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July 18, 2013

Dog Biscuit Dough

In a passage I became intimately familiar with during the final two years of my English degree, James Joyce’s Stephen Dedalus walks along Sandymount Strand contemplating very important life philosophies…and dogs!

Their dog ambled about a bank of dwindling sand, trotting, sniffing on all sides. Looking for something lost in a past life. Suddenly he made off like a bounding hare, ears flung back, chasing the shadow of a lowskimming gull. The man’s shrieked whistle struck his limp ears. He turned, bounded back, came nearer, trotted on twinkling shanks. On a field tenney a buck, trippant, proper, unattired. At the lacefringe of the tide he halted with stiff forehoofs, seawardpointed ears. His snout lifted barked at the wavenoise, herds of seamorse. They serpented towards his feet, curling, unfurling many crests, every ninth, breaking, plashing, from far, from farther out, waves and waves.
– James Joyce, “Proteus” episode, Ulysses

If you think Stephen is contemplative and intense, you should meet Kelenn. He was having a big snooze in the other room as I was making these and I made the mistake of waking him up to offer him a taste of this dog biscuit dough. HOOKED. He didn’t leave my side for the rest of the baking and kept trying to put his front paws up on the counter to lick the bowl. “Tatters! Out of that, you mongrel!”

Kelenn and BiscuitsThese vegan dog biscuits have peanut butter for deliciousness, pumpkin for good digestive health, and parsley for fresh breath! They’re very un-gross by human standards so you can put them in your pocket on walks and not feel slimed. Helpful. They keep very well too (they made it all the way to Canmore for my dad and stepmom’s dog Picos) as they’re quite dry. I used a one-inch cookie cutter to make cute rounds, but you could just as easily roll out the dough and slice it into squares.

Vegan Dog Biscuits
Adapted from Lola’s Hippie Dog Biscuits
2/3 cup peanut butter
2 tbsp pumpkin puree (as in for pumpkin pie, without additives)
1 cup water
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
1/3 cup to 1/2 cup chopped parsley
large pinch of cinnamon
small pinch salt

Combine wet ingredients and whisk until peanut butter is incorporated into the other ingredients. Add the remaining ingredients and mix with a wooden spoon until combined, then knead a few times. Roll out dough to about 1/4 inch thick (or 1/2 inch if you’re baking for larger dogs) and either use cute cookie cutters to make dog-appropriate (?) shapes, or just cut into squares.

Bake at 350˚ for about 8 minutes on each side. They will get slightly golden but shouldn’t be too dark brown. Let cool then “serve”.

Dog Biscuits

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