Things I make for dogs – Upcycled dog treat jars

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Juggling the run up to Christmas and the re-opening of my Etsy shop has left little time for blogging, but we’re having a relaxing Sunday today, so here I am! I thought I’d share one of my favourite items – these beautifully simple upcycled treat jars.

The blue Terrier is my favourite, I just love how regal he looks. But I’ve got other colours and breeds too (and cats!). I’ve also got dogs that aren’t in the shop, so if you’re looking for a particular breed just ask, and I’ll see if I’ve got one in stock! I love glass and jars, so I would also use these for tea, coffee & sugar, pasta, flour, sewing supplies, anything!

View the jars in the shop here :) 

Dog show weekend – Day one

first place dog

Sam & I have finally recovered from our super busy weekend, during which we attended two dog shows in two days! On Saturday we popped along to the Oak Road Community Festival, with the dog show hosted by Oakwood Dog Rescue. Apart from the dreadful weather, which left me with some serious panda eyes, we had a pretty great day :)

The first reason being that Sam was superbly behaved, he really did us proud! We’ve been to just one dog show before, but we didn’t enter any classes and we didn’t stay very long either. On Saturday Sam showed no bother to the thunder and lightening when we first arrived, and his calm, chilled temperament in such a busy environment was super impressive. Lots of attention and questions is nothing new to us, but he was possibly the biggest dog there, so we did alot of talking. He was also so tolerant of the excitable children, which we had to be careful of, as most of them seemed to give his head/ears a good rub, and he’s just recovered from an ear infection.

Our second reason to celebrate was that Sam came First place of course! He won the ‘Most Handsome Dog’ category. We entered this class aswell as ‘Best Rescue’ and then went through to ‘Best in Show’. Now I know it’s not quite Crufts but it was exciting nonetheless! Plus, red is most definitely his colour!

just poochie

Our friend Sara of Just Poochie & co were our saviours of the day too! She very kindly let us hide behind her stall in the rain, helped me fix my make up disaster and fed Sam all of her free samples :) We had a huge laugh too when his head disappeared into a cardboard box then popped back out with a giant biscuit in his mouth! She let him steal it, and in return I let her steal Sam and take him for a stroll :) Everyone wanted to spend time with him! 

‘Just Poochie’ sell all natural treats; hypoallergenic, holistic, gluten free, dairy free and more. They live locally to us, and of course I am all in favour of supporting local businesses. I treated Sam to some ‘Hungry Hector’ soft baked treats, one chicken, one lamb. I’ll let you know how we find them :)

Still to come… ‘Dog show weekend – Day two’!

Kong recipe – Roast Lolly

Of all the dogs currently in my life, Jess is most definitely the Kong’s biggest fan! This is probably due to her love of foodbut also her persistent nature, when she wants something she won’t give up! So on my recent trip to my mums house I took the opportunity of using the leftovers from our own meal to create a new Kong recipe… and I think it was a success!

‘Roast lolly’ 

Ingredients:

  • mashed potato
  • roast chicken
  • garden peas
  • chicken stock

Like I said, this is a really great filler for using up leftovers :) The ingredients are layered, starting with the mashed potato sealing the small hole in the end of the Kong. Next comes a layer of chopped up roast chicken (yum!) followed by a topping of lovely green peas. The chicken stock, which I watered down slightly, is then gently poured into the Kong so it can be soaked up by all of the layers. I then tightly wrapped the Kong in cling film to hold in any stock that might leak out, and then popped it in the freezer overnight!

Stuffed and ready to freeze!

The verdict 

Of all the Kong fillers we’ve tried so far, this recipe took the longest to consume! Shih Tzu Max took 35 minutes to clean his Kong out, where as Jess was still working at it after an hour! Although, I think the mashed potato proved a little tricky for her as it was so soft, so I helped her along with it to prevent any frustration or stress. In terms of taste it smelt yummy and there were no leftovers from this meal! It also didn’t create any mess (but this may depend on the individual dog!) and there were no leakages in the freezer of the chicken stock. In future, I might swap the mashed potato for mashed sweet potato instead, I love sweet potato so maybe they will too!

Rating

4.5/5 woofs!

p.s Kong toys are also great for feeding your companion their main meals, but this recipe is a ‘treat’ remember to adjust your dogs diet accordingly when using recipes like this!

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