Wondering why this ‘special treat’ looks so much like dog food? Well, because it is dog food. Dog niblets, to be precise! Because – duh! – the newest member of our family is the cutest puppy ever! Her name is Lucy and she is just the most precious, smartest and funniest little troublemaker!
This is her at 8 weeks old.
Cutie, right? I think she looks like a proper model!
It has actually been a few weeks since we picked her up from the breeder and she has gotten herself in a number of sticky situations since then. Like that time when she decided that it was a good idea to crawl underneath the Chevy for a good back scratch and she appeared on the other side of the car covered in grease and oil – to give you a very literal example – or that time when she tried to take on a huge German Shepherd that was running around in the street unattended…
Seriously, that little encounter nearly gave me a heart attack…
Anyway, this is a picture of us the day we picked her up. The breeder took our picture, while our little rascal was chilling out in my arms.
Back then, she was very laid back…
Over the past four weeks, she has pretty much doubled in size and instead of chilling out she now prefers to wreak havoc in our living room, so we’ve been very busy trying to teach her tricks and taking her to a special puppy training program for hunting dogs, like Lucy.
I took this picture of her last Wednesday. See how big she has gotten? Especially her ears have gotten a lot bigger and fluffier and her eyes have lost all of the blue that puppies are born with…
She’s just so pretty! Her mom was a champion, you know…
My mom came across this recipe when she was checking out the online puppy diary on the breeder’s site and I figured it would be a great way to welcome Lucy into our little family. Besides, Lucy sometimes needs a little motivation when we’re training her!
These niblets are really easy to make.
Just start by combining some oats with a little stock. I used beef stock, but I guess you could use any kind of stock you like. My mom’s dog loves anything with fish in it and has actually grown up on cat food, so if you have a dog just like her, you may want to give fish stock a go…
Once the oats and stock are mixed together, add half an egg, some whole-grain flour and minced garlic.
You can put as much garlic in as you want. It just depends on how well you can tolerate garlicky puppy breath when your pup is licking your face!
Mix all the ingredients together, until a dough forms.
Next, use your fingers to roll the dough into a long sausage, then cut little pieces with a sharp knife.
Arrange the little doughey niblets on a cookie sheet lined with baking parchment and bake until they’re nice and dry. This may take as long as 25 minutes.
Ideally, you want these to be bone dry. People may prefer their cookies on the chewy side, but dogs like bones and other boney things. Besides, I guess it’s better for their teeth if the niblets are really dry.
The Rocking Rebel and I thought these treats were a bit bland – yes, we’ve tasted them – but I know someone who has been dreaming about them…
- 50g (or ½ cup + 1 tablespoon) rolled oats
- 70ml (or 4 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons) stock, such as beef or fish stock
- ½ egg
- 100g (or ¾ cup + 4 teaspoons) whole wheat flour
- 1 clove of garlic, minced
- Preheat your oven to 180°C or 350°F (standard oven setting).
- In a small bowl, combine the oats with the stock. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix until a dough forms. Using your fingers, roll the dough into a long sausage, then, using a sharp knife, slice into ½-cm (or ¼-inch) niblets. Arrange on a cookie sheet lined with baking parchment and bake for about 25-30 minutes, or until the niblets are no longer chewy when cooled.