“Secret Life of Pets”: a Movie Night, a Dog Biscuit Recipe…plus, we have a PUPPY!

Did you notice the very end of that blog title up there?!  Yes, it’s true.  And I’m still trying to figure out how that all happened…..but, we have a puppy!  Our very first dog EVER!  And let me tell you…….puppies keep you on your toes, but that little stinker has wiggled her little fluffy self right into our family!  Ahhhh…..we all love her, especially the kids!

Pets are something we have never had a ton of.  Well, I guess we got a couple of outdoor bunnies about a year ago….but now, a puppy.  Oh wait, and we had a fish once.  But it seems that pets are slowly becoming a part of this family…..and surprisingly, I’m okay with it.  (Long story….but I’m not a huge pet person. More about that another time though.)  Anyway, we generally don’t go to the movie theater very often (mostly because my 2-year-old Oliver is a stink bug at the movies), but when The Secret Life of Pets was released in theaters, I took the kids to see it over the summer because it just looked so darn cute……and they LOVED it!!!  Mostly, because this movie gave my kids a little glimpse of what those silly pets could possibly be doing when their owners leave them alone. Ha!

And now The Secret Life of Pets is available on DVD and Blu-Ray (along with 3 mini movies…and an hour of bonus content) and when I received my copy in the mail the other day and told our four kiddos that we were going to have a family movie night and watch it again…..they were STOKED!!!

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We’ve had these little Secret Life Of Pets stuffed characters since we watched the movie the first time over the summer…..so when we popped in the movie, they scrambled to their rooms to find their favorite character!

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We’ve had our little puppy Maggie for about 1 month now (we got her when she was 2 1/2 months old) and we are quickly learning that she loves to be around people.  She LOVES my kids and is extra patient with them….and for that, I’m so relieved!  She even lets Oliver muscle her around and just lets him love the heck out of her!

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(I think she must have been curious about those little pets in the movie though, because I kept catching her watch right along with the kids!)

 

But I do have to admit, sometimes we wonder what Maggie’s thinking!  We kinda joke that she’s scheming huge plans like the characters of Secret Life Of Pets (in fact, I think in the picture below, she’s taking notes)!  But we’re also pretty sure she feels just like the main character Max and loves these little humans that she now lives with! And that’s why she lets my kids haul her around, add scarves to her neck, push her around in strollers, and even plop her on their lap…..just like she’s a little human herself!

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When we moved to Oklahoma almost 2 years ago, my husband Steve was so excited that there was a designated “media room” in our new house.  His dreams of finally having a projector and a large screen finally came true……which I will admit, makes our weekly family movie night a lot more cozy (and cheaper) than heading to the movie theater!

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With our weekly movie night, we usually have some sort of treat to go along with it.  And since we were watching Secret Life of Pets, it seemed fitting to have a special treat for Maggie to enjoy too!  So, while the kiddos munched on popcorn, I made her some Peanut Butter Banana Dog Biscuits to snack on! And no joke, this is her new favorite treat!!

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Maggie isn’t a food driven dog (she could care less about most foods….but eventually eats her kibble when she’s hungry), so coming up with a recipe that she actually loves (and that we can use for training, rewards, etc.) is so exciting!  These little Peanut Butter Banana Dog Biscuits are super easy to make…..all from simple ingredients I had on hand (and include oatmeal, not flour)!

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And unlike most other packaged treats we’ve tried from the store, Maggie actually likes these and gobbles them RIGHT UP!

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I gotta tell you guys though —- adding a dog to our home isn’t something I ever thought we’d do.  But now that she’s here, I’m not sure why we waited so long.  And I think that’s because I see how much my children have attached their little hearts to this sweet fluff ball….and I never want to take that away from them!  So, enjoying an evening together watching Secret Life of Pets WITH our puppy Maggie, while spoiling her with treats she actually loves……was a perfect night for our family!

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Have you seen Secret Life of Pets (which was created by the same masterminds of Despicable Me)?

 

Here’s a little peek…in case you haven’t!

 

Anyway….back to the Peanut Butter Banana Dog Biscuits.

Want to give them a try??

I’m sure your pup will love them too! :)

 

First, gather 5 ingredients; bananas, oats, eggs, peanut butter, and baking powder.

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Place 3 cups of oats into a food processor or blender and process until the consistency is more like flour.

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Then mash your bananas until you have about 1 cup’s worth.

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Mix your 3 cups of oats, 1 cup of banana, 2 eggs, 1/2 cup of peanut butter, and 1 tsp baking powder in a bowl and mix until well blended.

