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Dog Food Recipes: Ginger Bone Treats
Whole Grains, Whole Fun

Dogs love the taste and aroma of their very own ginger cookies—better yet, use a “squirrel” cookie cutter for extra delight.

Makes 5 to 6 dozen cookies.

4 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup molasses
1 cup water
1/2 cup vegetable oil
4 tablespoons ground ginger
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves 

Place all ingredients in a large bowl. Mix thoroughly to combine.

Roll out dough on floured surface to about ¼ inch thick. Using a cookie cutter, cut into desired shapes. Combine dough scraps and continue to roll out and cut into shapes until all dough has been used.

Place cookies on ungreased foil-lined baking sheets and bake in preheated 325º oven for 30 to 35 minutes.

From The Home Spa Book for Dogs by Jennifer Cermak, published by Quarry Books, 2005.


Breakfast Oats or Barley

Linda Eckhardt and Barbara Bradley with Judy Kern

Oats and barley are vital canine foods. They are good sources of iron and help cleanse the intestine of impurities. And as if that weren’t enough, this healthy, hearty breakfast food requires no cooking at all!

Makes 2 servings

3 oz. oats (sometimes labeled instant oats) or barley (preferably organic)
Enough water or vegetable broth to cover the grain
3 tablespoons shredded carrots
3 tablespoons fresh green peas
1 teaspoon honey
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons chopped sunflower/pumpkin seeds

Soak the oats or barley overnight in the water or broth. In the morning, stir in the vegetables, honey, lemon juice, and chopped seeds. Serve to man and beast.

Variation: you can also add finely chopped apple and stir in a dollop of plain yogurt before serving.

From The Dog Ate It: Cooking for Yourself and Your Four-Legged Friends by Linda Eckhardt and Barbara Bradley with Judy Kern, published by Gotham Books, 2006.


Jennifer Cermak, PhD, is an expert dog handler who began her formal training in biology and medical sciences and received her doctoral degree in pathology from Boston University School of Medicine.

Photograph by Mark Compton

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