Happy Easter Lamb Dinner

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How much do you love one pot meals. They save time, money and stress. This recipe will make your dog(s) extra happy this easter weekend or any weekend for that matter. I came up with this simple recipe and cooked it ahead of time because I am away for easter. My brother is staying at the house to look after the dogs, teenager and cat (listed in that order of dependents) so I wanted to leave them with a delicious dish to dig into. Traditionally my family cooks a ham for easter but I prefer lamb for us and dogs as a protein source. It’s easier on our digestive systems. Lamb can be higher in fat but I make the extra effort to remove the fat because my senior dog has to stay at her optimum weight to reduce stress on her joints.

Ingredients:

  • Boneless leg of lamb
  • Bag of baby carrots
  • 4-6 beets, washed, peeled and quartered
  • 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary (or 1 Tbsp of dried)
  • 2 cloves of garlic, sliced
  • Water
  • Apple Cider Vinegar

Try to remove most of the fat from the leg of lamb using a sharp knife making your way around the outside and the inside. You will have to slice it open to “unroll” it to get at the fat inside.  Depending on the cut, it can be a lot! Once trimmed, roll back up and tie with cooking string. Place all the ingredients into a slow cooker or stove top pot to fit the size of the lamb and veggies. Cover with a mixture of 3 parts water to 1 part apple cider vinegar to almost cover the lamb. Top with sprigs of fresh rosemary and sliced garlic. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. Once done, remove lamb and veggies from liquid. For the doggies, chop up some lamb and beets. Baby carrots are ok whole as they are small and soft. Spoon in some of the lamb and veggie broth with slices of garlic and serve it up once cooled. For the 2-leggers, slice up some lamb and serve with beets and carrots.

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Happy Easter to you all. For a fun fido treat make some Doggie Easter Eggs. Kids would love to help out with this recipe.

Sham-rockn’ Parsley Pesto

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T-minus 7 lucky days until St. Patrick’s Day and my Irish eyes are smiling. I am an Irish lass who revels in this cultural celebration. I got out my Irish flag and am getting excited for next week’s big party on the east coast where most of the Irish Canadians live. It’s hard not to think about potatoes when you think about Irish cuisine. But they are kind of boring. So I dressed up a baked jacket with a healthy green topping of Parsley Pesto. You could put it on anything you make for your dog. It would be great to mix in to a raw diet meal too.  This Pesto is incredibly good for your dog…and you :)  I’m using hemp hearts instead of nuts because aside from peanuts and almonds, nuts are no-no’s for doggies. Hemp seed helps to fight cancer, reduce joint pain and improves skin and coat. Parsley, as you know, is one of my favourite mineral packed herbs for dogs. I love pesto of all kinds and enjoy trying out new recipes. One year I grew so much basil I had to have a Pesto Party. I invited guests bring their favourite recipe and secret ingredients while I supplied the base ingredients and take home jars. Our blenders got busy as we drank wine and shared stories. In the end we had a blind tasting and voted winner. Then we mixed the pesto into some pasta for a great dinner party meal. All guests left with jars of pesto. It was so much fun! You should try it.

Ok, time to get your Green Goddess/God on!

Ingredients:

  • 4 Cups of washed and dried Parsley, leaves only (approx.1 large bunch)
  • 1/2 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/3 Cup Hemp Hearts
  • 2 small cloves of garlic
  • 1/3 Cup ground Parmesan Cheese
  • Wedge of Lemon

Put the first 4 ingredients into a blender, food processor or like me, put into a  mixing bowl and use a hand-held blender. Blend until ingredients form a paste, you may have to scrape down the edges. Then add in parmesan cheese and squirt of lemon. Blend again until combined. It’s up to you how course you want your pesto to be.

I enjoyed the baked potato with some ghee and a big dollop of Parsley Pesto. I chopped one up for the dogs with ghee, pesto and you could also add some chunks of meat and mix all together. May this healthy condiment be the green you need to celebrate St. Patrick’s day and may the luck of the Irish be with you.

