Holiday Gifts = Great Taste Tests and Feedback

We’re just getting things started here at Start Small Sisters, so I wanted to put together a few dog treat gift bags for our family. I know the treats that my dog loves (and won’t touch), so this is an opportunity to see what my dog nieces, nephews, and cousins think.

Banana + Peanut Butter

Banana + Peanut Butter—Everydog’s favorite

These treats seem to be the to pick for most dogs I meet. They’re super crunchy and smell so peanut-y, I even find them hard to resist myself.

Banana + Peanut Butter

Dehydrated Chicken Feet

This is a new item I’m testing out—and Eden is going wild. She had tried some chicken feet at a dog sitter’s home and I was told she loved them. This got me thinking: why not try to dehydrate some chicken feet on my own? I trimmed the chicken nails (they are safe for dogs to eat, just super sharp), placed them on the dehydrator trays, and ran it overnight at 155° F.

Dehydrated Chicken Feet

Green Beans Crunchies

I’ve seen green beans used in many whole dog food recipes so I thought I’d give dehydrated green beans a try. I tossed the trimmed beans in a drizzle of Olive Oil and placed them on the dehydrator trays. They took about 3 hours to full dehydrate at 135° F.

Eden has given these two paws down. I’m taking the stock over for a family member today, so I will see how her pups like these healthy snacks.

Green Beans Crunchies

Time to Process the Mint

My farmer’s market had a great deal on organic mint, so I spent the day trimming, washing, chopping, and storing this flavorful herb.

Did you know mint does more than just freshen breath?

Humans and dogs agree that mint helps tame powerful odors, but this herb is also used for many digestive benefits. Just like you warm up a cup of peppermint tea to soothe a stomachache, mint can also benefit your dog’s digestive track. The aromatic peppermint leaf reduces gas, nausea and upset stomach.

We feature mint in a few of our dog treat recipes, including our Mint + Parsley Dog Treats and Apple + Pumpkin Dog Treats.