Volunteers deliver cool treats to Dogtown pups
Amid saving lives in the bustling world of Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, a recent mission was underway that was all about keeping our doggy friends cool.
It’s been hot — too hot. We’ve had more scorchers than you can shake a chew toy at; 36 days in July and August alone had temperatures registering at over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. And taking the dogs for a stroll on sizzling sand is not a good idea for anyone.
But we had a few tricks up our sleeves. Of course, there were air-conditioned havens, kiddie pools, and hoses galore. But we weren’t satisfied with the ordinary; we aimed to make the pups bark with joy while they were chilling out.
Enter Dan and Susan Fishbein, the dynamic dog-loving duo of Dogtown. These two have been volunteering at the Sanctuary for a long time, and they’ve become such an integral part of our crew that we’re considering giving them honorary tails.
On a particularly sweltering day this year, Dan and Susan took their devotion to a whole new level by whipping up some seriously cool treats for all — yes, all — the Dogtown residents. Known as Susan’s Frosty Paws recipe, or Pup Cups, these are not your run-of-the-mill treats. They are doggy gourmet and an enrichment activity in one. Nothing calms the canine brain like consuming a treat that takes somewhere in the arena of 1,000 licks to finish. Plus, Susan and Dan had fun making and delivering them.
Susan’s Frosty Paws recipe (aka Pup Cups)
Makes: 70-80 Pup Cups
- 4 large (48-50 ounce) containers of plain Greek yogurt
- 6 ripe bananas (the riper, the better)
- ¾ cup dog-safe peanut butter (no xylitol)
- ¾ cup honey (or skip it for a lower-calorie treat)
- Pop those bananas in a food processor and blend them.
- Add the peanut butter and honey (if using) to the bananas and blend.
- In a jumbo-sized bowl, combine the yogurt and the banana blend; stir until it’s a well-mixed match made in doggy heaven.
- Scoop the mixture into 3-ounce paper cups. Or you can use ice cube trays, silicon molds, or muffin tins.
- Freeze your Pup Cups for a minimum of 12 hours.
And there you have it: a frosty canine delight that will have your furry pals howling for more.
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