It was a pleasant surprise then, when I came down into the kitchen and was presented with a 'special package'.
Look look, a new friend! She is a snow leopard called Sophia, and she has a very satisfactory squeaker.
Snow leopards do like having their tales tugged, don't they?
Ooooh but wait, I can smell something else too in the bottom of the bag.
OMG OMG OMG Gail has baked me some special super tasty ox liver cookies!
I think I am going to enjoy my 9th birthday.
How I would love to share these delicious liver treats with all my precious readers (except the vegetarian ones, of course). Sadly, cyberspace has not yet evolved to permit the direct distribution of offal based snacks on line, but Gail has kindly agreed to provide the recipe, which was loosely based on something she found when googling liver-dog-cookies-recipe.
1 1/2 cups pureed cooked ox liver, 3 tbsp olive oil, 2 cups wholewheat flour, 1 cup rolled oats, 2 carrots (grated), 1/2 cup beef stock, 1 egg (beaten).
Mix together all the ingredients, knead until smooth, roll out and cut into required shapes. Gail did stars because she says I am a star, and bones because, well DUH, I'm a dog!
Bake at 180ºC for about 30 minutes. Allow to cool, and present to your beloved pup on his 9th birthday.
PS Gail says the process of puree-ing cooked ox liver is not for the faint-hearted, but she persisted, "just this once, because you're worth it Bertie".