Recipes with a “Canine” Flair

To start, everything’s better with bacon, right? Hot dogs are no exception. 

Wrap each hot dog in a strip of bacon, secure both ends with toothpicks, and grill—
rotating for even cooking— until the bacon is crisp and cooked and the hot dog is heated through.


Or, as Texans might say… chili!


  • 2 medium onions, finely chopped
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2-2/3 tsp chili powder
  • 1-1/3 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2/3 tsp cloves
  • 2-2/3 tsp ground cumin
  • 2/3 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1-3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 tsp cayenne pepper

In a four- or five-quart pan, cook onions in a little oil until tender.  Add ground beef and brown.  Add 1-1/2 quarts water and simmer for one hour.  Add remaining ingredients.  Cook 30 mins.  Thicken with cornstarch or flour to desired consistency. Note: Mix cornstarch or flour with cool water to a paste.

Sauce can be frozen in an ice cube tray. One cube is enough for one hot dog.  After frozen, take out of tray and store cubes in freezer bag.

…and from the bar…

Devil Dog

  • 3 oz. Jose Cuervo® gold tequila
  • 5 oz. unsweetened grapefruit juice

Dirty Dog

  • 1 oz. Hennessy® cognac
  • 1.5 oz. vodka
  • 5 oz. chilled orange juice
  • 1 oz. chilled cranberry juice

Fuzzy Dog

  • 1 shot peach schnapps
  • 1 shot amaretto almond liqueur
  • 1 shot coconut rum
  • Orange juice
  • Pour each shot over ice, fill glass with orange juice.


Because your best friend enjoys a little chilled snack in the summer time too. These ingredients are healthy for dogs and can be shared with your human friends and family too. 


  • 4 bananas
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 4 plastic mini cups (plastic or paper) 
  • Peel, slice, and freeze bananas. 
  • Put frozen banana slices in a food processor and blend. Scrape sides to get rid of lumps; mixture will be thick.  Continue blending until it reaches the consistency of soft serve ice cream.
  • Add peanut butter and mix well.
  • Separate into 3-4 cups and freeze or pour into your favorite dog treat mold. If using cups, remember to remove any paper before your pooch gets to chewing.