Just a quick post…
Before Someone got sick (with Lewy Body) and I just run out of time and energy these days, I used to make fresh this, that and the other thing for us and for alllllll of our rescue dogs in our care. But, realizing that something had to give, I thought about how I could make the dogs happy and keep them cool in this near 100 degree heat all summer.
I tried different things. Then one day, I was looking at a box of what we call “little dog food” that an devoted angel and her mother had assembled. “Hmmm,” I wondered. “Could those freeze in their containers?” The next thought I had was, “Would I have to take them out of the containers and put them in each dog’s bowl (a lot of work) or would the dogs eat the treat and leave the container?”
For the little to medium dogs, the 3.5 oz-5.5 oz side containers are per-fect. (They must be in plastic–just no metal cans (the dogs want to chew on them–which is dangerous! and the lids don’t like freezing). For the big dogs, I tried freezing the 8-10 oz tubs because the bigger dogs (especially one)–just one time–got the little iced food lose and swallowed the whole 3.5 oz frozen treat! No problems but I wouldn’t let that happen again. FYI, the bigger tubs take two days instead of 12 hours to freeze.
All brands froze nicely–the pate’ and the foods with gravies froze better than those without gravy (lower left).
One of our angels sent a package of four fruit doggie ices–which I tested. I offered dogs food vs. the fruit. Brindy eats everything and really enjoyed the fruit–but they are half the size of the small meat containers so I gave her one of those, too, afterward to keep her busy and happy. (I wonder if individual serving applesauce containers could be frozen–and would the dogs eat them??)
The Smoothies for Dogs are made of pureed apples, pureed bananas and water–the carrot cake flavor has pureed carrot and the pina colada has “flavoring.” I wish I knew what that was to be able to recreate it.
I have been thinking of other easy alternatives–of course, you can puree blueberries or float them whole in milk-water, broth, or just water–and lots of other things would work (click here to go to my link listing safe foods for dogs–not accounting for any allergies your loved doggie may have) and I thought of this…
Those butter containers, Chinese food gravy or plastic containers, etc. with a lid–can all be filled half way or full with dog food–or dog food mixed with water if you want to make it go farther–and then frozen. Overnight, they will freeze. After taking them out of the freezer, briefly touch the bottom of the container to a bowl of warm/hot-ish water and they will release–allowing you to put the iced food into your dog’s bowl. This will take a little bit of effort–on a difficulty scale of 1 to 10, it is probably a 2-3. If we run out of the little containers or we don’t have amazon credits or our “Crayola Angel” flies away, I will probably need to do this. The dogs love them and since the only way they can keep cool is through their mouths or paw pads (and tummies), even though they are all kept indoors especially during the heat (or cold) except for a potty/run break every few hours, they need something to do and a way to keep nice and cool.
…and if you cannot afford wet dog food, you can use plain water with just a touch of milk, soup, broth, whipped cream…something your dog loves–even peanut butter mixed into water! Their noses are about 10,000 times more sensitive than humans so they will figure it out. You can also make just a container of ice and freeze it half way, place a treat or piece of meat or something edible in the middle and cover it with water. They will lick the ice try to get to the treat–and continue to lick the ice after they reach the treat because it will taste good!
I hope this helps someone. I know it makes a difference at the/our Rescue Ranch–and we live and breathe everything dog–and lots of them–so I really know what I am talking about!
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Please help if you can. Imagine trying to take care of a small “farm” of rescued, special needs (mostly) dogs on Someone’s now-disability income that only covers the mortgage and utilities! Eek! Four years ago, things were much different but now, we depend on God to watch over us and to provide and to reach our/more angels’ hearts to help us to help the dogs regularly.
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Like the cereal commercial that says, “Give it to Mikey. He will eat anything!”–Someone says the same about Brindy! She was a distemper survivor with Project Hope serum, (immense thanks to Dr. Alson Sears, DVM, retired) had a life-threatening case of mange, is allergic to Ivermectin but has heartworms, more (she was spayed way too young by the shelter at eight weeks–with active distemper (so it was like a double-whammy), so she has little or no immune system)–and yet she is always sweet and sun-shiny, making me so very thankful daily that angels (especially one guardian angel) blessed her with the help that she needed to keep living.
Every animal deserves life. There are no breeds or sizes or animals that are cuter or better than another. Their spirit shines through once you get to know them and see beyond their injury or disability or depression/mourning even. They are just pure love and just want to be loved.
Please adopt/foster/volunteer/rescue/help the animals. You can go to petfinder.com to find an organization in your area or an animal who needs you–now! They only have days to live if they are left at a shelter or have been ‘captured’–so don’t waste time.
To God goes the Glory!
I wonder if other animals would eat frozen treats like this! Yoghurt is a good thing to mix with water–add a little honey! Frozen tuna for cats? Frozen peppermints for horses? Just thinking out loud!