Are y'all getting tired of seeing all the photos of my pups all over Instagram? I can't help going overboard with the posting...Blue is loving his new little sister Rosebud and I'm loving this new adventure of being a dog mom to two. I've been through the puppy stage before with Blue but there's a whole different learning curve doing it the second time around.
There are three big issues I'm currently facing: 1) maintaining my work schedule while chasing after a very busy pup (re: playing with her all day), 2) fighting to stay awake and energized now that I'm getting less than the optimal hours of sleep and being frequently woken up for potty visits outside, and 3) making sure that Blue is still feeling super loved and adored now that my attention is split between two fur babies.
I'm trying to embrace the adventure and remind myself that this puppy phase goes by so quickly. The mantra "but first, coffee" has never been more real and I've been expanding my taste buds as I enjoy my daily cups (note the plural) of caffeine. Indulging in Dunkin’ Donuts® at Home Bakery Series® coffee has been the little reward and push I've needed to keep up with my work and "do it all." As for making Blue feel loved - he still gets to sleep with me in bed and I've been making homemade treats with some of his favorite stuff to show him just how spesh he still is.
Does making homemade dog treats in my own kitchen officially make me a crazy dog lady? If making healthy and cost effective treats for my puppy boy makes me wrong, then I just don’t want to be right! Rosebud will most likely get the same treats when she’s bigger but for now, her puppy tummy only gets food. I probably shouldn’t even call them treats…there’s only three ingredients and no meat. God bless the good buyers of Amazon for leaving recipes when I was looking up silicone dog bone molds. Here’s the recipe I found and the instructions on how to make:
- 1 15oz can of organic pure pumpkin puree (NOT pie filling)
- 1/2 cup of organic coconut oil (softened/at room temperature but not melted)
- 1/3 cup Brewer’s Yeast
- Combine all three ingredients (I used my standing mixture but mixing by hand or with a blender would also work) and blend until smooth
- Make small dollops on the mixture on a cookie sheet with wax paper or use a silicone mold tray (I got this cute one from Amazon!)
- Freeze “treats” for about three hours or till they are firm
- Store in a Ziplock bag or container in the freezer
Blue LOVES coconut oil. I used to give him a spoonful each morning and he would basically do flips for it – but I realized I had been slacking on my duties since Rosebud’s arrival. He also LOVES sweet potato. A lot of owners give sweet potato puree to pups when they’re having upset stomachs and Blue is no exception, but he also gets the stuff in the form of “Sam’s Yams” dehydrated sweet potato chews. Don’t get me wrong, he’s a true lab and will literally try to eat anything and everything, but I try to keep his weight at a healthy level and have found these simple “treats” to be good alternatives to products with meat. The last ingredient, Brewer’s Yeast, is a new one for us. I’d read that the supplement is a great antioxidant for dogs and improves their coats (less shedding!), boosts their immune systems, helps with anxiety, and more – so when I saw it in the recipe I figured I would give it a try.
I mentioned that Blue will eat anything and I wasn’t kidding (he drools whether I’m eating scrambled eggs or string cheese) but he is really crazy about these homemade little bones. It makes me so happy giving him this little treat and I hope he gets that it’s an extra way I’m trying to make him feel special and loved.
Speaking of treats. Let’s talk about how I’ve been treating myself! Something you might not know about me unless you really know me, is I adore baked goods. Donuts, cinnamon rolls, croissants, cookies, cake, cupcakes, brownies – I really don’t discriminate. My biggest vice when in an airport is a coffee and something sweet. But despite my cravings, I don’t eat donuts and cake each and every day…I just do the next best thing and drink a cup of Dunkin’ Donuts® at Home Bakery Series coffee. Finally, someone figured out how to combine rich, delicious Dunkin’ Donuts® coffee and bakery-fresh taste. It’s the best of both worlds! There are six flavors in the Bakery Series Coffee but I’ve been loving the Cinnamon Coffee Roll. I love the hint of cinnamon – it’s full of flavor but not too sweet or overpowering. Brewing it in my French Press makes for a nice morning ritual to start my day and it also makes for a super delicious afternoon pick-me-up so I can continue to keep up with my pups.
Happy fur babies and a happy dog mama makes the three of us ready for any and all exciting adventures to come!
What adventures are you currently living right now? I want to know!