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I am one of those people who makes fun of a particular group of parents. The STFU parents (I cannot explain what that means because there is a potty word in there..most of you can probably figure it out, but if you cannot ahem, Google it, ahem).

 

You see, regular parents fall in love with their children. They brought these little people into the world and that is a very special thing. So it is no big surprise when they want to share photos and funny anecdotes about their darling little ones on social networking sites.

 

STFU parents take this whole thing a little too far. For example, the parents who ONLY posts about their children, and do so about 30 times per day.

 

Or the parent who posts a photo of their child’s first poop in the toilet. I understand that potty training is an important and exciting accomplishment, but don’t let that blind you to the fact that photos of crap are just wrong.

 

Or the parent who will hijack a discussion on Facebook that has nothing to do with parenting, and turns to the topic of his or her kids. Your children are the world to you, but not necessarily to others.

 

All true stories.

 

 

You get the point. Kids are important- VERY important- but so is having a life.

 

Anyhoo, I made fun of these infamous STFU parents. I did, that is, until I got a puppy. I have become an STFU puppy parent. I sincerely believe he is the best looking and cutest dog in the galaxy. I talk about him constantly to anyone who will or won’t listen. I show photos of him to anyone who does or does not want to see them.

 

………………………………………help.

 

I was so excited about the new puppy, that I ran a contest on the 1 Fine Cookie fan page. The contest was to name my puppy. The winner receives custom-made cookies from 1 Fine Cookie.

 

Before I announce the winner, I of course will overwhelm you with an atrocious amount of adorable puppy photos.

puppy retriever british cream golden adorable dog

We drove out to see Louise of Stoneledge Goldens. An amazing breeder of the British Cream Golden Retrievers we were having difficulty finding. This photo is from our visit when we met out future pup.

 

He is sort of special, you see (or that’s what I believe since I am now an STFU parent). My puppy was the runt of the litter.

 

puppy retriever british cream golden adorable dog

As you can see from my crude, yet epic telestrator my puppy on the right is about half of the size of the puppy from the same litter on the left. Scrappy.

 

puppy retriever british cream golden adorable dog

We picked him up a few weeks later. What a stud muffin.

 

puppy retriever british cream golden adorable dog

Good GOD. How can you not agree with me that he is the cutest puppy in the universe????

How?!?!?! How??!? sefnignidurbindioboiernabianerobiaeoinbioaneriaenonri!

 

 

The most dreaded part of my work is selecting and watermarking photos. yawn. I avoid editing as much as possible.

 

Oh, but wait- when there is a puppy involved, I am suddenly willing to try out every feature on my computer.

 

This was taken on my phone.

 

puppy retriever british cream golden adorable dog peanut butter, milk, whole wheat flour, baking powder home made dog treats biscuits cookies dog food

Even better in black and white.

 

puppy retriever british cream golden adorable dog peanut butter, milk, whole wheat flour, baking powder home made dog treats biscuits cookies dog food

I’ve always wanted a Glamour Shots Photo.

 

 

puppy retriever british cream golden adorable dog peanut butter, milk, whole wheat flour, baking powder home made dog treats biscuits cookies dog food

 

 

 

 

puppy retriever british cream golden adorable dog peanut butter, milk, whole wheat flour, baking powder home made dog treats biscuits cookies dog food

 

 

puppy retriever british cream golden adorable dog peanut butter, milk, whole wheat flour, baking powder home made dog treats biscuits cookies dog food

Oh, I’m sorry. Is this too much? I can stop.

OR keep going.

 

I always wanted to be on TV. During the 80’s. On those 80’s televisions.

 

puppy retriever british cream golden adorable dog peanut butter, milk, whole wheat flour, baking powder home made dog treats biscuits cookies dog food

 

Photo collage, bitches.

Still not finished.

 

 

puppy retriever british cream golden adorable dog peanut butter, milk, whole wheat flour, baking powder home made dog treats biscuits cookies dog food

 

Seriously though, look at his smile.

 

 

puppy retriever british cream golden adorable dog peanut butter, milk, whole wheat flour, baking powder home made dog treats biscuits cookies dog food

 

I couldn’t end a photo montage without a mustache.

 

 

puppy retriever british cream golden adorable dog peanut butter, milk, whole wheat flour, baking powder home made dog treats biscuits cookies dog food

 

Or unicorns, duh. Lots of magical unicorns.

I was going to draw them farting out rainbows, but I didn’t want to offend anyone. Especially after calling them STFU parents. Sheesh.

 

And before I bombard you with even more (and better) photos (don’t worry, I leave myself out of most of the other ones) I will share a recipe with you.

 

If you think your dog deserves the  best (duh.. but not as much as mine does of course) then bake these home-made doggie treats. Perfect for training. Umm and personalize them by making them into little monograms. Cuteness until my head explodes with puppies and farting unicorns.

