Dirty MuttiniIt all began with Vinny and the Dirty Muttini.

When Yappy Hour comes around, there’s nothing more that Vinny enjoys than sitting at the bar to unwind with a Dirty Muttini, a classic concoction from The BARKtender’s Guide; a dog’s bible to dogtails and pupcakes.

All the recipes in The BARKtender’s Guide are pet-tested for flavor and people-tested to ensure that only pet-safe ingredients are used.

Here’s a little extra something that to give you a taste of the sort of recipes you and your BFF will find in The BARKtender’s Guide:



Not just for your own pooch. These make a great gift for Fido’s friends.

Christmas holiday pupcake

Holiday pupcake from The BARKtenders Guide

What you need

  • 1 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour (eg. King Arthur or Bob’s Red Mill)
  • ¼ cup potato flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 5 oz turkey puree (use baby food – we like Gerber – or puree your own)
  • ½ – 1 cup homemade turkey broth (see recipe below)
  • 1 organic egg
  • ½ cup 100% pure pumpkin (NOT pie filling)
  • 2 tbs blackstrap molasses
  • 4 oz fat-free or low-fat cream cheese at room temperature
  • tbsp fat-free plain organic yogurt

What to do

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F
  2. Prepare a muffin pan by lining with baking cups. Foil cups add a festive flair
  3. Add all the dry ingredients to a large bowl and mix them together well with a wire whisk
  4. In a separate bowl, lightly beat all the wet ingredients (using just ½ cup of turkey broth) ’til they’re blended
  5. Add the wet ingredients, except the cream cheese and yogurt, to the dry and stir ’til thoroughly combined. If the batter is too stiff, use the remaining turkey broth
  6. Spoon the batter into the baking cups
  7. Bake for about 20 minutes or until you can insert a toothpick in the middle of a pupcake and it comes out clean
  8. Cool the pupcakes on a wire rack
  9. While the pupcakes cool, make the frosting by whipping together the cream cheese and yogurt
  10. Top the pupcakes with the frosting so it looks like drifts of snow
  11. Refrigerate or freeze ’til ready to use
  12. Remember to remove the foil baking cup before serving to Fido



What you need

  • 1/2 cup carrot juice
  • 1/4 cup purified water
  • 1 level tablespoon organic peanut butter (no sugar, salt, palm oil, etc.)
  • 1 tablespoon fat-free cottage cheese
  • Few drops non-alcoholic vanilla (optional)
  • Few bacon bits for garnish (optional)

What to do

  1. Put all the ingredients in a blender, except the bacon bits. If your dog likes cold drinks (many don’t) add a few ice cubes
  2. Blend on medium speed ’til thoroughly mixed
  3. Pour into your pet’s favorite dogtail dish and sprinkle a few bacon bits on top


  • The best carrot juice is the kind you juice yourself but, never fear, there are healthy alternatives near at hand. Look for Odwalla (easily available online) or Bolthouse (at many supermarkets, even Walmart). You might even have a juice bar in your neighborhood. Just read labels and don’t buy anything with added lemon juice, salt and such.
  • You can get away with a few drops of regular vanilla extract (which contains alcohol) but even a small amount of alcohol can be harmful to your pet. Try using Frontier Alcohol-Free Fair Trade Certified™ Vanilla Flavor, which you can find online or at local health food stores, or there’s a recipe to make your own in The BARKtender’s Guide.
  • Dogs love bacon. However, there are conflicting views whether the nitrates and nitrites found in cured meats are unhealthy for pooches. Bacon also contains a little sugar. So, if you choose to add the bacon bits, consider cooking your own well-cooked bacon and drain it thoroughly of fat.



This is a basic recipe for any meat broth (beef, chicken, lamb, turkey, or a combination of meats), that you can safely give to Fido.

What you need:

  • 3 – 4 lbs of meaty bones
  • cold water

What to do:

  • in a large heavy pan cover the bones with cold water by about 2 inches
  • bring to a simmer (not a boil) over medium heat, skimming off the scum that rises to the top
  • partially cover the pot and continue to slow simmer for 2 – 3 hours
  • check occasionally and skim if necessary. If the water level drops below the bones add a little more hot water
  • when done, strain the broth to remove the meat and bones
  • be sure to discard the bones* though it’s OK to save the meat to give to Bowser
  • refrigerate the broth overnight. The fat will rise to the top and solidify
  • remove and discard the fat
  • the broth should now be gel-like.
  • at this stage, you can divide the broth into containers and refrigerate or freeze ’til needed. Or, if you want to remove any traces of remaining fat, bring the broth to room temperature and strain through a coffee filter ’til completely clear, then refrigerate or freeze

*NEVER give your dog cooked bones. They can easily splinter and cause very serious injuries.


What’s your pet’s favorite libation or pupcake? Let us know!