It’s a hot summer; a very hot summer for the northeast. Everyday is in the high 80’s to 90’s with humility, weather we don’t normally see until the end of August if at all.
In-spite of the heat, Kira loves being outside even if that means she’s panting and over heated when I finally call her in.
So how to keep Kira cool?
I’ve been pursuing pintrest 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. For more on this see:
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.
When bananas get really ripe, frozen, then defrosted you can cut open one side of the banana and then use the peel to slide the banana goo into a bowl. I know it sounds gross but that is pure natural sugary goodness.
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 Kira’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 Kira cool and help heal her dry itchy skin that she actually LOVES to eat!
For those who like easier to read instructions here you go:
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 Kongs or other 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.