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Posted: Monday, Aug. 12, 2013

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Photo by Lora Denton Photography.

Originally from England, Sarah Ryberg has lived in Charlotte for the last 12 years and is a graduate of UNC Charlotte. After two whirlwind weddings - one in Charlotte and another in her homeland - Sarah is settling into married life and learning what it takes to be a Mrs. You can reach Sarah at sarahmryberg@yahoo.com

I'm slowly learning that Alice is a reflection of me. I'm always on the computer (she's always watching the screen), I get really excitable over good news (she's always hyper), and I love to cuddle (she's always curled up in my arms). With so much in common, it doesn't surprise me that she loves baked treats either. Since her mum is constantly snacking on cookies and cupcakes, I wanted to find something that she could enjoy just as much.

Thankfully, my own mum has a cookbook designed solely for organic dog treats. From peanut butter treats to bacon and cheese, there are so many options to spoil her with. So far she's only tried The Country Club treats, but she loves them. Every time I open the fridge door (where they have to be stored), she comes over and gives me the biggest "I love you" expression. I'm no fool. know that expression is just because she wants a treat; however, I don't mind taking advantage of a little puppy love.

As dog owners, I know we all love spoiling our pups, so I thought I'd share the recipe for The Country Club treats here.

Warning: Be prepared for extra big puppy dog eyes.

The Country Club

Source: Organic Dog Biscuit Cookbook from the Bubba Rose Biscuit Company

Ingredients:

1 cup of brown rice flour
6 slices of cooked bacon
1 cup of oat flour
1/2 cup shredded low-fat cheddar cheese
1/3 cup of water
1/2 cup of applesauce (unsweetened)
1 egg
1/2 cup of rolled oats (old-fashioned king, not instant)

Method:

Begin by preheating the oven to 350 degrees.

Next, cook all six slices of bacon and then process through a food processor. You want the bacon to be finely ground up.

Put all of the ingredients in a bowl and mix until a dough forms. On a lightly floured surface, roll out your dough, making sure that the thickness of the layer is about 1/4".

Use whatever shape you like to cut out the treats (I can't help loving the heart shaped ones, but you can find squirrels and postman shaped cutters too).

Place the treats on a cookie sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes. If still a little doughy, bake until golden brown. These treats don't spread when cooking, so don't worry if you need to put them close together. Once you've let them cool, you're ready for a spoiling spree.

Also, be sure to store them in the refrigerator until gone.

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