Wicked Walter and His Treats

For anyone who has ever loved a dog, you have to watch Jimmy Stewart read his poem A Dog Named Beau on The Tonight Show in 1981. Warning – get your hanky before you view! Then give your dog an extra hug and a treat.  Click the image below for a beautiful presentation.

Click for Jimmy Stewart’s “A Dog Named Beau”

I have nowhere near to the culinary expertise that JD has, but I enjoy making homemade dog treats for Walter, our Blue Weimaraner.  I will be routinely posting recipes that Walter enjoys consuming and I like to make. They are quick, easy and nutritious, and I am sure your dog(s) will devour them!

Walter, a Germanic name meaning “ruler of the army”, was the most dominant of the litter, and she has not changed with the passing of time.  Thus her name is quite fitting, although an intern at the vet’s office was confused when we brought her for spaying!  Full grown now, she proclaims herself the ruler of her domain by where she makes her bed and in the neighborhood by mounting any dog who questions her dominance.  Our veterinary behaviorist told us mounting is common behavior in puppies and a common play gesture in older dogs as long as it is not extreme.  Her social skills have improved, but the early days brought annoying giggles to some, and outrage to others.

expressionOften the funniest things happen in everyday life. On an evening stroll with Walter we encountered an elderly neighbor– our very own Miss Daisy– a true Southern belle and totally unflappable.  She welcomed us to the neighborhood by inviting Walter to come play with her perfectly coiffed standard poodle, Billy Boy, noting that the “boys” would enjoy her backyard, designed like an elaborate dog park.

We left Walter and Billy Boy to their own devices, chatted for a bit, and then continued our evening constitutional, promising to collect Walter on our way back.  We had barely gotten to the corner before we heard Miss Daisy shriek, “Come get your wicked dog!”

JD ran back to retrieve Walter, and returned describing an incensed and totally confused Miss Daisy, railing at Walter’s rude and inappropriate behaviorI guess our Walter showed Billy Boy who’s dominant and who’s submissive!

So our loving, but “Wicked” Walter is waiting patiently as I remove another sheet pan of Walter Wheat Treats from the oven.  To make them for your dog, just mix

2 jars of chicken baby food,

½ cup non-fat dry milk,

2 ounces of wheat germ,

1/3 cup water, ½ cup flour and

1 tsp. garlic powder

in a bowl. Mix well and roll the dough on a floured surface. Cut out a favorite pattern and place on lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake in a 325 degree oven until golden brown, about 30 -35 minutes.

Bone Appetit!

©Scarlett Skillet

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