Tuco's treats

 Tuco left us late on Saturday night. Tuco loved me so well that when my mom came to visit he got in between us to protect me and wouldn't leave my side. He was steadfast in his protection, his care. It is a gift to be loved in such an uncomplicated way, and that is how Tuco loved us all. Especially Alex. He loved Kristen, Paul, Matt, and so many other friends, and we all loved him. Just by being himself he brought us all great joy. We were lucky to know him. He loved these peanut butter treats I made him. I would roll them out and cut them in the shape of a heart. Why not, in honor of Tuco, make these treats for your friends' dogs, or your own. I promise they will love them too. Tuco, you are greatly missed. 

2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup oatmeal
1 cup plain peanut butter (no sugar, no salt)
1 egg
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup water

In a big bowl, mix all ingredients together, and pat out onto a surface, about 1/2" to an inch thick. Cut into heart or other dog loving shapes and place on a cookie sheet - they can be close, because they won't spread. Bake at 350, 20 minutes on one side, then flip and bake 20 minutes on the other side. Remove from the oven and let cool a few hours or even overnight. Wrap them up and take them to the dog you love.

Rest in peace Tuco. I hope your loving soul makes it way into another puppy, so someone else gets to experience the love that is you.