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Sadie’s Breakfast Scramble

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Scrambled Eggs with Turkey & Parsley:  My senior dog Sadie loves breakfast time. She is a true senior; early to bed, early to rise. I thought it would be fitting for my first post to be a breakfast meal. She goes ga-ga for eggs so I came up with this simple meal. For the record, I’m not a morning person. My brain doesn’t start firing on all pistons until about noon. So in the morning, I need to prepare something quick and easy. Feeding my two dogs is all about cost and convenience. Eggs definitely meet that criteria. I also like the nutritional value of eggs. They really are nature’s perfect food. Loaded with protein, amino acids, vitamins and minerals. You can’t beat them. Well you can, in a bowl with a fork…ba-dum-dum! My vet said if you are home cooking for your dogs, be sure to provide enough minerals. Especially for puppies and seniors, which I have one of each. This recipe provides an abundant source of minerals. In eggs, most of the essential nutrients are concentrated in the yolk, so I am inclined to cook with that sunny ball of goodness. Sadie suffers from Canine Cognitive Dysfunction. Her brain needs all the extra help it can get from her food. Egg yolks contain Choline for brain function and cognitive health. In her scramble I’m going to add some more super-healthy ingredients like kefir ,turkey and parsley. Let’s get cracking.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 TBSP of plain kefir
  • 1 tsp of coconut oil
  • 1 Cup of cooked ground turkey
  • Handful of chopped parsley

This is so easy and fast. Whip out that hardworking frying pan and set on stove top to medium-low heat. Add coconut oil to the pan.  While the pan is warming up; Crack eggs in a bowl. Add in keifer and gently beat with a fork. Don’t over mix, Just enough to break the yolks up and mix in the kefir. Because kefir contains live bacteria it could get a little bubbly. Don’t worry it will all come together in the end. Pour egg mixture into frying pan and allow to warm up and set a bit. Once it starts to cook and set, push it around in the pan with a spatula two or three times. Then add in cooked ground turkey and chopped parsley. Fold in the turkey and parsley into the eggs. Continue folding it in a few times and boom, within a couple of minutes it’s done. Slide the scramble into your dog’s bowl and add supplements if used. I add a senior dog supplement to Sadie’s meals.

 

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This is Sadie’s Scramble with lots of turkey. Please adjust the ingredient list according to your dog’s size. Sadie is a large dog. This ratio works for her.

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Me and my sweet lady Sadie. I adopted her at 7 years young from Newf- Friends, Newfoundland Dog Rescue Group. They said she won the lottery when she joined our family. I’m the one who one the lottery. She is the most devoted dog I’ve ever had. I love her SO much.

 

Notes:

  • Cook turkey or any other meat you wish to add a day or two before to have ready to go in the morning.
  • Instead of kefir you could use milk or a non-dairy product.
  • Substitute coconut oil for olive oil. I use coconut oil for it’s brain boosting power.
  • Don’t throw out egg shells. They are a fantastic source of calcium. I give them a quick rinse, let them dry on my sunny window ledge or dry them out in the oven. My puppy likes to chew them whole, my senior prefers them ground up and added to her meal. New studies show Natural Egg Membrane or NEM is beneficial for joint health and arthritis.
  • Keep fresh, washed parsley in your fridge to have on hand when you need it. I wash it, chop it and keep it in a bag with a damp paper towel. Parsley is a super mineral rich herb. You could substitute it for spinach, kale or a sea vegetable that your dog likes or that you have at home.

Cheers to our dogs! XO Laura

 

I am neither a Veterinarian nor a Canine Nutritionist. Every dog is different and has different dietary needs. This site is an inspiration for home prepared treat and meal ideas, This recipe is not meant to replace a balanced diet for your dog. It is advisable to consult with an expert before feeding any new foods to your dog. 

 

 

Big changes for 2016…welcome Laura Ducharme!

