TGIF! Grab a dog a beer! Wait…whaaat?

After a grueling day of laying on the couch, playing ball, chewing a bone, and playing rope toy, sometimes my girls like to kick back with a cold drink. Of course plain old water always does the trick, but, wouldn’t a cool beer taste that much better?

Wait…whaaat?

Yep, you heard it. There’s beer for dogs. Bowser Beer for dogs, to be specific.

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I met up with the owner of Bowser Beer last month at an event at a local brewery. She had samples at her booth for all the thirsty pups, and I watched as one pup after another got their drink on. Most seemed to love it! However, my dog Izzie was being a bit diva-ish and didn’t want to drink from the communal beer bong bowl, so I bought a few bottles to take home and give a try.

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What’s in Bowser Beer? They currently have two flavors, beef and chicken. Beefy Brown Ale (on the left in the above picture), and Cock-a-Doodle Brew (the lighter brew to the right). Both brews contain either chicken or beef stock, malt barley (just like in people beer), and glucosamine (for joint health). There is no alcohol content, which is good. Because unlike their mom, my girls’ first beer didn’t lead to making out with an inappropriate boy in the back of a car. But that’s a story for another time, boys and girls.

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No, Maddie, you have to lick INSIDE the cup.

Maddie was quite taken with the beer, but Izzie kind of didn’t care. Perhaps if I’d had it in official beer steins instead of plastic cups that would have made a difference? The girl kinda has issues.

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Keep sister away from my beers! And puppy dad, too! Seriously!

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The chicken Cock-a-Doodle Brew was her favorite!

Bowser Beer also does custom labels with your dog’s picture, which would make an awesome gift. And check the Bowser Beer locations page to see if one of your favorite pubs carries Bowser Beer. Your pooch might be your next best drinking buddy. Or wingman?

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Pretty pumpkin puffs for your pup!

Earlier this week I had an urge to bake. I like baking things for people, sure, so I did that.

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Chocolate Oatmeal Walnut cookies — NOT for dogs.

But I also love to bake for my dogs. They surely love treats (who would have guessed?), and it’s fun for me.

I turned to the treats section of Feed Your Best Friend Better, a great book I recently bought, and found a fun recipe called Pumpkin Puppy Puffs. When it suggested I could use a pastry bag to speed up the process, I knew I’d found my fun baking project for the afternoon.

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Ready for the oven – so cute!

 

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Whatcha doing up there? You’re making treats you say?

 

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A pretty plate of pumpkin puffs. As you can see, they hold their shape well in the oven.

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Wait, there’s pumpkin in these? I dunno.

And about 2 seconds later…

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Yeah, I’ll be needing more of those.

So, Pumpkin Puppy Puffs were a hit with Izzie! Crazydog is on an elimination diet for possible food allergies, so I didn’t let her try them.

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This recipe is just one of the MANY recipes in the book Feed Your Best Friend Better. I had the pleasure of meeting and talking with Rick Woodford, the author of the book, a few weeks back when he was in the Seattle area doing book signings.  The book is loaded with information on balancing the nutrition and nutrient content in your dog’s food and learning how you can make nourishing healthy meals at home. There is great information on what various nutrients do and feeding guidelines based on the size and activity level of your dog. There are also sections on preparing meals for specific ailments or conditions, which I thought were very well written. Although the recipe I tried first is a treat, I’ve gotten some great information from the book about nutrition and whole meals that can be made for my pups.

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Simple Summer Treat

 

As most dog owners know, a warm dog releases heat by panting. So, on a warm day like we’re starting to experience here in the Seattle area, a cool treat is always most welcome!

 

One of the simplest & healthy summer treats I’ve found for my two dogs is frozen applesauce. The quickest and most convenient way of doing this is buying the small snack sized packs of applesauce and popping them in the freezer. Make sure you get the applesauce with no sugar added, and preferably organic. A big jar of applesauce would work just as well. You could freeze it in small paper cups or even in an ice cube tray. While apples are healthy for dogs, you should limit this treat to smaller quantities, as you do with most treats.

 

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Crazydog looooves her applesauce!

 

After the applesauce has frozen for a few hours it is ready to enjoy. For larger dogs, squeeze out the small container into their dish. Or, for smaller dogs, you can let them lick right from the container as they may not finish the entire treat in one sitting. Any leftovers can be put back in the freezer for a treat at another time.

 

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Lazydog is cautious about anything pertaining to fruits or vegetables.

 

Hope your dog enjoys this fun summer treat!

 

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