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LIFESTYLE LETTER

AUGUST 2019 PUBLISHER

Jane Preuss | jane.preuss@lifestylepubs.com EDITOR

Angela Broockerd | angela.broockerd@lifestylepubs.com PHOTOGRAPHY DIRECTOR

Paul Versluis | paul.versluis@lifestylepubs.com

Letter from the Editor BEFORE HAVING KIDS OF MY OWN, I THOUGHT PARENTING WAS GOING TO BE A PIECE OF CAKE. As the second oldest of 10 kids, a classroom teacher,

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

Angela Broockerd, Allison Gibeson, Lisa Moyer CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS

Paul Versluis, Andrea Nigh Photography, Tom Barnhardt

and former nanny, I had years of experience with children—and I knew I was good with kids. I was sure that my “expertise” was going to make parenting seamless. And then I had my first child. I think God knew I needed to be humbled, or I would have probably been one of those parents who knew everything. My first came into the world screaming and colicky and didn’t stop screaming for months. He has always been my lively one— full of endless energy, excitement and curiosity, and while that could be challenging at times in his younger years, it was also a rich gift, and that personality has been an amazing asset for him as a teenager. (For those of you who have hyperactive toddlers—I promise you that energy does turn into a huge benefit.) My other three were much more subdued, but they all, of course, have been drastically different from the next, encompassing both unique gifts and challenges.

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kids (and fur kids) exuberate is refreshing and reflect what really is important.

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Our August issue is dedicated to kids and pets. In this issue, we share about teenagers overcoming adversity and inspiring others, we learn about a therapy dog named Finely who is a student at a Leawood school, and a local dog trainer who shares her heart with us. 

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INSIDE THE ISSUE AUGUST 2019

FEATURES 12 The Ripple Effect Using music to spread hope

16 Welcome Home, Baby Designer decorating tips

26 Here, Finley Certified Therapy Dog Enrolled at Nativity Parish School

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32 Must Love Dogs Family-Focused Dog Training

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DEPARTMENTS 6

Lifestyle Letter

10

Good Times

12

Our Town

16

Open house

25 Realty Report 32 Animal Kingdom 36 Giving Back 40 Lifestyle Calendar 42 Culinary Creations


GOOD TIMES

Stems: A Garden Soiree Stems: A Garden Soirée was hosted at the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens on Saturday, June 22. Hundreds of attendees enjoyed tasting bites from a variety of restaurants and sampling wines and beers, as well as listening to the sounds of Funk Syndicate and the Greg Clinkingbeard Trio, and watching a fireworks display.  PHOTOS BY MARK STUECHELI

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WILL GURLEY, A LEAWOOD RESIDENT AND JUNIOR AT KANSAS

WHAT IS THE “YOU MATTER MUSIC FESTIVAL” AND

CITY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL IS MAKING A BIG IMPACT IN OUR

HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE IDEA TO ORGANIZE IT?

COMMUNITY THROUGH MUSIC. The You Matter Music Festival

WHAT INSPIRED YOU?

is the brainchild of Gurley and is helping break the stigma of mental illness by bringing awareness and resources to the area.

The You Matter Festival is a music festival promoting mental health awareness and suicide prevention. I have struggled with depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideation and relied heavily on music in my times

TELL US ABOUT HOW YOU GOT YOUR START IN MUSIC.

of need. When I was struggling, the most important things for me were

Musical theatre is a huge part of my life—I participate in both

counseling, my family and friends, and writing music. Logic performed

theatre at my school and at the Culture House. I was raised in a

his song “1-800-273-8255” (which is the national suicide prevention

music-filled household, with my dad being a guitar player and my

hotline phone number) at the 2018 Grammy Awards, and something

siblings and I all taking piano lessons. I started playing bass when

sparked inside of me. I knew that I had to use music to help spread a

I was 8 years old and have been hooked ever since. I have been

message of hope to our suffering community. I think that God gave

playing guitar for two years now and drumming for about a year. I

me the name “You Matter” because honestly, I didn’t even think about

started writing music freshman year as an outlet for my emotions

it—the name just popped into my head that same night.

and struggles with mental illness. HOW CAN THE COMMUNITY GET INVOLVED IN THE HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE AND SOUND?