Fido and Wine Laura

Hello to all my dear readers!  I hope you had a fantastic holiday season.  You may have noticed that I haven’t posted much in 2015 -there are two reasons for this: I’ve now got The Boys both on the raw diet, and, after 39 episodes of Fido & Wine  and all of the recipes I’ve done for this website – I’m tapped out!  So, instead of closing the fridge door on the blog, I’m passing the reins to one of my fave home cooking mamas – Laura Ducharme!  Laura is not only a dear friend, but she is the host of Fido & Wine, and also owns DogsAge.ca – an amazing resource for senior dogs.  She’s got two dogs to cook for, Sadie the Newf and Chuck the Chocolate Lab -l wish all of you and your dogs the very best and good luck to Laura!

Whitefish dinner

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Here’s a perfect one for summer!

Whitefish Dinner with Fire Roasted Mash and Charred Green Beans. As seen on “At the Beach” with Fido & Wine. This recipe was lovingly perfected by Laura and Jason Ducharme. The entire meal was prepared on a fire pit during our awesome day at the beach in Meaford, Ontario! If you’re going camping or at the cottage, this is a recipe you must try. It’s easy and truly a crowd pleaser.

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Doggone Good Stew

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Here is a delicious and healthy stew that features mixed meats and colorful veggies that are sure to make your dog’s mouth water! Like we need more drool, right? :) I developed this recipe in season one of Fido & Wine. This is a big batch recipe to save time for those of you who home cook on a regular basis. Just be sure to add the dog appropriate calcium/supplements if you do home cook on a regular basis. Enjoy and try some yourself!

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Homemade Kibble

Homemade kibble

Homemade Kibble is a lot of work but the end result is rewarding.  I’ll be honest – this is way too many ingredients and takes too much time to make on a regular basis, but I recommend you make this at least once! It really says “made with love”.

Everything but the Kitchen Sink Kibble as seen in Fido & Wine’s “Basic Meals”.
2 cups of Rye Flour
2 cups Whole Wheat Flour (Do NOT use white flour)
1 cup cooked brown rice
1 cup rolled oats (not the instant kind)
1 cup wheat germ
2 cups of dry milk powder (or non-fat milk powder)
Tsp salt
3 cups of water
4 eggs
1/3 cup olive or canola oil
Up to 4 cups of cooked ground meat – we are using lamb and turkey
(about a 1lb package of each, cooked)
3 cups of mixed vegetables (peas, carrots, broccoli, whatever appropriate ones you have in fridge)
Optional – 1 tbsp of brewer’s yeast, they love the taste and it helps keep fleas away
*Dog appropriate calcium supplement if on a home cooked diet

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St. Patrick’s Day Dog Treats (classic holiday)

St. Patrick's day dog treats

ShamBowWow Treats:  I’ve got my Irish on (not up), so I thought it might be fun to make a green treat for My Dog’s Breakfast. I don’t like using food coloring, so I used two of nature’s emerald beauties to naturally color them. Spinach and Peas!! They turned out well, and they actually taste like those roasted pea snacks. The dogs love them (surprise, surprise).

Happy St. Patty’s day and I leave you with my favourite Irish saying:

“Don’t give cherries to pigs or advice to fools.”

INGREDIENTS:
1 cup of whole wheat flour
I cup of cooked peas (from frozen, they’re greener than the canned ones)
1 cup of spinach
1/4 cup canola oil
1 egg
tsp sea salt

Optional – 1 additional egg for egg wash to make them glossy.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a big bowl, add the cup of flour and tsp of sea salt.

Now, puree a cup of peas and a cup of spinach with the canola oil. If you don’t have a power tool – get one. Ok, if you don’t, just mash your peas and chop chop chop that spinach like a chump. Er, champ!

Add the green mixture to the flour, and crack in your egg on top. Blend together until dough forms – it will be a damp dough. Now, I like to wrap in parchment paper and put in the fridge to chill for about 20 minutes, but you don’t have to.

