Saturday, February 11, 2012

Oliver's Recipe Repeat-Valentines for Canines

Faced with a very mild winter (so far), Oliver has been a very busy dalmatian.  He has to take his master on two long walks each day, keep the yard free of squirrels, keep an eye on the front walkway so he can greet passersby and still work in numerous naps per day.  Alas, he hasn't had any time to bake for Valentine's day.

Casey is Oliver's best girl.  She's a field bred English springer spaniel.  Casey has been trying to teach Oliver to "retrieve" his stuffed squeaky toys instead of ripping them to shreds.  She's also trying to teach him to play "hide and seek" indoors to keep him entertained when it's too cold to be outside for a run.

His other best friend is Sam the farm dog.  Sam is a big sweetie of mixed breed who is the head (and only) dog at Diamond Farm.  He sees to acres and acres of corn and soybeans every year.  It's a big job but he still finds time for long walks and languid days by the fire.

Oliver is hoping that Casey and Sam will direct their mistresses and masters to this recipe so they won't entirely miss out this year.

Here's our recipe.

Oliver's Heart and Bone Valentine Cookies

1 pkg. dry yeast
1/2 cup lukewarm water
2 Tbsp dried parsley 
1 tsp dried oregano
1 clove minced fresh garlic
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
1 Tbsp honey
1 egg, lightly beaten
5 to 6 cups whole wheat flour

1.  In a large bowl, dissolve the yeast in the warm water.  Stir in the parsley, oregano, garlic, chicken broth, honey and egg.  Blend in enough flour to form a stiff dough.

2.  Turn out onto a lightly oiled board and knead until smooth.

3.  Roll out to 1/4 inch thickness and cut into shapes.  Place on an ungreased cookie sheet.

4.  Bake in a 300 degree oven for 30 minutes.  Turn over and bake an additional 30 minutes.  Turn oven off and leave the cookies in the oven for at least two hours to overnight.  They should be very hard.

5.  Store in an airtight container for up to two weeks.

Box them up and add a red ribbon.

Oliver is pleased.


  1. This is delightful...Our best friends deserve a little love too on Valentine's Day.


  2. LOL! At a dinner party Thursday night someone started a conversation about having ever tasted dog-biscuits... that led to my telling about long ago making Buddy, our dog, a special treat. They were quite good. LOL! I KNOW Oliver is loving these! I'd be wanting to "share" them with him. blessings ~ tanna

  3. I will definitely have to try this on my two!

  4. Oliver...your life is good!!!!

  5. Bonnie,

    I used to make biscuits for my dogs! They loved them and I gave them to dog owners for Christmas presents!

    Happy Valentine's Day!


  6. My mom-in-law and sis-in-law make homemade treats for their dogs, but I have never done it for mine.

    Yours (er, Oliver's) are really cute. His best gal will definitely be impressed, I'm sure.

    Does the garlic in the treats give Oliver bad breath?

    Happy Saturday to you,

  7. great idea and they look good enough for human consumption

  8. Now you've gone and done it---I'm going to be plagued with guilt if I don't make these for my two pups!

  9. Yes, delightful. Our old Shach would have loved these. Are you getting some snow?

  10. Those do look yummy and we can tell he is one spoiled sweetie.

    GOD bless and keep you all safe!!

  11. You are a hoot!. I'm sure the gang will be thrilled with their treats. Do you have any specials for cats ? Have a great weekend. Blessings...Mary

  12. Thanks for sharing. I need to make some for my little doggies! Carla

  13. I want a macro lens, the one i want is 569.00 and i can't justify the cost. i bought the lap top 15 months ago because i was getting back and shoulder pains from sitting at the desk top, now i sit on the sofa and do my email and commenting. see, i found a way to justify the laptop, now if i can only find a way to justify the lens. BUT i need new glasses and we need new tires OH WELL

  14. You are one special lady';Oliver is one of the lucky ones.

  15. Oh how I love reading about the antics of Oliver...and his friends.
    Love and Hugs to you. xx

  16. What a great idea, I know even at almost 16 my Aussie will love these. Oliver is adorable! What a sweetie he deserves a treat!

  17. How cute is this!
    Oliver is not spoiled or nothing. :)


  18.'s only fair to give some Valentine love to Oliver!

  19. I came close to posting a picture from the web of the Cheshire cat, found one but did not use it.


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