How Crazy Is Cooking for Your Dog?

April Peveteaux

dog cookbook crazy
Mmmm, meatballs
It's true some people treat their dogs like children, so I'm not sure why I was so surprised when I saw this feature on Chow about cookbooks for dogs being hot sellers at Amazon. I suppose I thought it was just those very lonely, fringy people who fired up the grill for Spot and didn't warrant an entire cookbook section.

People like the lonely UES lady who was fostering my dog when I got her from the rescue organization, who was serving up fresh cooked chicken breast to my soon-to-be new family member. Which I can assure you ended as soon as my dog moved to my house. Since she didn't have any special dietary needs, I wasn't going to cook (or spend) as if she did.

Also, she's a dog.

Honestly, I'm not trying to start another dog vs. babies war, but are you kidding me with this?

Of course, if you only have dogs and no kids, I can see how this could be fun. Kind of. But I draw the line at this recipe for meatballs from Real Food for Dogs: 50 Vet-Approved Recipes to Please the Canine Gastronome.

  • 1 pound ground beef (or ground sirloin)
  • 2/3 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 carrot, finely chopped or grated
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 eggs, whisked
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste (low sodium)
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Combine all ingredients in a medium-size bowl.
  • Scoop out by the spoonful and roll into minisize meatballs.
  • Place the meatballs on a cookie sheet sprayed with nonfat cooking spray.
  • Bake for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Cool and store in the refrigerator in a container with a lid.

These meatballs for Fido are more effort than I make for my family on a school night. The only time my dog gets any real meatballs is when my kids drop them on the floor. And thank you for that, doggie, it helps with post-dinner clean-up time.

I just cannot imagine who has time to do this for their dogs? Who are these people?

Is it you?


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