Tuesday, 10 November 2015

{RECIPE} Rosemary Biscuits + Remembrance Dogs


While many people are aware of the role horses have played in military service, dogs (and cats, birds, and other creatures) have also been heroic support animals throughout history, including the World Wars, providing companionship, service, support, and security for troops and their supplies.  In recent years, the role of trained detection dogs (and therapy dogs for those in need upon return) has received some very well-deserved attention, but the story is much bigger. Other duties for trained service dogs over the years have included working as guard dogs, sentry dogs (leashed patrol), scout dogs (foot patrol for enemy evasion), casualty dogs (carrying medical supplies to wounded on the battlefield), equipment carriers (general supplies, wire/cable runners, and more), and messengers (canine runners delivering messages). Tig would like me to note that cats have also been very handy helpers, providing not only comfort but important service keeping vermin away from food supplies and sensitive equipment.

If you are an animal lover and/or a history buff, I encourage you to explore their stories (online, books, magazines or your local war/military museum). I did some research in this area as part of a university project and its truly fascinating (sometimes heartwarming, sometimes heartbreaking) stuff. If you have a related story/link that you think I and/or our readers might find interesting, we'd love to hear about it in the comments.

This week's Wednesday recipe post (served up with a dash of traditional rosemary for remembrance) is being shared a day early due to Remembrance Day (Armistice Day) tomorrow. For all those affected by wars, past and present, military and civilian, human or animal,  lest we forget.

Cheesy Rosemary Dog Biscuits (Small Batch)

1 egg
1/2 cup cornflour (not cornstarch)
1 tsp ground flaxseed (optional)
1 sprig of fresh rosemary, leaves only, chopped (approximately 1 tbsp equivalent)
A sprinkle of grated cheese  

Preheat oven to 180C. Mix egg, cornflour, and flaxseed thoroughly (adjust consistency with a little extra flour or water if needed) into a firm dough. Hand mix the rosemary and cheese through the dough to combine. Roll into small bite-sized balls, place on a prepared baking sheet, and flatten gently.  Bake for approximately 15 minutes.  Cool before serving and storage.

Tips and Tricks:
  • Rosemary is a healthy herb for dogs (check out Modern Dog for more).  My dogs love the smell and seem pretty keen on the taste too.  Make sure that you chop to a suitable size for your pet.
  • You can substitute another flour if you wish to boost the health properties of these treats or if your dog is corn-sensitive. The cornflour (i.e.finely ground cornmeal flour) in this recipe is a nod to human savory corn biscuits and gives these treats their golden colour. 
  • These treats can be frozen if you would like to freeze extras or make a large batch for later.
  • The treats can be broken for smaller dogs, or made smaller - just keep an eye on your cooking time, as the smaller the cookie the shorter the baking time.

Hungry for more tasty treats?  See all of our recipes here. Remember, treats are for spoiling your pup in moderation. Some dogs have special dietary requirements and/or food allergies/intolerances. If you are ever in doubt, have a chat with your vet. 



Happy Diwali!  For all of the folks out there celebrating Diwal, we wish you a wonderful celebration and hope that your pets are all receiving fabulous treats. Take care with candles around your pets and, as always, if there are fireworks in your area, make sure that your pets are safe and secure.  

2 comments:

  1. Dogs are so awesome. I never heard of the special jobs from the war like running with supplies and messages before. I would love to learn some more and see some photos if you can. Thanks!

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    1. Happy to help if we can! Reply or message if we can be of help with finding something specific and we'll do our best to send you the link or reference. For general ideas:

      Nat Geo's June 2014 edition (Hero dog Layka on the cover) The Dogs of War is a great read on the modern subject if you can find a copy (try your local library - they often have print magazines as well as the digital editions available). The photographs are great, as is the article itself.

      If you are keen on older history or something more specific, a quick internet search (include a country and/or specific conflict if you wish) will give you tons of interesting articles, posts, etc (many of which have great old photos!) and links for more in-depth publications and books if you are keen o learn more. You can also try a/your national war museum and search for dogs as a keyword (or visit in person if nearby). Some even have a great online image archive that you can freely access for personal use. There may also be a service dog association in your country /area that you can access online or visit locally - there are even some physical war memorials dedicated to service animals - maybe even one near you.

      If you need a hand finding something, let us know!

      P.S. If you keep an eye on major dog/pet websites and their social media over Remembrance Day, you are also likely to see them share some posts on hero dogs to mark the occasion.

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