©2020 Kari Carlisle
I don’t know about your dogs, but mine are absolutely loving the fact that we’re all home ALL THE TIME! We have a nice routine, and they know the routine. Get off the routine, and they remind us. It’s time for a walk, it’s time for breakfast, it’s time for dinner, and time to go potty, it’s time to rub my belly, it’s time to snuggle.
Right now, we are all under a lot of stress between the COVID-19 pandemic, the economy, personal uncertainties, and the fact that life with all its ups and downs continues on, so there’s no break. It’s no wonder that dog fostering and adoption are way up right now. Dogs are our therapy when we can’t hang out with friends, can’t go to special events or grab a drink at a bar, can’t really go anywhere. I mean, dang, I got excited about having to go to the post office the other day!
Okay, so here we all are, stuck at home with our furry friends. I’m still working, so I keep busy, but I still have extra time. I’m not commuting, I’m consolidating errands, and frankly, I try not to work long hours because I need to keep my immune systems working strong. Exercise and rest are important right now.
So with this extra time, we’ve been watching a little more TV than usual (and drinking a little more wine than usual), reading, and playing around with some recipes. Comfort food is the best! And spending more time with our dogs. Their love and affection is helping us get through this very difficult time.
So to reward our furry therapists and have a little kitchen fun, we have started making dog biscuits. This is a much healthier pastime than when we made homemade Reese’s peanut butter eggs for Easter. The recipe we followed made so many! Still eating them. Hang on… gotta go get one now that I’ve thought about it…
Okay, back to dog biscuits. I received a recipe book for my birthday last year and had already tried one of the recipes pre-pandemic. Now we’re trying more recipes (#QuarantineLife). The results have ranged from beautiful, dog bakery-quality biscuits to globs of WTF is that, but once they are barely cool enough to gobble down without burning their tongues, the dogs don’t care what they look like.
I encourage you to give dog biscuit baking a try. You don’t need a fancy cookbook. There are plenty of recipes online. If the recipe requires you to roll the dough and use a cookie cutter, don’t feel obligated. Your dog doesn’t care if he gets a perfectly formed bone shape, heart, or blob. And you don’t even necessarily need to follow any recipe precisely as long as you put some yummy stuff in your dough. If your dough consistency resembles cookie dough, you should be successful in spoiling your pooch.
One caution I have is to be sure not to use any ingredients that are potentially toxic to dogs. Anything sweetened with xylitol (some peanut butters have xylitol), avocado, onion, and walnuts are on the no-no list. If you’re not sure, check out the great infographic below.