Doggy Approved Puréed Bone Treat

Before I start this post, let me point out that I am neither a vet nor a dog nutritionist, if that’s a thing, which it likely is because where I live, we have not one but two dog ophthalmologists (that I know of).

I don’t have a dog. I had hoped my cat Bootsy might eat this but doubted he would (I was right) so I didn’t take many pics of the process. You don’t need many instructions though.

When I make my daughter chicken, I store the bones in my freezer in jars. After I have amassed enough of them, I take them out and make bone broth. I wrote a post on that here. The basic steps are:

  • Place bones in a slow cooker
  • Cover with water
  • Add a tablespoon or so of vinegar
  • Cook on low for 24 hours
  • Strain out the bones

I had been composting the clean bones but for this last batch, after they had cooked nearly a day, I cut off the ends of the bones with my kitchen scissors—they get that soft—to expose the marrow. I then let the bones simmer several hours longer. At that point, I could squish the bones between my thumb and forefinger.

I strained the broth, puréed the bones, added back a tiny bit of broth to thin out the purée and tried to ply Bootsy with this homemade delicacy.

puréed chicken bones
Puréed chicken bones

I failed to impress.

tuxedo cat
You want what from me?

But then I happened to run into my friend Victoria and her dog, Sasha!

Can I get this coat in human-size?

This dog has a better wardrobe and hair than I do… Maybe she’d be too highfalutin for my humble peasant dog treat.

I gave her a tiny bit…

miniature schnauzer
She likes it!

She ran to me and gobbled it up!

I gave her a little bit more—not too much though. I didn’t want her to gorge herself and besides, she watches what she eats.

OMG I love this little dog. She can come over any time for my bone purée.

miniature schnauzer
Please ma’am, I want some more

13 Replies to “Doggy Approved Puréed Bone Treat”

  1. I love that Sasha eats off a Fiesta Ware plate! Love that!

    1. The Zero-Waste Chef says: Reply

      She has eclectic tastes 😉

    2. Michelle Snarr says: Reply

      Me too!

  2. Sasha! Reminds me of my deceased Schnauzer-mix, Chops. Personality plus, and so cute! Thanks for your articles, tips, and e-mails, I really enjoy them, as well as your good-natured sense of humor. Happy Holidays!

    1. The Zero-Waste Chef says: Reply

      Hi Jane, Sorry I’m so slow at responding your comment on here…I just noticed the comments now! I just love this little dog. Schnauzer’s are SO cute. And she’s so well behaved. I’m sorry about your Chops. I’ll be heartbroken when my little Bootsy dies. Happy New Year 🙂 ~ Anne Marie

  3. We have same issue. Our dog loves the scrunched up stock bones while the cat looks at us as if we had deliberately offended her. She’s more likely to eat it if we mix some pumpkin in it because she’s weird like that…

    1. The Zero-Waste Chef says: Reply

      I was so disappointed with by my cat’s reaction. I thought I had made a wonderful treat for him. I have some pumpkin purée in the freezer. I’ll add some of that to it next time. Thanks for the great idea. I hope Bootsy likes it.

  4. What a great idea for a dog in SMALL amounts. Anytime my dogs (two big floofers) have had a bone, well, I need to be around for regular walks. But maybe a little mixed with some pb in a kong would be such a nice treat. Such a good idea!

    1. The Zero-Waste Chef says: Reply

      Thank you Jeanne! Yes, I have been giving Sasha small amounts only when she visits. It has agreed with her. She would probably love it with peanut butter too. ~ Anne Marie

  5. I’ve been reading your blog for a couple of months now and I love it! This has nothing to do with bone purée ( genius by the way!) but I’m curious how you handle your litter box situation? My husband just brought home a cat (while I was out of town, he was bored apparently) and I’m trying to figure out zero/low waste cat care. I haven’t had a cat since I was 8 years old and when we did have one it was dump the cat waste in a plastic bag and throw it away. Just curious what you do.

    1. The Zero-Waste Chef says: Reply

      Hi Bethany. My cat was almost feral when I adopted him. He had a home but he wan’t allowed in it and lived outside. So he still goes outside. Someone on Instagram (or maybe it was Facebook) told me they bought a bokashi bucket and can put cat poop and certain types of litter in there. I found a post about it here: I haven’t tried this myself and had heard of composting dog poop but thought cat poop was a no-no. I hope this helps. Enjoy your new kitty =^..^= Anne Marie

  6. Michelle Snarr says: Reply

    Cole, who is keenly interested in nutrition b/c he is super fit, was just days ago extolling the virtues of bone broth. So that’s pretty cool to find a post on your blog about it.

    1. The Zero-Waste Chef says: Reply

      I made potato leek soup last night with the broth I made from these bones. It was delicious!

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