• The Tenuous Purpose

    This Blog is built - not, as some might expect, on a flimsy whim but on a strong and single minded principle.

    That principle concerns Biscuits and their position in the world.

    We are really very keen on biscuits.
    As are many of you out there.
    We think.

    We wish to create an archive of Arrowroot, a backlog of Bourbons and a catalogue of Chocolate Fingers. Anybody can contribute an entry - or dispute somebody else's - provided they are not dull.
    Even Americans who perhaps don't really have the heritage of biscuitry that we are fortunate to have here.

    Or maybe they do and we are unaware of the full glory of the cookie.

    We realise that this whole subject is admirably and concisely dealt with by that excellent and unbeatable website A Nice Cup of Tea and a Sit Down. Our feeble efforts will be as the kicking of a gadfly in the face of their wisdom and experience but we hope that we may have a small contribution to make.

  • Biscuit Encounters on Twitter

  • The Synod of Biscuitry

    James Alexander-Sinclair of Blackpitts
    Gardener, Blogger, Journalist, Lecturer etc, etc. Much of his life is spent loafing around other people’s gardens issuing directives and generally cluttering up the place. However, like the great Mr Kipling, he does (occasionally) make exceptionally good gardens. (Although even Mr Kipling messed up a bit with the Carrot and Walnut Mini Classics.)

    Mark Diacono of Otter Farm
    He does sterling work growing many inappropriate plants in Devon. He dedicates a great deal of time and effort nurturing a plethora of plants that are (mostly) totally unsuited to our climate. His is a life of such extreme eccentric dedication that to start a Blog about Biscuits seems perfectly normal. He treads gently in the footsteps of people like the great William Buckland,a professor of Geology who claimed that he could tell location by tasting the local topsoil.

Woof, Woof

We mere humans do not hold the monopoly on the love for Biscuits. No. Maggie, my mini schnauzer also reveres and thoroughly enjoys a good biscuity snack and I would believe she was not the only animal to do so.

Maggie has a big box of Doggie biscuits, four flavours in all, in the shapes of bones. But she has also had another selection as a present from her granny, a box of mysterious shapes and colours; bones, paws, kennels etc. All very exciting. The flavours would not be to my tastes, ‘meat and animal devrivatitves’, ‘gravy’ or charcoal bones for instance to not entice me as say a Twix or German biscuit. But then again chocolate biccies en mass would kill Maggie so I guess it’s each to their own.

In New York I am lead to believe there is a bakery dedicated to the baking of wondrous biscuits/cookies solely for Dogs. I must find out the name of the place, it probably has a website…. Ah, I knew it ‘Buttercups Paw-tisserie’ was the one I was thinking of, but my god there are loads of dog bakerys now all over the world, type it into google – amazing! Where it in a little village in England somewhere run by an eccentric grandmother I would think this the most fabulous thing ever, as it is, it just seems silly. Sorry but the American socialite culture of stick thin girls with their tiny dogs under their arms or in their handbags running into this bakery just to be seen to spend ridiculous amounts of money on their friend/child substitute makes me cringe. However, if you are the owner of said bakery and are reading this I am quite sure Maggie feelings different about the matter and we would gladly carry out a taste test for you 😉

In Buttercups Paw-tisserie (etc) you can get freshly baked (‘no added sugar, salt or preservatives’) biscuits for your loyal companion; even vegetarian ones. There are special biscuits for every holiday and of course personalised bones and birthday cakes etc. If for no other reason, visit this site and make yourself gobsmacked at the lengths some (seemingly loads) of people will go to make sure Fido is happy.

Maggie got her hair cut last night and the hair pulled from out of her ears – lovely. She was not a happy girl to say the least but as soon as the whole ordeal was over I gave her a couple of biscuits and she felt better right away. Same goes for the day her bum exploded due to a blocked anal gland (sounds funny ~ wasn’t). We had an emergency appointment with the vet, after which she had a biscuit and again felt a little better. She took her pain meds in cheese and also loves a cracker or two every now and then (savoury biscuit? have we decided where we stand on that yet?). She is a pedigree you know. Give her this option of human treat with a drip of shiraz off your finger and she truly is a happy pup.

I give you dog biscuits ladies and gentlemen. Let us not forget the over arching joy biscuits of all types can give to all living beings.

Carrie Gault.plain.


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5 Responses

  1. Tara quite agrees, she is a gorgeous Dutch Kooikerdog and as such knows her way aorund bicuits and crackers. Thanks for the link, it made me laugh. I love my widdle doggiewog very much so I treat her as is befitting, as a dog not as a child or friend substitute. I’ll be off now as it is time for walkies and a biccy afterwards.

  2. Ah yes, I would imagine any dog would prefer a good walk and some sniffing to just a trip to a bakery. Though there is always room for a biscuit, if one is a good girl!

  3. Im sure a dog would eat a ‘human’ biscuit, but i wonder if there is one among our number who would (or has) eaten a dog biscuit?

  4. Our ice cream shop in Asheville run by my son and his wife offers special doggie frozen yogurt with a home baked doggie biccie on special dates called Happy Tails. Proceeds go to the animal compassion network’s foster and adoption programs. Dogs are welcome at these events and there is human ice cream as well. It is a quite popular.

  5. *whisper this Mark* the hubby has eaten one of maggie’s biscuits before. His remark was ‘ not disimiliar to a traditional Scottish Oatcake’…

    Maggie loves ice cream – god having trouble thinking of something she won’t try!!

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