“YOU MATTER MUSIC FESTIVAL?”

I like to think of myself as pop-rock. I have heavy ‘70s and ‘80s

The You Matter Festival is not a fundraiser. It is free to the public

influences, such as Bon Jovi, Foreigner, and Rush, but also pop

and open to all ages. Our main goal is to bring as much awareness

elements from groups like Panic! at the Disco, Imagine Dragons,

to this epidemic that we are facing through music, teens sharing

and the Greeting Committee. You can find my music on Spotify,

their stories, and a mental health fair with many providers and orga-

iTunes, Apple Music, and all other streaming platforms by

nizations sponsored by the Blue Valley Northwest Mental Health

searching ‘Will Gurley.’”

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media and telling friends about the event, and, of course, attending

against suicide, and these groups working together is changing the

the event! You can find us on Instagram and Twitter @youmatterfest

way that people see mental illness. When someone breaks their arm,

and on our Facebook page named “You Matter Festival.”

they talk about it and people ask them about it. But with a mental illness, many times those struggling won’t say a word. We are banding

YOU ARE MAKING QUITE AN IMPACT ON YOUR PEERS BY

together with our community to end the stigma and break down the

SPEAKING UP ABOUT DEPRESSION AND MENTAL HEALTH

taboo nature of discussing mental health issues.

AWARENESS. HAVE YOU SEEN A RIPPLE EFFECT AND IMPACT FROM SPEAKING UP? HOW ARE OTHERS YOU KNOW

HOW CAN THE COMMUNITY GET INVOLVED?

GETTING INVOLVED OR DOING THINGS IN THEIR OWN WAY?

Since we are a non-profit and a completely free event, we

Not a week goes by that my parents or I don’t get a text, message

rely on corporate sponsorships to fund our event. If your busi-

or call from someone they know who has or is struggling. The num-

ness is interested in sponsoring the You Matter Festival, email

ber of people who have now gained the courage to speak up about

youmatterfestival@gmail.com.

what they are struggling with is simply incredible. Many people have

The Second Annual You Matter Festival is Saturday, August 10,

contacted us looking for resources and people to get in touch with to

2019 from 7 p.m.-10:30 p.m. at the Blue Valley Northwest football sta-

help them with their struggles and illnesses. There are tons of orga-

dium, 135th and Switzer. Come out to hear some great local bands

nizations in the KC area dedicated to ending the stigma and fighting

and artists, and bring your friends and families to this free event.

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OPEN HOUSE

Welcome Home, Baby ARTICLE LANIE DRAPER | PHOTOGRAPHY ANDREA NIGH PHOTOGRAPHY

NURSERIES ARE UNDOUBTEDLY ONE OF THE SWEETEST SPACES TO DREAM UP. They are also such an important part of the nesting process for expecting parents. Lanie Draper and the design team at Rooted KC were thrilled when their client let them surprise them with this sweet space as they focused on other ways to prepare for their baby boy’s arrival. With almost unlimited creative freedom, their client’s only request was an earthy color palette and a room that would grow with their child. 16

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SCONCES. Low light? No problem. These wall sconces provide both task and ambient lighting. 

DRESSER. Upcycle family pieces such as this dresser. A fresh coat of paint, new hardware and voila! 

BOOKSHELVES. These custom wood and leather bookshelves are a perfect match for the rest of the room. Aside from being adorable, their placement is ideal for curious little ones to pick up and put back.

