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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.


Running Again

Adventures, Doggies, Charlotte NC, Love It, Laylatude, RunningAngelina OberdanComment

In a recent interview, I said that I wanted to start running again. See, the deal is that I have a bad hip, and so my ability to run sort of comes and goes, but when my mom puts on her running shoes, I get really excited no matter how I feel.

I used to be a great runner: 

I mean, I've had this bad hip since I vaulted over a pile of logs when I was a pup and got nailed by one of the logs in my hip. But I guess since I'm getting older (I am not that old yet!), my hoomans worry about me a little more. 

They do lots of things to keep me in good shape like taking me on walks everyday and giving me glucosamine chondroitin and puppy pain killers when I need them, but I still really want to run again. 

I really do just get so excited when my mom puts on her running shoes. 

So I begged and begged, and finally my hoomans are letting me run a little. We don't go very fast, but that's okay with me. I just like to feel the wind in my ears. 

Last Tuesday, we got to go to Matthews' Beer Temple Running Club.

Bogart didn't do so great with the traffic, but I showed him how to handle it. And Fin got to run with my dad because they're both pretty fast. 

It was so much fun because there were lots of people to pet us afterwards. Again, Bogart was kind of bad--jumpy and scratchy--, but Fin and I are so good I don't think anyone minded.

And then last Saturday, Mom took us running on McAlpine Greenway because it was so nice outside. 

And we are so good on and off leash that we got tons of compliments! Clearly this means that I should get to go running a lot more. 


It's Been Way Too Long: Welcome Bogart!

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It's been way too long since I posted anything (November, oi!), but that's because my mom has been really busy, and I don't have thumbs. 

The big news is that we got a third dog. Meet Bogart! 

I have to admit that I haven't been the best dog since we got him. At first I didn't like him very much, and then I realized that my parents weren't paying much attention to me because he was so bad. So I went frolicking with the deer and (!) starting stealing food from the counter again. 

I only steal from the counter when it's worth it. Like one time I ate a bacon/chocolate-chip cookie. (Don't worry; there wasn't enough chocolate in it to hurt me.) One time I ate fresh blueberry muffins. Since we got Bogart, I've stolen a loaf of bread and homemade gnocchi! My tummy hurt a little afterwards, but I have no regrets. 

Since I was so bad, I've been getting extra attention! Like Chantal came over to meet the puppy, and she ended up snuggling with me. And I get to play fetch and go on more walks then before. (Our people were getting lazy.) Obviously I'm still queen of the bed. 

And Bogart really bugs Fin a lot more than he bugs me. 

And I guess Bogart is doing okay. He's not so bad. 

So now we're a one-cat/three-dog pack. That just means more fun! 


Back to School: Photo Story

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We've been really busy since our mom's classes started again. Fortunately, Barkbox had us prepared! 

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