Bake Dog Biscuits
Kitchen kindness for furry friends
Shelter dogs will be thrilled to receive these special treats.
A local Animal Humane Society or animal shelter that would like homemade treats.
What you’ll need
- Large bowl
- Rolling pin
- 1/2 cup cornmeal
- 6 tbsp oil
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 2/3 cup water or broth
- Cookie sheet
- Cookie cutters (especially dog-bone shaped!)
- Call your nearest animal shelter first to be sure they can use the dog biscuits you make. Ask when to drop them off and whether you can get a tour or visit with the animals.
- To make the dog biscuits: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients together well. Roll out to 1/4 inch thick. Cut into shapes with cookie cutters. Bake 35-40 minutes, let cool and store in tightly sealed container.
- Why is it fun to spend time with animals?
- Why is it important to care for animals that don’t have a home?
- How do you think a dog might feel to get a special treat? How do you feel when you receive a special treat?
- What are other ways we can help animals in need?
- Discuss the many wordless ways animals show their feelings -- pain, hunger, excitement, loneliness. Ask your children how those emotions and responses are similar to their own.
- Maggie’s Second Chance by Nancy Furstinger. Ages 4-8. Jeff and his 4th grade classmates save Maggie, a rescue dog, by petitioning the town council to establish an animal shelter. Based on a true story.
- Buddy Unchained by Daisy Bix (Gryphon Press, 2006). Ages 4-8. The story of a dog that was abused before finding himself in a loving home.
- The Shelter Dog by Christine Davis (Lighthearted Press, 2007). Ages 4-8. Hero, an angel dog, decides he wants to go back to earth to be a shelter dog so a loving family can choose him as their pet. Slowly he realizes that living in a shelter isn’t as nice as it appears.
- A Dog’s Life: Autobiography of a Stray by Ann M. Martin (Scholastic Paperbacks, 2007). Ages 9-12. A puppy separated from its family must learn how to survive on its own.
Take it further
- When you deliver your goodies, spend some time playing with the animals. See if you can get a tour of the shelter and ask about other ways you can help out.
- Consider fostering animals, which means providing a temporary (a few days to a few months) home for animals that require special attention because they are very young, sick, or because the shelter has limited space.
- Offer to assist an elderly neighbor or friend who might need help with dog walking or other pet care.
- Make other pet treats or toys for animals at the shelter.
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