RUG. Shag rugs are perfect for a nursery. This rug is not only soft, but it’s non-competing pattern complements the buffalo check wall. CONTINUED >

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"Before we went crazy in design land, we laid out the room to ensure our ideas for the layout would be functional as the roofline interfered with all but one of the walls," Draper explains. "I love minor trials like this because these little quirks always result in a charming nook that make a space even more adorable." Most nurseries are designed with the crib as the center focus. Instead, they created heavy drama around the tallest wall in the room with a hand painted buffalo check wall.   "We love how this focal point elongated the room and made you forget about the shorter ceilings," Draper says.  With the addition of paint, this once beige box quickly transformed into a nursery full of personality. From there, they began layering green, gold and wood accents. A favorite in this nursery are the gold swing arm sconces above the nightstands. When the little guy outgrows his crib, a full-size bed will fit perfectly inside the nightstands.  The last piece or decor they found was the cute little bear art, and they instantly knew it would be the sweetest addition to this space. At the nursery reveal, their clients went gaga over the bear because one of the names they were considering and ultimately chose was the name Barrett for him.   "We hope you find our nursery and design tips inspirational as you prepare to create a truly unique and adorable space of your own."

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DESIGNER TIPS: Babies might be small, but they sure do require a lot of stuff. Conceal the every day clutter with cute baskets. We opted for hung baskets to keep those sweet tiny hands from pulling everything back out. 

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CREATING BEAUTIFUL SPACES FOR CULINARY ENDEAVORS

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abut the island with a built-in bench under the window. They also created a more functional walk-in pantry with pocket doors and obscured glass. Additionally, they painted the pantry orange. Shinneman said they are seeing a shift away from having numerous wall cabinets and a move toward taller, shallower cabinets and countertop storage for appliances. They are also noticing requests for interior cabinet organization and unique features such as coffee bars, pet stations and wine bars. Ott and Shinneman opened Kitchen Studio: Kansas City in 2007 and take pride in their hands-on approach to the business. Ott says she has always loved the complexity of kitchen and bathroom design, and her first job was for a kitchen showroom. Shinneman got interested in kitchen design when she worked for a kitchen designer.  Both women always wanted to own a showroom where they can be involved in all the details and give the customer service they would expect to receive if they were the client.

W hen someone comes here to g e t a k it c h e n , t hey are work ing w it h t h e o w n e r s o f t h e b u s i n e s s ,” Shinneman says. “ We fo l l o w t h e e nt i r e p r o j e c t t hrough from s t a r t t o f i n i s h .” 24

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REALTY REPORT REALTY REPORT

L E AWO OD

NEIGHBORHOOD

ORIGINAL PRICE

SOLD PRICE

%SOLD/ORIG

DOM

BDRMS

BATHS

Siena Of Leawood

$3,300,000

$3,125,000

94%

12

5

6.1

Tuscany Reserve

$1,595,000

$1,500,000

94%

102

4

4.2

Highlands Creek

$1,565,000

$1,500,000

95%

72

4

4.2

Tuscany Reserve

$1,499,000

$1,400,000

93%

73

4

5.2

Leawood

$1,175,000

$1,141,000

97%

NEW HOME

5

5.1

Hallbrook

$1,189,000

$1,095,000

92%

3

5

5.2

Mission Reserve

$960,000

$915,000

95%

36

4

3.2

Highlands Creek

$875,000

$875,000

100%

3

5

4.3

Leawood Estates

$875,000

$865,000

98%

30

4

4.1

Leawood

$789,000

$789,000

100%

78

5

3.1

Information compiled is from Heartland Multiple Listing Service (MLS) and includes properties listed and sold in the area from multiple brokers. 2019 STATISTICS from 6/1/2019 TO 6/30/2019. * DOM=Days on Market

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HERE, FINLEY CERTIFIED THERAPY DOG ENROLLED AT NATIVITY PARISH SCHOOL

“READY TO GO SEE YOUR FRIENDS AT NATIVITY?” These magic words get Finley’s tail wagging before

As a certified therapy dog, Finley is associated with an organization called Pets for Life.

heading to school with her owner, David Kearney, prin-

“My wife and I felt that Finley had the disposition and

cipal at Nativity Parish School in Leawood. This fall will

personality to become a good therapy dog,” Kearney

mark the second year that Finley has been a certified

explains. “We chose Pets for Life because of its mission

therapy dog for this local Catholic PK1-8 grade school.

to bring care, comfort and smiles to facilities throughout

“Finley loves her days at Nativity and all the atten-

the KC metro. The pets visit schools, hospitals, nursing

tion she receives from the students and staff,” Kearney

homes, shelters for domestic violence, mental health

says. “Teachers appreciate Finley because if a student

programs, treatment centers and correction facilities.”

is having a challenging day, it’s a great opportunity to allow them to spend some time with Finley refocusing.”

