Whippet photo

Cuisine for the dogs

Mixed bag | April 25, 2015 | By

I don’t think I’ve mentioned our biggest news of the past few months. I’m a mom! Again! And I didn’t have to carry this one around in my body or breastfeed it once it was out! Allow me to introduce Bala the whippet. 

Whippet photo

We named her Bala because my husband’s family cottage is there, and also that’s where my great-great-grandparents immigrated to when they came to Canada. My great-grandparents were married in the church there, and my grandmother used to canoe down the Moon River to the schoolhouse where she taught. Bala is going to do a lot of swimming there, we hope. Cool, eh?

Bala was one of a litter of six ladies and two dudes, although one of the little dudes had a severe cleft palate and so had to be put down because he couldn’t eat properly. Even though we got our whippets from a breeder an hour away, three of Bala’s siblings live within a half-hour of us. So today we had a playdate-reuinion. They’re now all 12 weeks old.

This is Gus playing with Bala

Whippet photos

(The picture makes it look like he doesn’t have eyeballs, but he totally does).

This is Bala and Aria. Aria is a little smaller and less rough-and-tumble than the other two (Gus is def biggest), but she still totally gives it when she wants to. 

Whippet photos

Here are the three of them messing about

Whippet photos

Here is my other baby messing about

Kids

Grace (the other nearby sister) couldn’t make it to the playdate today but she looks really sweet too and lives just around the corner. She has similar markings to Gus.

Here is a picture of their mom, Tango. She’s so fancy, you already know … she’s in the fast lane from LA to Tokyo. We didn’t go fancy on purpose, we just really liked the breeder, Lorraine, who patiently educated us about the dogs and showed us what a cool, family-friendly breed whippets are. Lazy Ferraris. They sleep most of the time but run like bil-ee-oh (as my FIL would say) when you take them to the park.

Tango the whippet

This is the puppies’ dad, Visa. Visa was imported from New Zealand so we wanted to name Bala “Kiwi” at first, but my daughter flatly refused so we had to go back to the drawing board.

Visa the whippet

But now to stop showing off about my baby-dog and share something useful to all you foodies. About an hour before everyone visited this morning, I was getting snacks ready for all the dog parents and decided that maybe I could make snacks for the puppies, too. I Googled around for recipes and I kind of hated a lot of them. Most of them were just human cookie recipes without the sugar with some bouillon thrown in, and I didn’t think that was ideal. Then I found one recipe that suggested throwing kibble into a food processor, adding water to make it doughy, and then baking it, which sounded good except that they totally misjudged the water and I drowned my kibble powder. So to rescue the dog-food soup I came up with the following dog cookie recipe that blended elements of my “research” into one recipe. I used a different bag of food I recently bought (I plan to switch when current food runs out) to make it taste exotic.

Homemade Dog Cookies
Yields 30
A drool-worthy culinary canine treat
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
46 calories
3 g
15 g
3 g
1 g
2 g
18 g
31 g
0 g
0 g
1 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
18g
Yields
30
Amount Per Serving
Calories 46
Calories from Fat 30
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g
5%
Saturated Fat 2g
10%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 15mg
5%
Sodium 31mg
1%
Total Carbohydrates 3g
1%
Dietary Fiber 0g
0%
Sugars 0g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A
2%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
0%
Iron
0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2C exotic-tasting dog kibble (I used Halo for puppies) ground to sand in a food processor
  2. 1C water
  3. 1 egg
  4. 1/2C butter, melted
  5. flour until sticky dough consistency (I think about 1C)
  6. 1/2 tsp baking soda
  7. leftover meat -- I cut up a bit of bacon
Instructions
  1. Preheat to 350. Mix all ingredients until a doughy consistency forms. Drop with a spoon onto a silpat/baking sheet and bake about 20 minutes (edges begin to brown).
Notes
  1. Results: The doggies loved their cookies! Shocker. Dogs. Eating. Please no comments that some dogs (NOT ours) also enjoy the taste of poo. I might try again to avoid the flour by avoiding the water, going for dough consistency with kibble powder alone. I highly recommend cooking for dogs. They are very happy customers.
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calories
46
fat
3g
protein
1g
carbs
3g
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Comments

  1. Leave a Reply

    Trish
    April 27, 2015

    Ohhh I’d like to see if these ones are Benny approved. He’s quite a snob when it comes to treats 🙂 Great pics! She’s so cute.

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      Ann Allchin
      April 27, 2015

      Thanks! I was just putting together my taxes, so getting a popup for a blog comment really perked up my mood! Thanks! (Benny would love these because they’re dangerous)

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    Christina
    April 28, 2015

    Bala is a real beauty. Her name sounds female and original. Visa reminds me of my credit card. Kibble is a word that doesn’t exist even in my Webster’s dictionary. Any way, nice post Ann. When I learn what is kibble, I’ll try to make these biscuits for my dogs even though they are on a strict diet!!

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        Christina
        May 17, 2015

        I have 3 dogs. Two female and one male. The one is a Rotweiler and a beauty, and the other two are stray dogs we have gathered starving from the street. We also have aroung 5 cats, as well as hens and turtles. Fortunately they all live happily together, like a big animal family.

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          Ann Allchin
          May 20, 2015

          Ooh, did you mention the turtles to me before? I would have apologized more about cooking one that time. I guess I’ve cooked plenty of hens, though, so… Cool that you are a parent to so many creatures!

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    Trevor aka The Burger Nerd
    April 30, 2015

    Congrats on the new “baby”! I’m sure Bala loves the snacks and will be tickled pink (do dogs get tickled pink?) at all the awesome goodies you’re going to whip up 🙂

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    Aly
    May 17, 2015

    That’s so cute that you could have the siblings play together. When I was little and we picked out my cat, we almost took her brother, too, but we already had a super territorial boy cat.

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      Ann Allchin
      May 20, 2015

      You may remember that my 17-year-old cat passed away this year. When I picked him out I had to choose between him (long hair, B&W) and his sister (short hair, orange stripes). I was leaning toward the sister, but my work buddies who were with me at the time said I kind of looked like the B&W who was to become Rudy. Funny how those decisions happen and then you end up with the animal for years and years, through thick and thin.

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