Do you fancy winning yourself (and your four-legged friends) a brand new KitchenAid Artisan mixer worth £400? To liven up lockdown, we’re looking for your most delicious and original dog delicacies – the kind of snacks that will set tails wagging for weeks.
The Great Gundog Journal Bake Off
If you think your muzzle-watering wonders can make the grade, whip up a batch and see if they cut the mustard with our judges. From bacon-infused biscuits to fruity favourites or the pinnacle of peanut butter filled pleasure, we’re on a mission to seek out, celebrate and share the greatest goodies a gundog could wish for.
How to enter: Slap on your chef’s hat, roll up your sleeves, and get baking. Once they’re done and dusted, snap a picture of your jaw-dropping delights, along with a list of the ingredients. Finally, film your faithful four-legged friend(s) chowing down – the more canine appreciation the better. Post this tantalising testament to your culinary prowess on our Facebook page before midnight on Sunday 3rd May with the hashtag #gundogbakeoff to make sure you and your dogs are in with a shot.
The judges: Entries will be scrutinised by our specialist panel, led by fieldsports editor, Will Hetherington. He will be ably assisted by TV presenter and life-long lover of gameshooting, Phil Spencer, and Gundog Journal’s own highly experienced veterinary surgeon, Laura Keyser. Also offering us some expert advice on the nutritional benefits of the treats is expert dog nutritionist Cam Wimble BA Hons. Dip. Canine Nutrigenomics (www.thedognutritionist.co.uk). Last but not least, your own dog’s reaction on film will have a critical role when it comes to guiding the panel as to the calibre of your canine cuisine.
With baking for dogs, it's first important to remember that baked goods aren't a natural thing for dogs to eat. It's not really healthy, so it's always good to acknowledge it as a treat. A treat makes up a small proportion of the overall diet making sure that with small dogs, the portions are smaller to. Try and use wholegrain flour not plain white flour if you have some.
The following ingredients must not be used:
- Xylitol - Artificial sweetener that impacts insulin release and blood sugar levels
- Chocolate - Can't digest it, builds up as toxins
- Grapes/ Raisins/ Currants- Can cause autoimmune reactions that damage the kidneys (research unclear)
- Brandy butter and alcohol - Ethanol is not good.
- Macadamia Nuts - Not sure why these are bad, research unclear, pets known to get ill on them
Classic: bone-shaped or otherwise, it’s hard to beat a good biscuit, and we want to collect the very best the gundog world has to offer: from time-honoured traditions such as brilliant cheese and bacon, to ever-popular apple and carrot combinations, and not forgetting your own innovative triumphs in flavour and texture.
Artisan: if you and your hounds are more inclined to be avant garde when it comes to baking, now’s the time to shout about it. Whether you’ve been making magnificently meaty macarons, luxurious liver brownies, or delicious doggy donuts, we want to see.
Proof of the pudding is in the eating!
The Prizes: The overall winning recipe will win a KitchenAid Artisan 4.8 litre food mixer, worth £400. As durable and versatile as they are stylish, these vibrant, chrome trimmed appliances have been icons of homecooking for decades and are a perfect partner for getting the best out of your baking. Runner up will recieve a lifetime subscription to Gundog Journal and three runners-up in each category will each win a year’s subscription to Gundog Journal. What’s more, all winners and runners-up will be have their status as stars of the canine catering world confirmed by being featured in a forthcoming edition of Gundog Journal.
Terms and Conditions: the competition is open to UK / EU residents only. The judges’ decision is final. For full terms and conditions visit: gundog-journal.com