Vegan Treats for Furry Friends | VeganMoFo 2017 Day Twenty-Five

VeganMoFo 2017

Week Four: Entertaining
Cook for your best friend. Tell us about your best friend and their favourite dish, and make them a vegan version of it.

My best friend is a grey-furred, four-legged little beast with an under-bite and an uncanny ability to throw some serious side-eye shade.

Moria

Oh. A human best friend, you say? How boring. My best two-legged friend is Steven, but I cook for that dude just about every day! (He does all the clean-up; it’s a mostly fair trade.) He’s also a plant-eater like me, so all his favorite dishes are already vegan. That’s why I’m going to show you what we feed our best furry friends instead! It’s also the perfect chance to introduce our new dog: Rosie!

RosieWe adopted Rosie from a local rescue this weekend. We don’t know too much about her past; she was brought to Maryland from a high-kill shelter in the south and was with the rescue for about three months without getting much interest from potential adopters. Dummies! She is the sweetest. This lady is probably 5-7 years old, and she has the best ugly-cute face. Her left eye is smaller than the right, probably due to a genetic deformity. She has the serious case of snaggleteeth, and she occasionally limps (luxating patella?). Since we just love broken dogs nobody else wants, she was the perfect fit.

She’s been with us for three days and has settled in beautifully. Her former foster family said she didn’t really like sleeping in bed with them, but guess who spent both the past two nights snuggling us? Yep, this girl.

She and Moria seem to be mostly ignoring one another, which doesn’t surprise me — Moria and Luna had a similar arrangement. Honestly, I don’t think Moria particularly likes having a second dog around, but we make sure to share the love (and the treats) equally.

Which brings me to the prompt! If Moria could talk, she’d probably say that her favorite food is “everything,” followed by “treats.” The good news for Moria? There are tons of vegan doggie treats out there! Moria particularly enjoys Whimzees, a brand of chews, breath bones, and other delicacies derived from plant sources. They’re the perfect substitute for those nasty animal-based chews you’ll find at pet stores. They even make one that looks like a pig’s ear…. which is both disturbing and probably unnecessary. Pretty sure Moria doesn’t care what her treats look like, as long as they taste good! And apparently Whimzees do.


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Trick or Treat: Moria says, “Treat, please!”

Orange rectangular banner that says "Vegan MoFo" and "Vegan Month of Food 2011."

Happy Halloween & happy end-of-MoFo, y’all! Goodness, this month has been a busy one. I’m pretty happy with my MoFo experience this year; planning and prepping make all the difference in the world – who knew!? However, I have to admit that my past couple of posts haven’t been particularly inspiring. But I hope to make up for it with this one. It’s not super exciting, but it will feature a cute dog photo, so that pretty much guarantees that it’ll be worth your while… right?!

As a childless chica who lives in an apartment in suburbia, I sadly don’t get to experience the joy of taking a kid trick-or-treating or handing out candy to adorably dressed little kids (along with way-too-old-to-be-trick-or-treating teenagers wearing hoodies and ski masks). So I propose that we expand the scope of Halloween and allow dogs to go trick-or-treating. Just imagine it – the streets full of dogs of all sizes and breeds, running around chasing treats while decked out in the most ridiculous costumes their pampering humans can find. IT WOULD BE SO CUTE. However, this is sadly not a reality yet, so instead I will just spoil my own puppy with lots of delicious treats. She doesn’t have a costume, but she already looks like an Ewok, so maybe that’s good enough. Because I want only the best for my dear little girl (…), I will feed her homemade treats, free of preservatives and icky chemicals. And they will be Halloween-shaped:

A mason jar tipped on its side with small yellow-orange dog biscuits spilling out; they're in the shape of pumpkins and ghosts. In the background is a pumpkin.

Pumpkinlicious!

I used this recipe from Melody over at Little House on the Vegan Prairie; it features pumpkin and peanut butter and is perfect for cutting into cute little shapes. Following my Halloween theme, I made little pumpkins and ghosts for my doggie. They looked good to me, but what did Moria think when she tried them?

A small, grey, furry dog taking a treat from my hand.

Puppy-approved!

She loved them! Pumpkin and peanut butter are a no-fail combination for most dogs, I think. I actually halved the recipe, then halved the dough and baked one of those halves and froze the other. That way, I can refill her treat jar at a moment’s notice! Genius!

So even if my Halloween is lacking in sugary sweets, Moria at least will enjoy some yumminess. Have you ever made treats for your pets? Do you get to give out candy (or take your own kids trick-or-treating) tonight? How was your MoFo experience?!

And with that, I’ll say goodbye to Vegan MoFo 2011. Expect a few days’ break as I recover and catch up on Google Reader… it’s so full I’m scared to look! Ciao!

Moria of Mine

There’s a new lady in my life. She’s a little bit smelly and she occasionally poops on the floor and she has a beard. Meet Moria, my sweet new doggie:

Moria & me!

I adopted Moria just over a week ago. She’s a year and a half old, so she’s mostly house trained, but she’s still got a fair amount of that puppy playfulness that’s so fun. She’s predominantly Brussels Griffon, although she’s listed as a mix on her adoption papers. But that adorable beard and those big, expressive eyes are pure Brussels Griffon!

I’ve been intending to adopt a pup for a couple of months now. My frequent visits to the local Humane Society proved fruitless, but when I saw this sweet girl bashfully staring at me when I stopped by an adoption clinic at PetSmart, I was instantly taken with her calm demeanor and charmingly silly appearance. I think she looks like an Ewok; others say she’s more akin to a Wookiee. Whatever Star Warsian species she resembles, she’s just plain cute… especially when she’s panting:

Pantyface.

If you’re wondering why I named her after something from Middle Earth and not the Star Wars universe, well, female Ewok names are awful! And she’s a bit like a Dwarf, what with the beard and all, so I thought Moria was pretty fitting. The jury’s still out on her middle name, however, so feel free to share suggestions!

Post-walk tiredness.

Expect to see more of my girl’s bearded face in upcoming posts, and check back soon for a giveaway!