Many of you know by now that I’m getting ready to release a new book. While it isn’t the second in the Ivy MacTavish series (I’m working on it), it is another young adult series. Once it comes back from my fabulous editor and proofreader, I’ll be spending some time promoting it while I write the sequel to The Book of Lost Souls. No, my editor is not Ronan, although he does seem to be enjoying the manuscript, doesn’t he?
It seems strange that Ivy and all her friends will have to take second in the promotion department. So, I thought it would be nice to give them the spotlight treatment on the blog before y’all start seeing posts about the new book. So, over the next couple of weeks, you’ll see some character-centric posts.
Today’s post is Devlin’s Delicacies. Ronan, pictured in the photo above, is the real-life inspiration for Ivy’s pet dog, a Beezlepup named Devlin. Ronan is quite a bit like Devlin. Although he doesn’t breath fire, he did get the hiccups as a pup, he does pee on all sorts of things including my rose bushes, and he has an insane fetish for anything that squeaks. We won’t go there about what he’s really hacked up on the living room carpet.
Unlike his fictional counterpart, Ronan doesn’t care for sweets. Except JellyBelly jellybeans. See, Ronan is weird. He doesn’t care for food. Well, unless it’s meat. Plain meat. He’s the most fickle dog I’ve ever known and it drives me to drink. This past weekend I decided to try baking some treats with a dehydrated dog food. It was a real experiment, but in the end, it worked. Ronan actually likes them. Tasha scarfs them up in typical Tasha fashion. In case you’d like to bake your own Devlin’s Delicacies, here’s the recipe.
1 cup Honest Kitchen dehydrated dog food
1 cup warm filtered water
1/4 cup unseasoned ground, cooked chicken (I ran cooked chicken breasts through the food processor)
1/4 cup cheddar cheese
1 tsp honey
3 tbls yogurt (for those probiotics to keep your own Beezlepup’s tummy happy)
1 tbl parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 350.
In large mixing bowl, combine dehydrated dog food and water. Add in remainder of ingredients and beat with mixer. Spoon onto baking sheets in half-tsp drops. Flatten drops. Bake for 22 minutes. Let cool on pan. Store in refrigerator for up to six days. Unused or extra portions can be kept in freezer, separating each layer with wax paper, for up to two weeks.
You can add other goodies like blueberries, pumpkin, or cranberries. Never add chocolate or raisins as these are dangerous for your dog.