Dog Treats inspired by An Echo in the Bone

Rachel Hunter's Dog Treats for Rollo

The pandemonium grew worse.  There were bangs from two or three pistols, and Rollo dropped writhing to the ground with a yelp.  Colonel Martin jerked back, cursing and clutching his injured wrist, and Jamie drew back and punched him in the belly.  Ian was already rushing toward Rollo; Jamie grabbed the dog by two legs, and, between them, they made off into the darkness, followed my Rachel and me.

We made it to the edge of the wood, heaving and gasping, and I fell at once to my knees beside Rollo, feeling frantically over the huge shaggy body, hunting for the wound, for damage.

"He's not dead," I panted.  "Shoulder...broken."

"Oh, God," Ian said, and I felt him turn to glance in the direction from which pursuit was surely headed.  "Oh, Jesus." I heard the tears in his voice, and he reached to his belt for his knife. 

"What are you doing?"  I exclaimed.  "He can be healed!"

"They'll kill him," he said, savage.  "If I'm no there to stop them, they'll kill him!  Better I do it."

"I --" Jamie began, but Rachel Hunter forestalled him, falling to her knees and grabbing Rollo by the scruff.

"I'll mind thy dog for thee," she said, breathless but certain. "Run!"

He took one last despairing look at her, then at Rollo.  And he ran.

An Echo in the Bone, Chap 68

OK -- Koda's no Rollo -- at 25lbs, he probably doesn't have a lot of wolf in him.  But he could pass for a red fox, especially chasing birds through the tall grass in the early morning.  And while I didn't win him at dice, he did come into our lives fully grown after a well-timed trip to the SPCA.  He's smart as a whip, a bit of an independent wanderer and, I think you'll agree, a handsome beast, no?

As for Rachel and Rollo, they spent the fall, winter and some of the next spring holed up together waiting for Ian to return.  That means that they spent Christmas together.  And just because, as a Quaker, Rachel most likely didn't observe December 25th as anything other than a regular day, that doesn't mean that I can't use this scene as a tenuous segue to suggest these healthy snacks as a holiday treat for the Rollo in YOUR life.


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05 Dec 2011 - 3:28pm

The Mom Chef …

How cool is this! If we still had a dog, I'd definitely make these. nnDon't know if you've hit this piece of trivia, but since I live a block from Bethania, North Carolina, I can pass it along in this forum. The hush puppy got it's name because the slaves would make the morsels of bread to take with them on their walk from the big house to their quarters. As they made their way home, the dogs would bark so they'd throw them the fried dough pieces and say, "hush puppy." nnSo yes, I do believe that they gave their dogs treats. And these look awesome.

05 Dec 2011 - 3:39pm


Koda's a very beautiful dog! Definitely deserving of treats.


Thanks very much, JustHeather...not that I had anything to do with his good looks!

07 Dec 2011 - 3:56pm


Ooh, this one's a great idea! I'll send my sister the link :-)nToo bad there are no treats for Adso... (I've got cats)


Poor ol' Adso! I'll have to come up with something for the cats next year...unless there is an International Cat Day before then? ;)

09 Dec 2011 - 7:49pm

Jan Langlois

I don't have a smoker nor a dehydrator. Can these be dried on the oven at 150* ?


Jan, great question -- and one I should have addressed in the post! You can absolutely dry them in the oven at 150 F. If you stick the handle of a wooden spoon in the door as you close it, the resulting air flow will probably help them dry more efficiently...

29 Feb 2012 - 3:41pm


Ok, first, I LOVE that these are sweet potatoes- rawhide tends to upset many dogs' tummies. Second, I LOVE that you included alternate directions for those of us with no smoker/dehydrator- My Suzie Q. will love these! Thank you for this recipe!


My pleasure, Jenn! They're very easy to make in the oven too...

08 Sep 2014 - 7:31pm


I just friended u a week ago and I have enjoyed it! A nice little lift to my day. I have just finished Drums of Autumn.

08 Dec 2015 - 3:26pm


I'm sending out Christmas cookies this year, and wanted to include these for some friends that have furbabies.. do you know how long they last outside of the fridge? I'm thinking it'll take about 3 or 4 days for them to reach their destination, but don't want them to go bad. Thanks!


3 or 4 days will be fine, Corissa. Happy baking!

24 Oct 2014 - 3:10pm

Anna Lapping

Oh, I WILL be making these! My 5 dogs will love them. Your Koda is beautiful, and his face reminds me of my Husky/Shepherd mix, also a rescue dog, named Hoosier. The others are 2 Viszlas, 1 lab mix and a Jack Russell mix. All rescues.

13 May 2015 - 1:53pm

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15 May 2015 - 7:16pm


Just finished making these for the 1st time, my 2 Labs are thoroughly enjoying the treats! They keep asking for more... This is such a lovely healthy idea. Most treats are high in fat/sodium and all kinds of other preservatives. It also doesn't take too much effort for something that, as you say, will last quite a while in the fridge. Thanks for this great idea!

23 Sep 2015 - 5:47pm

Linda Baird

I am always looking for natural treats for our dogs. This is right on target!! I also do something similar with liver slices. Thank you for keeping salt and other preservatives off.

30 Sep 2015 - 12:23am

Anna Lapping

I did make these, and the dogs loved them. I left off the chicken and just did the sweet potatoes because I cook chicken and rice for them every week, they still loved them. I did them in my food dehydrator.

30 Sep 2015 - 8:42am

Deb Williams

These are soo good. Even though we don't have our dogs anymore - they've both died and gone to doggy heaven. But I will make tbese in any case as Christmas gifts for all our doggy and kitty friends.

22 Mar 2016 - 5:15pm

Renee Koenitzer

Cats will eat canned pumpkin (without sugar added, of course), so perhaps you might have an idea for a treat along those lines. International Cat Day is August 8th, by the way ;^)

29 Mar 2016 - 10:35pm

Diane Aimi

I have made these for my dog and he loves them, but mine do not look like yours. My potato's are not firm and they are more like either crunchy toothpicks or mushy Please advise on how you make yours look so good. Thanks for all your help

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