Tuesday, April 20, 2010

More Pup-sicles Mom!!

No, I didn't misspell my title.. I'm really talking about special treats that you can quickly make, freeze, and have on hand for the dogs and pups in your life. They're especially good on a hot day.

Now what in the world got me to this point?

My sister was visiting recently and kinda scolded me for giving my dogs a tablespoon of vanilla ice cream each evening since dogs can't tolerate milk. She suggested that I buy doggie ice cream and I thought she was kidding in her usual way. The next day, we located some brand of doggie pops in the freezer section of my local grocer.. and I thought I would give it a try (well, not me exactly.. but the dogs). So that night after their dinner, they split a dixie cup size of doggie ice cream and they woofed it down (ok...pun intended).

Okay... that passed the taste test. But it didn't pass the food budget test. This package of four dixie-sized cups was about $3.50. That's about $8.00 an ounce. I mean, I lurve my dogs, but this is a bit outrageous. Even Haagen-Daz isn't that expensive.. nor do I buy that either.

So, with a bit of Googling (or "Gurgling" as the old woman in the TV commercial says) I was able to find a few recipes to conjure up my own doggie goodie.  Based on what I found, I put together my first concoction....

1 32oz. container of plain, lowfat or non-fat yogurt
1/3 c. of creamy peanut butter
2 T. honey

I used my mixer to blend thoroughly and poured this concoction into ice cube trays.  A few hours later.. voila!!  I have enough for several weeks for three pups. I pop them out of the trays and store them in plastic freezer containers. Each pupsicle is enough for one doggy serving.

This recipe filled three ice cube trays with a bit left over.

Here's what the dogs had to say...

Buddy:  "Gotta have it, gotta have it.. now, now, now.. more, more, more, hurry, hurry, hurry" (if you met Buddy you would understand better)
Mitzi - "I might wag my tail over this Mom.. but I'm not sure.. depends on whether I'm in the mood or not..."
Molly - "Give it to me now and no one will get hurt"

My friends often say they wish to come back in another life as a dog owned by me...

I hope you will try this.. and if you do, let me know what you think.

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