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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.


Flashback to this post my mom wrote about us: Running with the Dogs

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In honor of me getting back into running (which you can click here and read about), I decided to revisit this blog my mum wrote about why hoomans should run with their dogs. 

It is from a really long time ago, when we lived in Clemson, SC and when it was winter. Hopefully it will help cool off our other US dog friends and inspire out Australian dog friends to get out and run, too. 


Angelina: Every winter, it seems like it gets harder and harder to convince myself to run in the cold. This was true a few years ago when I originally posted this blog, and it's still true now.

(In fact, I think it's just as hard to convince myself to run in the hot summer, but running with your pups in the summer is a whole other issue.)

While Layla was my original reason to start running (we both needed to get in shape), when we adopted Fin, running became mandatory.  I mentioned that having two crazy dogs is good motivation to get out of the house. 

Layla and Fin are, in fact, the reason I learned to love running. After graduate school, I started teaching full-time so there were plenty of days when I only had 30 minutes to spend on myself or the dogs. I quickly learned that if I ran with the dogs, I could check off two to-dos with one run.

I also run with my dogs because as miserable as I might feel, the dogs are always so excited I can't help but be happy. 

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When I originally posted this, we were lucky to live in a part of the country where there are a lot of experimental forests with no leash laws. Finley and Bogart are equally happy running on their leashes and as worn out as the end of the run as I am. Layla, however, hates running on a leash. 

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So get out there and run with your pups, people! We especially like trails and lakes. I'm begging my mum to take me running right now. 


Running Again

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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. 


The Great Lake Escapes

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Even when our humans are busy, they still escape with us to the lake! 

I'm not going to lie to you. Since we haven't been hiking or swimming in awhile (freakin' winter), we were a little uncoordinated at first.

Fortunately, our mom is patient. She didn't kill us, and she let us swim! 

Fin and I love swimming because when we lived in Clemson, we got to run on Lake Hartwell's dyke all the time. On the other hand, Bogart is brand, stinkin' new to swimming. He did okay, but like always, he just wanted to play fetch. [Eye roll.] 

He learned pretty quickly that logs can be really slippery. Mom had to help him out of the lake once. She said next time he's wearing a life jacket (if she can find it.)

Really, we like wading in the muddy parts just as much as we like swimming. And even though the lake we go to now is little-bity compared to Lake Hartwell, there are lots of herons to watch. 

So we've tried out best to keep it together and actually listen so that they'll keep taking us on Friday afternoons. 

See? Ma? How cute are we?