Have your animals ever asked, “Where are our treats??” You don’t have to be an animal communicator to hear this loud and boisterous communication.
Especially if you’ve ever met my cats, who sing arias about “Where are my treats?” And my dogs have the facial expressions and tail wags of hope and desperation. As if I truly starve them.
I admit, as I feed them treats with utmost love, I mutter under my breath, “Little Punks!!”
And even Santa is not immune from “Where are my treats??” Letters to Santa from forlorn animals everywhere. Here’s one!
This is your kitty friend, Shadow. The dog (I forget his name, the annoying one I live with, you know him)…we’ve teamed up to ask you for your advice. Don’t have a heart attack, Santa. We don’t have time for partisanship —this issue is way too important! We want to know where are our treats.
Oh, now I remember. The dog’s name is Rocky. And he’s a rock all right. Not too bright.
Sorry, got off track. This IS a letter to Santa, where we ask about treats!
Here’s the thing: Dogs are supposed to be (hu)man’s best friend. Harrrumph. And yet, billions of people are watching cute cat videos this very instant. So I’d argue that people like cats as much as (or more than) dogs. That’s why we’re collaborating – doubling the cuteness.
So why aren’t we getting our share of the treats this holiday season?
I mean, I watched my person bake Christmas cookies up the wazoo. Last week, I heard from that nice cat Freddy, who lives down the street. He told me his people were serving up rugalach and sweet noodle kugel for Hanukkah.
What are we, chopped liver? (Hah, a joke, I love chopped liver. But people think it’s horrible. Humans, gotta love ‘em. But I sure don’t understand ‘em!)
We want to know when we get some treats for the holidays!
Yours Truly, Shadow and, ummm, Rocky
Dear Shadow and Rocky,
You’ve got a good point! Even my reindeer get treats when I deliver presents.
So you should get some as well. After a discussion with Mrs. Claus, we decided to Google dog and cat treats.
Lucky for you, we found some great recipes!
Just print these out and put them in the middle of the living room. Even if your humans don’t make the treats, I bet they’ll go out and buy you something wonderful!
Love you two,
P.S. Shadow, you know you love Rocky. And Rocky loves you. So just have a bit more patience with him, okay?
A Note from Santa
Dear Mindy and Bob,
The other day, Shadow and Rocky asked why they haven’t gotten any goodies for the holidays. As you know, I believe in equal opportunity gifting. So here are some recipes I thought looked luscious. Well, for a cat or dog anyway. You might share them with Freddy’s people, too – you know, the cat that lives a couple doors down?
Cat Cookies With Tuna and Cornmeal
- ½ cup of pureed tuna
- 1 cup of wheat flour (if no allergies)
- 1 cup of cornmeal
- 1 beaten egg
- ½ cup of water
- Put wheat flour and cornmeal into a bowl, then add the beaten egg, water, and pureed tuna.
- Mix the ingredients until the mixture is compact.
- Roll it out with a rolling pin and cut out the biscuits with a knife or with shapes.
- Bake the cookies at 350° for 20 minutes.
- Let cool before serving to your feline friend.
Cat Tuna Crunchers (With Catnip)
- 1 cup of tuna in water
- 2 cups of wheat flour (if no allergies)
- 1 beaten egg
- 2 tablespoons of catnip
- Puree the tuna and mix all the ingredients, to a firm dough.
- Roll it out on a work surface flattening it with your hands and cut out cookies with a pizza cutter.
- Bake the cookies on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper for 10-13 minutes at 350 degrees.
- Keep them in the refrigerator.
- 1 cup pumpkin
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup oil (Canola or coconut)
- 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil, chicken fat, or any other fat that will solidify at room temperature, melted
- 1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Combine pumpkin, peanut butter, eggs, and oil in a bowl. Add in baking soda and whole wheat flour. Stir until a stiff dough forms. Knead dough or mix just until flour is incorporated.
- Roll out dough with a rolling pin and use a cookie cutter to cut out dog bone shapes, or just bake into little circles like cookies. Bake for 15 minutes.
- Whisk the oil/fat and peanut butter until very smooth. Drizzle over the treats and cool till glaze hardens (it does best in the fridge or freezer).
Find out what your animals are thinking!
Then they don’t have to write to Santa!