My two doggies, a few years back.
We have two dogs in the family, but it's only Wango, the chihuahua, which gets spoilt rotten. Our other dog - Bella the akita - is obedient, loyal, and affectionate. Wango, on the other hand, is more likely to pee on your shoes than to roll over, or beg for a bone. But it seems that, the more pairs of shoes he pees on, the more we mollycoddle him, and talk to him in a baby voice, and stuff him silly with delectable doggy treats.
Aww, lookee at his little snout. And his itsy bitsy paws. And his ears(!)
Don't make me get all eharmony video on you.
One of Wango's specialties is playing dead, so that we feel sorry for him and feed him watermelon and frozen yoghurt and all the other stuff dogs aren't supposed to eat. Except chocolate. Cos we don't want him actually dead.
A few days ago, I had a lightbulb go off in my head: why haven't I thought to bake for my dogs before?! And before I get accused of being frivolous and wasteful: store-bought dog treats are much more expensive! And full of preservatives, and goodness knows what else. All it took was a quick search on the internet for a simple, peanut butter-based dog biscuit recipe, and checking to see what dogs are not allowed to eat (chocolate!) to come up with this recipe for Peanut Butter, Honey and Coconut oat doggy biscuits.
These are so simple to make: simply combine the ingredients into a dough, roll out straight away, cut out the shapes with cookie cutters, and bake for 15 minutes. I got about 60 chihuahua paw-sized cookies out of it.
I'm not trying to pass these off as healthy dog treats, but they are what they are: dog treats. Save them for the special occasion when your canine friend finally succeeds in fetching that thrown frisbee, or for a doggy birthday party, or on the off-chance that your chihuahua decides to pee in the bushes, rather than on your groceries.
(Wanna know something funny? My sister's been secretly eating the cookies. She usually has very little interest in my baked goods, only nibbling on a sample and then forgetting all about it. Kids. I'll never understand them :D)
A futile attempt to get Wango to exercise off some of his excess pudge.
Recipe for Peanut butter, honey and coconut oat doggy biscuits
Adapted from The Doctor's Dishes
Makes around 60 mini cookies
2/3 cup smooth peanut butter
2 cups all-purpose/plain flour
1/4 cup desiccated coconut
1 cup raw rolled oats
2 tablespoons honey
1 cup water
1. Preheat oven to 190 degrees Celsius (375 degrees Fahrenheit).
2. Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
3. Mix together with hand or wooden spoon to form a smooth dough.
4. Roll out the dough to around 8mm thick. Cut out the biscuits with cookie cutters of choice.
5. Bake in oven for 15 minutes. Cool, then serve to your greedy doggle!
Wango in a tree, back in his more daring (and skinny) days.