Sunday, 5 July 2015

Lenny Turns 1! Bacon and Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits

Today, our big, bumbling furry Labradoodle turns ONE! The only pup of the litter not to be born on 13th June, we could have let ourselves in for a demon of a dog. And at first, we did.

I've come to the conclusion that I do not like puppies.  No, don't go! Let me explain.

We got our Lenny when I was six months pregnant and my son was two and a half.  Bad timing.  Terrible in fact, but our son was getting scared of dogs and, having grown up with them myself, that was the last thing I wanted.  We were always going to get a dog so we bit the dog-shaped-bullet, found a fabulous breeder and went off to meet Dad Dougal and Mum Molly, who lived with their other two Labradoodle sisters, and owners who had a three year old daughter and, get this, was seven months pregnant.  It was meant to be!

I guessed that the puppies would be good with kids, screaming babies and general chaos - the parents certainly were.  The puppies were socialised, traveled, picked up, toilet trained (nearly) - they did everything a good breeder should, and more.

But, they made for horrible puppies.

All the other new puppy owners said the same (we have a facebook group!) and the breeders confirmed that, once in their own homes, these puppies turned into devil incarnate.  Lenny had us up ALL NIGHT for weeks on end.  I say us, The Man had buggered off to Las Vegas with work.  And... well, that was it, but it was bad enough.  The howling got too much and one morning, at 3.15am, I fired off a distraught email to the breeder.  He was going back.  NEVER would I own another dog.  I didn't hate him but God damn I was close.  The breeder called me back at a reasonable time (I bet SHE hadn't been up all night at six months pregnant. She had), talked me down off the ledge and gave me some sound advice to get me through and a safety net if I couldn't.

I'm so glad she did.  We've now got a well mannered (sometimes), well behaved (ish) scrumptious, curly dog who is the most loyal, friendly and fun creature you would ever have the privilege to meet.  The kids adore him, and he them.  People wonder if I'm worried about having a dog and small children.  I was, so much so that we nearly pulled out of getting him, but I needn't have worried.  He's so placid and raucous kids are all he knows.  He gets prodded, pulled, sat on (although he gives as good as he gets on that front) and rode and never once have we heard him growl, bear his teeth or even so much as back away from them or worse, lunge forward.  He has the patience of a saint.

So what can we do to celebrate his first birthday?  He loves his treats (that's the Lab in him) but is picky with his food (and there's the Doodle), so some homemade goodness for this special soul was the only way forward. After speaking with my vet friend, she tells me peanut butter makes a lovely treat and is great for their fur, and if using flour, wheat is easier to digest than plain.  A hint of meat is good, but try not to go mad on the naughty 's like bacon (thanks to the salt), even if it is his favourite (up there with roast chicken), so I scoured the internet for ideas and came up with this little treat for our pooch.  And these aren't just for your pooch; With all the delicious human ingredients, Seth and The Man decided to have a try and declared them delicious.  If it's good enough for us, it's good enough for Len

Lenny; the most fantastic, daftest family dog we could have asked for, and today he turns one.

Happy Birthday Mate xx

Bacon and Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits 

  • 125g Smooth Peanut Butter - go natural if you can
  • 180ml skimmed milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 300g plain or wheat flour (wheat is more nutritious for your pooch)
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 35g oats
  • 5 slices streaky bacon

  1. Grill your bacon until crisp and snap into small pieces
  2. Whisk together the peanut butter, milk and egg until no lumps remain - you aren't looking to aireate here, just to smooth the mixture
  3. Add the flour and baking powder and bring the dough together - start with spoon and then get your hands in if it's easier - I did!
  4. Tip in the oats and bacon and work the dough on a clean work surface until evenly distributed.  You should have a nice dough now, pliable but firm.
  5. Roll out to about 0.5cm thick and cut into biscuits - I used a bone shaped cookie cutter but clearly your pooch couldn't give a damn!
  6. Pop the biscuits on a lined baking tray - don't worry about spacing them too far - they should rise up rather than spread.
  7. Bake the biscuits at 180 for 20 minutes then turn and bake for a further 10-12 minutes until golden.
  8. Leave to cool completely before letting your dog at them.

Just a word on the baking - your going for low and slow for a hard biscuits.  We aren't going for chewy here.

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