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Remember the important dogs, cats, and birds in your life by making these recipes for pet treats.

Dog Bones Recipe

Look in kitchen shops for tin cookie cutters shaped like dog bones. Then whip up a batch of these healthy canine cookies.
1 cup whole-wheat flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup soy flour
1/2 cup wheat germ
1/4 cup crumbled, crisp-fried bacon
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup bacon drippings (or add corn oil as needed to make 1/2 cup)
1 large egg, lightly beaten
Preheat oven to 350° F. In a large mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients. Add the remaining ingredients and stir to form a stiff dough. If the dough seems sticky, add a bit more whole-wheat flour. Gather the dough into a ball. Roll it out on a floured surface to about a 1⁄2-inch thickness, and cut into dog-bone shapes. Reroll the scraps and continue until all the dough is used. Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet for 25 to 35 minutes. Makes about 24.

Dog Biscuits Recipe

This recipe appears in the USENET Cookbook on the Internet and was contributed by Anne Hill Wiebe of Austin, Texas, who says she saw it in the Austin American-Statesman newspaper. Rumor has it that people enjoy these wholesome biscuits just as much as dogs do.
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup whole-wheat flour
1/2 cup rye flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
1 cup cracked wheat (bulgur)
1/4 cup nonfat dry milk powder
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 package active dry yeast
1 cup chicken stock
1 egg plus 1 tablespoon milk, for egg wash
Preheat oven to 300° F. In a large bowl, combine the flours, cornmeal, cracked wheat, milk powder, and salt. In a separate bowl, dissolve the yeast in 1⁄4 cup lukewarm water. Let it sit for a few minutes, until it bubbles. Add the chicken stock to the yeast mixture and blend well.
Add the liquid mixture to the dry ingredients. Knead about 3 minutes. (The dough should be stiff.) Flour a board with cornmeal and roll the dough out to a thickness of 1⁄4 inch. Cut out the biscuits with cookie cutters and place on ungreased cookie sheets. Mix the egg and milk and use to brush the tops of the biscuits. (This will make them shiny.) Bake for 45 minutes. Turn off the heat and leave the biscuits in the oven overnight, to make them bone-hard.
Makes about 20 large biscuits.

Moxie's Favorites Dog Recipe

Wrap these quick treats to give as gifts or keep on hand for unexpected dog company.
3-1/2 cups whole-wheat flour
3 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup powdered milk
1/2 cup bacon grease
2 teaspoons cod-liver oil
2 eggs
1-1/2 cups instant beef or chicken bouillon, or chicken stock
Preheat oven to 325° F. Combine all ingredients into a sticky dough. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 50 minutes. Cool on a rack and store in a plastic bag. Makes about 30.

Kitty Cakes Recipe

Use a mouse- or fish-shaped cookie cutter for these savory snacks. When you give them as a gift, attach a label suggesting that they be stored, tightly wrapped, in the refrigerator.
1 cup whole-wheat flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup soy flour
1/2 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup dried catnip
1/4 cup well-drained canned tuna (water-packed)
1/2 cup juice drained from tuna
(or add water as needed to
make 1/2 cup)
1/2 cup corn oil
1 large egg, lightly beaten
Preheat oven to 350° F. In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients and mix well. Add remaining ingredients and stir to form a stiff dough. If the dough seems sticky, add a bit more whole-wheat flour. Gather the dough into a ball, and place onto a sheet of waxed paper. Roll out to about a 1⁄2-inch thickness, and cut into shapes with a cookie cutter. Reroll scraps and continue until all the dough is used. Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet for about 25 minutes. Makes about 24.

A Bird Banquet Recipe

Attach an eight-inch length of stiff wire firmly to the bottom end (not to the stem) of a large pinecone. Form the free end into a hook for hanging. Mix wild birdseed with enough peanut butter to hold the seeds together. Using a teaspoon, spread a small amount of the seed mixture on the top of each petal (imagining how the cone will hang), packing it as firmly as possible into the space. To give it as a gift, wrap it in cellophane, gather it below the hook with a ribbon, and tie a bow. Attach a label with instructions to hang it from a tree branch or bird feeder.

Junco Corn Bread Bird Recipe

3 cups cornmeal
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup bacon fat, meat drippings,
or lard
3 cups water
Preheat oven to 375° F. Mix all ingredients together and bake in a greased 13x9-inch baking pan for 30 to 35 minutes. Reduce heat if bread looks like it is forming a hard crust. Let cool, cut into large pieces, and place in mesh bags (the kind onions come in). Hang from a nearby tree.

 

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