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Monday, August 9, 2010

Frozen Dog Treats Beat the Summer Heat

by Carrie Boyko
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Tanner and Oliver
Wait Permission to eat their Pupsicles
My gang is truly indebted for all the doggie cooking ideas that are flowing in. Thanks for all the emails and keep ‘em coming. Tanner is willing to continue this taste-testing thing indefinitely.

Today, I’m going to give you a sneak peek into a few of the yummies we’ve discovered. Sorry, no complete cookbook yet. I’ll need a lot more submissions from you guys to pull it together; so get busy already!

Meanwhile, you can try these ideas. Some can be messy, so consider serving outside or in a newspaper lined crate. Our porch was a good choice. Let me know how your pup likes them.

All these recipes come with the 

Tanner Seal of Approval !

Oliver is his research assistant, and enjoys that position immensely. You don’t want to disappoint them, now, do you? Here goes:
(c) Carrie Boyko
Ground Beef Medallions
Were Gone in a Flash
Ground Medallions

These miniature little ground meat nibbles are great for offering several at a time, especially in a treat ball or Kong toy. Be sure to use fresh, organic, human grade ground meats to assure you get bacteria-free, healthy stock.

Drop tiny balls of ground chicken, turkey or beef (low fat) onto a waxed paper lined cookie sheet. Freeze and remove to a resealable container. Serve frozen and remove any that have not been consumed after an hour out of the freezer.

Cheese Balls

No, these are not your mother’s party appetizers. Add a container of plain, lowfat (or nonfat) yogurt to your blender or food processor. Flavor this with an assortment of lowfat cheeses and blend lightly.

Pour the mixture into ice cube trays. When frozen, place in a resealable container for serving individually.

Fruit Salad

I have discovered that my dogs LOVE fruit. We keep our distance from grapes and raisins (very bad for dogs!) but they seem to enjoy many other kinds.  Chop up an assortment of apples, melons, and bananas. Lay these out on waxed paper to freeze, adding a few berries if you have them, and then stir together in a resealable container when frozen. Serve this to your dog in his bowl for a nutritious, crunchy afternoon snack.
(c) Carrie Boyko
Broth Bombs
Made with Kibble and Broth
Broth Bombs

These are clearly a no-brainer. Your dog will love them. I use homemade, organic chicken, turkey or beef broth. Keep in mind that onions are toxic to dogs, so be wary of canned broths; they generally are made with onions and lots of salt for flavor.
(c) Carrie Boyko

Strain out the bones, saving scraps of meat to toss into the bombs. Now add your dog’s favorite nibbles to create a unique flavor combination each time:
  • cheese 
  • grated carrots
  • kibble
  • grated potatoes
  • brown rice
For a quick batch, use low sodium, organic broth and just add kibble. That's what we did in these photos, and there were no complaints.
(c) Carrie Boyko
Freeze Bombs in Container
for Use Later

Gotta have more? I'll have more pupsicles for you soon. Meanwhile, leave me a comment with your dog's favorite frozen treat. I'm sure the rest of my readers would love to try your Fido's favorite. And so would Tanner; he's begging for more recipes over at 5 Minutes for Fido.

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Can't wait for more recipes? Try some of these. Notice the amazing prices. They're even better when you buy used through Amazon.  Be sure to report back on your favorites. I need a research partner too!

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Anonymous said...

seconds please. Can you give us more recipes?

Carrie, with Tanner and Oliver said...

I'll try to get one in shortly, but summer is drawing to a close. More next summer, okay? Thanks for reading, and please keep an eye out for our upcoming cookbook, FREE, on this site.

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