The following bi-weekly column is written and sponsored by Bark + Boarding, which provides a heart-centered and safe environment for your pets. Conveniently located at 5818-C Seminary Road in Bailey’s Crossroads, Bark & Boarding offers doggy daycare, boarding, grooming, walking and training services, plus in-home pet care.
By Chelsea Pennington, Bark + Boarding Writer and Animal Enthusiast
Nothing says summer like enjoying a sweet frozen treat like ice cream or a snow cone.
While you might be inclined to let your dog have a lick, many desserts are artificially sweetened with Xylitol, which is toxic to dogs. So instead of sharing your summer dessert, try one of these easy pet-friendly treats to beat the heat.
Frozen Fresh Breath Treats
- 1 cup of plain or Greek yogurt
- Small handful of fresh parsley leaves
- Small handful of fresh mint leaves
Blend all the ingredients until the herbs are evenly disbursed. If you’d like the consistency to be a little thinner, add a splash of water. Pour into an ice tray and freeze. The parsley and mint will help freshen your dog’s breath, while also providing other health benefits.
Parsley can reduce inflammation and aid digestion, while mint is antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral to help prevent bacteria growing in your dog’s mouth.
- Dog biscuits
- 1 cup of carob chips or 1 tablespoon of carob powder
- 1 cup of plain or Greek yoghurt
Put carob chips in a bowl and melt over boiled water. Once melted, mix with the yogurt. For carob powder, mix it directly into the yogurt. Dip the top of the dog biscuit into the mixture, then place another biscuit on top to create a sandwich. Line a tray with as many s’mores as you want, then freeze.
Since chocolate is toxic for dogs, regular s’mores aren’t an option, but carob has a similar taste and texture to chocolate, and also contains healthy nutrients to help flush toxins from your dog’s body.
Bark + Boarding Ice Cream
- Equal parts plain yogurt
- Peanut butter, pumpkin puree or chicken stock
Blend ingredients together. Pour into ice trays, then freeze until solid. Here at Bark + Boarding, our doggie-friendly ice cream is always a hit! Using the pumpkin puree has the added benefit of aiding your dog’s digestive health. If you go with peanut butter, make sure you get a naturally sweetened brand without Xylitol.
Tennis Ball Surprise
Combine two of your dog’s favorite things: tennis balls and treats! Carefully cut a slit into a tennis ball, revealing the hollow center. Fill it with treats, then give it a toss. This is sure to liven up any game of fetch, and will also give your active dog something to keep busy as they snuff out the treats.
Kongs can keep dogs entertained for hours, and also provide a tasty frozen snack to cool off with in the summer. Try one of the several recipes below. Simply blend or mash the ingredients together, spoon into your Kong, then freeze.
- 1 cup of boiled potato
- ½ cup of plain cottage cheese
- ½ cup of grated low-fat cheese
- 1 cup of plain or Greek yogurt
- 1 teaspoon of honey
- 1 banana
- 1 cup of cooked sweet potato
- Handful of shredded, boiled chicken
- Handful of cooked carrots
- 2 tablespoons of yogurt
- 1 cup of cottage cheese
- 1 cup of natural peanut butter (Xylitol-free)
- 1 teaspoon of honey
Of course, dogs shouldn’t get all the fun! Here are some treats that your cat can have this summer too!
Frozen Tuna Treat
- An ice cube tray
- Can of water-packed tuna (or canned salmon)
- Approximately ½ cup water
Without draining the tuna, mash it with the water. Blend the tuna until it’s a light puree. Fill an ice cube tray and freeze. If your cat is being a picky eater as the weather warms up, this is a great way to entice them to eat something filling.
Kitty Snow Cones
- 8-10 ice cubes
- ½ cup water
- Tuna juice, chicken broth or flavoring of your choice
- Dry cat food (optional)
Place the ice cubes and water into a blender and blend until the mixture is slushy, but not liquid. Scoop out a serving into a bowl. Drizzle the flavoring your cat prefers over it and serve. If you want, sprinkle crushed dry cat food over the top for a crunchy garnish.
President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden are scheduled to cross the river into Arlington next week. “On Monday, December 12, as part of the First Lady’s Joining Forces…
A “singing tree” is set to bring holiday cheer to Ballston. Next week the Ballston Business Improvement District (BID) is debuting the “Ballston Singing Tree.” That’s 12 strands of 1,200…
Welcome to the second weekend in December! We have a new list of open houses to check out across Arlington this weekend. With Christmas two weeks away, there are plenty…
A stretching studio is opening in Courthouse later this month. Los Angeles-based StretchLab is stretching itself to open by late December at 2200 Wilson Blvd, at the corner with N….
Join us on December 14, 2022, from 7-9 pm for Arlington’s biggest civil rights & social justice event of the year!Awards will be presented Wednesday, Dec 14 at the Freedom Fund Virtual Banquet, 7-9 pm ESTLearn more about the awardees: https://mailchi.mp/arlingtonnaacp/2022awards?e=b2f2151d69General Admissions Ticket: $30.00(Deadline: 5:00 pm Wednesday, December 14).
With holiday season around the corner, it is easy to put your health on the back burner. If you are looking to get back on track during the holiday season, we are here to keep you accountable. At Aspire Higher Training, we offer 1-1 Personal Training for ALL fitness levels, Semi-Private Group Training, Sport Specific Training and Injury Prevention/Post Physical Therapy Training. Monica and her team of trainers are available across Arlington, Va.
If you don’t have access to a gym, no problem, we are located in South Arlington, but if you want to workout from your home/apartment gym, we also offer that flexibility. We make it as convenient as possible. Before getting started, we offer a free 15-30 minute consultation call to see how we can best help you towards your health and fitness goals. Let’s gets started on your health and fitness goals today by setting up a call at your earliest convenience: https://www.aspirehigherfitness.com/contact
Join us as we celebrate the holiday of Chanukah! Enjoy delicious Latkes, hot cocoa, donuts and more!
Clarendon Menorah Lighting and Community Celebration
Experience the festival of lights!!
*Lighting of a giant 9 foot Menorah