November 1st is National Cook For Your Pets Day, a day to pamper your pets with a delicous and nutritious home-cooked snack or meal. There are many important things to consider when cooking for animals, especially which foods to avoid (like onions, chocolate, and tomato leaves and stems to name a few). It’s also important to introduce new foods gradually and to check with your pet’s veterinarian before changing your furry friend’s diet. Whether you end up baking, pureeing, or freezing, craft your food with love — your pets do so much for you and today gives you a wonderful opportunity to return their loyal affections.
It’s hard to believe it’s been over eight months since we celebrated International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day. I’m ashamed to admit it, but apart from a little rice here and there, that’s the last time I lovingly cooked anything for our dogs right here at home. That’s not to say that our little beasts haven’t had their fair share of treats — we’ve gotten pretty good at couponing and have a stockpile of doggie snacks to show for it. But there’s no denying that it’s just not the same as making them something with my own hands (and heart). Our four pups love to see what’s going on in the kitchen — what’s going into and out of the oven — so we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to cook for them today.
To celebrate National Cook For Your Pets Day Chris and I found a recipe for “Dog Cheese Twists” on www.cookforyourpets.com. Once we started mixing all of the ingredients together I noticed that they had a familiar smell, very similar to the dog biscuits we made in February. But these treats have an extra “twist” — they have parmesean cheese rolled into the dough and they’re twisted into curly q’s. Like most dogs, Sage, Iris, Chaucer, and Zoe absolutely love cheese, so they were pretty interested in what was going on in the kitchen. The treats were easy to make — much easier than the biscuits — and only took about a half hour to bake. They’re cooling off now, firming nicely in spite of the weight of eight anxious eyes.
Tonight was all about the dogs but tomorrow we’ll be making a yummy treat for ourselves — it’s National Deviled Egg Day!