Thank you for all your great avoid-a-cooped-up-passive-aggressive-dog tips, guys! Per your advice, I tried slathering Spondee's Kong with a variety of tasty treats.
He was not having any of it.
He does not like the Kong. He does like transporting the Kong to the couch and then leaving it to melt on the cushions. He also likes watching me clean up peanut butter puddles.
It's been a contentious week.
It's also been Dante's Inferno circle style hot out. Not the ninth circle (honestly, I could totally go for a frozen wooly satan vacation right now), but the lesser, hotter, furnace-y ones. It's been hot and Spondee won't gnaw on his Kong and if I shut him in the air conditioned bedroom, he whines at the door and hate-pees on our bed.
To keep my corgi from heat-stroking out and from ruining our floors with spiteful urine, I scoured Pinterest for some solutions and actually tested them out. The results are a much cooler pup, a cleaner apartment, and an overall sense of accomplishment and wellbeing that I cannot guarantee will occur in your life if you try the following recipes out.
What I can guarantee is a quick and easy kitchen experience, a delighted dog, and zero Kong puddle clean up -- which is a vile phrase I won't ever use again. Without further ado, check out these DIY frozen dog treat projects and accompanying corgi cuteness. Alternatively, skip this article entirely and share pictures of your panting/swimming/sandy/seasonally appropriately attired (yes, that means puppy bikinis) pets in the comments.
Banana, Peanut Butter, & Tuna Ice Drops
There is a wealth of treats you can make with paper mouthwash cups and an approved list of dog friendly mashable ingredients.
Rover.com was my main source of inspiration and their frozen treat how-to list -- with dog friendly ingredients is comprehensive.
For this truly gag-worthy frozen treat, I combined peanut butter, bananas, and canned tuna in a tiny paper cup and left it to freeze for a few hours near my ice cream.
Fun Fact: Peanut butter and bananas dilute the smell of dog food. If you're prepping a particularly vile snack for your pup, add a little peanut butter and banana mash. It smells amaze-balls.
Frozen Jerky Bacon Bowls
I have a suspicion that part of the reason Spondee doesn't like his Kong is because he can't get to a ton of the filling at once (because he is lazy and spoiled and Machiavellian).
I used BPA free baby food containers and filled them with chicken broth, Zuke's Genuine Jerky, and low sodium turkey bacon.
These little bowls last about an hour each -- because of the mixed texture and because of the gnawing-tearing-pulling-out-of jerky and bacon bits.
Chicken Broth Ice Pops
There is a wealth of treats you can make with paper mouthwash cups and an approved list of dog friendly mashable ingredients. Rover.com was my main source of inspiration and their frozen treat how-to list -- with dog friendly ingredients is comprehensive.
I made these pops using Rover's three step frozen recipe: liquid base + textured filler + mold of your choice. For the chicken broth pops, this translated to:
Chicken Broth (obvs.) + Zuke's Mini Naturals + $1 popsicle molds from the corner store.
(Note: Another really nice chicken pop recipe by Doggy Dessert Chef calls for actual chicken shredded, diluted with water, and poured into molds, but I do not have enough money to buy animal protein for myself and my dog and I made grilled chicken lettuce wraps for myself last night so...)
Would you make any of these frozen treats for your pet? Are you are grossed out as I am by how prickly and vile they look?
Let the gif/pet photo party commence.