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!

Vegan Dog Treats: Homemade Greenies

It’s our first treat of the new year! I can never go without baking for very long, but I’ve been a little bit gun shy about baking in general, since the first weekend of the new year. Our oven experienced a runaway heating event and turned what were supposed to be delicious bacon cheddar muffins into…well, very crispy, way over baked bacon cheddar muffins. I wasn’t as concerned about the muffins at the time, considering my oven was raucously beeping at me like it might be counting down to a bomb explosion.

We’re hoping that the oven error was nothing more than a rogue, one-time mishap; in the meantime, I thought I’d foray back into my baking habits with a dog treat recipe. After all, Topher would likely still drool uncontrollably for even the crispiest of dog treats, all oven mishaps be damned. Enter: these delightful vegan dog treats!

While these treats may not have the plaque-fighting capabilities as your dog might get from chewing on a Greenies dental stick, the parsley-filled morsels will certainly freshen up your pup’s breath! The dough mixes up delightfully fast and is really easy to work with, which makes it a great beginner treat to try on the weekend if you’re new to our recipes or the homemade treat game in general.

Want the Best Chew for Heavy Chewers? Try Bully Sticks!

Because of Topher’s intense chewing habits, we’ve tested just about every chew on the market. If we can get at least thirty minutes out of a chew, we’ll call it a success. Note: there are very few natural chew options that can last thirty minutes.

After two years or testing and trying, we’ve found a good rotation of a variety chewing options for our power chewing dog: from real bones, to Nylabones, to occasionally letting him chew the stuffing out of his toys. But our favorite chew, by far, has to be the bully stick.

Red, White, & Blueberry Frozen Dog Treats

Hooray for July! Whenever I tell people that July is my favorite month in Georgia, they usually look at me like I’m completely nuts. July? It’s so hot here in the summer, do I have some weird love for oppressive heat and humidity? No, but I am a little biased towards July since it’s my birthday month. It’s also the height of tomato season here, and I’d probably eat tomatoes for every meal if I could. (You think I’m kidding, but for real.)

Plus, July kicks off with Independence Day, which always felt like the peak of summer when I was a kid. It heralds more time at the pool, more blistering hot days (whether you love them or hate them), and sometimes even a vacation or two. With July 4th right around the corner and all the fresh fruit coming into season, I couldn’t think of a better time for making some frozen dog treats. These layered strawberry, banana, and frozen blueberry dog treats are great for your dog, and for you!

Grow Your Own Dog Friendly Herb Garden

Over the last few years, gardening has become on of my favorite hobbies. I’m not particularly great at it, but I get a little thrill every time I get to use something from my little backyard garden. However, for many folks growing things, gardens are usually areas that are meant to be off limits to our pets. This can make having a garden impossible for some, whether your yard is too small or there’s no way to fence off your garden to keep the dog out while you’re away.

However, there are a few herbs that you can plant, and allow your pup to frolic with you while you spend time in the yard, without worrying about what they are eating. Plus, it may save you some money since can use the herbs for your own purposes, in dog treats, and maybe even as flea preventative in some cases!

Here are a few herbs and other plants that are safe for dogs to eat, that you might consider planting this year.