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pup-sicles

17 Aug

Hello everyone, Anna here!

I would like to start out by saying that these frozen treats do not contain real pups :). But they will make your dog go absolutely bananas, and are a great way to keep them cool in the late summer heat.

My interest in doggie popsicles started with purchasing relatively expensive dog ice-cream from a supermarket in Chelan. While our dogs loved them, it would have been ridiculous to buy them all the time.

Enter Devon (pronounced “Dev-in”, not “Dee-von”), our new foster dog. Devon is a black lab mix who dwarfs our Australian cattle dog mix, Zippy. I’m convinced he could eat Charlie, our Westie, in two bites. My mom is continually amazed by his size, and exclaims “he’s so big!” every time he walks into the room (in reality, he’s not that big. We just have tiny dogs). He heats up quickly, because of his black fur coat, and I needed a way to keep him comfortable in the heat.

So, after some research on the interwebs (as my mom calls them), I whipped together these three recipes.

Frozen Banana and Peanut Butter Cubes

  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1 banana
  • splash of water
  • ice-cube tray

Combine ingredients in a medium-sized bowl and mix (I used a potato masher). Dish into ice-cube tray. Freeze. Run warm water over tray to loosen cubes. Makes about 8 servings.

Frozen Strawberry and Banana Cubes

  • 1 banana
  • 5 medium-sized strawberries, crudely chopped
  • splash of water
  • ice-cube tray

Mix ingredients in a medium-sized bowl, and then dish into ice-cube tray. Freeze. Run warm water over tray to loosen cubes. Makes about 8 servings.

Breakfast Pops

  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 5 strawberries, cut small
  • 4 Beggin’ Strips (my dogs are crazy about them) or other type of thin rawhide
  • popsicle mold

Put eggs in the blender and blend until smooth. Pour into the bottoms of the popsicle molds and place the Beggin’ Strips or rawhides in the middle. They will be like the popsicle stick. Freeze. When completely frozen, mix the yogurt with the strawberries and fill the rest of the molds to create a second layer. Freeze. Run warm water over the molds to loosen the popsicles. Makes 4 servings.

Be careful about serving your dogs too many raw eggs. I would limit giving your dog this treat to once a day.

Another great thing to try is a Kong. Peanut butter, small treats, cheese, broth, and wet dog food make great Kong stuffing. Just throw together whatever your dog loves the most and freeze. Kongs are a great way to keep your dog entertained.

When stuffing a Kong or making frozen treats, keep in mind that there are plenty of foods that humans eat that are poisonous to dogs. To keep your dog healthy, avoid using things like onions, garlic, chocolate, macadamia nuts, grapes or raisins, avocado, bones, and raw meat or fish.

I hope your dog enjoys these tasty pup-sicles!

Anna

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1 Comment

Posted by on August 17, 2012 in dog treats

 

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One response to “pup-sicles

  1. Beth Aversa

    August 17, 2012 at 8:13 am

    Wow, Anna, what a neat idea for your dogs & foster dog. Devon is a beautiful dog. I hope he can find a home soon.

     

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