Monday, February 21, 2011

Homemade Dog Cookies


According to a video made by Nova, dogs have the level of intelligence to understand a full range of words other than sit, down and roll over. Today I spent the day getting our dog Lucy to understand the words cookie, toy and clean up. By the end of the day she understood cookie and toy but we're still working on the words "clean up".

In all seriousness, all of the scares in the last couple of years with dog food laced with contaminated wheat gluten caused us to be extra cautious about the food we serve Lucy.  In addition to $50 bags of dog food every month, we feed Lucy a homemade meal once or twice a week and lately I've been baking her homemade dog cookies. Have I mentioned yet that our dog is spoiled?

Similar to the baked goods I make these dog cookies get distributed to family and neighbors. I like to add parsley to this recipe (which helps eliminate bad dog breath) and blueberries (dogs love them, did you see Fantastic Mr. Fox?).

Nico, a chiweenie and my dog niece, says that she smacks her lips after eating my dog cookies because they are that good.

1 c flour
1/2 c wheat germ
3/4 c beef or chicken broth
1 c smooth peanut butter
2 cloves of garlic minced
1/4 dried blueberries
1/4 c chopped parsley

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a bowl combine the flour, wheat germ, chicken broth, peanut butter and minced garlic.

Fold in the parsley and dried blueberries.

Roll the dough out onto a floured surface (the dough should be about 1/4" thick). Cut the dough into rectangles or use your favorite cookie cutter to cut out shapes.

Bake for 20 minutes (or until golden brown). Let cool and serve.


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