I’m rushing to get Gretel and I ready to leave on our 4-day backpacking trip. I’m not just getting ready for us but I am getting things ready for hubby to take care of Chester while we are gone. As always, I feel like there is too much to do and not enough time.
One of the things I needed to do before I left was whip up a batch of Kong stuffing and fill them so hubby can quickly throw one in Chester’s crate when he leaves in the morning. A stuffed Kong is THE single most important thing that has helped with Chester and Gretel’s separation anxiety.
In the past, I have put a bit (and I really mean A BIT – I’m lazy) of effort into making homemade “fancy” Kong stuffing. However, today I just needed something super quick and easy. I decided to use three ingredients I had around the house.
The first thing I did was dig through our most recent Pooch Perks dog subscription box to see if I could use any of the treats they sent us as a base. All of the treats included in the Pooch Perks box are healthy and Made in the USA so I knew I wouldn’t have to waste precious minutes reading over the label to make sure they are safe.
I found exactly what I was looking for inside – Peanut Butter Honey gourmet dog treats. I usually try to incorporate peanut butter into my homemade Kong stuffing somehow because it’s one of Chester and Gretel’s favorite flavors. The treats were the perfect consistency for my planned concoction too because they were soft and a bit crumbly.
Ingredients for the Kong stuffing:
- 8 oz bag of firm but moist and crumbly dog treats (minus the two treats that Chester and Gretel begged me for), an
- 6 oz. container of plain goat yogurt
- 3 tbs. Sweet potato and cranberry powder (Firm Up! Pumpkin + Cranberry) from Diggin Your Dog. Note: you can substitute canned pumpkin – make sure you don’t accidentally get the kind for pie.
Making the stuffing:
- Put the dog treats into a food processor and grind them up into a kind of “meal” or grainy powder. Make sure the largest pieces are no bigger than a small pea. If the pieces are larger, pick them out and put them back in the food processor (or mash them up with a fork).
- Add the container of yogurt and mix until most of the “treat meal” is moist.
- Add approximately 1/4 cup of water and stir again.
- Add the sweet potato and cranberry powder
- Add more water until the mixture forms a paste that is on the slightly runny side (approximately another 1/4 cup)
Note: If you use pumpkin puree instead of the powder, you may not need to add as much water… or any.
I then scooped some of the stuffing into an icing bag because it makes it easy to fill the Kong. I use the smallest Kong so I cut off the end of the icing bag to make it just smaller than the hole. If you are using a larger Kong, the size of the hole is not important. Just make it small enough to minimize the stuffing leaking out on its own but big enough that the largest pieces of the “treat meal” can pass through. If you have stuffing left over you can put it into the icing bag, rubber band both ends so it doesn’t leak, and throw it in the freezer for next time.
I have to add that something kind of neat happened while I was making this recipe. As I was dumping the dog treats into the food processor, this sweet little hand-written note fell out.
The dog treats I discovered in the Pooch Perks subscription box are made by Lindy & Company. Their tagline is “Saving kids, one treat at a time.” Lindy & Company is a gourmet pet treat bakery where homeless youth learn valuable work skills so they never have to be homeless again. I was already felt “warm and fuzzy” about using the treats but that little note falling out of the bag was a special surprise.
The thing about Pooch Perks is that they give preference to small batch gourmet, socially aware, treat companies like these when filling their subscription boxes full of goodies for you. I really like that because it goes beyond “Made in the USA” to “the making of these treats made a difference in someone’s life right here in the USA”. Add to that the fact that the treats are predominately natural, organic, non-GMO, and gluten-free and EVERYBODY WINS!
Anyway, if you are interested in supporting a small business like Pooch Perks, you can sign up for a subscription here.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Pooch Perks. I received compensation in exchange for sharing my Pooch Perks experience with you. Here at YouDidWhatWithYourweiner, I only write about products that we would use and everything I say is really how I feel. Pooch Perks is not responsible for the content of this article.