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Now, I found these really cute silicone molds (HERE and HERE) that produce biscuits that are about 1.5 inches across and 1/2 inch thick….and are perfect for smaller dogs.  (They have bigger molds if you need them too.) I sprayed the molds with some cooking spray and then pressed the dough into each shape.  But, you could also flour your counter a bit and roll the dough out and use cookie cutters to create shapes from your dough.  The cooking time will vary but since my molds made thicker biscuits, my cooking time was about 30 minutes (in 350F degree oven) for semi-crunchy biscuits.  (Our puppy has tiny teeth and a tiny mouth, so if I would have continued cooking the biscuits until they were more solid like kibble, they would have been too hard for her to bite through.  But you could definitely experiment and increase your cooking time if needed.)

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Once they were done, they popped right out of the molds and were ready for Maggie to start eating!  (And the extras store really nicely in the freezer!)

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Such a fun little doggy treat……that will surely have your pup begging for more! :)

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What a fun night we had together with our newest pup, enjoying a cute movie that made us all laugh, and everyone munching on a little treat…..even our little Maggie!

-Ashley

 

This post is sponsored by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment……however, all opinions and tutorials are mine and mine alone.

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19 Responses to ““Secret Life of Pets”: a Movie Night, a Dog Biscuit Recipe…plus, we have a PUPPY!”
  1. 1
    Jess says:

    Hi, love your little puppy. Great recipe, but I would caution to check the ingredient list in your peanut butter before making these. Some peanut butter now contains xylitol, which is very toxic to puppies.
    http://stories.barkpost.com/xylitol-peanut-butter/

    • 1.1
      Ashley says:

      That’s good to know. I think I’ve heard that about the xylitol and puppies….but thanks for the reminder. The peanut butter I used was a natural peanut butter with only peanuts, salt, and a little sugar, but not much. But I did check to be sure, because I didn’t know they were sneaking xylitol into some brands. I’m so new to this whole puppy/dog thing, that I really appreciate the advice! So thanks Jess! :) -Ashley

  2. 2
    katiasafia says:

    beautiful children -des beaux enfants

  3. 3

    Omg that pup is the CUTEST!!! And Maggie is such a great name!

    • 3.1
      Ashley says:

      Awww, thanks! It makes it hard to ever be frustrated at her while she’s learning…..because I agree, she’s such a cute little thing! :)

  4. 4
    Winter says:

    Adorable! Our pup is also named Maggie. Maggie Belle Pelosi to be precise. ;)
    And I understand, I’m not a big “pet person” but my husband and daughter are. Consequently we have a dog and a cat. I’ve been surprised how attached I’ve become to them, they add considerable joy to our lives.

    Enjoy your little furry family member, she is adorable!

  5. 5
    Dianne says:

    Oh my your puppy is the cutest and your photos of her and the children are so adorable!

  6. 6
    Avery says:

    Your dog is adorable! What kind is she?

    • 6.1
      Sam says:

      She is a Cavachon, pronounced Cava-shawn, we have the same breed and love ours! It’s a mix between a bichon frise and king charles cavalier.

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    Tamara says:

    Maggie is so adorable! What kind of breed is she?

    • 7.1
      Sam says:

      She is a Cavachon, pronounced Cava-shawn, we have the same breed and love ours! It’s a mix between a bichon frise and king charles cavalier.

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    Carly says:

    My dogs weren’t fans of store bought treats so we started giving them cut up fruits and cooked veggies. They go bonkers over green beans, sweet potato, banana, lettuce (only crunchy pieces), carrots, cucumber, peas, watermelon (only small pieces due to natural sugar content), apple, melon, and small bits of avocado.

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    Mary says:

    Maggie is adorable…..<3

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    Caz says:

    Ashley! I love the pictures of family togetherness, and Maggie has the sweetest face. I think that’s why babies of any species are made so GORGEOUS, so that we will laugh instead of cry when they touch/chew/wee etc. inappropriately :) Patience in the training phase is definitely going to pay off for you in the long run – you’ll end up with not only the cutest pet on the block, but the most loyal, loving, obedient one also. I have 3 border collies, well, 2 are mine and one is my husband’s. My two are definitely loyal, loving, obedient – hubby’s is noisy, naughty and not so loyal as he didn’t input patience and training, and still won’t 6 years later. Training is soooooo essential to the dog’s emotional wellbeing – they so desperately want to please their ‘owner’ (they own us more than we them lol) that they need to know what you find acceptable/inappropriate, so consistency is key! Have fun with Maggie, but remember to ignore that cute lil face when she’s naughty. PS Physical discipline of any sort is unnecessary if you develop the requisite bond with her xxxx

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    Caz says:

    Oh, meant to thank you for the treat recipe – I’m always looking for ways to reward with treats that are naturally good for them vs store bought wherein I have no idea of the ingredients… My two have sensitive skin upset all too often. So, again, thank you!

  12. 12
    Deb in Oklahoma says:

    The whole stinkin’ group is cute beyond words! Love a good dog treat recipe, and this one doesn’t have flour in it, which is great for my little allergy-prone critter. Thanks for sharing (both the photos and the recipe).

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