Last Christmas I received a Christmas card with these two beautiful canines gracing the front of it. I keep every card I ever receive, but this one is definitely among my most cherished. This is Sam and Bonnie, my lovely friend Anna's furbabies.
A fortnight ago, she received the terrible news that brave Sammy had lost his battle with cancer. It had returned with a vengeance and it would be a few short days before she would have to say goodbye.
Having had to say goodbye to a furbaby of my own three years ago this November, I know too well what a difficult time it is. Not just for us who are left behind, but for our loved one as well. It can be a stressful and confusing time for them, unable to really understand what's happening to them. There's nothing any of us can do but shower them with love. No doubt, Sammy got loads of it at the hands of Anna and family.
I felt pretty helpless, but if I could do anything to make his final days a little extra cheerful, I would jump at the chance. I dropped the assignment I was working on and hit the kitchen to make some canine treats for beautiful Sammy.
I'd like to share them with you and your furbaby.
I had a poke around the Internet for inspiration and found a common theme amongst most recipes. I stuffed them with oats and coconut for some extra texture and flavour. Anna had said to me recently that Sam and Bonnie often beg for chocolate but never get any for fear of giving them chocolate poisoning, so I just knew they had to involve chocolate.
These cookies are half coated in carob for a dog-friendly option that makes them a little more special. They can, of course, be baked without it.
My puppy, Tobias, tasted a spare one before I coated it in carob and gave them his stamp of approval. I'm not sure he entirely understood why he wasn't getting the whole batch for himself.
I wrapped them in a million layers of bubblewrap and plastic bags and newspaper – perhaps the ugliest pass-the-parcel job ever, but was hopeful it would survive the trip. Tobias and I went for a walk to the post box and sent them on their way. The next morning I woke to this picture and the following message on my Facebook wall.
"Dear Aunty Rhi,
Lots of waterworks all around.
Those pretty eyes say it all.
These cookies were mine and Tobias' gift to Sammy. Now this is Sammy's gift to your furbaby. If you make these for your pooch, give courageous Sammy a pause for thought and pass on lots of hugs to your puppy from all of us. We hope your furry friend loves these as much as Sam and Bonnie did.
Sammy's Heart-Shaped Cookies
1 cup plain or wholemeal flour
Download the printable version of the recipe here.
13 thoughts on “Sammy’s Heart-Shaped Cookies”
Well, dang, you just made me cry! You lovely person doing that for Anna and Sammy.
Aw, sorry for the tears ♥
That was a lovely thing you did for Sammy, and it was great to hear the lovely words from Anna. Those biscuits look just as good as any human-variety ones, too.
Just as much love goes into puppy-recipient baking.
With a little salt and sugar, they’d probably be palatable for people.
Thank you! ♥
These look great. Would be really suitable for Christmas I think.
A very elegant, homely and delicious cake. All the elements worked well together and it looked very impressive.
They’re the best in Twilight Princess. I almost fell off my chair laughing the first time.
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Awesome! I’ll have to check that out.
I’m tempted to try and make it just to use as bowls. Looks amazing by the way
thank you for the recipe. we learned last week thkat cancer has returned for our golden, kinako. I’m baking your cookies for kinako and her buddy, Gus. thnks! mari
I am so sorry to hear that. Send her lots of love and hugs from me and my puppy.