4 Frosty Dog Treats Perfect for Summer

With the temperatures warming up and Memorial Day just around the corner, we’re all planning on spending a lot more time outdoors with our dogs. Summer time is ice cream and popsicle treats for the kids, but what about your pup? What could be more fun for Fido than chowing down on some delicious, frosty treats on a warm summer’s day? Here are 4 delicious, dog approved recipes you can whip up this summer!


Homemade Yogurt Pup-sicles
Homemade dog treats that both YOU and your dog will love.

Yogurt Pup-sicles

Ingredients Needed:
 32oz of yogurt (Plain or Vanilla work best)
• 1 large banana
• 2-3 tablespoons of peanut butter
• 1 tablespoon of honey

Instructions:
1. Get a 32 Oz of yogurt and dump into a bowl.
2. Next, get a large banana, 2-3 table spoons of peanut butter and 1 tablespoon of honey.
3. Mix all together with a blender.
4. Then get some ice cube trays. I find silicone ice cube trays work the best!
5. You’ll pour the mix into the ice cube trays and then put in your freezer.
6. Freeze for 10 minutes
7. After they’re frozen, get a Tupperware container and store in your freezer to get out whenever your pooch want a nice refreshing treat.


Homemade Frosty Paws
Pups not only like the frosty paws, but they like to lick the spoon too!

Frosty Paws

Ingredients Needed:
• 1 large container (32 oz) of low-fat, plain, organic yogurt
• 3 handfuls of fresh (organic is best) blueberries
• 1 banana
• 2 tbsp of organic peanut butter
• Other fruit as desired – like, apple slices, orange slices, pineapple slices, and more. Remember, locally grown and organic is best!

Instructions: 
1. Chop up the banana in small pieces (or mash)
2. Mix all ingredients together 
3. Place the mixture in ice cube trays and freeze for about 3 hours. 
4. Once frozen, run hot water over the underside of the trays, pop out the frosty paws, and serve. That’s it. For fun, you can use bone shaped ice cube trays!

 

PB&J Pops – Makes 4 Pup-sicles

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Ingredients Needed:
• 1/4 cup Peanut Butter
• 2 cups Strawberries, chopped (frozen or fresh)
• 1/2 cup Blueberries (frozen or fresh)
• 1 3/4 cup plain Yogurt, divided
• 4 Rawhide Sticks

First Layer
1/4 cup Peanut Butter
3/4 cup plain Yogurt
Add peanut butter and yogurt to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth

Second Layer
2 cups Strawberries, chopped
1/4 cup plain Yogurt
Add strawberries and yogurt to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth

Third Layer
1/2 cup Blueberries
3/4 cup plain Yogurt
Mix blueberries and yogurt

Instructions: 
1. Pour an inch or so of your first layer mixture into the bottom of each cup.
2. Allow to freeze for 30 minutes, and insert your rawhide stick.
3. Repeat pouring the layers, allowing them to set 30 minutes in between, until they are all used.
4. Freeze for 8 hours to allow them to fully set.
5. Run warm water around the mold to remove the popsicle.


Chicken pops – Make 4 chicken pops
These chicken pops are easy to make and will help cool your dog’s down during these long summer days.

Chicken Pop

Ingredients Needed:
• 2 Chicken breasts, cooked and chopped (or however much you have on hand)
• 2 cups Water
• 1 tablespoon dried Parsley

Instructions: 
1. Divide your cooked and chopped chicken among the disposable cups, about 1/4 cup of chicken in each.
2. In a small bowl mix the water and dried parsley.
3. Divide the water mixture among the disposable cups, about 1/2 cup in each.
4. Freeze for 8 hours to allow them to fully set.
5. Run warm water around the mold to remove the popsicle.