Kearney says that Pets for Life has a five-step process for dogs (and owners) to become certified:

Kearney says he is proud of how his 3 ½-year-old golden retriever enhances the positive climate at

01 Orientation

Nativity. On the first day of school, students were

02 Pre-test

delighted to be greeted by Finley who, in accor-

03 Team evaluation on following basic commands,

dance with school uniform guidelines, was wearing

leaving objects on the floor alone, being touched

her little uniform, custom-made by Kearney’s wife,

and petted all over, staying calm with loud noises,

Therese. Finley welcomes students each morning

and not playing with other dogs on a visit (the

rain or shine, and during rain, she wears her yellow

most challenging for Finley).

slicker just like her principal. “Finley fits into our caring community at Nativity

04 Shadow visit with current certified team member 05 Observation by team leader at approved site

because she’s welcoming to all,” Kearney says. “I’m most proud of her ability to help reluctant or tearful kindergartners out of the car during morning drop-

Kearney says that Finley stays with him most of the day but also has “school moms.”

off. When I tell the kids that they can help hold Finley’s

“The office staff has adopted Finley and gives her

leash and walk her in, they jump out of the car to do it.”

lots of attention, and our librarian gives her treats

ARTICLE LISA MOYER | PHOTOGRAPHY PAUL VERSLUIS

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and potty breaks,” Kearney says. “Finley especially loves recess with her friends.” Finley has even made friends with the hesitant students. (Of course, the school is mindful of students with allergies or aversions to pets. Students are also instructed to follow specific guidelines when interacting with Finley.) Finley has enjoyed special treatment including treats (especially vanilla ice cream cups from the students), colored pictures posted in the principal’s office, and a guest appearance on the school’s morning TV show. “Finley is helping to shine a light on Catholic education,” Kearney says. “Not only do we have strong academic programs, including a new STREAM Initiative, we have the best dog ever. Finley loves the students at Nativity, and I hope she can receive their hugs and love for years to come.” 28

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MUST LOVE DOGS, A DOG-TRAINING SERVICE FOUNDED BY COREY ENGMANN, FOCUSES ON FAMILY INVOLVEMENT AND A PERSONALIZED APPROACH TO ADD FUN AND ENJOYMENT TO THE PROCESS. As a former D1 collegiate basketball player and 10-year veterinary consultant, Corey Engmann blended her experience as the mother of three kids into her new business venture: Must Love Dogs Dog Training. Launched in January 2019, she intends to bring a softer, more loving approach to training through family-focused, personalized in-home sessions. “One of the most common issues I hear is a client telling me that her husband wants to get rid of the dog,” she says. “When the dog misbehaves, the parents get frustrated and then inadvertently snap at the kids, and then everyone is annoyed. I like to come in and make all of that disappear by training the dog to listen.” An animal biology major at Creighton University, Engmann then spent a decade in veterinary sales for an animal biological testing laboratory. That is where Engmann truly fell in love with how animals work, both physically and emotionally. She started her dog training career contracting with KC Elite Dog Training, another top training company in Kansas City. 

