Friday, June 5, 2015

Pedigree Dentastix® "Pupsicles"

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My kids are counting down the days till school ends and we can officially begin our Summer fun. I can hardly believe that next week will be their last day.

But isn't Summer always better with a friend? Well I know the dogs are eager to have their playmates home during the day and I am already stocking up on fun activities and items to keep us busy and help us stay cool this Summer.

For the kids that means slushes and homemade frozen treats, but what about for our four-legged friends? We love Cooper and don't want to leave him out of the Summer fun.

Yes, I headed into our local Walmart to stock up on all our Summer favorites, and now is a great time to stock up for your family, too. First, be sure to enter for a chance to win in the Funshine Sweepstakes below.

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There was a whole section in my local Walmart for different sizes and flavors of Pedigree Dentastix®. I stocked up on both the beef flavor and original. Why so much? Well, I have big plans for these.

I also picked up some other family favorites. And while stocking up, be sure to Download the Blippar app from your Apple or Android store to scan your package and receive exclusive content.

There are so many recipes and fun activities I have planned for these Summer staples like Dr Pepper® Cherry, Skittles®, Pedigree Dentastix®, M&M's® Plain candy, and the Life Savers® Hard Candy Variety bag. Many of these products were favorites of mine growing up and have a lot of great Summer memories with them. The Pedigree Dentastix are new to me, but I have an idea that will make them a staple in our pantry this season.

All stocked up, I was ready to get started on my "Pupsicles".

Pedigree Dentastix® "Pupsicles

You will need:
  • Pedigree Detastix, medium or large
  • 2 c. low sodium, organic beef stock
  • 1 tsp. Brewer's Yeast *optional

Grab an ice cube tray, or if you have a dog-themed frozen treat tray, grab that!

Fill the ice cube mold with a mixture of beef stock and Brewer's Yeast. I should note that you want to find a beef stock that doesn't use onions or a contains excess sodium.  It is easy to make your own with leftover bones, carrots and celery added to a stock pot. This is also a great way to keep the broth free of added sodium.

Cover with kitchen wrap and then cut a small slice into the wrap above each mold. Stand a Pedigree Dentastix up in each mold. This will become the "handle" for your "Pupsicle".

Freeze until solid. Then treat your favorite pup! Store the remaining "Pupsicles" until you are ready to use them.

This is also a fun treat to share with your neighbors and dog pals. I wrapped a few up with lollipop wrappers and tied them up with a little kitchen twine. I will store these in the freezer as well until we can deliver them to our four-legged neighbors.

And what did our furry friend think of our "Pupsicles"?

Well, Cooper might have just been polite, but he didn't waste a bit of his "Pupsicle". I keep our treats small, but on a hot day something like this is a big treat.

My kids love to share treats with our dogs while they are playing in the backyard. It is just one more way that Summertime is special.

I enjoying seeing the bond between my oldest and our family dog. Yes, Summer is about fun and friends, regardless of it those friends are four-legged or not.

Do you have any special plans to #ShareFunshine with your pet this Summer? 

Be sure to check out for Summer inspiration.  I'd love to hear which are your favorite ideas for making summer FUN!

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