 

Here Is What You Need For Home-Made Monogram Doggie Treats

1  1/8 cup peanut butter (organic, if you like)

- 1   3/4 cup of whole wheat flour

1 cup of milk

  1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon of baking powder

 

– You don’t HAVE to make little monograms (or initials, actually. One might argue these are in fact initials and not monograms, however, since the difference is based on the order of the first letter of each name being written out and a dog sort of only has one name you will never be able to tell. Muwahahahahahhaha! Sorry, distracted with semantics. Back to baking)

You don’t HAVE to make monograms. The only important part is that you use mini cookie cutters.

If you want to create the monograms here is one example of what you can use. Or just Google it.

If you want to mix in other shapes or avoid using the letter cookie cutters, here is an example of something else you can use.

The point is that you need mini cookie cutters. The tinier the better, so that they work as treats for training and you aren’t overfeeding your dog.

FYI this recipe can work with full-size cutters for a dog cookie or biscuit. The choice is yours.

 

Begin by measuring out your ingredients.

puppy retriever british cream golden adorable dog peanut butter, milk, whole wheat flour, baking powder home made dog treats biscuits cookies dog food

You can mix everything with a spoon, but be warned: a mixer is much easier. It is very possible to do it by hand, though.

 

 

I just so happen to have received an early Christmukkah gift on my front doorstep. My mother taught me to bake using a KitchenAid.

puppy retriever british cream golden adorable dog

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS.

 

The first thing you want to do is mix the milk with the peanut butter. This is why a mixer makes life easier.

 

I scoop the pb into the bowl, and the slooowly pour the milk in while the mixer runs on a low speed.

puppy retriever british cream golden adorable dog peanut butter, milk, whole wheat flour, baking powder home made dog treats biscuits cookies dog food pour milk into the mixer

 

 

Keep pouring…

puppy retriever british cream golden adorable dog peanut butter, milk, whole wheat flour, baking powder home made dog treats biscuits cookies dog food

 

 

 

…and pouring…

puppy retriever british cream golden adorable dog peanut butter, milk, whole wheat flour, baking powder home made dog treats biscuits cookies dog food

 

…and mixing…

 

puppy retriever british cream golden adorable dog peanut butter, milk, whole wheat flour, baking powder home made dog treats biscuits cookies dog food

 

 

…and mixing.!.?.!.?.!.?…

puppy retriever british cream golden adorable dog peanut butter, milk, whole wheat flour, baking powder home made dog treats biscuits cookies dog food

 

 

 

Until all of the milk is completely mixed in with the peanut butter.

puppy retriever british cream golden adorable dog peanut butter, milk, whole wheat flour, baking powder home made dog treats biscuits cookies dog food

 

 

 

If it looks like this:

puppy retriever british cream golden adorable dog peanut butter, milk, whole wheat flour, baking powder home made dog treats biscuits cookies dog food

it is not ready.

 

 

Should look more like this:

puppy retriever british cream golden adorable dog peanut butter, milk, whole wheat flour, baking powder home made dog treats biscuits cookies dog food

Yours could vary a little in appearance depending on the pb you use.

 

 

Mix together all of your dry ingredients and pour it into the batter.

puppy retriever british cream golden adorable dog peanut butter, milk, whole wheat flour, baking powder home made dog treats biscuits cookies dog food

 

 

Lightly flour a surface and roll out your dough.

puppy retriever british cream golden adorable dog peanut butter, milk, whole wheat flour, baking powder home made dog treats biscuits cookies dog food

It should be very thin. Otherwise those tiny cutters will not make it through.

 

Grab out your mini cookie cutters.

Here is what I used:

miniature cookies cutters letter alphabet shapes star

 

 

 

Your first clue to the winning name.

miniature cookies cutters letter alphabet shapes star

 

 

 

Place them on a parchment paper (or wax paper)-lined baking sheet.

puppy retriever british cream golden adorable dog peanut butter, milk, whole wheat flour, baking powder home made dog treats biscuits cookies dog food

 

 

I liked the miniature star cutter so I used that as well.

puppy retriever british cream golden adorable dog peanut butter, milk, whole wheat flour, baking powder home made dog treats biscuits cookies dog food

 

 

Bake at 375 degrees in the oven for about 5-10 minutes depending on the size of the treats. They are ready when they begin to firm up and are difficult to squeeze.

 

Remember, dogs like to chew on hard things (bones, furniture…).

 

 

Mine is no exception.

puppy retriever british cream golden adorable dog peanut butter, milk, whole wheat flour, baking powder home made dog treats biscuits cookies dog food

Look at that little mug. He should be a dog model. Add stage mom into the mix and I am officially nuts.

 

 

 

But seriously, he really is quite good at posing.

puppy retriever british cream golden adorable dog peanut butter, milk, whole wheat flour, baking powder home made dog treats biscuits cookies dog food

Enthusiastic. Maybe for a catalog shoot.

