Home made doggie bones
I have always tried to restrain myself from feeding my dog “people food”. It is a good way to turn an energetic, happy dog into a tubby, couch potato! So the idea of making my own dog treats made me leery, until I began reading about it on the internet. There are tons of recipes and ideas out there for making an endless variety of pooch snacks.
The more I thought about it, the more it seemed to be a fun idea. What should I try first? Buster Boy has never been the least bit picky about what he eats. Everything from litter box roca to anything meat flavored is quickly consumed. I have also noticed that he has a particular fondness for cheese, after leaving a whole brick of sharp cheddar within his reach.
I found a recipe for cheddar biscuits and modified it to include liver and bacon. Here is what I came up with:
- 2 cups un-sifted all-purpose flour
- 1.5 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 2 cups of liverwurst puree
- 1 tablespoon of bacon bits
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- ¼ cup of water
Preheat oven to 400°F. Combine all ingredients into a food processor. Cover, and mix until the mixture is the consistency of coarse textured dough. While running, gradually add water until the mixture forms a ball.
Remove and place on your cutting board. Divide the ball into twelve equal portions. Roll out each portion to 1/2″ thickness. Cut out bone shaped pieces. (I made my own bone shaped cookie cutter) Place the bones onto an un-greased cookie sheet. Bake for ten to fifteen minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned. Allow them to cool for twenty to thirty minutes. As an extra treat I dipped the cooled bones into a small pot of melted cheese wiz, and then allowed them to cool for another fifteen minutes. Store in an air tight container in your refrigerator.
My Buster could hardly contain himself in anticipation, and ate three biscuits in less than five minutes! I took him for an extra long walk later. I think we both needed the walk as I ended up eating all the left over cheese. Birds of a feather…