There is one member of the Big Flavors family that is just not discussed enough around here. She’s made an appearance on the Hot Dog Taste Test Championship and on the About the Big Flavors page, so you know she’s super cute. But, I can’t believe it’s taken almost a year to share with you the details on the very best dog in existence (at least in my very biased opinion) – Izzy.
Talk about sass. This dog is full of it, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. (Maybe it’s partially my fault, but) Izzy believes everyone should be all about Izzy. And, she’s lucky, because there aren’t too many people who meet her that don’t fall right in love with her. See, Izzy thinks she’s a person (and partially a cat, too). She could really care less about other dogs, but when she sets her sight on a person, she runs right over, hoping that they will dote all over her . It usually works, she’s pretty smart about her approach.
She seemingly has two different personalities – I reference them as the long-haired version and short-haired version. As soon as this dog comes back from the groomer sporting her summer ‘do, I swear she becomes a young, spry kid, jumping and running all over the place. Then, when she’s got the winter look, wearing hoodies and performance fleeces, she turns into this wise, old woman who looks at you like she knows more than you. She’s much more calm, I’m assuming it’s all of that fur weighing her down.
Either way, long-haired or short-haired, a dog has to eat! And, like all dogs, Izzy is big on food. Treats, wet food, dry food, people food… she loves it all. As a matter of fact, she’s a huge fan of carrots, apples, yogurt, chicken and rice. Healthy, I know. That’s why I couldn’t help but to whip up a batch of these dog poochidatis. Get it? Like the Italian cookie, cucidatis? Except these are for dogs, thus they’re “pooch”idatis. These cookies are full of shredded carrot and apple and use whole wheat and ground oats as the flour base.
With a little egg to bind the dough and some water to moisten it, these treats are pretty healthy and Izzy loved them. And, they don’t contain any of those chemical fillers like you’ll see in most dog treat ingredient lists. I wanted to incorporate yogurt, because she loves it so much, so I ended up molding some paw prints into each cookie and filling them with some thinned-out greek yogurt. Of course, this step is optional. You may not want to fill the paw prints if you don’t want to deal with a potential mess or if your dog just doesn’t like yogurt. However, I just feed the poochidatis to Izzy on the kitchen tile floor. She’s a fairly pristine eater, and licks all the yogurt off first before munching on the actual cookie.
This recipe will make a bunch of cookies, so if you only have one dog, I would recommend freezing half of the dough for future use. Also, note that I have provided two methods of storage in the recipe below. If you are using the yogurt, you’ll want to store these biscuits in the fridge. They do get a bit softer as they sit in the fridge, but they’re just as tasty. At least Izzy thinks so!
**Disclaimer: Please note, I am not an expert on pet food and/or nutrition, nor do I claim to be. My dog likes apples, carrots, and yogurt, and to date, I have not read that these foods may be harmful. However, I Google articles for research, just like you probably do. So, like all human food presented on this site, feed these biscuits to your dog(s) at your own risk.