I apologize for the missed post on Monday. I have been working on a in-depth kitchen remodel and by the time I had this ready it was too dark to take pictures.
With up my buddy Connor’s help we set this offering out for you. Puppy Ice Pops because it’s HOT in the Hinterlands and furry dog needs to cool off. Connor is a Blue Meriel Sheltie who is 20 months old and a furry ball of fun and energy. This idea came about because when Connor realized that when I got ice out of the freezer for my iced tea he could have a chunk of ice if he looked cute enough….he has no problem looking cute.
These are simple enough to make and will keep in the freezer for the summer. I will start by saying you have to limit giving these out because if you give to many it could make your puppy ill. We give Connor one may be two at the most each time. I used a store bought low sodium chicken broth and fresh carrots, you can put anything you want in them just as long as your sure it will not do them harm. Follow this link to figure out what you should not feed your best friend. Instead of store bought broth, you can boil chicken and use the broth as your base if you want and what ever vegetable they like. Connor loves to eat carrots when we are cooking with them, so it was a natural choice. I used a old style plastic ice-tray and that’s about all you need, oh you will need a working freezer :), but I am sure most of you have that.
So, ready to do this? Here we go.
- 2 plastic ice-trays
- 16oz low sodium broth,either chicken or beef
- 2 large carrots sliced thin
- a freezer 🙂
- Since your going to use these ice-trays for meat broth you may want to have a pair that you dedicate to this....Chicken flavored ice tea ice with may not be what you want with that PB&J sandwich.
- Peel and thin slice your carrots
- Fill your 4 quart pot with the broth and add the carrots, bring to a boil and simmer until the carrots are soft.
- Allow the broth to cool fully and then fill the ice trays, make sure each cube has a good amount carrots in them and place in the freezer until frozen solid.
- Remove a few from the tray and share with your buddy and watch the wagging begin!
This was a big hit with Connor. With the outside temps getting to 95+, these and a shady spot are just the thing. There are a few things you will want to consider when you make these. When your buddy eats them they start to melt, therefore, I consider these an outside treat..messy kitchen floors drive Michelle nuts! Before you start handing these out let them thaw a bit so they get “chewy” Connor licks them until he can bite them and then they are gone. DO NOT give them too many, a few can be great and if you crush them so much the better. Little puppies may not do well with these, they can be a choking hazard so be mindful and watch your pooch while they enjoy them. It’s a great way to reduce your stress too.
Until next time, be safe & have fun.