Spanky and I spent the afternoon yesterday at the Fidos For
Freedom Open House. Spanky arrived on the scene, exuberant and straining on his leash, as this building is also where he has been participating in Nosework class lately. He would not stop for petting until he completed a full building sweep and determined it to be free of “hides.” As if a mastiff isn’t distracting enough, he then made a show of rolling on his back and being generally disruptive during the service and hearing dog skills demonstrations (“Nobody puts Baby in the corner.”)
Despite his less than model behavior, he still managed to meet a number of new people and was rewarded for his “efforts” with 4 packs of homemade doggy cookies. We independently reviewed these cookies based on taste, drooliness (this was considered a PLUS on the doggy scale, a MINUS on the human scale), and interest in a 2nd serving.
First up, was a doggy cookie labeled “Tuna Melts.” Spanky is especially discerning when it comes to being introduced to new treats and he took a few seconds to sniff it before taking it from my hand. He then proceeded to savor it: holding it in his mouth and drooling for another 3-5 seconds, before deciding to chew it. He seemed to really enjoy this treat and quickly returned for another. For my part, this cookie smelled and tasted fishy, but had a pleasing consistency. While I am a fan of tuna, it didn’t appeal to my human sensibilities. This cookie gets 5 paws from Spanky and 2 feet from me.
Next up was an cute spongy ball. Spanky took it right away, chewed it up and came back for more! To the credit of this little ball, there was a minimum of drooling, because of the moist, soft consistency. I was also happily surprised to find that this little ball was sweet and quite tasty. I would actually eat this as a human treat. This cookie gets 5 paws from Spanky and 5 feet from me.
Third to the table was a small cookie that reminded me of a gingersnap. Spanky seemed to have gotten the hang of this “game” by now, and was eagerly looking forward to his next treat. I offered him this little star and he snatched it up and swallowed it whole. I didn’t have enough data to provide a score, so I went ahead and gave him a 2nd cookie. He repeated the same, and came back for more. Personally, I liked the soft, but firm consistency. It was a bit bland for my tastes, but based on Spanky’s behavior, I must assume he liked it. Also, given how quickly he devoured it, it was only minimally drool-producing. Therefore, this cookie gets 5 paws from Spanky and 4 feet from me.
Last, but not least was a more traditional looking doggy cookie in the shape of what I think was a bear. Spanky’s enthusiasm for the Cookie Review had certainly not waned and he was literally bouncing with excitement, awaiting the next item on the menu. He quickly took this cookie from my hand and proceed to chew and drool excessively. Given the larger size of this cookie, pieces also fell from his mouth, providing Spanky with an extended gastronomic experience. To the human palate, this cookie seemed more like a cracker. I could perhaps see eating it with a bowl of soup, but not as a stand alone. It was also the messiest of all the cookies, which impacted its human rating considerably. This treat received 5 paws from Spanky and 2 feet from me.