By Jason A. Heidemann
Your pet can have his cake and eat it too—as long as it’s good for him.
How many times have you had to refuse giving your pet a treat? It’s not easy. She stares up at you with eyes the size of satellite dishes while perched so precariously on her hind legs that she seems destined for a career as a tightrope walker. “Please,” she’s saying, “I’m begging you, just one more treat!”
Actually, giving in to your pet’s cravings isn’t always a bad thing. At Galloping Gourmutts (2736 N. Lincoln Ave., (773) 477-5959, GallopingGourmutts.com), a dog bakery in Chicago, owner Bill Klein encourages it—as long as it’s done right. He and his wife, Char, purchased the North Side store in 1997 and believe in pampering pooches the healthy way. “I prefer human-grade ingredients because they are all natural,” says Klein. “There is no sugar, salt, or preservatives in any of our treats. Plus, we use carob, not chocolate, which is bad for dogs.”
Klein shares with us a recipe that he discovered while tooling around in his kitchen. He says it makes the perfect winter treat and is literally a breath of fresh air. “It’s called mint cookies,” he says. “It is good for your dog because it cleans his teeth and gums and makes his breath minty fresh.”
8 cups of whole-wheat flour
1 cup of ground-up oats
1 capful of pure peppermint extract
1/4 cup honey
1/8 cup baking powder
1/8 cup parsley flakes
4 cups of water
1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Spray a large cookie sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
2. Mix ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.
3. Bake at 325 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes. Let cool. Makes approximately 24 cookies.
4. Administer generously for good behavior.A cat with a craving is a terrible thing.
Can anyone resist the way they make that figure-eight motion around our legs to let us know we need to pay attention to them? Wendy Nan Rees knows a hungry cat all too well. She is the author of several cookbooks, including No Barking at the Table, Catnapping in the Kitchen, and her most recent book, The Natural Pet Food Cookbook, in which she outlines tasty recipes for both dogs and cats. Give Whiskers a fiesta with these tasty and healthful south-of-the-border delights (perfect for dogs too!).
4 corn tortillas
2 9-ounce cans of dark tuna in oil
1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
1/2 cup corn (fresh or canned)
2 tablespoons chopped red bell pepper
1/4 cup frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1/2 cup grated Cheddar cheese
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a cookie sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
2. Place the tortillas on the cookie sheet and bake or broil until brown, turning them over midway through. If broiling, this will take about one minute per side. If baking, it will take about two to three minutes per side. Watch closely so they don’t burn.
3. In a sauté pan, sauté the tuna, tomatoes, corn, bell pepper, and spinach for five minutes. Add the tomato paste to help thicken, and sauté for five more minutes.
4. Break up the tortillas and sprinkle over each serving to give them a little crunch. Then sprinkle with a little bit of Cheddar cheese and serve with love.