Today I baked for my dog. To give you some idea of the severity of this situation I hardly ever bake for my other half, for my friends or for myself. But today BlindDog got freshly baked salmon and parsley biscuits and this is a dog who will eat anything and everything put in front of her, including things she finds on the street.
The only semi-rational explanation I can give for this sudden onset of baking madness is that I have been morbidly curious about Henrietta Morrison’s cookbook for dogs ever since it came out. The book, called Dinner for Dogs, along with the dog food brand Lily’s kitchen, which was founded by Morrison when her dog Lily went of her food and Morrison realised how poor the quality of most commercial dog foods is.
The whole concept goes hand in hand with the whole food and organic revolution in the human food market, and Morrison’s reason for starting Lily’s kitchen and writing Dinner for Dogs was that she wasn’t prepared to feed anything to her dog that she wouldn’t eat herself.
The book is full of ‘easy’ recipes to cook for your dog from cupcakes to birthday cake, from everyday stews to Christmas Dinner. Morrison also translates some common ingredients of dry dog food and reveals that a lot of commercial brands contain ingredients that are unwholesome sounding and difficult for dogs to digest. She also gives a good comprehensive list of ‘human’ foods that are suitable for dogs along with their benefits (although this section gets a little ‘health-food shop’ in places).
Every time I look at the book I have to add the mental hashtag #firstworldproblems because, to be honest, most people have other things to worry about. And I don’t think I’m going to ‘try to cook for your dog at least once a week’ as Morrison suggest because I’m too busy aiming to cook for my other half that often! Morrison herself admits that the recipes included in the book are intended as a supplement to a nutritionally balanced dog food and should not be the dog’s sole diet.
The main benefit of this book is educating people who don’t feed their dogs well, by highlighting the pitfalls of feeding a low quality dog food and the dangers of feeding your dog the wrong kind of human food. Some of the recipes might be nic
e for a special occasion but there’s no way I’m going to be cooking for BlindDog several times a week! Even though the recipe I tried was easy and fun to make, and even though BlindDog loved eating the result, I couldn’t help feeling that I could have spent the time better by actually doing something fun with her.
The book is at best a bit of educational doggy fun which is helping promote the Lily’s Kitchen brand and at worst something to make doting owners feel inadequate. I would advocate feeding the best quality dog food you can afford and investing in your dog by spending time with her.
You can find the recipe for Salmon and Parsley Bites here, along with our verdict.