Look at how beautiful this emerald dough is!!

Now, sprinkle dough with flour and roll out to about a 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. You don’t want them too thin or they will turn brown on the edges in the oven. Use your shamrock cookie cutter to cut out your shapes, or use your wily ways with a knife to make them look like a shamrock. OR…you can make circles or squares, they’re still gonna be green and be festive for St. Patty’s day.

*Optional – lightly beat an egg and brush it on top of the treats to make them glossy. You don’t have to do the egg wash, they’ll still look great without it.

Bake in the oven for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.

“Sláinte!” (Cheers!)

xo/J – be sure to check out my new show Ask Me Anything!

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I’m neither a vet nor an animal nutritionist. This recipe is not meant to replace a proper and balanced diet for your dog. You should speak to your own vet before trying new recipes or feeding any home cooked foods to your dog.

Esther’s Protein-Packed Vegan Snacks!

Esther's Protein-Packed Vegan SnacksHey guys!  Hope everyone had a great summer.  Mine seemed to fly by, and work was really busy as we try to film as much as we can while it’s lush and green out there.         I created these treats in honor of my new best gal, Esther The Wonder Pig!   This was one of the most fun shoots I’ve ever had. For those of you who haven’t heard of Esther, her parents, Derek and Steve thought she was a mini-pig – but it soon became clear that she was a commercial pig, she’s tipping the scales now at 600+ lbs! She’s become an internet darling with the help of her witty folks and her 2 canine and 2 feline sidekicks, people around the world have fallen in love with the pink princess. The family’s found that they’ve become “accidental activists”, and Esther’s inspired many people to become vegans. Their two rescued dogs, Shelby and Rueben have been on a vegan diet for a while and are thriving…hence the Protein-Packed Vegan Snacks!

 

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Doggy Meatza

Doggy MeatzaHi guys! Hope all of you and your pooches have been well. This is one of my fave recipes I’ve done for Fido & Wine. It’s in the Woofstock episode (the largest dog festival in North America). If you’ve never been and you live in Canada, here’s your chance to see what it’s all about (We have to “geoblock” the episodes online, it’a bummer for my international followers – I wish you could see the show!) This is truly a recipe that your ENTIRE family will love. This dish is very popular with meat lovers, those who can’t tolerate gluten, and people on the paleo diet, to name a few. Think of it as pizza, only instead of dough, the crust is made with meat. It’s a grain-free version that satisfies hearty appetites and offers a wide variety of toppings!

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Surf ‘n Turf Fur You And Your Dog

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Sorry it’s taken so long to post a new recipe…anybody else have this crazy never ending cold?! Oh…and there was that trip to Jamaica, feels like a lifetime ago now. But I’m back – and here’s one from my show, Fido & Wine – from one of our episodes we shot in February down in Southern California.  Unfortunately we can only air it online in Canada, despite the many requests we’ve had from the US, hopefully we can get a broadcaster down there to air it!  – click here to watch “Surfing Dogs”.  We met some amazing people from the Socal Surf Dogs and the world famous special Surf Dog, Ricochet.   This dog and her guardian, Judy, do the most amazing work. Ricochet is a world famous, award-winning surf dog with a purpose! She’s the only SURFice dog™ in the world who surfs with kids with special needs, people with disabilities, wounded warriors and veterans with PTSD as an assistive aid. There’s a reason this dog is so popular, especially on Facebook.


Here’s the recipe!

