Ingredients and supplies:
Chicken or other broth
Doggie treats and/or toys
Butter bowl or other container
This summer, when it’s so hot outside, pass out popsicles to the kids and they’ll get cooled off while having a delicious treat. But there’s one other family member who will want a frozen popsicle as well: the dog! Dogs get hot in the summer, too, and they also love popsicles. Of course, a regular popsicle, with sugar and fruit flavoring, isn’t the best choice for your pup. Make a special kind of popsicle for your dog but advise the kids to leave it alone. It definitely won’t have the taste of a regular popsicle!
You can customize the dog popsicle so that your pet will love it even more. The treat that you create will be cold, taste great, and offer surprises inside! Start out by using broth that you select. It can be a can of chicken broth, beef broth, or another type of meat-flavored broth. Purchase the broth or use some from a meal you’ve prepared.
Mix water in with the broth so that you have one part of each. Stir well. After that, pour the liquid into a container(s), and then decide what you might want to put inside the puppy popsicle. Things that can be placed inside include plastic or rubber toys, rice, meat, and doggie treats.
Dogs come in various sizes and so can the puppy popsicles. For a large dog, pour the liquid into a large bowl, such as a margarine tub. For a smaller dog, try using a yogurt cup. A lid for each container can be used but is not absolutely necessary. Also, if you put toys and treats into a large container, they can tend to sink to the bottom, so do it in steps. That is, place a couple of toys or treats, let them sink, and then freeze for an hour or so. Push in a couple of more treats, freeze awhile, and repeat. As the dog popsicle freezes, it turns slushy, and is more able to hold the treats up. Finish by freezing the liquid solid.
Run a sink of warm water and then set the frozen bowl in it; that will loosen the popsicle from the bowl when you’re ready to serve. Turn the popsicle out onto a plate or short plant stand. Set it outside – but in the shade – and let the dog lick on it as he wants. He’ll discover treats and toys inside as he stays cool and hydrated. Just make sure to mark the puppy popsicle as such; your child will definitely not like it!