It has been exceptionally warm and humid this summer and don’t get me wrong, I am loving every minute of it! You will not hear me complaining this year about the heat at all. Hot days just mean more time spent out on the water working on my tan or sipping sangria on a patio!
One thing I do think about when it’s really hot is how I am going to keep Winston cool and hydrated. Anytime I pull out either pineapple or watermelon from the fridge this little doggo freaks right out! He knows exactly where in the fridge we keep them and knows I play the 2 for me, 1 for you game. I started thinking how I could use this fruit to make dog treats when the thought of pupsicles took over!
I made these with only 2 ingredients – mainly because there wasn’t much pineapple left and I didn’t want to share it with him! Watermelon and plain yogurt. I dusted off the blender to puree the watermelon but you can use a food processor if you have one. Or if the heat has you feeling super lazy, grab a potato masher and go to town! It won’t be perfect but I assure you your pup won’t know any different.
For the treats in these photos I used a cute silicone mold that I purchased a while ago from Walmart, it is not in stock anymore but there is a very similar now. Alternatively, you can make them in an ice cube tray, a mini muffin pan, or even a regular muffin pan if your dog is on the larger side.
I wanted a picture of Winston with the treats, but they were too cold to hold, so I just put the plate of them on the floor and tried to get a shot of him chowing down on one from the pile. Those pictures turned out like garbage, but I wish you could have seen the pure joy on his face when he realized he had permission to dive into the entire plate of treats.
Please note, watermelon and yogurt are safe for dogs to eat, but some dogs don’t process dairy well. If that’s the case for your dog, you can omit the yogurt. And as always, check with your vet if you have any questions or concerns about what you’re feeding your pets.
Dogs should be supervised when eating frozen treats. That goes double for these as they will stain your carpet if your dog wanders off and leaves a piece of one to melt somewhere!
Here is what you will need:
♥ 2 cups of chopped seedless watermelon
♥ 15 tablespoons (just under 1 cup) of plain yogurt
♥ Blender or food processor
♥ silicone treat mold, ice cube tray or mini-muffin pan
Here is what you will need to do:
♥ Puree watermelon chunks until they are smooth. Add 1 table spoon of yogurt to each space in your mold or ice cube tray. Fill the rest with the watermelon. Freeze until solid – should be about 4 hours.
♥ Remove treats from the mold and store in an air-tight container in the freezer
♥♥ For those pups watching their weigh this summer, no need to worry as there are roughly about 15 calories in each treat. I suppose you could also use fat-free yogurt if you wanted to improve that even more.
I hope you and your fur-babies are having a great summer so far! I’d love to hear from you below about what you do to keep your babies comfortable during the heat. Also, If you missed my previous post for homemade dog treats, click here.
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