“I SEE PEOPLE THAT GO TO WORK EVERY DAY, AND WHEN THEY GET HOME THEY ARE IRRITATED AND EXHAUSTED,” ENGMANN SAYS. “I COME HOME, AND I’M TIRED BUT I’M HAPPY BECAUSE I LOVE WHAT I DO.” “I still love working with them, and I really enjoy having my own company. Must Love Dogs is geared toward my own personal experiences as a busy mom. With three kids and two dogs, I understand that life gets crazy and sometimes our dogs’ behavior can make it worse,” she says. “I can train the rough and tough dog if I have to, but since I was a stay-at-home mom for eight years, I am who my clients are. So when I go over to someone’s home and the mom is exhausted, the kids are running around, and the dog is going crazy, I think, ‘Oh my gosh, I was right there. I get it. Let me help you with your dogs!’” The first step is a free consultation in the potential client’s home. Here, she has an opportunity to see how the dog really behaves and will assess the family’s needs. Only then can she understand their boundaries. For example, the dog may be allowed upstairs but not on the couches or maybe the owners don’t want the dogs by the swing set or in the garden. It’s all about boundaries. “I could just interview the client on the phone, but the client might forget certain behaviors in conversation. The client conveys that they are only concerned about the dog barking incessantly, assuring me that the dog doesn’t jump on guests,” she explains. “Yet when I go to their house, the dog jumps like crazy. I need to see the dog at its worst on the first visit and then I can customize that package for that family.” Must Love Dogs has a family-focused approach. Engmann finds that the responsibility of training often defaults to one person, thus the dog responds obediently to that one person. To avoid this, she gets everyone involved.

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ANIMAL KINGDOM

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“Whether my clients are older, younger, newlyweds, have a couple of kids, new to owning a pet... I like to make the training fun! I want to get everyone in the home involved because that’s real life. It’s all about teamwork,” she says. “We’re going to go outside of the house, to Home Depot and Scheels and the dog parks, and we’re going to cover all aspects of the dog’s personality.” At the core of her business is an enthusiastic (you guessed it) love for dogs. “I see people that go to work every day, and when they get home they are irritated and exhausted,” Engmann says. “I come home, and I’m tired but I’m happy because I love what I do.”

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GIVING BACK

BUILDING SOMETHING BETTER DUSTY RHODES HOMES COLLABORATES WITH SLEEPYHEAD BEDS ARTICLE LISA MOYER | PHOTOGRAPHY TOM BARNHARDT

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“As a family-

WHEN THE TEAM AT DUSTY RHODES HOMES

on a foundation of solid fundamentals and then

run business,

LEARNED OF THE MISSION OF SLEEPYHEAD

spent decades refining its processes to lead in

BEDS TO PROVIDE CLEAN BEDS AND BED-

innovation in luxury custom homebuilding.

we wanted to

DING TO LOCAL CHILDREN AND THEIR FAM-

partner with an

“As a family-run business, we wanted to partner

multiple awards in the industry. Today, his son

with an organization that serves our community

(Richard “Rocky” Rhodes) and daughter (Linden

and impacts the lives of those it helps where it

“Lindy” Rhodes) continue their father’s legacy

that serves our

matters most–in their homes,” says Lindy Rhodes,

as partners and owners, adding the third gen-

partner at Dusty Rhodes Homes. “The home is

eration of descendants to their team (Dalton

community and

the hub of the family, so we want to help create

Rhodes, production manager and Sara Mai,

home environments that are safe and comfortable

CIO) as they build quality custom homes “that

places for families to gather and recharge in.”

would make Dusty proud.”

organization

impacts the lives of those it helps where it matters most–in their homes”

ILIES, IT RESONATED IN THEIR HEARTS.

The Leawood-based company was founded in 1966 by Erwin “Dusty” Rhodes who won

In June, Dusty Rhodes Homes surpassed its

With its Allure Luxury Series portfolio, high-end

$10,000 donation goal to the local philanthropy.

custom homes are now featured in Water’s Edge,

“We’re ecstatic about that,” Rhodes says. “This

the Village of Leawood, Town Manor Villas, Mills

means we can help more than 5,000 local kids and

Farm and other developments, with model home

their families receive sanitized beds and bedding.”

tours available. Trending layouts include peaceful

As the Kansas City homebuilding market

retreats with open and relaxed living spaces, spa-

continues to boom, Dusty Rhodes Homes

like bathrooms and intimate outdoor spaces.

