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A Girl and Her Dog: Living, Loving, & Enjoying the Little Things

DIY for Doggies

Pupsicles! There's no better treat in the heat of August!

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We love pupsicles in August, and that’s why we repost this recipe every summer.

I mean, what's better for a pup in the spring than an afternoon in the yard chasing squirrels and enjoying a pupsicle afterwards?! 

No really, pupsicles are an easy dog treat that that hoomans can make with just a blender or food processor. And the homemade version is much more economical than the ones available in the freezer aisle of your local grocery store. 

Ingredients (for twelve approximately 1/4 cup sized pupsicles)

  • 32 oz. of plain nonfat yogurt 

  • 16-18 oz. of creamy peanut butter

  • 12 extra small (approximately 1/4 cup) sized BPA-free plastic containers

  • Food processor or blender

You'll also need some common tools from your kitchen like a rubber spatula and a spoon. 

Note: My hoomans buy the cheapest products possible in my local stores. There are easy ways to upgrade your pupsicles depending on your pup's tastes or needs: Greek yogurt, chunky peanut butter, etc. You will need lids for your plastic containers, although they are not pictured here.   

Caution: Some peanut butters contain the artificial sweetener xylitol which is extremely toxic for dogs. Check the ingredients!  

Procedure: 

  1. Layer yogurt and peanut butter in the food processor or blender. (Begin with yogurt so that less peanut butter sticks to the blades.) 
  2. Blend until thoroughly combined and smooth. The color should look similar to that shown below. 
  3. You can add some water if you want to stretch the recipe a little bit.

Seriously, that's it. 

Finishing up: 

  1. Spoon/pour the mixture evenly into the plastic containers. 
  2. Cover with lids and freeze. (Or just serve them as is: pup-gurt.)


Don't Forget: 

  • These are treats. They should not be served as a meal. 
  • Carefully check the yogurt and peanut butter to make sure neither contain ingredients that are toxic for dogs.
  • Supervise your dog until he/she has finished his/her pupsicle. 
  • Do not let your dog eat the plastic containers. 

Bogart loved his first pupsicle!

He's an expert pupsicle-eater now.


DIY Dog Sweater Fail

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So my mom thought it would be really easy to re-purpose some old sweaters into dog sweaters for me and Finley. It did NOT work. 

Obviously, she made us some pretty sweet hoodies, so I guess she thought this would be easy, too. 

First

My mom watched/read some online tutorials that made it seem pretty easy, like this one

Second

She put the sweaters on us and started measuring/pinning. 

Third

Then instead of dragging out the sewing machine, she made some cuts and started crocheting everything together. 

Fourth

Then she put this one me! It clearly looks like a dress and not a sweater. 

And then she gave up. 

Seriously, Mom? This was never a good idea. 


Sometimes My Mom Stacks Treats On Me

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Okay, you know you've see those dogs with treats stacked on their noses... well, we're not that good. 

But we are pretty good at getting treats stacked on our paws! 

(I'm better than Finley obviously.) 


While this looks like torture, it's actually a lot of fun because we really do get to eat the treats eventually! 

My mom would like me to add that it's a super useful trick if you want to teach your dog to not pose with treats or to not eat everything you drop on the floor. You can learn how to do it here. 

Also, it's a great party trick for the holidays!