Bob and Echo, my puppies, could be accused of being spoilt. I don’t agree, but it could be said, and actually has been said by Allan, but with no foundation at all in my opinion. They both work hard, so deserve a wee treat from time to time.
Bob and Echo work together to protect the oven while it is working, ensuring that no ninja critters come to rob us of the last bite of food that might ever be created. And Echo… well, if anyone thinks that ensuring gravity stays on task by holding down the bed all day is easy, they just need to see how exhausting it is for her. Bob also has the job of head of home security, a customs officer if you will, and he takes it seriously by inspecting every bag that is brought into the house, no matter who brings it. And no burglar will ever find joy in our home (he has actually scared off a couple of would be uninvited “guests” and the police who came out in response told me that Bob is legally allowed to have a bite out of intruders as long as his rabies shots are up to date).
They do have their wee habits, and the fact that Bob prefers to eat off a plate rather than out of a bowl is just a cute personality quirk. The fact that he really prefers to have his supper on a plate while sitting on a chair might be a sign that his momma is a little indulgent… And, so what if he prefers some parmesan on his spaghetti? Who doesn’t?! Friends have said that the way Bob eats is really extraordinary as he doesn’t snatch or gobble and has been known to leave half of a piece of steak to eat later. I know it is just good table manners. And every time I start to wash dishes, he isn’t being a pain by asking to go out, he is trying to help me with the chores.
Ex has her habits too, and most of them include getting as much food as often as possible and spending as much time as possible on the bed or sofa. Her tendency to want to go out just for a wee nosey every now and again is all good. Her food thing, though, has led to Bob being less likely to leave half of his treats for later, though he does give me some of them back to keep for later for him. Seriously. I know that sounds like a doting puppy mom but it has been witnessed by others, so it isn’t just me.
They do love a wee treat from time to time and while we do buy most of them I really love baking for them. Heck, I love baking for everybody! They both love the Birthday Cake I made for Bob’s first birthday, and the Cheesy Garlic Chunk Cookies, but I wanted to find something else to add to the rotation, because as Allan says, “Heaven forbid that they have to eat the same thing too often.”. He wasn’t being sarcastic, I am sure…
These cookies are somewhere in between the two and they seemed to be very acceptable as Bob immediately took his to his favourite chair to enjoy, while Echo might have just swallowed hers whole. I used a jar of turkey and vegetable and beef and vegetable to give them a flavour explosion! 🙂
- 2 jars of baby food (2.5 oz jars) – you choose the flavors
- 2 cups all-purpose flour or oat flour (This can be replaced with uncooked quick cook oats)
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 teaspoon chopped parsley. Since parsley is a natural breath freshener, adding it to home cooked dog treats and meals is an added bonus!
- 2 Tablespoons Flaxseed (optional)
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
Whip egg in a bowl and then stir in 2 jars of baby food and water.
Then add the remaining ingredients; flour and parsley (and optional flaxseed) and mix thoroughly.
Add a bit more or less water as needed for correct consistency. Once in dough formation, knead and roll out to 1/2 inch thickness. Cut into shapes and add to a lightly greased cookie sheet.
Bake for 20 minutes. Cool before serving.
Freezes well in zip lock bags.