Thanksgiving Inspired Kong

I had been in search of a new Kong recipe to let Abby try for Thanksgiving. I was disappointed with the Thanksgiving recipe on the Knong webpage. The recipes are not all bad. However, Abby has allergies. Every dog and their human are unique so check out their recipes to see if the Thanksgiving one is an option for your friend.  I figured I would create my own and share with you.

Don’t forget that table scraps can be dangerous for any pet! Filling their Kong is a special and safe way for them to celebrate Thanksgiving with you. After all, aren’t they what you’re most thankful for?

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Thanksgiving Day Breakfast Kong

Ingredients 

  • Peanut butter
  • Banana
  • Water
  • Kibble
  • Kibble soaked in water

At the moment this is Abby’s favorite Kong recipe. I use a nutribullet to mix the ingredients but a blender would work as well.  I combine than half a teaspoon of peanut butter, two small slices of banana, and cover the bottom of the cup with water. Then mix everything for ten to fifteen seconds. After I pour the mix into a bowl and take a handful of kibble to throw in. I allow this to sit for at least thirty minutes. Last, I stuff the kong alternating between the mixture and kibble soaked in plain water. On top, I seal with peanut butter. Most times, we can get two-three meals out of this.

Bananas are a great source of potassium, magnesium, vitamin C, vitamin B6, fiber, biotin, and copper. Bananas help boost the immune system, replenish electrolytes, and promote skin and coat health. In moderation, bananas can make a healthy, low-calorie treat for dogs. Peanut butter benefits include protein and healthy fats, vitamins B and E, and niacin.

Abby’s Thanksgiving Kong

Ingredients:

  • Sweet Potato
  • Coconut Oil
  • Kibble
  • Carrot
  • Pumpkin
  • I cooked a small piece of sweet potato and then cut it in half. I used half here and the other half later.  I used the nutribullet again.

I combined the sweet potato, water, and a little coconut oil together to make a paste. I do not have actual measurements because I use very little of each ingredient. I take a small tablespoon used for cereal and put each ingredient on the tip. I also added two raw frozen nuggets, which is optional.  Again, mix for ten to fifteen seconds. I pour the mixture into a bowl and add a handful of kibble.

I cut the other half of the sweet potato into tiny pieces. I slice the carrot so that I have three slices than cut again into tiny pieces. I added this to my mixture above.

I stuff about half the Kong with the mixture than I add some organic pumpkin. Then I stuff the other half and top with a bit of peanut butter.

Benefits of what is included:

Sweet potatoes are great for digestive health because they’re high in dietary fiber. They’re also low in fat and contain vitamin B6, vitamin C, and manganese. Sweet potatoes are rich in the powerful antioxidant beta-carotene. Beta-carotene converts to Vitamin A in your dog’s body, which is essential for your dog’s vision, growth, and muscle strength.

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Carrots are a good source of fiber, naturally cleans their teeth, Beta-carotene is an antioxidant which helps eyesight, and good for cholesterol.

Pumpkin is amazing for digestion issues of all sorts. Furthermore, it has antioxidants, can help with weight loss, good for the eyes, immune health, and hydrates.

*Note I freeze the Kong from seven to ten hours. Their webpage suggests about four hours.

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Wishing you and your doggie friend a very happy Thanksgiving with Love, Victoria, and Abby!

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Overflowing Kong Recipie

Abby and I enjoy making meal time creative, fun and tiring for her. Each meal is a variety of feeders and games. I purchased Abby’s  Kong Classic on Chewy. Today I want to share a Knog recipe with you.

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First off, if you don’t know what a kong is, allow, me to enlighten you. “The kong is the gold standard of dog toys and has become the staple for dogs around the world for over forty years. Offering enrichment by helping satisfy dogs’ instinctual needs, the KONG Classic’s unique all-natural red rubber formula is ultra-durable with an erratic bounce that is ideal for dogs that like to chew while also fulfilling a dog’s need to play.” If you need more information on the kong visit their webpage.

