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Save Strummer!


The news landed in my inbox like a bombshell detonating upon impact. Cancer, that most insidious yet omnipresent disease, had struck again, wrapping its sickly fingers around yet another loved one. It’s one of the realities that I fear most, in my heart of hearts, so deeply that even saying the word feels like a punch in the face. I have experienced its destructive wake firsthand, losing someone so kind and compassionate that it seemed like the most perverse twist of fate. Let’s be honest, it still does, and it still stings bitterly. It still reams me out every time I think about it.

Hearing that this horrendous illness has touched another loved one, no rhyme or reason to its cruel selection, is difficult to process. Especially when that person is actually a dog; the smallest dog I’ve ever known or loved. Strummer, the endlessly loving pup cared for by Melisser, has the uncanny ability to connect with everyone she meets. It’s impossible to understand how such a terrible hand could be dealt to this gentle soul.

But cancer is not a death sentence, and I’ll be damned if the whole world isn’t fighting alongside this tiny pup. Small but mighty, she has the heart of a lion, handling treatment with grace thus far. To help pay for medical bills, Melisser has put out a call for assistance, offering up prizes as a thank you for contributing, although I get the sense that the prizes aren’t even a consideration for most donations. Stunningly, the goal of $3,000 was clobbered within 48 hours of opening up the fundraiser, and still the love and support continues to pour in. Any additional funds will be sent to an animal sanctuary, so there’s still a reason for kicking in a few dollars if you can.

Up for offer as one of the raffle prizes will be my Green Goodies. Wholesome dog treats for sharing with your own beloved pup, they’re made with power-packed spinach and green pea flour, among other more humble superfood ingredients.

We’re all rooting for you, Strummer! For those who can’t donate or don’t win these treats, the recipe is as follows. It’s worth the investment in time to share with the pup you love.

Green Goodies (Dog Biscuits)

1/2 Cup Fresh Spinach, Packed
1/3 – 1/2 Cup Water
1/2 Cup Unsweetened Applesauce
1/4 Cup Creamy Peanut Butter or Tahini
2 3/4 Cups Green Pea Flour
2 Tablespoons Whole Flaxseeds, Ground
1 Tablespoon Dried Parsley

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper or a silpat.

Place the spinach and 1/3 cup of water in your blender. Blend on high until thoroughly pureed and as smooth as possible. Add in the applesauce, peanut butter or tahini, and pulse to incorporate.

In a separate bowl, mix together the green pea flour, ground flaxseeds, and parsley. Once all the dry goods are well distributed, pour the wet mixture into the bowl. Use a wide spatula to combine, and switch to mixing with your hands when the dough becomes too thick to stir. The resulting dough should be very stiff, but if you can’t fully incorporate all the dry ingredients, add the remaining water while stirring, one tablespoon at a time.

Sprinkle a generous coating of pea flour over a clean surface and pat out the dough to about 1/2 inch in thickness. Use small cookie cutters (approximately 1 inch wide in any shape you desire) to cut out the biscuits. If the dough is too sticky to manage, dip the cookie cutters in pea flour first, and then reshape the biscuits after removing. Transfer the shapes on your prepared baking sheet, placing them close together as the treats will not spread or rise. Repeat until all the dough has been cut into treats.

Bake for 28 – 32 minutes, until golden brown and dry to the touch. Let cool completely before storing in an air-tight container or sharing with your furry friend.

Makes 3 – 4 Dozen Small Biscuits

Printable Recipe


Author: Hannah (BitterSweet)

Author of My Sweet Vegan, Vegan Desserts, Vegan a la Mode, and Easy as Vegan Pie.

26 thoughts on “Save Strummer!

  1. Rudy (our schnoodle) sends his thanks for the recipe, and his love to Strummer.


  2. Amazing treats and tribute post to Strummer. I really hope that Strummer will be okay – such a sweet dog that I’ve had the pleasure of meeting.


  3. All the best for cute little Strummer,I hope she will beat the cancer


  4. That dog is soooooooooo cute!


  5. Cancer is such a horrible horrible thing. So pleased the money could be raised to help little Strummer :)
    I feel pretty mean that I’ve never made Alfie, my dog, any homemade treats. I’ll have to change that!


  6. I’m so glad to hear that the medical costs have been covered. I lost my cat to cancer several years ago – the lump on his leg was misdiagnosed as an abcess from getting into fights. By the time we found out what it really was, it had spread and he’d run out of time. He was most beautiful and snuggly cat I’ve ever met and talking about it still brings tears to my eyes 5 years later. Go Strummer <3


  7. I have two chihuahua mixes of my own. They are pretty much my life! I am pulling for Strummer!!!


  8. Poor strummer :(. So glad that at least his treatment will be taken care of and cheers for the dog biscuits recipe :)


  9. Hope Strummer gets well soon.


  10. Good for you, Hannah! Best to Strummer.



  11. Hopefully Strummer will be fine! Hoping for the best.


  12. Aw hope everything will be okay! Great biscuit recipe for all those sweet pups out there!!


  13. I hope Strummer will recover very soon, wishing Strummer lots of good health and speedy recovery. Btw, the Green Goodies (Dog Biscuits) look amazing… I wonder if the kitties would love them…

    xx big hugs Hannah.


  14. It is really heart warming to see how people rally around those who are in need. Wishing Strummer a speedy recovery.


  15. Those treats look great I’m sure Strummer loves them!


  16. And this is why i love the blogging, especially vegan blogging, community. Such compassionate, generous folks! I lost my dog to cancer 8 years ago and I still tear up every time I think about the day I finally decided to put him down. Thanks for sharing this story and where to donate. Just ordered the green pea powder to make these treats for my canine friends this weekend!


  17. Oh! I hope Strummer get well soon…so cute :D


  18. My two dogs would so love this!
    Hoping Strummer is better soon!


  19. Poor little Strummer. I hope she fully recovers from this ordeal. She looks like such a sweet little baby.


  20. Oh no, poor Strummer. Hope she gets all better soon.


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