Monday, June 28, 2010
One of my favorite things is to give my pups fun treats that I think they will enjoy. The only down side is that it takes them about one second to gobble it down and then it's over. I decided that a good summer treat might be a fruit-sicle. I took a common red plastic cup, diced up some apple cubes and threw them in the cup. Then I added a little bit of water. Just enough to slightly cover the apples, but still leave chunks exposed. I then put the cups in the freezer and waited for the perfect opportunity. The chance presented itself this weekend when it was raining and we were stuck at home. While we waited for the rain to stop the pups started getting bored because they knew this was the time we usually go have fun outside. I busted out the treats and handed them out. Not only do they all love apples, but they also have to work to free them from the ice. It takes them each about five minutes or so to finish. So really it's a brain and tummy treat. I think they really enjoyed it.
The amount of apples I put in the cup corresponds to the amount each dog can have. Unfortunately for Flash since he's the smallest he has a smaller treat allowance. I can't have him losing his boyish figure. Also, since Flash suffers from food allergies I keep all their treats very simple. Just apple and water and even then he can't get too much apple. It's also important not to give them frozen treats if the dogs are hot, or after exercise or play. You don't want it to cause cramping which can lead to bad things. I also run the treats under hot water for a couple of seconds to start thawing them out so that the ice isn't as cold.
In the end they enjoyed their surprise and were able to wait out the rain with a bit more grace.