Surf ‘n Turf for Dogs

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Steel Cut Oatmeal Bones

Steel Cut Oatmeal Bones

Well it’s that time of year again…the pants are WAY too tight and we’re all trying out our “lifestyle changes” for the new year. Mine is pretty difficult, aside from more exercise, (all right, I admit it – I haven’t done any since the summer!),  I’m doing a 75% vegan/raw diet. Basically, two meals & snacks per day are raw & vegan, and often the third meal is vegan. My dehydrator has been on as much as the furnace lately! I’m really loving raw breads and crackers, but that’s a whole other blog.  Vegan meals are no problem – one really great vegan meal is steel cut oats. I can’t stomach regular oatmeal, the texture just grosses me out for some reason. But I love chewy steel cut oats; I just cook them in water, then when they’re finished, I add about a cup of berries and a handful of raw pumpkin or sunflower seeds and hemp hearts. It looks like this before I stir it:

Leftover Steel Cut Oatmeal

I had a cup and a half left over, so I thought I’d make The Boys some bones out of it. All of the ingredients are awesome for dogs, and they of course were spoiled at Xmas along with the rest of us, so these are some great vegan treats for them too!  I only added flour and water to make these bad boys. I love when leftovers from my meal can be repurposed for my number one fans – I highly recommend these!
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Icy Pumpkin Bones

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It’s Pumpkin Patch time :) I use pumpkin puree all the time, whether it’s in treats or just straight up with The Boys’ meals. It can be pricey for these big lugs – so I will be roasting myself some big pumpkin and getting out the hog of a food processor in the next few weeks. Here’s a SUPER SIMPLE recipe for frozen treats. one minute or less!

Ingredients:
Pumpkin Puree
Water

I like to use silicone baking molds for my frozen goodies, but an ice cube tray will do the trick. Simply mix the pumpkin puree with some water. I did about half and half – but you could use more or less, even pure pumpkin would work I’m sure.

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I’m neither a vet nor an animal nutritionist. This recipe is not meant to replace a proper and balanced diet for your dog. You should speak to your own vet before trying new recipes or feeding any home cooked foods to your dog.

Superfood Scooby Snacks

Superfood Dog Treat

I’m trying to fall in love with Superfoods like Kale and Quinoa..it’s a battle. On the vegan/vegetarian blogs I read, everyone seems to have a love affair going on with them…is it just me or are they a little harder to love than broccoli and pasta? Anyway, there’s no doubt that they are powerhouses in the nutrition arena, so here are some high end treats I made for The Boys!

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Honey Bear Paws (grain free)

Honey Bear Paws (before baking)

My friend & host of Fido & Wine, Laura Ducharme, is honey bee crazy these days…and for good reason.  Raw honey has some wonderful benefits for our dogs – check out a post by one of my favourite interviewees in my upcoming doc “Acting Out: Canine Nutrition & Behaviour” – Dr. Jean Dodds. Dodds also talks about local honey – which is what I used in this recipe. Apparently, eating local honey may help us all with seasonal allergies – any my littlest one gets the runny eyes so this is an extra super spesh treat for him. In theory, bees from your local area are likely to collect pollen from the local flowers in your area. That pollen will end up in small amounts in the honey produced. By ingesting that honey on a regular basis, , the person eating the honey will build up immunity to the pollens from the flowers in their local region.

Laura gave me this jar of local buckwheat honey, she raved about and hinted that she’d love to see a recipe on the blog with this buckwheat honey – so this one’s for you, honey buns :) I also put some cinnamon and ginger in there, these are some sweet smelling Honey Bear Paws. Of course my favourite flour to use these days is buckwheat flour, the best of the grain free options IMHO.

 
Honey Bear Paws ingredients
INGREDIENTS:
1 cup water
local honey (I used one cup for my dogs – read comments section for recipe adjustments if you think this may be too much for your dog)
6 cups buckwheat flour (or other flour mixture)
2 TBS ground ginger
2 TBS cinnamon
1/4 cup carob chips

This is pretty easy. Preheat your oven to 250 degrees.

