I recently read a review of George and Diggety by Maggie Stern at Almost Unschoolers. I knew my kids would relate to the short chapter book featuring a family and their dog, and I was certain that our Bernese Mountain Dog would be thrilled to try the recipe for homemade dog biscuits at the end of the book.
The book was a big hit. C (7) and R (5) thought Diggety (the family dog in the book) was a little like our dog. They especially liked the chapter about Diggety going sledding with the family. The last chapter in the book is about the dog's birthday and homemade dog biscuits; the biscuits taste so good that everyone eats all of them before Diggety gets to try one.
We usually make homemade biscuits for our dog's birthday every year, but when it passed in November, we were busy with a newborn and the biscuits didn't get made. This recipe is simple enough that we decided to try it for a belated birthday treat. The recipe can make dog biscuits and people crackers, but the only person in the house who would even try them is R. Something about the fact that they are supposed to be dog biscuits is hard to ignore.