am

    Your cuties are such good models!

  7. August 26, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    This is so sweet! I have plenty of dog people in my life and will share this.

  8. August 26, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    oh goodness, Mary, almost too much cuteness to take in! I will be smiling all day thinking about your little furballs, and oh so pampered they are~ WOOF! I click for free kibble and kitty litter everyday since you wrote about it several years ago. Pets truly are our children, and just as demanding! Happy National Dog Day to Chloe and Gracie 🐾 🐾

  9. Rattlebridge Farm
    August 26, 2017 at 9:43 pm

    So much fun, Mary. Your photos are so wonderful, they could be a documentary film of a day in the life of two adorable, happy girls. I’m saving your recipe for Jasper.

  10. Kathi
    August 27, 2017 at 8:00 am

    Chloe and Gracie always put a big smile on my face!

  11. Nonni
    August 28, 2017 at 11:56 am

    Hi! We have a mini Schnauzer, Elle. Totally spoiled…as all dogs should be, ha, ha. We live in Florida and those frozen treats would be perfect. Can you print the 4 ingredients? I try to use all organic ingredients as I am leary of GMO’s for us and our pet. I love your little girls. You do an awesome job keeping the fur around their eyes and mouth stain-free. Not an easy job! Best wishes, Nonni

  12. August 28, 2017 at 10:04 pm

    I just love this post Mary! Thanks for the great recipes! Hugs to Chloe and Gracie with love from Chloe, Romeo, and Juliet

  13. August 29, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    Your dogs are so adorable. We have a lab and I am sure will love this special treat. Especially if I add on the frozen treat for the last few hot weeks of summer.

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