What do all these names have in common?
“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.”
—Groucho Marx (comedian)
In my life, there’ve been times where sometimes societal expectations, or, let’s face it, my own imagination of human society’s expectations have felt a bit much. In such times, I have felt very thankful to my close friends for their loving support. I’ve also become increasingly grateful to the quiet wordless companionship I’ve found with four-legged friends. All these names are those of canine friends. Maybe their opinions are lost in transition, maybe they don’t mind all those complicated human expectations, or maybe the lack of translation has been just the thing to make a creature connection so much more straightforward.
In any case, it’s been more than enough reason for me to have been testing out this recipe to treat my furry four-legged friends, because all living beings deserve love.*
Homemade Dog Treats
Your friends will love these treats, specifically, your dog friends.
Makes 26 paw medallions
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup melted bacon fat
1 large egg
1/2 cup cold water
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
2. Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and mix by hand until dough forms. Add more flour if the dough is too sticky. Add more bacon fat or water if the dough is too stiff.
3. Portion dough with a spoon and roll by hand into balls, then flatten into medallions with a spoon.
4. For the humans: using your smallest available fingers, make paw prints in each medallion. You’ll want to push the dough down a little deeper than how you want it to turn out, since the dough will rise overall.**
5. Bake in a preheated oven for approximately 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Turn the oven off, flip the bars, and place back in the oven until cool (this will further crisp them).
6. Treats keep best when stored in a dog’s belly. Other options: in vacuum-sealed plastic bag in the freezer until -2 days to serve, or in a paper bag at room temp for up to 2 weeks. ***
Trial Recipe Rating: 5 of 5. Yes, I tried one. No, it didn’t taste like much to me, but Sonic loves them! If I were to eat another, I’d probably want more salt. However, when testing canine treats, due to translation barriers, it seems the answers are more binary yes/no, rather than a rating.
Novelty Rating: 4 of 5. This is a special audience, very unique, with an excellent level of gusto for appreciation. I love a good eater.
Likelihood of Repeat: 100% Done.
- It takes a LOT of bacon to get 1/2 cup of bacon fat. Took my house about three rounds of weekend bacon brunch to get enough. Having been making rounds of this all year, I’ve just started pouring cooling bacon grease from the parchment paper straight in a mason jar for this. #foodwaste averted! Be warned: this recipe makes a huge batch, and I often cut it in half or quarter for less, since my tiny freezer can only hold so many dog treats.
- **Step 4 to mark the medallions is actually somewhat critical, especially if you are making other things at the same time for human consumption, as the other humans in your house will want to eat it unless told otherwise.
- ***Two weeks in a ziplock on the counter after running into no dogs to treat= does not keep. Do not use a ziplock. This last round I’m trying these latter two methods, the first is definitely good, will amend this once I know from the second one. Yes, strangers think I’m weird if I carry dog treats around in my pocket, even if I’m not a serial killer. Sigh.
- On ad hoc additions: I tried 2 Tbs peanut butter too, but I think it’s pretty unnecessary considering the heavy bacon flavor base.
*Here: food=love. No offense meant to my other four-legged friends. This post just happens to focus on dogs, a newly found level of fondness, as opposed to my affection for cats for years, and rabbits -for a lifetime.