Taffy Talks: on Illness and Dog Biscuits

Taffy in her favorite Victorian armchair

Taffy in her favorite Victorian armchair

I’m writing this while sitting on my fur-less mom’s lap. I have to admit it’s hard to type any other way… I’ve been getting a lot of huggies and snuggles lately. Those of you who have been reading my blog posts know that I was diagnosed with cancer eight months ago. At that time it looked like I might not have long to live but I rallied back a bit and have been around since. But the last week hasn’t been good.

Nothing tastes good to me so I haven’t been eating. I do manage to get down some ice cream, peanut butter dog treats and my fur-less mom’s home-made dog biscuits that I have always loved and can still manage to eat a nibble or two. I asked her if I could share the recipe with you and she said yes I could as long as I told you it comes from the book ” MacPherson’s K-9 COOKBOOK” written by Mary MacPherson and her taste-tester doggie, MacDuff. (What a cushy job!)

I’ve been sleeping a lot but I still like to go for walkies. After all, the world is a fascinating place to a dog – so many smells yet undiscovered and yet to be enjoyed.

My fur-less mom often cries as she holds me so I do my part to comfort her by licking her tears – strange, they taste salty. I guess it’s a bit late to worry about my sodium intake.

As I said, I’ve had lots of lap-time, not just because I am sick, but also because my fur-less mom has been writing a fiction book. She’s so engrossed in it she forgets what time it is but she never forgets about me – and I guess that’s the main thing, right?

Until next time, don’t forget to hug your pet today,

Here is the dog biscuit recipe. Even my neighbour, whose name is Nugget, wolfs down these biscuits.

These biscuits are crunchy and crispy and filled with good things that dogs like me love. Buy a dog-biscuit shaped cookie-cutter or just cut them into squares or rectangles. Trust me, no dog will turn their nose on a treat just because it’s not shaped like a dog biscuit:)

2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cornmeal, stone ground
1/4 cup sunflower seeds. (My fur-less mom adds pumpkin seeds too, and sometimes, ground flax seed)
3 eggs
1/4 cup milk – any kind, even almond milk.
2 Tablespoons of soft margarine or butter
1/4 cup molasses.

1. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, cornmeal and seeds and set aside.
2. In a small bowl whisk the eggs and milk together. Reserve i tablespoon of the mixture to use as a glaze.
3. Make a well in the flour mixture and gradually stir in softened margarine, molasses and egg mixture. Mix well until blended.
4. Divide dough into 2 balls so that it is easier to work with.
5. Knead each dough ball on a floured surface for 2-3 minutes until the dough is no longer sticky.
6. With a rolling pin (put some flour on the rolling pin too), roll dough between 1/4 and 1/2 inch thickness. If the biscuit is thinner it will be easier to crunch into, but for dogs with good teeth and jaws you can make them thicker.
7. Cut with your dog biscuit cookie cutter and place on a baking sheet. (My fur-less mom uses parchment paper but you can give the pan a spray of oil if you want – or not.)
8 Brush egg mixture on each biscuit using a pastry brush. (If you forget to do this, don’t worry. The cookies just look a little less shiny. I’ll eat them anyway.)
9. Bake 30 minutes at 350 degrees. (180 C)
10. Turn off the oven and let biscuits cool several hours or overnight. (If you can’t wait, ask your fur-less mom to let you have one before they get dry 🙂
11. Store these delicious biscuits at room temperature in a container that has a loose fitting lid.
12. Enjoy, and send me compliments when you’ve tasted them. WOOF WOOF!

4 responses to “Taffy Talks: on Illness and Dog Biscuits

  1. I’m writing because your site came up in a search for this book: K-9 Cookbook, Dog Biscuit Recipes from Mary MacPherson. She almost killed my dog by telling me it’s okay to feed him garlic.


    My baby is a beautiful black Belgian Shephard. He was abused until 7 months when I got him, and now I’ve almost killed him several times.

    As I treat, I gave him something that caused him to go into convulsions. Every time, it starts with me hearing him stumbling and crash into things. When I get to him, he’s shaking, drool dripping from his mouth, eyes glazed over and staring, head swaying from side to side. He tries to get to his feet, but can’t; his muscles don’t work anymore. One time he flipped off the bed, doing a 360 in mid-air, and slammed into the wall. And still, I gave him his treats.

    After several years of seizures, I finally looked it up on the ASPCA’s site.


    • Thanks for sharing your story. I don’t remember using garlic in her treats probably because it was smelly to handle but thank you very much for the warning! I really appreciate it.

  2. Thank you for sharing the “Taffy Talks” with us. For those of us who have owned a lovely dog and lost them, we can truly understand how hard it is at times. Dogs bring such unconditional love and joy to people, they truly are “man’s best friend”. Take care Johanne.

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