Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Chicken and Cheddar Dog Treats

Tell me.  How can you say "no" to such a sweet face?

I know I can' good thing that these are dog biscuits and designed with his dietary needs in mind :).

I made these biscuits as a special treat for Toby and his "cousin" (aka my cousin's dog) Achilles for Fourth of July.  Achilles didn't like Toby very much at first.  In fact, he got quite territorial and his fur stood on end at first sight of Toby.  Once thesese beagle boys got to play around a bit...

Bark!  Want to play?


Mercy!  I give up - you are indeed top beagle!

They became good friends once Achilles reconfirmed and asserted his dominance.

It's hard to imagine life without a dog now that he's a part of our lives.  Toby and I take a morning walk together (though, very cold and dark now!) and then he gets a mini-walk/bio-break after work.  At meal times, he waits ever so patiently for us to finish eating at the table without so much as a bark or whimper (most days, anyway).  Sometimes, he even drools a little bit while he's waiting.  After dinner, we go for an evening family walk.  It's great because Chris and I get off our lazy butts to exercise and it allows for some quiet time for us to talk and enjoy the company of our boy together.

Chris thought I was crazy for making food for our dog but if you think about it, Toby's a part of our family!  If you have a special furry someone in your life (and no...I'm not talking about your husbands, ladies), go show him or her how much you love them by making some doggy treats of their own :).

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Chicken and Cheddar Dog Treats
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  • 1 1/3 c wheat flour
  • 1 c shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 c + 1 Tbsp low sodium chicken broth*
  • 1/4 c vegetable oil
  • Fresh parsley (optional - supposed to be good for their breath and adds some pretty color!)
* Note: You want to use homemade chicken broth or a store bought variety that does not include onion to be safe. It can be toxic to dogs. Garlic can also be toxic however larger quantities are required to be toxic.
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Combine all ingredients in small bowl. Mix until ingredients combined. Add additional Tablespoons of broth if dough is too dry. Flour work surface. Roll dough to 1/2″ thickness. Cut into desired shape (I used 1.5" stars for Fourth of July).
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 25-30 minutes (depending upon size). You want them firm but still a little chewy when you take them out of the oven. Cool and store in airtight container.
Source: Delish

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