Place the dry ingredients — buckwheat flour, ginger and cinnamon — into a mixing bowl first and mix together. Then add the wet ingredients, water and honey. I used the stand mixer but you could mix by hand. Mix it until it forms a dough ball. This is a “wetter” dough, so sprinkle some flour on it before taking it out of the bowl. It does roll out easily and beautifully…I like mine between 1/4″ and 1/2″ thick. I used a paw print cookie cutter and then stamped them with this “welcome to bear country stamp” I picked up at Michaels. Then I used carob chips for the paw pads. (a good replacement since you can’t feed dogs chocolate chips) Bake at 250 degrees for 45 minutes to an hour. You could probably bake them at 350 for 20-25 minutes, I just wanted to keep my carob chips pretty solid.

The buckwheat flour gives it that gorgeous dark brown colour you see in the final baked goods below.

Honey Bear Paws Dog Treats

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I’m neither a vet nor an animal nutritionist. This recipe is not meant to replace a proper and balanced diet for your dog. You should speak to your own vet before trying new recipes or feeding any home cooked foods to your dog.

White Mockolate Stuffed Raspberries

White Mockolate Stuffed Raspberries Hey all, hope you’re having a great summer! This decadent dish for our dogs is actually a fresh and healthy treat.  It’s berry season, and raspberries are one of the lowest sugar fruits, so I thought why not let The Boys share the bounty.  I’ve been seeing chocolate stuffed raspberries in magazines lately, (I’m sure you know that chocolate is toxic for dogs)  so I thought I’d do a twist on it that’s dog-friendly.  You could use carob chips instead of chocolate, but I’m big on plain yogurt which doesn’t have any sugar added to it and offers many health benefits for our four-leggers. There are only two ingredients:

Raspberries
Plain Yogurt
**You could also add a touch of honey to sweeten it up for your pooch.

Wash and dry your berries. Simply spoon some yogurt into a sandwich bag and snip off one of the bottom corners. This is your piping bag (of course you could use a pastry bag if you have one). Now, just inject some yogurt love right into the berries! You could freeze these first before feeding to Fido for some frosty goodness, but I wouldn’t keep them in the freezer for any extended period of time.

xo/J

I’m neither a vet nor an animal nutritionist. This recipe is not meant to replace a proper and balanced diet for your dog. You should speak to your own vet before trying new recipes or feeding any home cooked foods to your dog.

Poochy Pumpkin Granola

Poochy barsHope everyone is having a good summer so far…is it as hot where you are?  Looks like the heat wave around these parts is over – which means we can use our ovens again!  Here’s a super easy treat recipe.  I always have big cans of pumpkin puree on hand for The Boys, and I often add scoops of the leftover pumpkin to their meals.  It’s such a super healthy & tasty vegetable, plus it’s a real digestion booster.  I’ve also given an option here to use some scottish oats – I’ve been baking with these a lot lately as the oat is less processed and therefore has more to offer nutritionally.

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“Red, White & Blues”: Frosty Fourth of July treats!

Red, White & Blue Dog treats fourth of julyThe long weekend to celebrate Canada Day has arrived, last year I did some maple leaf cookies to mark the occasion. It’s also coming up on Independence Day for our friends to the South, so here’s a recipe to help celebrate the Fourth of July!

INGREDIENTS:
1/2 cup to a cup of plain yogurt
1/2 cup to a cup strawberries (I used frozen)
1/2 cup to a cup blueberries (I used frozen)
THATS IT!

Thaw your berries if you’re using frozen ones.
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Puree the berries with a stick blender or blender, or even your fork and some effort will do it if they’re from frozen, because they’re so soft.
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Layer them into your mold. I used a silicone bone mold, you could even use muffin tins. Fill each slot 1/3 full with strawberry puree. Freeze for an hour. Add yogurt to make it 2/3 full. Freeze for an hour. Scrape off any excess white yogurt from sides so you will be able to see all three layers. Fill to top with blueberries and freeze for at least five hours. You can reverse the strawberries and blueberries for some extra fun times, lol.
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Cheers and let’s celebrate!
xo/J
I’m neither a vet nor an animal nutritionist. This recipe is not meant to replace a proper and balanced diet for your dog. You should speak to your own vet before trying new recipes or feeding any home cooked foods to your dog.