Cool Treats for Hot Pups

It’s hot. It’s humid. And everyone—including your canine companion—is as uncomfortable as all get out. So what hits the spot on a day like this? A homemade frozen confection, that’s what—like one made from this ultra-simple recipe.

Pick up some beef and/or lamb bones at your local butcher shop (they’ll be cheap or maybe even free). Throw the bones into a pot of water, and let everything simmer slowly on the stove for about an hour. Cut any remaining meat off the bones and throw it back into the pot. Let the broth cool completely, then strain it into several ice cube trays, and freeze. When they’re frozen solid, transfer the icy treats to Ziploc plastic freezer bags or plastic freezer containers. Then, on these hot, sultry summer days when your pup is ready for a treat, toss him one of these while you enjoy a scoop or two of your favorite ice cream.

And as a friendly reminder, animals can suffer from heat exhaustion and heatstroke when the temperature shoots up. To protect your pal during hot weather, don’t ever leave your pet in the car on a hot day. Many folks just don’t realize how quickly a vehicle can become fatally hot—even if you leave a window open.