Bill Gent’s Doggie Biscuits

Bill Gent, one of our beloved Southern Plate family members and someone whom I have personally adopted as my long lost brother, offered to do a post on how to make homemade doggie biscuits. I love and adore Bill and I know y’all do, too, so I lovingly told him to get on it and get it to me STAT! (Can someone tell me what STAT stands for? I have no idea.) So here is Brother Bill with his post. We are both adoptive parents of precious dog babies and I’m claiming Mama’s privilege for both of us as we brag on our canine babies in photos at the bottom! I’d like to invite you to brag on your four legged babies at the bottom, too! What are their names, where did they come from, tell us as much as you’d like! Take it away, Bill! Gratefully, Christy

Hello Margaret, It’s me again! (Google that phrase if it’s confusing to you) I’m back again to regale you with another post.  Since I just became a daddy to a new Australian Cattle Dog, I asked Christy if I could do a post about homemade dog biscuits and she agreed. As I grew up, we always had a pet around the house, ok.. several pets. My mom was a sucker for a stray animal and the animals in the neighborhood knew it. I’m sure the news got around by word of mouth “Hey, Fido, there’s this woman down the street who cooks pretty good and she will feed you. Just sit in the front yard and look sad. Oh yeah, be sure to suck in your gut.”

This brings me to my new widdle goggie (That’s baby talk for “Little Doggie” because for some reason, we lose the ability to speak like adults when we get around the little darlins.) I was laying on the couch watching TV one evening when I spied a beautiful Cattle Dog walking around in the cemetery across the street. I did my best to ignore her because stray animals tend to roam around there quite often and they usually go home and I never see them again. This dog did not go home. She was there every evening for a week and a half. I became concerned about her because the street I live on has become increasingly busy over the years and I kept hearing horns honking and more than a few screeching tires.

I tried to approach her but much like the women I have been attracted to, she ran away lickity split, albeit with much less screaming, crying and pepper spray. I took out the big guns and got some leftover pork roast out of the fridge. She was hooked. She was still very skittish but it didn’t take her long to fall heads and tails in love with me – as women also would if they would simply desist with those bothersome restraining orders (just kidding).

I did not want a dog so I searched for ads in the paper and online to see if anyone was looking for her and I took her to Petsmart to see if she was micro chipped but to no avail. I also tried to even give her away on Craigslist but there were no takers. Over the next few days I  noticed that she had not had one “accident” in the house and she was able to learn commands very quickly. She stole my heart with her antics of dragging out everything in the kitchen trash can and unexpectedly jumping on me with all fours while I was laying on the couch. I eventually named her “Baby, the orphan dog”. ~sighs~ I was all hers.

My great niece, Kaley, who is 16 and growing up way too fast, wanted to make her some doggie treats as she did for her yellow lab, Dakota. Baby, loved them so I wanted to share the recipe with all of you “doggie wuvers” out in Southern Plate land.

The ingredients and recipe are very simple, which is what I like. We are making treats out of Peanut Butter and oatmeal which are very yummy to the tummy! Yes they are! Yes they are! Such a good doggie… umm.. excuse me. I get caught up very easily.

Here is all you need: peanut butter,  water, oatmeal, veggie oil, and whole wheat flour.

Put the peanut butter in a bowl.

Add your oil..

Now look at that measuring spoon. It didn’t melt in the dishwasher, it was made that way.

Knowing Christy’s fondness with kitchen utensils I thought that was pretty cool.

(Christy’s Note: Hey Bill, you know some women are fond of diamonds or horses and the like. I’d say my husband got off lucky)

Next, pour in the water.

Now isn’t that a good picture considering it was taken with a cell phone? I thought so.

Stir, stir, stir.

Kaley is doing such a good job at this. She’s a good girl, yes she is! Yes sh… oh.. sorry. I’ll stop now.

Add your whole wheat flour.

Yes, whole wheat flour. Gotta keep our four legged friends healthy too, especially when they tend to eat stuff that.. well.. nevermind.

Add in that oatmeal!

Taking a little break to admire that backsplash. It’s hand painted. Isn’t it awesome? Ok, back to the recipe.

Now Christy says your best kitchen tools are your hands.. or is that Emeril Lagasse that says that? You know they look so much alike I get them mixed up sometimes.

Anyway.. smush it up real good.

Flour your counter.. or in this case the wax paper on the counter.

Kaley taped the wax paper down so it wouldn’t slide. put a little flour on your rolling pin and go to town. I mean get started rolling it out. You don’t need to go to town in the middle of this. Roll the dough out to 1/4 inch.

Look at the cute little doggie shaped cookie cutters. One is in the shape of a bone and the other is of a dog in a sitting position. The precious factor is off the charts.

The dog doesn’t care about cute but we pretend they do cause we wuv dem soooo much! Yes we does! Yes we… dang it… sorry.

If you don’t have cute cutters, just cut them into squares and they’ll be just fine.

Look how cute they are. Your doggie will love you so much for these it will make up for every failed relationship you’ve ever had, at least that’s what I’m telling myself. 🙂

Doggie Biscuits

  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1- 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1 tbsp veggie oil
  • 2-1/4 cups whole wheat flour

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl combine peanut butter, oil,and 1 cup water. Gradually add flour, then oatmeal. Add 1/2 cup water.Roll dough to 1/4 inch thickness and cut out with cookie cutter. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 35 minutes.