 

 

puppy retriever british cream golden adorable dog peanut butter, milk, whole wheat flour, baking powder home made dog treats biscuits cookies dog food

Serious. Blue Steel.

 

 

 

 

puppy retriever british cream golden adorable dog peanut butter, milk, whole wheat flour, baking powder home made dog treats biscuits cookies dog food

Hmmm or maybe this look is more of the, “I’m angry, starving, and working for Calvin Klein,” look.

 

 

 

 

puppy retriever british cream golden adorable dog peanut butter, milk, whole wheat flour, baking powder home made dog treats biscuits cookies dog food

His athletic look.

 

 

 

 

puppy retriever british cream golden adorable dog peanut butter, milk, whole wheat flour, baking powder home made dog treats biscuits cookies dog food

Pensive.

 

 

 

 

puppy retriever british cream golden adorable dog peanut butter, milk, whole wheat flour, baking powder home made dog treats biscuits cookies dog food

VERY enthusiastic. He is so pumped.

 

 

 

puppy retriever british cream golden adorable dog peanut butter, milk, whole wheat flour, baking powder home made dog treats biscuits cookies dog food

Forlorn. Distant.

 

 

 

 

puppy retriever british cream golden adorable dog

Ladies man. *wink*

 

 

 

 

puppy retriever british cream golden adorable dog peanut butter, milk, whole wheat flour, baking powder home made dog treats biscuits cookies dog food

Party animal.

 

 

Oh, what about the name? I’ll show you his dog tag.

puppy retriever british cream golden adorable dog skull and crossbone collar

Whoops. Death breath isn’t his name. Too long.

 

 

 

 

 

puppy retriever british cream golden adorable dog

His name is actually on the back of the tag.

 

(We ordered this and another dog tag from the Urban Puppy Etsy shop. Thanks Nancy! Check it out here. )

 

 

 

Hunter

 

 

 

puppy retriever british cream golden adorable dog

 

Congratulations Kate!

puppy retriever british cream golden adorable dog peanut butter, milk, whole wheat flour, baking powder home made dog treats biscuits cookies dog food

 

 

 

 

There were some other names that I thought were either funny or notable.

 

In case you are considering adopting your own pet sometime soon, check out this epic collection of submissions:

Tex

Beau

Ziggy

Dexter

Roscoe

Shotgun   (this person has to be from the South)

Chaz

Biscuit

Beans

Stanley

Coleman

Salty

Buddy

Kujo

Tucker

Huck

Farley

Harley

Zippy

Navajo

Gavin

Phil Collins     (haaaaaaaaa)

Commodore Schmidlapp  (I loved this. Especially fun when training him to recognize his name)

Misfit, the Atomic Dog

Whitey        (I live in Boston)

Charlie, when he is bad call him Charles

Mason

Sebastian    (this is such a beautiful name!)

Sean

Dustin

Pedey

Max

Chester

Peanut

Milo

Bruce

Pike

Tek    (I am a die-hard Red Sox fan)

Bentley

Oscar

Bailey

Harley

Marley

Boston

Jack

Fenway  (again, Red Sox)

Sox        (if you need me to explain this one…)

Camo

Katmandu

Pepper

Indian Creek

Joe

Mucho Gusto Joseph Jackson aka Joey (why do I always like the long ones?)

Gus

Winston Custard

Rex

Kevin

Rascal

Spanky

Partner

Chipz

Ryker

Buckley

Simba  (I proceed to walk to a cliff and hold him up to the sun)

Oliver or Ollie

Sam

Topher

Teddy

Wallace

Clifford

Mr. Roboto (haaaaaaaaaaaaa)

Alfalfa

Axel

Bogie

Cujo

Hulk

Ninja (clearly, this was a favorite as I am a member of the Chuck Norris extreme and extremely secret ninja club. I just made that up)


Puddles

Wookie

Frodo

La Flama Blanca

Cooper (Mr. Cooper?)

Chicklet

Ritchie

Bear  (the only cat that I like in the entire world is named Bear, and he sits up like a human. Legs out and torso upright.)

