We are ushering in a new era of ridiculousness. My twin daughters, feeling bored while I was at work, decided to bust out the cookie cutters and make cutouts. I normally reserve the task of making cutout cookies for occasions when I have a bottle of wine on hand a sister or two around – and a half dozen vintage CDs I want to play. But, since the twins are 12, they have no concept of how much work cutout cookies are. They just make a mess and think it’s cool.
So, when I came home from work and they gave me a cookie, shaped like an angel, I assumed it was gingerbread or something humanly edible, and gobbled it up. They were rolling as I chewed. It tasted like charcoal, but I was impressed they had the initiative to try tackling cutouts on their own.
“Mom! You just ate dog food!” Maya laughed.
“Yeah, isn’t it yummy!” said Kira.
That explained why as I ate, Shady, our alpaca blog dog, was drooling at my feet.
This peanut-butter biscuit cookie wasn’t too terrible. I could detect no peanut-butter flavor, but as dog food goes, I suppose it rocks.
The twins took turns asking Shady to sit. Stand. Go down. Give paw. Stay. And she intently obeyed to get her treat.
I, however, require better treats. I don’t think I’m likely to “give paw” for anything less than new shoes and an alpaca fur hat. But, I’m not Shady. And, given that she has no problem eating flies and mice and — I do — it’s safe to say that it’s a heck of a lot easier to please her.
And that’s why I love my dog. Give her a pat on the head and a raw chicken liver, and she’s your best friend. And, the liver is optional. No matter what we give her or where we take her or make her wear, she’s on board. Above board.
Do-It-Yourself Dog Cookie Recipe:
The recipe details remain sketchy. I couldn’t find the exact instructions, but here’s the gist of what they did:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2 cups flour (they used whole wheat)
1/4 cup molasses (they couldn’t find ours, so they substituted sugar)
1/4 cup peanut butter
3/4 cup water
Colorful yogurt* to “frost”
Mix ingredients. Shape. (They rolled and pressed cutouts, but this excess is entirely optional).
Bake up to 20 – 30 minutes, depending on how crunchy your dog likes them.
*The purple “frosting” is blueberry Activia yogurt. This should be interesting in a couple hours. It’s not like Shady needs any help staying regular.
Sirius Alpacas is a family farm in Chardon, Ohio that raises and boards alpacas for fun, therapy and profit. The farm uses its fleeces in the production of high-quality yarns and felted goods.
Sirius Alpacas also imports fair-trade Andean items including socks, scarves, hats, gloves, sweaters and more from Peru and Bolivia, offering the style and culture of South American goods while helping the farmers, artists and craftsmen of that region. Lori Weber, co-owner of Sirius Alpacas, is the creator and writer of this alpaca blog. You may reach her at email@example.com.