Vegan Dog Biscuits (…and not-so-vegan dog food)

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Getting the Stink-Eye for Suggesting Vegan Treats

Of COURSE, we don’t feed our dogs vegan food–the title is a bit of a joke because, apparently, some vegans do insist that their dogs also refrain from eating animal products. These homemade dog bickies are vegan only because our dogs LOVE peanut butter. Apparently, they’re called “Buddy Biscuits” because they taste so good that you can also munch away on them with your little canine buddy by your side. If you plan on doing this, don’t bake the ones for yourself as long the others, however, or you’ll break a tooth. PS They don’t actually taste that good anyway, though the dogs LOVE them.

This recipe is from a book called The Doggie Biscuit Book by Moneca Litton. What I particularly like about these treats is that you can make them very small, so your dog gets a bit of a treat without too many extra calories (yes….someone called Stella “well-fed” yet again–and it was a Jehovah’s Witness who’d come to the door to “spread the good news”–HA!! I’ll give HER some good news all right!!).

Peanut-Butter Buddy Biscuits

Melt on low heat…

  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 TBS honey
  • 1/4 tsp salt

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When it’s all nice and smooth, fold it into…

  • 1 cup of flour

Roll the mixture out on a floured baking sheet…

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Cover it with parchment paper, and roll out into a large square (of about 1/4-inch thickness) and score into little bite-sized bickies of about 1/2 an inch:

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Bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes, then turn the oven down to the lowest setting for an hour or so until the bickies get as hard as Milk Bones. The edges often get a bit burnt, but Buster and Stella like them all the same!

And, as I was taking the picture of the finished treats, Buster-the-inveterate-photo-bomber was insinuating himself into the field.

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And….the bickies are a hit!

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Stella, of course, by-passed the shake-a-paw business and just grabbed that damn treat from my extended fingers.

And I’ll now share the completely non-vegan dog food that we (and by “we,” I mean James) make for the dogs. The ingredients are all human-grade, and it’s actually just a rice stew; indeed, meat eaters could add a few spices and it would likely taste delicious for humans as well! The recipe was given to us by Stella’s breeder, and we decided to just use it for both dogs because the kibble that Buster’s breeder recommended gave him the WORST gas–indeed, that sweet-faced little puppy could clear a room with his toxic dog-farts. Once we started him on the breeder’s recipe, however, that embarrassing little problem cleared right up. As a matter of fact, both dogs are almost nine years old, and neither has had any health issues whatsoever, which is a clear testament to the quality of the food.

Here’s the recipe (in case you’re interested)…

Buster and Stella’s Special Dog Food

  • 2 cups brown rice
  • 1/2 cup of oatmeal
  • 1 raw potato grated
  • 5-7 cups water,
  • 1 pound of meat (ground turkey or chicken)
  • 4 ounces of chopped liver, blended
  • 4 ounces of chicken heart, blended
  • 1 Tbsp.salt,
  • 2 eggs,
  • 2 TBSP corn oil,
  • 1 TBSP of ground egg shells
  • 1 cup grated carrots
  • ½ cup of chopped broccoli
  • 1 cloves garlic chopped (apparently, a good source a selenium and phosphorous)
  • 1 TBS parsley

Combine the above, and simmer it for 25-30 minutes until the  rice  has absorbed all the water .

James usually makes a double batch and freezes it in three-cup portions, each of which lasts several days. Actually, this recipe could also have gone into my post on cheap food because though our intention was simply to feed our dogs a healthy diet without preservatives, and though the food is all human grade, it actually works out to be quite a bit cheaper than buying canned dog food. A double-batch makes six or seven three-cup portions and feeds the two dogs for about a month. In fact, he has it down to such an art that making their food for a month takes him less time than it would to drive to the vet to pick up special dog food (because you just KNOW that if we weren’t making our own, we’d be buying the vet-recommended exorbitantly priced special dog food for our precious little pups).

And I just remembered that Buster’s breeder originally named him “Orville.” Good grief.

In the breeder’s defense, she named him and the other male from the litter after the Wright brothers (for some strange reason), and Buster just got stuck with the weirder name (though Wilbur’s no real prize either).

As for Stella, her name was one of the reasons we knew she was meant to be ours. The year we got her, James and I were on a Tennessee Williams jag, and we re-read all his work and re-watched all of his plays that have been turned into movies.  After re-watching A Streetcar Named Desire, James would wander around the condo shrieking STELLLLLLLAAAA (particularly if we were going to our favourite restaurant, which was called “Stella’s”). On the way to the breeder’s place, I asked James what he was going to name his puppy if we ended up taking one home. He said he “hadn’t a clue,” and I said, “Well, since you already shriek ‘STELLLLLAAAA’ all day long, why not call her ‘Stella’?” We arrived at the breeder’s home, and we fell in love with the puppy, and, when I asked what her name was, the breeder said, “Well, she was born at Christmas, so I named her Star, but now I call her Stella because it’s Italian for Star.” So…as Mrs. Avery says to Margaret Schlegal in Howards End, we were “intended to get [Stella] any way.” Oh, and she was born on December 17th, 2007, the day we brought Buster home.

And here’s a picture of Bustie back when he had his vicious gas problem. He was so cute that EVERYone wanted to hold him…until he let loose with one of his toxic fart bombs:

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2 thoughts on “Vegan Dog Biscuits (…and not-so-vegan dog food)

    1. The breeder who gave us the recipe said that the organ meat is necessary in this particular recipe because they contain B vitamins (B12, B1, B2, B5, B6, biotin and choline) and vitamins A, C, D, E, and K and omega fatty acids.

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