A very active group of Boquete residents, headed up by Ruby McKenzie, began the “Amigos de Animales Foundation” several years ago.  Their mission is to provide spay and neuter services to dogs and cats in the Boquete area.  Each year they set up several clinics, as well as providing immunizations and promoting the general welfare of animals.

Since it’s inception, Amigos de Animales provided services to over 2,000 dogs and cats.  Over 100 volunteers gave their time in this effort and they are raising funds to continue their efforts.

The Amigos de Animales Foundation printed 2010 calendars this year for the first time.  They are available for $7.00 at several locations in Boquete, as well as the Tuesday Morning Meeting.  This is a sample page of the calendar showing Cozy, Rico and Mocha, rescued by Dave and Erin Ross.  David and I designed and painted the wheelbarrow for the Bid 4 Boquete Charity Auction last year.  For more information, go to www.fadab.org and www.bid4boquete.com.

As a salute to this very worthwhile effort, I tried to find just the right gourmet treats to make for the next Spay and Neuter Clinic, scheduled for January 31, 2010.   I found the perfect place to find recipes for gourmet dog treats, www.gourmetsleuth.com.  The Gourmet Sleuth has several such recipes and I selected the most delicious-sounding dog treat recipe I could find.   I hope your dog will enjoy these yummy snacks.Dog_Bone_Cookie_Cutters_1

Gourmet Doggy Biscuits
Homemade dog treats are fun to make and healthier than many of the store-bought versions.I N G R E D I E N T S
1 cup rolled oats (such as Quaker)
1/3 cup margarine
1 cup Boiling water
3/4 cup cornmeal
1 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons chicken or beef flavored instant bouillon
1/2 cup milk
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 egg, beaten
2 - 3 cups whole wheat flour.

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.
Grease cookie sheets.

In large bowl, combine rolled oats, margarine and boiling water; let stand 10 minutes. Stir in cornmeal, sugar, bouillon, milk, cheese and egg; mix well. Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup; level off. Add flour 1 cup at a time, mixing well after each addition to form a stiff dough.

On floured surface, knead in remaining flour until dough is smooth and no longer sticky, 3 to 4 minutes. Roll or pat out dough to 1/2 inch thickness, cut with bone shaped cookie cutter. Place 1 inch apart on greased cookie sheets. Bake at 325 degrees for 35 to 45 minutes on until golden brown. Cool completely. Store loosely covered. Makes 3 1/2 dozen large dog biscuits or 8 dozen small dog biscuits.  Your lucky dog will love these “Gourmet Cheese Biscuits” from the Gourmet Sleuth.