Easy and Decorative Pie Crust for Dog Lovers + A Giveaway

Disclosure:  This is post is sponsored by Vita Bone® Artisan Inspired® Dog Treats, and I’m being compensated to share my experience.   However, at Daily Dog Tag, we only review products that we use for ourselves or our dogs.  All opinions are my own.  Photos are by Alice G Patterson Photography.

When I was growing up, my family loved tradition.  We had pretty much the same menu for Thanksgiving every year.  The night before Thanksgiving, my dad and I would make the pumpkin pies.  Pumpkin pie was the only dessert we ever had for Thanksgiving.

The first time I went to Thanksgiving at my in-laws, I was bewildered to find that dessert included many different pies, cakes, and a trifle. 

Over the years I have added and dropped various menu items to holiday meals to suit our family and guests.   

We’ve all seen traditional fall themed pies, but why not break the mold and show off what you really love?    Dogs are family.  So we decided to bring that idea to the table this year, both with our desserts and something yummy for the dogs: Vita Bone® Artisan Inspired® Dog Treats. 

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One of the things I’ve learned in life is that you don’t always have to do things the hard way.

If you’ve ever wondered where the phrase “easy as pie” came from, it was from someone who didn’t have to make the pie crust.  Now that you can buy premade crusts,  fruit pies are pretty dang easy to make.

Baking drawer, dog shaped cookie cutters, rolling pin

Armed with an apple cranberry pie crisp recipe, my awesome dog cookie cutter collection, and a premade crust, we went to work.

pie for dog lovers

While I love to bake, I’m not a professional.  I can never figure out how to crimp the edges of the pie crust to look like something Martha would make. So we decided to cover them up with a cute border.

decorative pie trim, dog themed dessert

After placing the border, it is time to add the cutouts.

dog cut outs, dog themed pie, Thankful for Dogs dog themed pies, flatlay, pie crust cookie cutters, apples, cranberry

And while I sometimes bake dog treats, Thanksgiving is a day that we are working extra diligently on the human food.  However, I still want my dogs to have something special.

Vita Bone Artisan Inspired Dog Treats

Vita Bone Artisan Inspired Dog Treats smell like stuffing.  They are made in the USA with real meat, fruit, and vegetables.  I like that they are corn free, soy free, and don’t contain any artificial flavors or by-products.  

Vita Bone Dog Treats, turkey stuffing and cranberry flavor on red plaid runner Thanksgiving Day treats for dogs, Vita Bones mixed breed sniffing dog treats in copper bowl

What did Franny think of them?

dog wagging tail gif, Vita Bone

She loved them!

Vita Bone Treats are available at Walmart, (in-store and online) as well as grocery stores.

Enter for your chance to win two bags of Vita Bone Treats! (Open to US residents over the age of 18.)

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And because it just isn’t Thanksgiving to me without a piece of pumpkin pie, we made single serving pumpkin pies too! 

 pumpkin pie with dog cutout, single serving pumpkin pie

To avoid a Pinterest fail, wait until the filling is firm, before adding the crust cut out! 

Follow Alice G Patterson on Instagram to see more of her work!

Check out Vita Bone on Instagram too for lots of adorable dogs!

About Alice G Patterson Photography:  Based in Syracuse, New York, Alice specializes in dog photography as well as custom photography for small businesses.


Lindsey says:

OMD! That pie is SOOOO adorable! I saw those treats at the store, and wondered if they were good. I will get some for my pack.

That is the most adorable pie! I think Mr. N would like a meat pie with that pie crust for his birthday.

    Beth says:

    Oh that’s a good idea!

Oh my gosh, that pie is SO ADORABLE. I am the world’s worst baker – I could mess up almost any recipe. I am not very good at following directions. However after seeing this post, I am so tempted to try to make a pie with these adorable cut outs.

Such a cute post. I’m going to pin and tweet

    Beth says:

    Thank you! If you buy a premade crust, it should go well!

Megan says:

All of these look amazing. It makes me even more sad that I have to eat gluten free – although I may try these with some flour substitutes!

    Beth says:

    Isn’t it great how you can substitute recipes these days to meet your dietary needs?

Tracy says:

So creative! Lovely!

Southern & Style says:

This is the cutest pie in the world-I love the Doxie border! My dog would go ga-ga over those treats too 🙂 My favorite Thanksgiving tradition is taking our lab to the pond after Thanksgiving lunch and letting him fetch his floating ball until he gets tired 🙂

xoxo, SS

    Beth says:

    That sounds like a great Thanksgiving tradition. I wish my dogs liked water like that!

Jana Rade says:

To totally love those pies. So creative, so beautiful. Wow, amazing job.

