dogDogs are awesome animals! According to the National Dog Day website, "Dogs put their lives on the line every day... for personal protection, for law enforcement, for the disabled, for our freedom and safety by detecting bombs and drugs and pulling victims of tragedy from wreckage, now they're detecting cancer and seizures...things even humans cannot do." That's why National Dog Day was made: to give back to these outstanding animals for everything they do and to celebrate the unconditional love that we share with them!

On August 26th, you can celebrate National Dog Day too! Save an animal or donate to a shelter, throw your dog a special doggy party or just give your dog one of these special Homemade Treats by Cricket (Primary Search powered by EBSCOhost).

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/4 cup hot tap water
  • 8 beef or chicken bouillon cubes
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 cups tomato juice
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 cups wheat germ
  • 1 1/2 cups whole-wheat flour

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 3250F.
  2. Pour hot tap water into a large bowl and add bouillon cubes. Crush them with a fork until they are dissolved. Stir in yeast, cover the bowl with a clean dishtowel, and set aside in a warm place for 5 minutes.
  3. Add tomato juice, 1 cup all-purpose flour, sugar, and wheat germ to the bowl. Stir to form a smooth batter.
  4. Stir in the remaining cup all-purpose flour and whole-wheat flour. The dough will be very stiff and dry.
  5. Knead the dough with your hands.
  6. Sprinkle flour on a cutting board. Take a few handfuls of dough and work it into a small ball shape. With a rolling pin, flatten the ball to about */4 inch thick.
  7. Grease cookie sheet. Cut dough into shapes with lightly floured cookie cutter. Transfer shapes to cookie sheet with a spatula.
  8. Bake for one hour. Turn the oven off, but don't open it.
  9. Let the treats dry in the oven for at least four hours. Your dog will like them best if they are hard and crunchy.
  10. Allow treats to cool completely before serving them to your dog.

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