Is there anything more endearing than the story of a boy and his dog? We would like to share with you one such story, in honour of Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day…
When 10- year old Graedy Edwards was given a school entrepreneurship project, he came up with the perfect idea…. he wanted to make treats for dogs! However, he took it one step further…Peanut joined the family even before he was born, so she plays an important part of his life and served as his muse for this project. He decided to make a treat that she wouldn’t just love but would help her feel better as Peanut has started getting joint pain. And thus Graedy’s Goodies was born!
Since it is Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day on February 23rd, we convinced this young entrepreneur to share his story and his recipe…. full disclosure, this is the recipe he based his treats on (from PawsomeOldies.com) and not his exact recipe…after all, every smart business person has their secrets!
Arthritis Dog Biscuit Recipe with Alfalfa
1 1/2 cups whole flour (e.g. oat flour)
2 tablespoons alfalfa leaf powder
1/3 cup organic flaxseed meal
1 teaspoon turmeric
About 1 tablespoon dried rosemary, crushed
1 tablespoon blackstrap molasses
Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, mix all the dry ingredients.
Add the egg and blackstrap molasses to the dry ingredients and mix well.
If the dough is too dry, add water, a teaspoon at a time, until the dough comes together.
Knead the dough a few times and let it sit at room temperature for about 15 minutes.
Put the dough between 2 sheets of saran wrap and roll out to about 1/4″ thick.
Use a cookie cutter to cut out desired shapes.
Transfer biscuits to the baking sheet and bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes.
To harden the biscuits more, leave them in the oven until cool.
Store in an airtight container.
Alfalfa - rich in chlorophyll and thus has major antioxidant properties, making it great for arthritis and other joint issues
Turmeric – used in in Ayurvedic medicine due to its anti-inflammatory properties
Rosemary – medicinal herb known for its pain relieving properties. It is also believed to boost the immune system, improve memory and cognitive functions
Flaxseed is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, a must-have for improving joint health
Whether your dog is young or old, we are sure they will love this recipe! It’s simple to make, nutritious and delicious! Let us know if you try this recipe out, or share your favourite recipe in the comments. We hope you and your pup enjoy a treat on February 23rd to celebrate!