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Doggone Thanks

December 1, 2011

My parents are nice:


Like, really nice.  Like, really, really nice.

How nice are they?

My parents are so nice that they greet our dogs with open arms when we come to stay with them for weeks at a time during the holidays. 

But who wouldn’t greet this pair with open arms, right?

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Well, you see…our dogs are great.  Obviously.  But…my parents have dogs of their own.

There’s Maddie, the standard poodle (who, despite being 15 years old, still has enough spunk left in her to break into our room and rifle through our trash every time we visit):

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And Sugar, the “labradoodle,” who often seems to be more chimp than dog:

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She’s a wild one. 

And then there’s Dudley, the baby of the family and their newest addition.  He’s the sweetest dog you’ll ever meet.  When my parents adopted him, he’d been hit by a car and abandoned at the shelter:


…and now he’s just a big ball of love.

So, you can see that when we bring home our two dogs during Thanksgiving and Christmas, it’s quite the houseful. 

And that’s not all…us being a dog-centered family and all, it only makes sense that my sister and brother-in-law regularly bring their two rescue bassets to family dinners as well:


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…and Molly:

She’s a looker.

So, most nights that we visit, we have seven dogs roaming freely in my parents’ house.  Seven.  SEVEN. 

You can see why Ella and Baxter would want to send a token of thanks to my parents for being such gracious hosts during our stay last week. 

Actually, Baxter left his own little “thank you” in the form of a few accidents here and there…

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… because nothing says “Thank you for letting me stay at your house” like a big puddle of pee.  Seriously. Try it at a holiday party this year.

But just in case the pee wasn’t enough, the dogs and I got to work in the kitchen this afternoon, whipping up a batch of homemade dog biscuits.  Actually, I did most of the work—the dogs used the old “We don’t have opposable thumbs” excuse…works every time.

These biscuits are the perfect way to say thank you to your favorite four-legged friend.  And the best part?  They’re vegetarian!

I Can’t Believe It’s Not Chicken Dog Biscuits


1 cup vegetarian chicken-flavored broth (I made mine with a vegetarian chicken-flavored bouillon mix, but you could easily sub veggie broth, or regular chicken or beef broth)

1 package of yeast

1/4 cup warm water

1 egg

2 tbsp.  honey

2.5 cups flour

1 cup cornmeal


Preheat oven to 325.

Dissolve yeast in water.  Add broth, egg, and honey and beat until smooth.  In a mixing bowl, combine flour and cornmeal, then add liquids, beating until a thick dough forms.

Roll out dough until about 1/4 inch thick, then use cookie cutters to cut out biscuit shapes. 

Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet for 40 minutes, until biscuits are firm.  Allow to fully cool…then share with your furry friends!

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Thank you to Maddie, Sugar, and Dudley for being such great hosts last week…Ella and Baxter can’t wait to see you again at Christmas!  The biscuits are on their way!

19 Comments leave one →
  1. December 1, 2011 1:57 pm

    Love all the pictures and descriptions of the dogs. That is one house full! I love making my own doggy treats. So simple and SO much better than store-bought.

  2. Nicholas permalink
    December 1, 2011 2:09 pm

    I didn’t realize that you rocked doggie treats; K-9 food knowledge, nice!

    • December 1, 2011 2:11 pm

      It was my first time making them– I was surprised by how easy they were to make! No more milk bones for us 🙂

  3. December 1, 2011 2:50 pm

    Wow, and i thought MY parents were generous watching our one dog with their one dog. What a scene that must be! I actually just bought a bone-shaped cookie cutter and will definitely need to use this recipe soon!

  4. December 1, 2011 3:24 pm

    oh my gosh! My MIL and FIL hosted everyones dogs and cats for thanksgiving too! It was a zoooooooooo. How cute is George? Love that face 🙂

  5. December 1, 2011 4:16 pm

    OMG I’m going to be sick from all of the cuteness in this post. I love how dog friendly your family is! Thanks for posting this recipe, I will have to try it out once I get my Lincoln back.

  6. December 1, 2011 6:04 pm

    Aw, this post is so sweet! My poodle (who is 12.5) is also extremely spunky and goes through all the trash in the house several times a day. He still bounces around just like a puppy, too! He’d be VERY happy if I made these biscuits for him.

  7. December 1, 2011 7:15 pm

    Wow, that’s a lot of dogs! How fun making dog treats, I’ve always wanted to get more into home made treats my picky dogs will like.

  8. December 1, 2011 8:34 pm

    Awwww – I love all your pups! Especially the basset hound that shares my name. 😉 I’ve been wanting to make some homemade dog treats as well and definitely will try out your recipe!

  9. December 1, 2011 8:35 pm

    Awwww – such great pics!!! I love all your pups! Especially the basset hound that shares my name. 😉 I’ve been wanting to make some homemade dog treats as well and definitely will try out your recipe!

  10. December 1, 2011 10:21 pm

    Your parents seem like good people- I love all the descriptions and I’m biased because I think rescues are the best!

    The dog treats sound wonderful- I should look into some recipes with this is as the inspiration- my doggie isn’t supposed to have a lot of wheat…

  11. December 1, 2011 11:27 pm

    Awww! You are so sweet, yourself! You know we love all the dogs – ours, yours, and Katherine and Kevin’s. Our dogs can’t wait for their treats – actually what they said was “bark, bark, bark, woof, woof”, which I interpreted to mean “We can’t wait!” Thanks for the very sweet post!

  12. December 2, 2011 12:52 am

    That’s a lot of dogs! So cute! Basset hounds are just freakin’ adorable! Love them all though!

  13. December 2, 2011 4:05 am

    Cuuute! You are making me want a dog. It’s at the top of my Christmas list, just like last year….

  14. December 2, 2011 11:51 am

    Now that’s a lot of DOGS! My goodness!!
    Ok, so I am not a huge fan of basset hounds because our neighbors had them when I was growing up, and all they did was BARK. Literally, all day long. My mom used to go nuts.
    Thanks for the recipe for the biscuits. I’m sure my parent’s dog would love these! She’s a miniature dachshund.

    • December 2, 2011 1:30 pm

      Ohhhhh yes. My sister’s dogs are the same way…drives them crazy!

  15. December 3, 2011 12:00 am

    Oh my that is a lot of dogs! I love dogs..esp the basset hounds….since I have one laying on my lap!

  16. December 3, 2011 3:40 am

    I love these treats and that house full of dogs…such fun!

  17. December 3, 2011 9:09 pm

    LOL, I love the “try it” suggestion for leaving behind a puddle of pee when visiting 🙂 What a beautiful assortment of dogs, and your parents do indeed seem VERY nice!

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