One night, in the wee hours of the morning, we heard a stir from the laundry room. Not unusual, our dog is a nocturnal eater, and favors his dinner around 2 or 3 am. We quickly found out that it wasn’t our dog that was stirring about. In a moment, my dog, sleeping on the bedroom floor, sprang up, ran to the laundry room, and began violently barking, claws scraping at the travertine floors as he grasped for traction while barking instructions that the intruder exit the premises immediately. Alex cautiously followed Wiley to the laundry room turning on all the lights as he went, but found no one in the laundry room. We started to investigate. A paw print reflection on the travertine floors, along with a trail of dog food to the doggie door, gave away the culprit. A bandit had broken in to steal the dog food. We caught him, red handed, in the backyard… well when I say caught I mean we saw him. For a second. What kind of bandit would do this, you ask? The masked kind. Yes, a raccoon had entered through the doggie door and gotten to the goods before my nocturnal eater could eat his dinner. When raccoons discover something like this they come back night after night. For the next month, we tried various means to “untrain” the bandit from entering the house, which ultimately resulted in the doggie door being out of commission for a long, long, time. With our dog under house arrest, depression ensued. It was only alleviated by the occasional treat or walk. Eventually, the bandit found another home to visit. I suspect another neighbor might have a similar story.
Here’s Wiley’s latest treat, which I wish I had back then.
Spent Grain Dog Treats
My husbands brewing habit produces lots of spent grain. He freezes it, and I found a new use for them. Lucky Dog!
- 4 c spent grain (*)
- 3 c flour
- 1 banana
- 1 c peanut butter
- 2 eggs
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large food processor, combine all ingredients. The mixture will be very sticky. On two lined baking sheets, split the mix between the two. Sprinkle lightly with flour, and cover with a long sheet of plastic wrap. Using a rolling pin, roll the mix into a large rectangle about 1/2 inch thick. Remove the plastic and repeat on the second tray. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Then reduce the heat to 225 and bake for an additional 2 hours until they are hard. Cut into squares.
(*) Can substitute oats or cooked barley