That's right, November 1st is National Cook for Your Pets Day, We don't know if that is an official Day like St. Swithen's Day or Leif Erikson Day which just happens to coincide with the Last Day of Sukkot the Hebrew seven day celebration also know as the Feast of Booths but just the same National Cook for your Pet Day has its own website and presumably lots of fans who can't wait to see what culinary delights their parents will serve up.

Now before you go all Iron Chef on your critters a few words of caution, contrary to popular opinion and that of some dogs I know  there are a few foods that must be avoided; some human delicacies can actually poison your best bud. For a list of these  dangerous ingredients see or consult your veterinarian.

Now for the fun part. National Cook fot Your Pets Day has some free recipes and moreover they want you to send in your best home cooking inspirations. Here in the Taxi kitchen we spent the day coming up with this cookie as a treat for our guests at the upcoming Doggie Derby event this Saturday. It's a pet swim day, Halloween costume contest and now home cooked cookies for Dogzilla, Frankenmutt or even dog forbid a Little Paw Print-cess.

Natural Pumpkin & Peanut Butter Doggie Cookies


2 c whole wheat flour, plus flour for dusting
1/2 c rolled oats
1/4 c grated carrot
1 4 oz jar winter squash baby food
3/4 c canned pumpkin
3 Tbsp natural peanut butter
1/4 tsp salt (optional)
1/4 c water

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Combine all ingredients in stand mixer with paddle attachment. Mix until ingredients combined. Flour work surface. Roll dough to 1/4″ thickness. Cut into squares 2" x 2" or for more fun use a favorite cookie cutter.

Bake in preheated oven for 25-35 minutes (depending upon size). You want them firm but still a little chewy.