While it is a toy, personally, we use it for meal time.

A few benefits of this feeder toy include:

  • Mental stimulation
  • Helps in behavior modification
  • Benefits oral health
  • Encourages physical activity
  • Entertainment

Many people stuff the kong with treats, peanut butter, or cheese. But, like I said we use it for meal time, so we use kibble. Once in a while, I make an extra special kong and that is the recipe I would like to share with you.

First, I soak about a handful to two handfuls of dog food in water. I just cover the food with water, not much is needed. I allow it to soak about fifteen to twenty minutes. Then I begin to fill the kong first with a few scoops of kibble (a little bit goes a long ways). If you don’t want to have to hold the kong it fits nicely on a mason jar. Next, I add one tablespoon of organic pumpkin. I use Nummy Tum Tum. More kibble is next. I put in a tablespoon or less of coconut oil. Then, fill it to the brim with kibble. I seal it with a swipe of Jiff peanut butter and put four pieces of regular kibble on top.

Each of the extras (pumpkin, coconut oil, and peanut butter) all have benefits for dogs. Pumpkin is amazing for digestion issues of all sorts. Furthermore, it has antioxidants, can help with weight loss, good for the eyes, immune health, and hydrates. Coconut oil is good for the skin and coat, helps digestion, antibacterial, and muscles. Lastly, peanut butter is tricky. The number one rule is to avoid any product with the sweetener xylitol, because it is deadly to dogs.  Use it sparingly with your fur friend. A few benefits include  protein and healthy fats, vitamins B and E, and niacin,

Our final step is freezing the kong! The longer the better. For breakfast, we freeze it about eight hours. For dinner, we freeze it ten hours. It takes Abby anywhere from twenty to forty-five minutes.

Do you use a kong? If so, share your favorite recipe!

DIY Dog Games

I wanted to properly introduce Abby on my blog, before jumping into a post. Abby is my Service Dog In Training. She is a rescue. Abby is a lab mix who is eight months old. We are in the beginning stages of training, however, her progress is astonishing. She has only been home for a month.

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Like most pet parents, I frequently post pictures of Abby on my Facebook. After receiving a question I decided to do this post on how I feed Abby. This is by no means only for service dogs; any dog can benefit from this. Additionally, let me point out, we do not do this for every meal.

Let’s begin with basics. Dogs have the tendency to eat fast. Some will basically swallow forgetting to chew which causes issues. One serious issue is “gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV) which is air excessive air, fluid, and food filling the stomach, followed by swelling (dilatation) of the stomach cavity.” Other dogs will vomit which is less serious but let’s face it we don’t want to regularly deal with that either. Then there is the issue of the dog becoming hungry quicker.

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This is Abby’s bowl. It was the same price as her “normal” bowl at Wal-Mart. In addition, we do not give her a full meal at one time. It is split at least into two portions.

Meal Time is Game Time

Games engage a dog’s mind and help burn a little energy. Having a dog play for their food makes meal time exciting and rewarding. Abby is a huge fan of games. She would play games all day if she could.

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Muffin Tin Ball Game. This is by far Abby’s favorite game at the moment. It is so simple to put together. This is an old muffin tin. I drop 1-4 pieces of food in a section than cover with a dog ball. She takes off the balls and eats the food.

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The towel sniff out game. Take an old towel. Then simply place kibble and roll up. The object is for the dog to unroll the towel.

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A piece or a few pieces of kibble on the floor then place a cup over it. This one got old quick for us. I have seen people stack cups and place kibble in between. However, Abby doesn’t like to play that.

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This game we used scraps of fabric and rolled up kibble. Next stuffed the ball. Abby pulls out each piece and unrolls.

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She also enjoys playing hid and seek with her food. I hid it in different boxes around one floor of the house. At times we have her games in different rooms as well.

Those are our DIY dog games. Let us know your favorite DIY dog games!