As many of our followers and supporters know, we had to say goodbye to our Labrador, Millie on 18th September 2015. She was nearly 13 and we had 12 years, 10 months and 4 days (bar 8 weeks) of joy in our lives. We are thankful she did not suffer any prolonged illness but are, quite frankly, angry we did not have more time to prepare for her going.
I have no doubt I am preaching to the converted, but having a dog in your life is the most amazing thing and it is only when they are not there that you realise how much they add to our lives.
I miss having a face appear from around the corner every time the fridge or a cupboard in the kitchen was opened. I miss the tap, tap, tap at the back door when she wanted to have the door opened – and with Millie it was just to have the back door open, even in winter! I even miss the snoring emanating from the sofa, which was always at its loudest whilst I was trying to watch a specific programme on the TV. The post arrives without there being barking at the door – and how did she always have the knack of knowing when I was in the middle of an important work call? It was always then she would bark louder and for longer! There is one large Labrador sized hole in our home.
But Millie would not want it to be anything other than business as usual and therefore I have done what she would have wanted – I have baked.
The latest recipe to bake is a simple liver bake. –Millie had been put in contact with someone who was looking for ideas for treats to give a hound who had lost all their teeth. They were after something softer that they could gum. Millie thought a liver bake could be ideal as it could be cut to an appropriate size and is squidgy –
I hope you will forgive the usual photos of the bake in the making. My mind was completely absorbed elsewhere I’m afraid. However, I hope that Millie’s friends at FFH will take some photos of their charges with them instead.
Millie decreed that every dog should be given extra treats on the day that she died, and what better way to mark her life than to ensure that those less fortunate than herself should benefit from that?
To make them you will need:
- 400g liver – chicken, lamb, pig
- 400g self-raising flour
- 3 eggs
Place the liver in a liquidiser and blend to a liquid
Crack the eggs into a jug. Add the same amount of water.
Place in the liquidiser and blend again.
Add the liver-liquid to the flour and mix thoroughly (always add the liquid to the flour)
Pour the mixture into a greased deep sided baking tray or cake pan. If you want to use baking parchment to line the tin, then that’s fine.
Bake at 180 degrees centigrade (fan oven) for 35-45 minutes (or until a skewer comes out clean).
Leave to cool. Turn out of the tin and cut into appropriately sized pieces.
WARNING: The baking smell can be a bit grim. To get rid of any odours after baking, add some vanilla essence to some water in an oven proof dish and place in the oven for 20 minutes.
It is best to keep these treats in the fridge to ensure that they last longer. You can also freeze them.
Please can you have a go at this recipe in honour of Millie, and tweet us some photos of your dog enjoying the efforts of your baking…. #milliemakes
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