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Welcome to the dog days of summer…

Dog days of summer. Where does that phrase come from??? Well, if you lived with us, you might think it was a reference to the conspicuous laziness of domesticated dogs:

Jersey July 2010 Jersey 3 2010 Jersey 2 2010
However, in reality the steamy, sultry days of summer that make us all “dog tired” have nothing to do with man’s best friend. Rather, they refer to the ancient belief that Sirius, also called the Dog Star was responsible for the hot weather.

This week, I will be talking about great ways to beat the heat. I would love to know what you do to keep cool…

In the meantime, I thought I would leave you with the instructions for the homemade dog biscuits we made this week in honor of Jersey (the cutest beagle ever) and the dog days of summer.

Cheesy Beagle Treats

Homemade Dog Biscuits

  • 1 c. Quaker oats (Hiding in a plastic bag – used the container for another project. Thank you Quaker)
  • 1/3 c. margarine
  • 1 c. boiling water
  • 3/4 c. cornmeal
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • 2tsp. bullion
  • 1/2 c. milk
  • 1 c. grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 2-3 c. flour

Preheat oven to 325. Grease cookie sheets.
Step 1: Combine oats, margarine and boiling water.

Homemade Dog Biscuit Step 1

Step 2: Add cornmeal, sugar, bullion, milk, cheese and eggs. Add flour one cup at a time.

Homemade Dog Treats Step 2

Step 3: Shape into balls and press. Bake in the oven for 35-45 min. Once complete, turn oven off. Leave biscuits and cookie sheets in oven overnight to dry.

Homemade Dog Treats Step 3
Step 4: Store in an air-tight container. These biscuits should keep for several weeks. However, if your dog doesn’t go through them like mine (one or two a day), you may want to keep them in the freezer.
Homemade Dog Treats Step 4

Step 5: Serve yummy treats to your dog! Jersey was going crazy while these biscuits were baking in the oven. She begged and begged until I gave in and provided her one…She almost always gets her treats in a Kong. She enjoys tossing it up in the air and rolling it around on the ground before snacking on her treat.

Homemade Dog Treats Step 5

*We checked with our veterinarian to ensure that all the ingredients included in this recipe would be ok for Jersey. You may want to check them out with your vet as well.

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9 Responses to " Welcome to the dog days of summer… "

  1. Kelly Howard says:

    I get tired of buying store bought treats that probably aren't the healthiest! Thanks for sharing this, my Dixie thanks you too! ;-) She will send a pic to you when her master makes some up!

  2. Bobbi Janay says:

    I bet she loves them. I will have to make FootFoot some.

  3. Silja says:

    How cute!

    BTW, I love your floors. You picked a beautiful color!

  4. Steph says:

    Dood… my dog gets the shaft… rawhide bones and dog food.

  5. Ashlee @ I'm Topsy Turvy says:

    Thanks for linking up! Recipes are totally crafty and I love getting them! A great idea. I wonder if our pet pig would like them!

  6. JHill says:

    Thanks for linking up to the Mad Skills party!

  7. Haley says:

    Homemade dog biscuits! You are just too much! Thanks for sharing…I think my moms dog would love these!

  8. Lee says:

    Jersey is just toooooo cute! I'm gonna try out these bisquits on Kailea – once it cools down enough for me to use my oven. No air conditioning here! :-)

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