NZ Frenzy: No Eggs. Add Apples.

The sound of paws on the hard wood floor are in harmony with the music streaming through the speakers and our house is happy. I don’t know what’s more entertaining, Azella (stubborn Husky) grappling with Devlin (gullible Border Collie) for front row seating, or watching Enzo (non-stop Border Collie/Aussie mix) scurrying from room to room.

I’d like to think it’s my homemade biscuits that create such a stir.

By default, Enzo is excitable. The delectable aroma that fills the kitchen only amplifies his exhilaration. Devlin pants, but goes with the flow. But, Azella—bossy in her later years—yields only to our previous dog (Nicodemus) when it comes to cookie stakeout.

Noses lifted, each dog sneaks a whiff of the mixing bowl, now dripping over with dough. As two dogs wait for something to drop, Enzo’s tail slaps back and forth, making his whole body wag. Now first in line, Azella watches with intent, then barks for attention.

I looked up from my rolling pin. I’m greeted with fixated, determined eyes.

When barking for biscuits doesn’t work, the canine crew become quiet. After all, this is serious stuff. They sit still. Like statues. They nod to each other as if in agreement; first to move, loses game. Their eyes narrow then glaze over. Mouths water, and all dogs grow impatient. The “crazy” one wiggles his butt an inch closer to the action, then smiles.

I’m tempted to stop everything and play with these adorable, yet pushy pups. However, I’m on a mission: 1. Bake pie for family dinner and 2. Bake dog biscuits for book signing.

I chop apples into squares, combine them with gooey filling, and set the bowl aside. It’s perched on a bench beside the counter. Enzo thumps his tail against the bench leg, making both bowls clink together. He looks at the countertop, then at me. He doesn’t dare jump. Instead, he pounds his tail until the bowls spin and tremble. I grope to save ingredients and settle the madness. Phew...a close call.

I laugh and continue preparation.

Enzo hears this laughter. Like a light switch, he turns on his charm. Filled with glee, his tail thumps feverishly. Before I catch what’s about to happen, Enzo manages to knock the apple bowl over—right into the dog biscuit ingredients.

I fumble to separate the ingredients from the biscuit batter and undue the damage. Then I realize that Enzo’s idea might be a good alternative to the original recipe.

So much for apple pie. I dump the remaining toppings into the biscuit dough and combine the two mixtures into one bowl. Next, I smother the apple delight over the biscuits, and dust them with cinnamon. They bake in the oven, and I wink at my little family.

After what seems like forever in dog years, according to my pack, the treats are finished. Azella pushes her way to the front of the line for first dibs. The other dogs follow her lead, and scamper in.

The treats are a hit! The dogs can’t get enough of them, even with the mishap.

ORIGINAL RECIPE, makes 25 treats

• 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour • 2 eggs • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin • 2 tablespoons peanut butter • 1/2 teaspoon salt • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

ENZO ADDITION: Wag tail. Knock 1 cup of apple filling into original biscuit mix. Forget eggs. Good. Do it again.

PREPARATION: 15 minutes

BAKE: 40 minutes

READY IN: 1 hour 40 minutes

DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Whisk together flour, *eggs, pumpkin, peanut butter, salt, *apples, and cinnamon in a bowl. The dough should be dry and stiff. Add water (as needed) to help make dough workable. Roll dough 1/2-inch-thick. Cut into 1/2-inch pieces. Bake 40 minutes in preheated oven until hard. Allow 10 minutes to cool. (Eat!)

Surprise your dog(s) with a biscuit: ‘International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day’ is Monday, February 23, 2015. This spectacular day is considered an “unofficial” holiday for all dogs around the world. Your favorite friend deserves a delicious treat, whether it’s an award for good behavior, or simply a token of affection.

Christina Bournias resides in Michigan with her 3-pack; three new beautiful adopted miracles. As her “Angelwriter”, Nicodemus (1997-2010) is the wisdom behind the stories she shares. Christina champions the magnitude of building the bond between a dog and their person(s) by means of respectful communication and enduring admiration.

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January, 2015: American Pet Magazine | V4 Issue1, Page 16,17


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