The only dry "food" she likes without fail are dog biscuit treats. In the interest of having Kate eat dry food and minimizing the opening of canned dog food and overall spoiling a spoiled dog further -- I set off on a quest to turn unwanted dry food into hopefully tasty "treats" for my dog.
Using food that Kate mostly likes, I created this recipe, somewhat modified from a dog forum thread. The forum thread no longer exists, except in Google's cache. Anyhow, this recipe is for a single-serve blender and a bone-shaped biscuit baking tray:
Scoop two dollops of plain yogurt into the blender.
Put in about 8 oz. of dry dog kibble into the blender.
Add a splash of water.
Cut up a banana with your hands, and add it to the blender.
Add a dollop of peanut butter. I've found that this is important for making the cookies not smell like dog food while it is baking.
Oh yeah, you might want to preheat your over at 350° F while you're mixing the ingredients.
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Bake at 350° F for about 1 hour and 20 minutes. Through trial and error, I found that the biscuits held its shape and felt right after baking that long. The cookies will have a dark brown burnt color on the outside, but keep its original color (more or less) on the inside. I can guess that smaller cookies will bake faster.
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I figure that the above recipe, which makes five biscuits, is equivalent to about one cup of unmodified dog food, so I take that into account when feeding Kate. I don't want to overfeed my dog, and neither should you with your canine companion(s).
Kate seems to love these cookies, she eats them really fast, and hopefully she'll like them for a long time! They're so popular, that she is starting to dislike soft canned dog food. That's what I get for spoiling a picky dog.
Anyhow, if grinding up dog food, mixing it with other ingredients, then baking it for a period of time seems familiar -- it's basically how a mammal digests food. Since Kate is the type of dog who sometimes likes to recycle her dinner -- when no one is looking -- maybe that's why she likes eating these cookies.
They're essentially man-made dog poo. (Processed food for human consumption, on the other hand, is a topic for another day.)
|...and that's how you make man-made dog poo.|