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