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adoptable nici + gluten-free dog treats

by caroline

For those of you who have been following me for a bit, you know my four (yes, FOUR!) fur babies, Cooper, Emerson, Simon and Madeline hold an ultra-special place in my heart. They are the best cuddle buddies and there are some days where I will readily admit that I simply prefer them over people. ;)

That being said, you can imagine how excited I was when my local lululemon store asked for me to help with “Furbruary,” a theme that dedicated the entire month of February to events that would help support local, adoptable pets. The store also made it their goal to have this sweet baby girl, Nici, adopted by the end of this month:

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The wonderful team at lululemon partnered with the local organization, Biggies Bullies, and asked that they bring Nici into the store for two separate events in February, so that she could meet people and possibly find her forever home. My part? They asked me to make gluten-free dog treats!

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Why gluten-free? There have been several studies that show pets who suffer from specific digestive issues can benefit from a gluten-free diet. Like humans, cats and dogs who experience abnormal gastrointestinal function, such as vomiting, diarrhea, poor appetite, weight-loss and/or chronic skin problems while eating a food that contains gluten, may benefit from switching to a gluten-free diet. In fact, all four of my cats eat a gluten-free diet as a result of years of struggle where we tried to diagnose one of our cat’s digestive issues. Oddly enough, we began the trial and error of a gluten-free diet right around the time I was diagnosed with celiac disease. (Like mother, like son?) We have finally found a food that works great for him and, since they all eat together, the WHOLE fur family is officially gluten-free. More on that in a future post!

Anyway, I had the chance to meet Nici earlier this month and she is the sweetest girl. She still hasn’t been adopted, but, perhaps, one of you would like to be her new mommy or daddy? ;) She prefers to be a solo pet (no kitties or other dogs) and in a home without infants. And it’s not because she is aggressive! It’s simply because she is a wonderfully excitable pup. She also wouldn’t mind being a home where she is the only princess.

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adoption2She also loved the treats I made! Get the recipe below to whip up at home for your own very special fur friend.

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adoptionGluten-Free Peanut Butter & Banana Dog Treats

makes 24 treats

ingredients

olive oil, for brushing
3/4 cup brown rice flour
1/4 cup tapioca or potato starch
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 cup creamy all-natural peanut butter, softened (try microwaving for 30 minutes)
1 large egg
1/4 cup olive oil
1 large overripe banana
3/4 cup water

directions

(1) Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Prepare a 24-cup mini muffin pan (or 2 12-cup mini muffin pans) by brushing with olive oil. Set aside.
(2) In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, starch, baking soda and sea salt. Add the peanut butter, egg and oil, stirring until just combined. Add banana, using a fork to smash against the sides of the bowl. Add water stirring vigorously until mixture is thoroughly combined.
(3) Divide mixture amongst prepared muffin pan, filling each cup about 3/4 full. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until golden brown and a toothpick inserted through the center comes out clean.

** To learn more about adopting Nici or Biggies Bullies, visit www.biggiesbullies.org.