Tuesday, May 15, 2012

How To: Homemade Frosty Paws Recipe


Hey guys, Basil here! In case you missed my guest post yesterday over on daddy's blog, the parents have kindly allowed me to double post here today with my homemade version of frosty paws dog treats.

This idea came about after dad brought me with him to work one day and amidst all the new scents and people I came across, there was one lady who has a couple of German Sheppard's (Skylar and Keno) — I've not officially met them but I did pick up there scent. She asked me if I'd ever been lucky enough to taste frosty paws, to which I just hung my head in shame. Anyway, this is the recipe just as I got it from their mom...those lucky dogs.

Ingredients:
  • 1- 24 ounce tub, all natural Greek vanilla yogurt (plain can be used — call me fancy).
  • 1 1/4 cups, creamy peanut butter
  • Glass ramekins or other freezer safe container

Directions:
Whisk together Greek yogurt and peanut butter to create a creamy smooth textured mix, then add to your ramekins, about a quarter cup per container (more if you want to especially spoil your favorite pup).


Cover individually with clear wrap and place in the freezer for 5-6 hours to set up or freeze (thanks Brandon for holding the ramekins while I sniff my way around your SLR).


When you remove them from the freezer they will have a hard consistency (harder than ice cream and perfect for a good ole puppy licking).  


Now I must admit, the discipline I had for the above shot does not come easy, but not soon after I just couldn't stand it anymore and had to dig in. Oh yeah...


When mom got back from her long weekend away, she almost grabbed one of these to eat herself before realizing they were for me. While perfectly fine for the human palate, these make a really tasty and refreshing cool treat for your four legged friends as the weather continues to warm up this season.

Do you have any favorite homemade dog treat recipes? I'd love to know so I can continue to broaden my repertoire.

Signing off until next time,
Basil

9 comments:

  1. I do the same thing!
    But I put biscuits or bones in them as well to keep them even more busy.
    Occasionally I add a little water or broth or bacon grease.

    They are especially good distraction for anxious dogs, when their parents are leaving for work or some other human activity.

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    1. Miche — fantastic idea, we may have to try adding in other little "surprises" :)

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  2. Hi,

    I stumble into your blog while searching for some gardening tips.
    love your posts and can't wait to try out this recipe for my 4 legged friend as well.

    Cheers,

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    1. So nice to have you here MelMok — thanks for your kind words! Let us know how it goes and you can also find a few more homemade treat ideas we've made here: http://www.17apart.com/search/label/dog%20treats

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  3. Love your blog and Basil is so well behaved.
    My "babies" love ice cubes year round so I make flavored ice cubes of equal parts water and broth. I have used beef and chicken.
    Place the liquid in silicone trays and freeze. I use silicone since cubes pop out easily.
    Gotta take care of our four legged family, right.

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    1. Love this idea — we might have to try it out!

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  4. we do something similar here... we fill marrow bones (after using them in soup or - well - giving them to our dogs as well...) with fresh cheese (any kind will do, adjust fat content to your dog's weight!). you can reuse those bones again and again!
    they have never failed to keep a dog busy, and we should know... we run a dog hotel!

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  5. Never thought of adding yogurt to my frozen treats! Will have to try this in the summer! My Great Dane just loves all frozen treats. I make a banana/strawberry puree and freeze that for her in the summer to work away on :)

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