FARGO — Today, my dog and I are going to review cookies.
You see, one of the many advantages to the luxurious reporter lifestyle — besides the liveried footmen in the lunchroom and the complimentary limo rides to the restroom — is that people want to send you products.
Although I usually delete these product pitches, some seem too unusual to ignore. In this case, I opted to test some new, extremely fancy cookies for dogs. Because, let's face it, few animals are as discriminating as one that will happily eat a fossilized hot dog that rolled under the bushes two weeks ago during the family barbecue.
They contain human-grade ingredients like yogurt, honey, coconut oil and oat flour. They are made in the U.S. and free of preservatives, wheat or corn.
The cookies come in six fancy flavors: vanilla, mint, lavender, strawberry, rose and collagen. (Ahhh! Remember the good old days when you would come home from school and mom would pull a pan of hot, fresh-baked cookies out of the oven? "What kind are they?" you would ask. "You're in luck!" mom would yell. "They're collagen!")
The macarons arrive in cunning little white boxes with gold-stamped lettering and pastel labels. It's very posh and impressive — like getting dessert from Tiffany's.
And the cookies themselves are adorable: They look exactly like human macarons, with a thin layer of flavored, pastel-tinted cream sandwiched between the biscuits.
Official taste-tester Wally seemed very intrigued by these cookies, and did a lot of sniffing and licking as he tried to find the best way to "eat prey, love." However, I couldn't get him to actually ingest one. Even if these cookies look like macarons, they are sandwiched in hard dog biscuits, not melt-in-your-muzzle meringue.
As per the company's promotional materials, I cut them up for my smaller dog. I twisted the cookie apart, Oreo-style, to reveal the flavored cream inside. Then I used a sharp kitchen knife to try to cut each half into quarters. Unfortunately, they were so hard that they shattered into cookie rubble.
As Wally was watching me suspiciously, I took one for the team and actually sampled a tiny piece of mint macaron. (Don't judge me! Human-grade ingredients!) They were surprisingly palatable — slightly sweet, mildly minty, yogurt-based "cream" on a hard cookie. They definitely took care of my doggie breath and made my coat nice and shiny.
Wally seemed much more interested in the crumbled cookies and ate a few pieces. I left them out all day and he grazed on them between meals. He never did finish the macarons, though. I honestly think the biscuits were too hard for him, as he's a 14-pound dog and not much of a chewer. However, a larger dog or an aggressive chewer — like an older, teething large-breed puppy — might really dig these.
I'm not as sure how many owners would like the price, which starts at $21.59 per box of six cookies. For that amount, you could buy a big box of Milk-Bones for your dog and a box of Walkers Shortbread for yourself.
But if you have a very posh dog with powerful jaws and a taste for rose-flavored snacks, you might want to give these mutt-friendly macarons a try. Find them at www.bonneetfilou.com.