A Tiger makes dog treats

Tiger with the pre-cooked dog treats

Tiger with the pre-cooked dog treats

Before you think I’ve improved leaps and bounds from my usual heffalump and woozle creations, I’m afraid I can’t take credit for the face painting.  Ellen’s new carer has set the bar impossibly high and won Ellen over for life by turning her into a real live tiger.  As you can imagine, she came back from her trip to the zoo very happy and completely in her tiger persona having had great fun apparently stalking people in the zoo cafe.

Luckily the tiger was happy to oblige the human by helping to make some dog treats for the hungry canines in the house.  Attempting to train a puppy requires a lot of treat-persuasion and so with stock running low, this seemed like the perfect task for an afternoon with a tiger.

There are a lot of great dog-treat recipies on the internet, but I particularly liked this one for Gluten Free treats on Jamie Shanks’ blog http://www.bdws.co.uk/2013/10/13/gluten-free-dog-treats/ as it had close up pictures of each stage of the combining and cooking process, thus saving me a lot of work!  The activity probably took about twice as long as it would have normally as Ellen kept stopping to admire her face in the mirrored surface of the microwave, however despite this slight delay, the tiger turned out to be a brilliant dog treat cook and as you can see the dogs approved of the end result.

Phoebe and Brian enjoying the fruits of our labours!

Phoebe and Brian enjoying the fruits of our labours!

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