Cuisine for the dogs
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.
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
(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.
Here are the three of them messing about
Here is my other baby messing about
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.
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.
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.
- 2C exotic-tasting dog kibble (I used Halo for puppies) ground to sand in a food processor
- 1C water
- 1 egg
- 1/2C butter, melted
- flour until sticky dough consistency (I think about 1C)
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- leftover meat -- I cut up a bit of bacon
- 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).
- 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.