continues to break new ground. After 53

“We follow the consumer’s demand for a com-

years in business, Dusty Rhodes Homes is

pletely customizable building experience,” Rocky

known for more than its catchy name. This

Rhodes says. “Whether designing a unique

multi-generational business established itself

floor plan from the ground up; choosing one of CONTINUED >

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(CON TI N U ED)

our award-winning floor plans to customize with personal selections (granite, tile, flooring, etc.); or choosing one of our move-in-ready spec homes, we have a process that will accommodate every detail.” Sara Mai says that clients appreciate how the company stays within budget, minimizes surprise expenses, and communicates via the online platform that ensures information won’t fall through the cracks. “We’ve all heard the homebuilding horror stories that suck the fun out of the building process,” Rocky adds. “However, our clients tell us what a fun and easy experience they had building with us.” Mai says the greatest reward of working at Dusty Rhodes Homes is the close-knit relationships: “We truly love and support one another,” she says. “Our family has lived in Leawood for generations, and we all feel Leawood is truly home for each of our families.” Mai adds that along with the Rhodes family team, decorator Debbie Meyers “brings each home to life with her impeccable design and furnishings,” and bookkeeper Julie Dixon is the “saving grace that keeps our creative spirits organized.” The team believes that building a new home should be fun, exciting, and enjoyable. “Before you select your builder, do your research,” Rocky says. “Look for experience, a system of operations, a genuine passion for the industry and a reputation for building quality homes.”

For more information or a free no-risk design consultation, contact www.dustyrhodeshomes.com

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Rescue, a licensed, no-kill shelter

House, Children's Brain Tumor

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Project and the Brain Tumor Trials

YOU MATTER FESTIVAL

be plenty of puppy snuggles while

Collaborative. Join us as we raise

you paint as they will have puppies

funds, awareness and hope for the

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TEE OFF FORE TOTS GOLF TOURNAMENT

Creek Parkway, Leawood

Deer Creek Golf Club

friends at this annual 5K event.

Kids of all ages can sit, stand and get

Join us for our annual golf tour-

Starting line and finish line fun will

behind the wheels of over 40 giant

nament that benefits the families

take place in the parking lot of the

trucks and large vehicles at the 2019

and kiddos who receive support

AAFP building, and the flat, fast

Touch-a-Truck event. Entry is free

from Infant and Toddler Services

course is along scenic Tomahawk

with a minimum donation of a new,

of Johnson County. Registration

Creek

unwrapped toy or cash offering for

is

gers, walkers, tots in strollers and

Toys for Tots. To learn more about

come and sponsors are encour-

Touch-a-Truck and the OPCC, please

aged. For more information visit

visit opconventioncenter.com/event/

http://itsjc.org/fits/golf/

Overland Park Convention Center

open,

SEP 2 LEAWOOD LABOR DAY 5K 11400 Tomahawk

volunteers

Join 500 of your neighbors and

are

wel-

Parkway.

Runners,

jog-

leashed dogs welcome!

touch-a-truck/ or call 913-339-3010.

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Join us as we benefit Unleashed Pet

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DOGS WILL GO NUTS FOR THESE QUICK + EASY SNACKS

TREAT YOUR PET MAN’S BEST FRIEND DESERVES MAN’S BEST FOOD. Dogs will go nuts for these quick and easy peanut butter and oat treats. With just a few ingredients and a little bit of time, you’ll be well on your way to getting your dog to do anything you ask. And, if you get hungry, you can even sneak one for yourself—just don’t let your pup see!

Peanut Butter + Oats INGREDIENTS + 1 cup old-fashioned oats + 1/2 cup flour + 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter + 1 egg

INSTRUCTIONS 1. Preheat your oven to 300 F.

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2. In a large mixing bowl, mix together oats, flour, peanut butter and egg until combined. 3. Roll your dough out on a flat surface to about 1/2-inch thickness. 4. Cut out your dog’s favorite shapes with cookie cutters. 5. Place your treats onto a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Makes about 36 1-inch diameter treats.


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