When I adopted Gretel she had really bad separation anxiety. We tried a bunch of things to help appease her but the thing that worked the best and the quickest was leaving her a stuffed Kong as we walked out the door. She is so focused on the goodies inside that she wouldn’t even notice we were leaving.
I filled the Kong with Kong Stuffing I bought at the pet store. It was easy and the squirt tube made it not messy but I was suspect because the “peanut butter” flavor had some other complicated words besides “peanut butter” on the label. I wasn’t totally sure the stuff was natural.
The Kong Stuffing didn’t seem that bad though and remained our go-to filling. When we would run out we would stick a big glob of real peanut butter inside the Kong.
Gretel is by no means overweight. However, I have noticed she has a softer belly lately and contribute it to all the peanut butter stuffed Kongs she gets (that Chester doesn’t). I thought I would explore lower calorie alternatives and decided to try and whip something up myself. I decided to dust off the food processor and give it a go.
Before I started, I did a search online for Kong Stuffing recopies. I found a whole bunch but they all seemed to incorporate dog treats or kibble.I wanted something natural, human-grade and made of real food. I wanted to add supplements to the mix so the stuffed Kong could actually have some benefit. I decided to create my own mixture.
I started with a base of canned, pureed pumpkin (unsweetened…not the kind used for pies) and started throwing stuff in there. I added shredded carrot, blueberries, fresh-ground flaxseed, yogurt, a glucosamine supplement, fish oil, banana and some other things I forgot (I was literally just throwing stuff in there).
Sounds yummy right (at least for a dog)?. Well…
The first day I gave Gretel this new stuffing she went to town on the Kong and didn’t notice when I walked out of the door. The second day I noticed that there was a bit of the stuffing left in the Kong when I got back…which is totally not like her. The third day I gave her the Kong, all I got was a blank stare.
Gretel has always eaten everything and anything. It’s always been hard to tell what she likes more than others because she gobbles everything edible with equal gusto….or so I thought.
Apparently my homemade Kong stuffing was so bad that even my food-obsessed dog wouldn’t eat it!
I cried uncle and admitted that this is going to be harder than I thought! It’s going to be harder to create something she likes as much as the peanut butter. I also encountered difficulties determining the calorie content of the stuffing because several pet supplements I used did not include that information (couldn’t even find it on their website).
I am giving it another go. I have already made two more mixtures that had a marginally better level of success. I plan to keep going and once I hit on something that sufficiently occupies Gretel I will be sure to share the recipe.
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