Earlier this week I talked about how Kirby and I are trying to stay cool in this summer heat (mainly by escaping to Flagstaff) but I thought it was just as important to share how we are keeping Phillip cool this summer! The summer heat can be so dangerous to our four-legged, furry friends. To help keep Phillip cool (and also have some fun) we came up with a few, budget-friendly ideas for her!
This is by far Phillip’s least favorite of her summer-hacks… BUT it is the best for her! The cement in Phoenix (and really anywhere where it get’s toasty in the summer) can get SO hot. We have been talking about getting her some booties for a while but just kept putting it off. We finally bit the bullet while we were in Flagstaff. We saw the cutest little dog shop called Bow Wow Boutique and decided to stop in. They had some little boots that fit Phil perfectly so we decided to grab some, and honestly I don’t know why it took us so long.
2. A PUPPY POOL
This is probably Phillip’s favorite activity in the world. She’s such a weirdo because she hates swimming but LOVES splashing in the shallow end of the dog park pond. As well as the dog park pond, we also found out about her love of hoses last summer. That was an easy summer go-to when it was too hot for the dog park but it just wasn’t the same. We thought about what else we could do with Phil this summer and thought this little kid pool would be perfect for her!
After about an hour of playing with the hose, Kirby and I went inside. We looked out the window to the backyard and saw Phillip was having the time of her life splashing in the backyard all by herself. She continued splashing for at least an hour and would have kept going all day if we let her.
Do your dog (and yourself) a favor and make this $7 investment that will provide you with hours of entertainment.
I’ve done pupsicles for Phil a few times before and this has been her favorite recipe! It is the easiest thing to whip together and is such a fun, cold treat for a warm day. Honestly, these “dog treats” are so good that I would eat them (minus the dog biscuit of course, haha!).
There are only 4 ingredients:
- 1 ripe banana
- 1/2 cup greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- Dog treats (for handle)
Even though this is a super simple recipe, I do have a few recommendations to make it even easier/better. The first trick is to spray the ice trays with pam or any cooking spray so that the treats will come out easier without crumbling. The second trick is to use dog treats or another edible dog snack as the “handle”. I’ve made pupsicles before with regular popsicle molds (with the plastic handles) and Phillip ate/ruined the plastic handles… so lesson learned, haha!
Mix all ingredients together, top with dog biscuits and freeze for 6 hours-overnight, viola! Easy as that!
How are you keeping your pups cool this summer?
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XO, Natalie Alexandra