“If you think dogs can’t count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then give him only two of them.” —Phil Pastoret

Dog Friendly Ways to Beat the Rainy Day Blues

April showers brings May flowers, but there’s also bound to be those days when the clouds roll in and you’re stuck inside trying to find something to do with your pup! There are plenty of fun indoor activities you and your dog can do together when it’s wet outside. From playing a game of fetch in the hallway to constructing an agility course in the living room, the only limitation is your imagination. All dogs need mental and physical stimulation on a daily basis to keep them happy and healthy.

Here’s 3 ideas to keep you and your pooch entertained indoors while it’s pouring cats and dogs outside!

Visit an indoor dog park

Indoor dog parks offer climate-controlled play areas to keep pooches dry on cold, drizzly days. For a fee, dogs get to romp on football-sized fields of artificial turf, divided into sections for small pooches and big ones.

Check out the Zoom Room to find a location in your area.

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Go shopping

In most cities, finding a pet-friendly store isn’t difficult. Both large pet retail chains as well as local specialty boutiques welcome well-behaved pooches and humans alike to browse on a gloomy day. So get out there and visit your favorite specialty store such as Petsmart or possibly discover a new dog friendly boutique or bakery.

If you go to a pet store, be sure to take your time meandering up and down each aisle so your dog can investigate all the products with his nose. While there, consider buying an interactive toy to keep your dog entertained when you get back home.

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Play some games

When in doubt, an almost endless amount of fun but still challenging, indoor games exist for you and your pup to play together. Of course, you’ll want to select a game that not only interests you but your dog, too. Their breed or mix most likely holds a clue to what type of rainy-day diversion hold their interest.  Retrievers, for example, like to fetch whereas most hounds love to use their noses, so games involving these types of activities are a good choice. You may need to try several games, though, before finding one that your dog absolutely loves.

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“If a dog’s prayers were answered bones would rain from the sky”. – Turkish Proverbs

The Decision to Adopt

Looking back on the past two years, it’s unbelievable the amount of changes that I have gone through both professionally and personally. Each day has brought new challenges and experiences, but thinking back there was one monumental moment that really shaped the person that I am today. It was the day that I rescued my dog, Stella! I remember the first time I saw her and held her little 8lb self in my arms, I felt a feeling that I never felt before; I felt that I had a purpose. Being a puppy mom has brought me so much joy these past two years that I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Having the ability to nurture her and help her to grow into the independent and witty dog that she is today is such an incredible feeling.

Though getting a dog was right for me at the time, this situation is not always ideal for everyone. Remember, adopting a dog is a life changing commitment and the decision should not be made lightly. Before adopting a puppy there are so many things that need to be considered and that you should ask yourself:

  • Am I really able to make this long-term commitment?
  • Who will be the puppy’s primary caretaker?
  • Will a dog really fit into my schedule?
  • Am I willing to make the financial commitment of a puppy?

A puppy is not just a cute toy that you buy and then get rid of once you’re no longer interest in it. A puppy is a long-term commitment, more than 15 years’ worth in many cases and you need to be sure that you’re invested in that commitment even once it grows out of the cute puppy phase. With all of the amazing experiences associated with adopting a puppy, the first year with a new puppy also brings its share of trials and tribulations. The first year with your puppy will bring its share of accidents, cleaning up messes and sleepless nights. You will need to have a designated care taker to ensure that your puppy it fed and taken to the restroom on a regular schedule. For the first couple of months it is not uncommon that your puppy needs to be let out every 2-3 hours. Therefore, if you have a full-time school or work schedule you may need to determine whether or not this will be something that you can really commit to. In addition, the first year is typically the most expensive from adoption fees, food, toys and vet visits. An adopter can expect to spend anywhere from $1200 – $3500 during a puppy’s first year and then an additional $500 for every year afterwards. Though dogs are a long-term commitment and have their share of hardships, you can always count on the joy you will get from them and the love you will share.

“No matter how little money and how few possessions you own, having a dog makes you rich.” — Louis Sabin, All About Dogs As Pets

Stella

Bringing Stella Home