This Best of Bogue column originally was published Dec. 5, 1996.

With only a few shopping days left until Christmas, I guess it's time for the annual reprinting of my homemade dog biscuit recipe.

I am somewhat motivated to pass along the formula for these tasty tidbits because I just finished talking to the third person (my mom) to call this morning asking for it. She says to tell you my dog munchies make great stocking stuffers for family dogs, cats and the pets of friends.

They've even been served on more than a few occasions -- accidentally -- to humans watching Sunday afternoon football on television. There have been no harmful effects noted, other than a tendency to snap and growl when frustrated.

To help get you into a holiday baking mood, here is my own personal recipe, still delicious after the more than two decades I've been publishing it.

Clip this out and stick it on your refrigerator:

Gary's Favorite Christmas Dog Munchies

You will need:

2½ cups all-purpose flour

2 cups whole-wheat flour

2 cups cracked wheat

½ cup nonfat dry milk

4 teaspoons salt

1 package dry yeast

1 pint chicken stock or other liquid

1 tablespoon milk to brush

1 egg

Warm the chicken stock in a pan. In the meantime, dissolve the yeast in a quarter-cup of warm water. Combine chicken stock and yeast mixture and pour into the dry ingredients. Knead this for about three minutes.

Roll the dough into a quarter-inch sheet, then cut with cookie cutters or a knife into circles, trees, tasty cats, dog bones, mailpersons or fire hydrants. Stay away from sharply pointed designs. You can then brush a wash of egg and milk onto the pieces as you are placing them on a baking sheet.

There's no need to let them rise beforehand. Place in a 300-degree oven for 45 minutes, then turn off the heat and let them sit in the oven overnight. In the morning they'll be bone-hard and absolutely guaranteed to clean your dog's teeth when properly applied.

This treat is versatile and can be tailored nutritionally any way you or your pet like. A bit of honey or molasses will sweeten them slightly.

Twenty years ago, Dorothy Horton, of Walnut Creek, sent me her recipe.

Super Dog Biscuits

2 cups flour

½ cup wheat germ, raw

2 cups whole-wheat flour

1 cup cracked brown rice

1 cup oatmeal

1 cup cornmeal

¾ to 1 cup dry milk

2 teaspoons salt

1 package dry yeast

2 cups chicken stock or other liquid

1 egg

2 cloves garlic, minced.

Mix and bake as in above recipe.

Please remember these are treats and not to be fed to your pets as a complete diet.

My parrot says they are to die for.

DEAR GARY: Our cat, Cosby, can be found from midmorning to midafternoon on top of a four-drawer file cabinet in a corner. On the file cabinet I had placed four old quilts to display, in Martha Stewart fashion. Now there is a soft washable towel covering the quilts.

Margaret E.

Alamo

DEAR MARGARET: My sweet little paranoid-schizophrenic Siamese named Isis napped in the microwave. She stuck yellow Post-its on the window, saying, "5 minutes on Defrost, please," but I never had the nerve.

Gary Bogue has retired after 42 years of writing this column. If you have animal-related questions, contact Joan Morris at jmorris@bayareanewsgroup.com; or P.O. Box 8099, Walnut Creek, CA 94596.