Our Charlie Girl is on a grain-free diet. So, I wanted to create a treat that would be both healthy for her and easy for me.

 

  • 1 cup white rice flour*
  • 1 medium banana, smashed
  • ¼ cup peanut butter**
  • 3 T. water
Directions:
  1. Mix all ingredients together. Add more water or flour as needed.
  2. Roll out dough to ¼ inch thick on a lightly floured surface. Use a cookie cutter to cut into desired shapes or use a bottle cap to create smaller treats.
  3. Place dog treats on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 15 – 25 minutes. Time varies depending on the size of the treat.
  4. Allow to cool completely before storing in a paper bag. The dog treats will soften if stored in an airtight container.

 

This makes approximately 60 treats. These will last for a couple weeks — although, if it were up to our Charlie Girl, they would be gone in a day. She loves them! As with any treat, give them sparingly. You can freeze some for later.

 

*Please note: I used white rice flour but, for other grain-free options, you can use quinoa, bean, or oat flour (or a combination).

**The best peanut butter is raw with no added sugar or salt. Make sure the peanut butter does not  contain Xylitol (a type of sweetener that is toxic to dogs).

In August 2016 a goal was accomplished and a dream achieved by Andrea Alt.  

 

After having served 10½ years as a police officer, Alt enrolled in a K-9 training program. Fourteen weeks later she became the Amberley Village Police Department’s first female K-9 handler. 

 

Creed, her German Shepherd, has been by her side now for close to 2½ years. He arrived from Czechoslovakia at  the age of 16 months.

 

“When I first met him,” says Andrea, “he was like a wild animal who did not trust anyone. After a few weeks of training, and hours on end, I was able to get him to not leave my side. Building that trust was amazing.” 

 

Amberley Village is one of approximately ten police departments with K-9 units in Hamilton County, Ohio

 

Based on their overall health, dogs trained for K-9 units can serve from 7-12 years. But there’s more to life than just service. The years of working together bonds the dogs and their handlers.

 

So, when Creed retires he will remain with Andrea — as a lifetime companion.