Thinking about how Clarisse and Audrey arrived at their respective shelters actually starving has inspired me to start sharing particularly successful dog recipes. The only problem for me is that I’m cooking for ten dogs, and the quantities will be all messed up. So, until I can get that figured out, here’s a recipe from a book I like a lot, ‘Cooking For Your Dog’, by Ingeborg Pils. This book was a gift from the same friend who’s almost–not quite, I found out–ready to start fostering a dog, proving that her heart is in the right place, although her brain is moving a little more slowly.
Classic Dog Cookies
3 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
1 3/4 cups oatmeal (I always use the old-fashioned kind, but I’d bet the quick-cooking kind is absolutely fine, too)
2 tablespoons shortening
1 tablespoon safflower oil (or olive, or, honestly, the kind you have)
1 ounce or more grated Parmesan cheese
1 3/4 cups low sodium chicken broth
5 cloves garlic
Mix the first five ingredients thoroughly. Add the chicken broth and mix to a dough. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Peel the garlic and chop finely. Grate the carrots. Mix these things into your dough. Roll out the dough to about 1/4 inch thick, and cut into any shapes you like, or, if you’re pressed for time, just cut it into squares or rectangles.
Cover a couple of cookie sheets with parchment paper and lay your cookies out–they won’t spread much. Bake for 40-50 minutes, and then turn off the heat and allow the cookies to dry out in the oven. Yum for dogs!