Hello friends! Winston here. In the summertime, I like to keep my paws in the shade and kick back with a little something special to help me cool off. One of my favorite warm-weather activities—besides running through the sprinklers—is chowing down on a tasty treat! Here are a few of my favorite dog recipes for homemade treats that are easy to make and very pup-friendly!
(Photo Credit: Dogington Post)
That’s right: Pupsicles. Make sure you have a few popsicle molds on hand for these doggie-friendly popsicle recipes. If you don’t have any molds, ice cube trays work great! And because sometimes we dogs like some strange things (like chicken popsicles), you may want to label them “For furry family members only.” Here are a few of my favorite pupsicle recipes!
This recipe for apple-honey pupsicles is simple and takes a few basic ingredients: Mix two six-ounce containers of plain yogurt, two tablespoons of peanut butter, two tablespoons of honey and one-third cup of applesauce in a bowl. Pour into popsicle molds or ice trays and freeze.
If your pup craves savory instead of sweet, those chicken pupsicles are a breeze: Combine one cup of low-sodium chicken stock, a half cup of water and one and a half ounces of finely chopped chicken meat in a bowl. Pour into popsicle molds or ice trays and freeze until solid. Mmmm—tastes like chicken!
(Recipe courtesy of Dogington Post)
2. Doggie Ice Cream
Has your pup ever tried this fancy brand of doggie ice cream? I always sneak it onto the grocery list, but my handwriting gives me away every time. Anyway, I’ve heard it’s a little expensive, so here’s a recipe that I think comes pretty darn close to the real thing. Here’s how I make it at Casa de Winston, courtesy of DailyPuppy.com:
Mix one banana with 32 ounces of plain, non-fat yogurt in a blender. This will act as the base for your “ice cream.” Then you can customize it for your furry pal based on his or her preference. I myself enjoy the peanut butter variety, which you can whip up by adding a tablespoon to the base. You can also add ingredients like carob, carrots and honey to the mix. Canned pumpkin is also a great addition, and it has a lot of fiber to help keep your dog’s digestive system happy and moving along!
3. Meatloaf Sliders
Why shouldn’t the family pup get in on the summertime barbecue fun? My favorite grilled treats are these Parsley Meatloaf Sliders. They only take four ingredients, and they’re packed with protein! Combine a half a pound of ground beef with one egg, ½ cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley and a tablespoon of olive oil. Form the meat into patties and grill ‘em up for about eight minutes. Yum!
When you’re making homemade dog recipes for your furry friend, just remember that there are a few absolute “no-no” foods when it comes to making treats for your pup. They include things like grapes, avocados, macadamia nuts, onions and chocolate, but especially dark chocolate.
Paws and Kisses,