Frozen Dog Treats
Don’t leave your best friend out of enjoying cool frozen treats in hot weather. Those last few weeks before the autumn cool down can really be scorchers. Known as the Dog Days of Summer, they run from the first of July to the second week in August in the Northern Hemisphere. If you live “down under,” your dog days are from the New Year until around Valentine’s Day.
The term Dog Days of Summer are so-named because of the ancient Romans. During that time, Sirius, the Dog Star was the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major (Large Dog). (Canis Major was Orion the Hunter’s hunting dogs.) In the days of ancient Rome, Sirius would rise each morning with the sun and shine right along with it for awhile. The Romans attributed the especially hot days to this phenomenon. It is thought that they even sacrificed a dog to appease the gods!
Today we know that’s not true. In fact, the phenomenon doesn’t even occur anymore. The earth’s polar shift changed all that. But we do know that it is still the hottest part of the year, and often it’s just as hot well into September in many places.
Healthy Doggy Pupsicles
Just like humans, dogs are what they eat. With these frozen dog treats, you’ll know what Fido is eating. They are made with healthy ingredients such as beef and chicken broth, bananas, peanut butter, sweet potatoes, green beans and carrots.
Try one or all of these doggy Popsicles and help your dog beat the heat this summer with healthy frozen treats for dogs. You can make them in Popsicle molds or small paper cups. Insert Popsicle sticks halfway between freezing. Freeze overnight.
Chicken Chilly Pups
Make Chicken Chilly Pups by mixing a cup of chicken broth with two tablespoons chicken puree (baby food) and a handful of chopped sweet potato. Pare boil a half of a sweet potato first.
Beef Chilly Pups
Make Beefy Chilly Pups by mixing a cup of beef broth with two tablespoons of beef puree (baby food) and toss in some diced carrots and green beans. Pare boil them first.
Peanut Butter Chilly Pups
Make Peanut Butter Chilly Pups by mixing a mashed banana, 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter and 1/4 cup water.