Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, a big day for chocolatiers and card companies, but it can also be a memorable occasion for your furry best friend.  Granted, a romantic dinner at a favorite Mexican restaurant may not be on the dance card, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t treat your dog or cat to a truly special Valentine’s Day dinner.

Make it even more fun by having your furry friend help with the preparation, fetching the olive oil from the pantry or the eggs from the fridge… okay, maybe not…


Salmon Cat Treats

Fish provides your pet with necessary omega oils that will keep his coat and skin in great shape.

What you’ll need:

1 lb. salmon, pureed in the blender

1 cup whole wheat flour

1 cup corn meal

1 T. olive oil

2 T. garlic powder



Add all ingredients to the pureed salmon. Mix thoroughly until it’s the consistency of cookie dough. Roll with rolling pin until 1/4 inch thick. Cut out the treats with a heart-shaped cookie cutter. Place on non-stick cookie sheet and bake in pre-heated oven at 250F for 30 minutes or until the dog treats are golden brown. Tip: These salmon dog treats can be frozen.


Valentine Liver Nibbles

Nothing says “Be my Valentine” like a blender full of raw beef liver! Okay, your significant other might disagree, but your pampered pooch certainly won’t.

What you’ll need:

1 lb beef liver or chicken liver

3 medium eggs

1/4 cup canola or other vegetable oil

2 cups instant oats

1 Tbsp applesauce (optional)

2 Tbsp nutritional yeast (optional)

3 Tbsp powdered kelp

Filtered water sufficient to make a batter


Process the liver in a blender or food processor until completely pureed. Beat the eggs in a bowl and pour in the oil. Add the liver. Mix in the dry ingredients slowly, stirring continuously so they are thoroughly combined. Add water gradually, until you have a “batter” consistency. Pour this batter into a loaf tin. Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes. Cool in the tin until able to be handled, then gently turn the loaf out onto a rack and refrigerate to cool completely. Cut with heart-shaped cookie cutter. Store in a sealed container.




Cinnamon Honey Hearts Dog Biscuits

A touch of honey and cinnamon add just the right blend of sweet and spice to this gourmet dog treat.

What you’ll need:

1/4 Cup Water

1/4 Cup pureed Banana

1/2 Cup plain Yogurt

1 Tablespoon Honey

1 Tablespoon Canola Oil

1 Teaspoon Cinnamon

1/2 Cup Oat Flour

1/4 Cup Rice Flour

1 Cup Wheat Flour



In a small bowl combine the cinnamon, oat flour, rice flour, and 1/2 cup wheat flour. Set aside. In a separate bowl mix water, banana, yogurt, honey, and canola oil with an electric mixer. Add the dry ingredients and mix until well blended. Mix in remaining wheat flour 1/4 cup at a time until a stiff dough forms.

Place on floured surface and roll to desired thickness. Cut into desired shapes. Bake at 300 degrees. If rolled to 3/8″ baking time is 30 minutes or until golden brown.

Tip: After shutting off the oven I leave the dog biscuits in the oven for a couple hours to make sure they are completely dry and crunchy. Then they can be stored for a long time without worrying about spoilage.



Carob Doggie Delights

Making these homemade dog treats is a fun way to let your canine companions know they are your special valentines.

What you’ll need:

1 1/2 Cups Wheat Flour

1/2 Cup Rolled Oats

1/4 Cup Carob Powder

1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder

1 Medium egg

1/2 Cup Water

1 Tablespoon Honey



In a small bowl combine the wheat flour, rolled oats, carob, flax seed, and baking powder. Set aside. In a separate bowl beat together the egg, water, and honey. Add the dry ingredients and mix until well blended and forms a stiff dough.

Place on floured surface and roll to desired thickness. Cut into heart shapes. Bake at 300 degrees. If rolled to 3/8″ baking time is 30 minutes to 35 minutes.

Tip: Make these valentine dog treats something really special by drizzling with carob. Melt carob chips in the microwave or double boiler and drizzle over treats.