OMG it looks so professional, love it and must remember that idea for when I make pies, thanks so much

OMD, I am SO impressed with your pie!! I have never seen cutouts used on the edges like that. I am also turning green w/ envy over your adorable doggie cookie cutouts! My dogs love VitaBone treats too, especially the Turkey, Stuffing and Cranberry flavor. When you open the bag, they definitely smell like Thanksgiving!
Love & Biscuits,
Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

Both pies look delicious. Now I’m hungry. What a special way to celebrate Thanksgiving with a perfect pie for the pups using Vida treats. Very clever. You did great.

    Beth says:

    Thank you!

I absolutely LOVE your pie crust! This is such a creative post. I’ve heard lots of great reviews about Vita Bone Treats. I hope I win for my niece’s dog.

    Beth says:

    Thanks, and good luck!

paroma says:

These vita bone treats look like something Babu will enjoy! I am glad that they don’t have corn in them, ugghh cause everything nowadays has high fructose corn syrup or corn byproducts.

    Beth says:

    If you try them, let me know if Babu likes them.

My fiance has a baking business and she just started doing items for the dogs. She will love this crust! I cannot wait for her to try it and to see how our pups feel about it! It looks good enough for me to eat!q

Karlee says:

I so agree with needed already made treats around the holidays! I love baking homemade treats but with all that work going into creating beautiful pies like that you needed a break!

Your pies look delicious…love the apple cranberry combo. The cutout coverup on the crusts reveals your ingenuity too. Glad the treats fit into the meal plan for the dogs.

I absolutely LOVE baking pies! I’m one of the rare 23-year-olds that enjoys making the crust from scratch too! And the crimping is easy, once you learn the trick!

    Beth says:

    I hope you’ll share the secret to crimping on your blog!

Robin says:

This is an adorable way to make a dog-themed pie! Pie crusts can be a pain. I just go with the theory that a pie is more about what it tastes like than what it looks like. LOL My favorite Thanksgiving tradition is watching the Thanksgiving Day parade on TV with some hot chocolate.

    Beth says:

    You are right, the flavor is more important than presentation! My kids don’t like to watch the parade, but I still watch it in spurts.

Tori says:

Lucy just loves Vita Bone! It’s her favorite treat!

My favorite Thanksgiving tradition is actually on Friday… I like to sit around and do NOTHING at all! Maybe a hike with Lucy, but that’s it. 🙂

    Beth says:

    That’s what we do on Black Friday too, stay home and relax!

This is so cute! And while I don’t know how to bake to save my life, covering the edges with doggie cut-outs is genius!

Seppy says:

What a GREAT idea!!!! I didn’t notice the dogs on the crust – looks SO CUTE!!!


    Beth says:

    Thanks so much!

Dee Johnson says:

My favorite Thanksgiving tradition is pie baking with my mom and aunts.

Sadie says:

The pie and minis are absolutely precious! I love that the vita bone dog treats compliment the yummy treats for their people.

I love the idea of using the dog cut outs to make the pie crust! My favorite Thanksgiving tradition is eating the meal with my family members and then settling in to watch the football games on TV.

This is as easy as pie, even my mom could make it! It’s interesting that some families have other deserts on Thanksgiving, in our house we only have different flavor pies. I absolutely love your cookie cutters! And doesn’t these bone smell amazing!!!

What beautiful photos! I love the idea of dog themed desserts and making sure the dogs get great treats while the humans stuff themselves with turkey and pumpkin pie.

Susan Christy says:

Pie baking – I plan and look forward to it for months!!

melanie huttner says:

I love cooking a big dinner with my husband and having our family over.

Debbie says:

What an adorable pie! Almost too cute to eat <3 The little dog border is the cutest thing ever!

Cindy A. says:

I always love spending time with loved ones and watching the Macy’s parade.

I’ve been baking pies for years and never thought about making a border with cut-outs rather than the usual crimped crust. It’s so much prettier your way! I also loved the individual pies. You could make those and personalize each pie with a cut-out of their dog or their initials. So cute!

Laurajj says:

Oh those dogs treats look sound and look so good! Our two lab rescues would love those. My favorite tradition for Thanksgiving is our whole family going over to my parents house..all the kids, grandkids, and great grandkids come. Its so nice to get everything together and we always play a game of Thanksgiving Bingo we made years ago!

I will absolutely be getting some VitaBones for our dogs now! That pie you made is outstanding and so pretty! By the way, trifle is my favorite dessert after pie! YUM!

Not fair this is making me hungry! You make it look so easy. I have a horse rolling pin but haven’t put it to use just yet. I love the cookie cutter idea and will have to try it myself.

    Beth says:

    Oohhh, a horse rolling pin sounds awesome. I keep hoping someone will surprise me with a dog one, but so far no luck.

GORGEOUS photos – first of all. Second, it looks SO yummy and I’m ready for Thanksgiving now!!

Kara says:

I love everything about this idea. I may need to contribute a pie or two to our thanksgiving… or maybe just make the individual ones because they are too cute. Thank you for getting my creative juices flowing!

OMD this is epic. I saw this on Alice’s Instagram and fell in love. So amazingly attractive and love this idea.

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