Thursday, September 27, 2007

Pooch Treats

Okay so this line of recipes are for those people out there who pamper their pooch's by cooking for them. Since my very own mother has a pooch she spoils in just such a way, I have an amazing number of dog food and treat recipes.

Hey not only humans deserve to eat good!

That said however; the natural disclaimer. I would not reccomend changing your pet's diet without first consulting with your vet.
So what are the guidelines for dogs in good and bad foods?

No Onions or garlic
No Chocolate
No Grapes or raisins
No Macadamia nuts
No Coffee, coffee grounds or caffeine rich foods
No Turkey Skin
No Sugar substitute products (or products containing these)

Basically cooking for a dog is like cooking for someone with special dietary requirements and even special needs dogs (*ahem* like round overweight ones) have special dietary needs that, in my opinion can be more appropriately met and controlled by a coddling owner cooking up dinner - when this dinner is designed with the help of a vet or animal dietian.
A helpful link for information on homemade dog food for pets (all types here) with special needs is:
Home Cooked Pet Diets And Nutrition
General information

So a Treat for the Dogs:

An Apple a Day Dog Treat
2 cups whole-wheat flour
1/2 cup unbleached flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
1 apple, chopped or grated
1 egg, beaten
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
3/8 cup water

Preheat oven to 350° F.
Spray cookie sheet with vegetable oil spray. Lightly dust work surface with flour. Blend flours and cornmeal in large mixing bowl. Add apple, egg, oil, brown sugar and water. Mix until well blended.
On work surface, roll dough out to ⅞-inch thickness. Cut with cookie cutters of desired shape and size.
Place treats on prepared sheet. Bake in preheated oven 35 to 40 minutes. Turn off oven. Leave door closed for 1 hour to make the treats crispy. Remove treats from oven. Store baked treats in airtight container or plastic bag, and place in refrigerator or freezer.

Recipe makes 24 servings.

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