Going to the dogs

A few design blogs have really gone to the dogs lately. Desire to Inspire probably has the fastest growing design blog tradition as a result of the trend (each Monday, the DTI girls post pictures submitted by readers of dogs on furniture) and like many others, I'm going to follow suit.

This wasn't a calculated post. I was just making some dog treats for my golden retriever, Baxter, and thought about how cheap and easy it was to make treats that are far more healthy than a lot of what is sold at the stores. Then I thought that some of the bloggers out there might be interesting in saving a little money while also making a wholesome treat for their dogs. The treats I make Baxter have five ingredients: dog food, oat flour, egg, oil, and yogurt. They take about 5 minutes to make and 7 minutes to bake. The total cost of a batch (and I actually figured this out) is usually 63 cents and sometimes $1.07. Let me explain the price difference...

My treat recipe comes from The Honest Kitchen. They make freeze-dried dog food that you add water to before feeding it to your dog. It's a little expensive and it's not the right food for Baxter, but he seems to like the stuff a lot, so I decided to make his treats from it.

I usually order Baxter's food from k9cuisine.com (free shipping, so the benefit is a lower price and no schlepping the bag to the car) and I sometimes get free sample bags of Honest Kitchen foods with my order. If I have some free sample bags, the cost of the entire batch of dog treats is 63 cents. If I don't have any sample bags and go to the box of Honest Kitchen food I bought a while back at Felix & Oscar in Springfield, the treats cost about $1.07 per batch. The big box of food cost about $27-35 (depending on the flavor and whether you have a coupon) and it has enough food in it for 64 batches of dog treats.
I still buy treats at the store (I like Old Mother Hubbard, Zukes, and bully sticks), but spend a fraction of what people who buy junky treats at the supermarket do because I make a batch of treats every other week.

Here are the ingredients in Baxter's treats:

1 ounce of any flavor food from The Honest Kitchen (rehydrated with warm water)
1 egg
2 tbsp plan, natural yogurt
2 tbsp canola oil
1 cup oat flour (I just put a cup of oats in the food processor)

Mix everything up, refrigerate for 30 minutes, then scoop quarter sized portions onto lined cookies sheets, and bake for 7 minutes at 400 degrees. Turn the oven off and leave cookies inside for an hour or two to make them crispy.

Baxter happily does most of the clean up while he waits for the treats to come out of the oven.


  1. Hi, I was just blog-surfing and came upon yours. I feed my Golden, Hemingway, The Honest Kitchen too and he loves it! If you're into feeding your dog the best (and from this post, it appears that you are), look into Stella & Chewy's! They are insanely expensive for big dogs, but if you just use them as treats it's not bad!

    Your dog is a cutie!!!


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