Nugget

Viking

Rocco

Turbo

Bobby

Hero

Cleo

Djavo [meaning, little devil. Yes he is]

Dreadnought

Home/Homey

Sir Chino Chewsalot of Liverpool (again, another favorite)

Bacon  (you know me so well)

Beer   (are you sure we aren’t best friends in real life?)

broccoli (okay now you lost me. On a side note, anyone seen choppin’ broccoli from SNL?)

fat tire

cheese  (you are back in my graces)

Pickles  (this name is adorable)

Menudo

Bolt

Fido, but spelled Phideaux (haaaaaa)

Pupcake

Jake (the person who suggested it is also named Jake)

Dune

Cookie

Jolly

Sugar

Scrumptious  (this reminds me of words such as tellie, crumpets, or dashing)

Tina

Tatum

Wyatt

Finian

Black to the Future (haaaaaaaaaaaa)

Mr. Cookie

Hobart

Peanut Butter

Sir Reginald Barfly

Cassoulet

The Dude  (the Dude abides)

Spritz

Yeti

Biscuit

Jax

Valko

Winston

Casper (cute)

Kayak

Solo

Cairo

Zhuz

Oslo

Stockholm

Pretzel

Akrika

Afrika

Buttercream

Bruce

Beau

Marocco

Allah

Squirt

Zigzag

Duckie

Daisy if it ended up a girl instead

Troy

Ajaxx

Crab (ha?)

Hamlet

Ibsen

Huckleberry

Titan

Jupiter

Sterling

Sheldon

Alaska

Shannon

Skyler

Bengal

Kaviar

Blaze

Casey

Plato

Pip

Caesar

Gypsy

Falcor

Stewart

Stewie

Smulligan

Scooter

Tsar

Cannoli

Beignet

Marshmallow

Sprinkles

Diesel (I love this and will begin incorporating it into my vocabulary. Immediately)

Nugget

Ruffles

Thunder

Snow

June

Shane

Slider

Brewster

Buster

Grayson

Caleb

KitchenAid

Rusty

Fluffy

 

 

….and Hunter

 

 

puppy retriever british cream golden adorable dog peanut butter, milk, whole wheat flour, baking powder home made dog treats biscuits cookies dog food

 

 

 

 

 

 

puppy retriever british cream golden adorable dog peanut butter, milk, whole wheat flour, baking powder home made dog treats biscuits cookies dog food

Hunter gets the crazy eyes over these…

 

 

 

 

…and then passed out from all of the excitement.

puppy retriever british cream golden adorable dog

 

 

 

 

 

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19 Responses to Home-Made Monogram Doggie Treats, and the Winner of the, “Name My Puppy” Contest. Woof.

  1. spiceblogger says:

    I am laughing so hard…. !!!
    First of all: He is PRECIOUS! I love dogs and puppies and handsome young, furry men. 🙂
    And I agree, he could be a supermodel. 😉

    Great name, too.

    Crazy stage mom/STFU parent –I believe you’ll be okay. 😉

    Love this post and will try these treats for my two furry boys.

  2. Anne-Marie says:

    Loooove the pictures, he certainly is the most adorable puppy in the galaxy. 😉
    Hunter is a great name, and it suits him. But I have to say, from the list, Pupcake has got to be my favourite! If I ever get a dog, that will definitely be it’s name! 😀

  3. Ellen says:

    Hey cuz,
    I am glad to know that we are not the only crazy folks who just adore their pets. The puppy is definitely handsome and the name suits him so well. I am going to try the treats, but it might be too late as our old girl is 12 and doesn’t respond to much. Actually the cats listen and cats usually don’t. Anyhow, love the website, you are extremely creative, talented and intelligent. I wish you the best of luck with the baking and the new son.

  4. elizabeth says:

    love this! I am also a crazy pet parent, hey if I have to listen about your kids you can listen about my dogs and cats. Your dog is adorable!

  5. Eftychia says:

    So cute!! I want one too!!

  6. Barbara says:

    I agree, he is the cutest puppy ever…Now I want one!!!

  7. Carrie says:

    hahahah, I forgot about FLUFFY! <3

  8. Mellody says:

    Oh, how I can relate. My precious maltese, Bentley is the love of my life. I’m going to be making him some of your treats…he does love his treats. When he wants one, he walks over and sits by the desk where his treat jar is and looks at it then back at me…looks at the jar and back at me and yep…he gets a treat. How could you deny that precious baby a treat. 🙂 Enjoy your Hunter !!!

    • Jasmin says:

      @Melody, I like to make mine work for the treats haha. Even if it is simply giving me a kiss, some sort of trick or form of obedience is involved. I’m a toughie ha 😉

  9. Joy Bittner says:

    I don’t know how to add a picture or I would…We have a Golden doodle (Jazz) and a Golden Retriever…Her name is Jean Simmons…she has the longest tongue..and such a sweet personality…both of them do…I have been baking treats for them for a couple of years…I will be using this one next…BTW..I also do doggie Birthday Cakes

  10. Father of Baxter says:

    Nice article. I know what we will be making for our neighbor’s recent adopted puppy. Wanted to ask where you got the dog tag with the skull & crossbones … amazing!
    Feel free to email me the answer.
    Thanks

  11. Lisa says:

    I can see you really love your furbaby 🙂 please be aware that baking soda is toxic for dogs 🙁

  12. Charli says:

    Omg SO cute! Just got new Cavoodle Jasper (means treasure)

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