It’s a very hot summer for the northeast. Everyday is in the high 80’s to 90’s with humilityl weather we don’t normally see until the end of August if at all.
In-spite of the heat, K loves being outside even if that means she’s panting and over heated when I finally call her in.
So how to keep K cool?
I’ve been pursuing and found an easy solution: pup-sciles .
You can buy puppy ice-cream and pup-sciles these days in high end stores. Although I did see one even at Walmart the other day. But they can get expensive. Why not make something cheaper at home?
Besides, I already make our own popsicles and fudgesicles at home during the summer.
So for pup-sicles, I started with little plastic used lemon ice cups that can be used once or twice then thrown away. Kira loves to chew through anything, especially if it’s had food in it, so I didn’t want to use my tupperware.
Then I took a batch of frozen bananas, about 5 or six, and defrosted them in a bowl.
Hint: If you have bananas that are getting brown throw them in the freezer, they are great for smoothies and to replace eggs in baked goods.
Then I spooned in about 1 Cup of natural peanut butter. I’ve learned to use low or no sugar natural peanut butter because Kira will get hyper off of the sugary stuff, and it’s healthier for us too.
Next I scooped out about 1 Cup of coconut oil. With how dry and hot this summer has been K’s coat is getting dry and she’s scratching herself often. Coconut oil is great stuff for lots of reasons but for dogs the oil helps to keep their skin moist and hair shiny.
A little vanilla extract and cinnamon and I blend it all together until smooth like peanut butter or cookie dough.
Then I spooned these evenly into the rinsed out and clean lemon ice containers. It gave me about 6 of these cups 3/4 full.
So now we have a healthy dog treat that will keep K cool and help heal her dry itchy skin.
1 C natural or low sugar peanut butter
1 C coconut oil
1 bunch 5-6 large banana either over ripe or frozen and defrosted
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
6 cup size containers (or more depending on serving size you want to give)
Mix all ingredients on high with a blender or electric mixer until smooth
spoon out mixture evenly among the containers
place filled containers into one larger tupperware bin or tray
move tray to freezer for at least 2 hours or until ready to give to your puppy!
This is also a great mixture to use to fill treat dog toys.
Even better fill those toys with this mixture then stick them in the freezer. When it’s a hot day or you will be gone for most of the day take it out of the freezer and your dog will be happy for quite awhile.