Content provided by our partner Noah’s Ark Pet Crematory ~
During the “dog days” of summer, there is nothing better than an ice pop! Well, your dog thinks so too!
Sara Gromley, public relations coordinator at the Humane Society of Southern Arizona created a fun treat for pups. Located in Tucson, the HSSA is no stranger to oppressive heat, and Gromley’s base pupsicle recipe is surprisingly simple: Find a container, add low-sodium chicken broth and freeze!
“Frozen broth is a welcome treat for shelter dogs on a hot day,” Gromley says. “Plus, iced treats are incredibly easy and fun to make!”
Once you master the base recipe, time to get creative! Try making bigger pupsicles to keep your dog entertained even longer, or add extra-special treats for him to find inside. If you don’t have chicken broth on hand, you can use plain water, too.
“We’ve found that dogs enjoy licking their way to toys, treats, kibble, carrots and other assorted surprises in large blocks of ice,” Gromley tells us. “This great enrichment idea keeps our critters busy, cool and happy. They love the variety, and we love seeing them enjoy summer with the coolest treats around. It’s inexpensive, long-lasting fun!
Here are guidelines for the base recipe, which can and should be improvised to meet your dog’s desires (and the kitchen equipment you have on hand):
What you need (makes eight servings)
16 oz. low-sodium chicken broth
8 2.4-oz. kitchen containers with lids (pet bowls or ice cube trays also work)
3 oz. hard cheese, cubed
Placed cubed cheese inside the plastic bowl and fill halfway with chicken broth. Once frozen, leave the container out for a few minutes and the “pupsicle” will fall right out.
Here at Noah’s Ark we help celebrate the life of your cherished friend by offering a loving and compassionate cremation service. We can provide a plaster paw print, hair clipping and memorial DVD upon request at no additional cost.
Noah’s Ark Pet Crematory
2643 Old Bridge Road Manasquan, NJ 08736
732-528-6624 or 732-528-NOAH