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This is Bill Gent’s “Baby”. 😀

Me and My Zoe

We adopted Zoe from the Human Society several months ago. She was absolutely meant to be part of our family. She and I are two peas in a pod. My husband and the kids call her “Mama’s Shadow”.

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  1. Thanks for the recipe, Bill. I plan to adapt it a little for our little Ninja, a 6 yr. old Pekingese that we rescued from a puppy mill 3 years ago. He has skin issues so I will be subbing olive oil for the veggie oil (omega 3s) and whole-grain rice flour for the wheat (.75 cup rice flour=1 cup wheat flour)

    He dearly loves peanut butter, so I’m sure he’ll enjoy these.

  2. I have a Catahoula Leopard mix dog. She is an awesome pet. I love her. I buy tons of dog treats. I guess I should make her some home made treats. We love to go to the dog park and hang out with our two and four legged friends. Thanks for the recipe. I would like to show pictures, but I don’t know how.

  3. Christy, Bill and all of SouthernPlate folks: I’ve had my adopted dog, Ram since 7/2002. He was adopted from the animal shelter. He is truly a joy to be around. He has been limping for the past 2 months. We thought he sprained his leg in the back yard running. Well yesterday I took him to the vet and he has Osteosarcoma of the right front leg. I’m devistated. I don’t know how I will be able to function without him. He is my joy, besides my kids.

    Please all remember me and him in your prayers. We are only doing comfort measures due to $ and if you do amputation, it will still metastasize and spread to the lungs, without a miracle from God. I cannot say how much I will miss him. I have cried for the past 29 hours. Please all remember us!


    1. Sherrie,

      I will remember Ram in my prayers and you too. I remember reading the Reverend Billy Grahams newspaper column many years ago.

      A lady told him that her beloved dog had recently passed away and she asked Dr Graham if he thought her dog would be in heaven. He replied “Whatever it takes for God to make us happy in heaven, we will have” He told her that he believed her precious dog would be there waiting on her.”

      I hope Ram can pull through but if that is not the case my dear sister. Ram will be there in Heaven when you get there. He won’t have a worry in the world and he will be healthy and whole.

      Bless you for making a difference in HIS life and giving him love like no one else could. The Lord be with you and comfort you.

      Love, Bill

  4. Most wonderful recipe…. I’m eager to try it for our new “guy”… Bucky the rescue Border Collie… he’s an “old guy” 8 years old, and not likely to have been adopted – but he’s our forever dog and we’re spoiling him the best we can… these will help! Thanks, Bill!!

  5. Thanks for the wonderful simple recipe.. most are very complicated and have ingredients I have never heard of…. Right now I only have 6 dogs, although my daughter lives behind me and she has 4.. so I think that makes a yard full…. they eat better than we do most of the time….

    And Bill theres not enough dogs in the USA to make up for all my bad relationships… and if you can fix a riding lawn mower.. I will marry you on the spot.. mine seems to hate me right now, and my neighbor is not happy about having to fix it and be neigborly although I offered to make him a pie. haha..

    hugs jo in Sapulpa OK

    1. Joann,

      lol, I can usually figure out a motor thats broke as long as there is no computer on it.. might take me awhile though lol. As far as the relationships, I hear ya. I feel so sorry for Tiger Woods wife. As David Letterman said, “Whats a beautiful woman with 500 million bucks gonna do to find a man?” lol.

  6. I’m sorta new to this blog…I’ve been reading and following for several months but I’ve never posted a comment until now…so HEY YA’LL! : ) <3 this blog!!!
    My husband and I have a Chihuahua/Beagle mix that we rescued from the local Friends for Animals shelter a little over 3 years ago. Tatum is my baby and my bodyguard. No one can come near me without his permission. We also have a 1 year old cat named Colby. They are the best of friends! Also, my parents just got a 10 wk old Lhasa-Poo last week and my sister has 2 basset hounds, a yorkie and 4 red tick coon hounds, so with all those doggies in my family I'm thinking these treats might make me the best mommy/sister/aunt in the world! : ) Wonder what I can give Colby so he won't feel left out?
    Thanks for the recipe Bill and Christy, thanks for the site…it's great…I can't wait to get a copy of your cookbook!
    Holly C.
    Foothills of NC

    1. Holly,

      Hmmm.. on the cat treats.. They are carnivores so any treat made with meat will work. They love “smelly” so liver would be good. MAybe we need to come up with one made of tuna..

  7. Thanks for the great recipe! If it involves peanut butter my dogs will eat it! This will be great to mak and cut in small bits to put in my dogs’ kongs when we got out.

    Not a whole lot of large dogs listed here so I just had to tell you about mine – Our current oldest at 3 years is Samson a half Ridgeback/half Mastiff 165 pound big baby. The other two we have are a 1 1/2 year old brother and sister that are German Wire/ Black & Tan Coonhound cross. We got the sister as a pup from the local shelter. 8 months later the brother ended up back at the shelter so we adopted him as well. They make my life very interesting and entertaining!

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