Make a Dog Friendly Popsicle & Keep Cool This Weekend
Here at the Bennett house we tend a little backyard garden during the spring and summer months. While we make good use of most of what we grow, we are only two people. So by June of every year, without fail, the herbs we’ve planted have typically grown into giant bush monsters. I’m not sure what it is about our backyard that makes it perfect for parsley…but y’all we have enough parsley to feed an army.
This year, I’m enlisting Topher’s help in eating and using more of what we grow. Since most of the herbs we grow are safe for dogs to eat, I decided to make him a green smoothie dog friendly popsicle to keep him cool while we play outside. The mix of mint, parsley, and basil is great for freshening breath, which is a nice bonus! This recipe is also easily scaled up to make lots of treats, if your yard is as flush with fresh herbs as ours.
If you think a dog friendly popsicle will make too much of a mess…you’re probably right. This is not an indoor treat by any means. However, this blended mix of herbs is also a great starter for baked, homemade greenies, another breath freshening option that won’t ruin your carpet!
Makes 6-8oz of liquid
- 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
- 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
- 1/2 to 3/4 cup fresh parsley
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup chicken broth
- Put all ingredients into a blender.
- Blend and pour into the mold of your choice.
It’s that easy! I chose to make one big popsicle out of this batch, though you can also fill and freeze an ice cube tray for more bite sized treat options. I added a bully stick and gave this to Topher as a dog friendly popsicle treat while we worked out in the yard—a perfect way to keep him occupied (ie. not chasing the lawn mower) and keep him cool in the summer heat.
Remember: always check with your vet before introducing new things into your dog’s diet. Our treat recipes are not meant as health supplements or exchanges in your dog’s normal diet, they’re just for fun!
What kind of dog friendly popsicle would you like to see us make next? See the rest of our frozen treats by visiting our dog treat recipe index!