Ice Cream for Doggies

June 16, 2011 at 8:33 am 7 comments

If  you have been following me on Facebook/Twitter, you’ll know that I have been making a lot of ice cream.

A few weeks ago, Boogie and I visited the famous PhyDough Truck , makers of gourmet treats and ice cream for dogs!

Here is a crappy cellphone photo of Boogie eating a Ham & Peas Ice Cream.

He was thoroughly enjoying this until he saw a dog several feet away, watching him eat. And then Boogie became fixated on what all the humans around him were eating,  food scraps on the ground and the different meaty aromas  from adjacent food trucks. Suddenly his doggie ice cream wasn’t so interesting any more.

I was a bad mom. I gave Boogie tiny spoonfuls of my Blueberry Malt  and Pancake Breakfast ice creams and after that, Boogie knew he had been cheated. He wanted the sugar-dairy-loaded human version.

Here’s what I want to do – I want to make some ice cream for Boogie, at home. Well, not just for Boogie but for his doggie buddies too.

I googled some recipes and they seem kinda boring… peanut butter, yogurt, banana, honey. Very basic ingredients.

And so I am putting this question out there. To all you adventurous dog people who cook for your dogs, have you made a doggie ice cream with um… “meaty” flavors?  What ingredients are safe and healthy for dogs? Should I use lactose-free milk? Is it ok to use bacon fat? I’m open to recipes and tips!

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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Barrie Lynn  |  June 16, 2011 at 11:48 am

    You are so awesome 🙂 I can’t wait to hear what you find out because I give my dogs the human version all the time, right off a spoon!

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    • 2. lili  |  June 16, 2011 at 1:40 pm

      Barrie – whew! I am not alone in spoiling my dog with human ice cream! 🙂 (I don’t do this at home though, or he’d be bugging me ALL THE TIME!)

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      • 3. Barrie Lynn  |  June 16, 2011 at 1:56 pm

        Funny story: I taught both Fancy, my Belgian Malinois, and her brother, Moses pretty much all their SPT using Ben and Jerry’s Peanut Butter Cup ice cream. Eventually I adopted Moses out to a nice family and when they were in the area a few months later they stopped by so I could see him and their only complaint was that any time anyone in the family opened the freezer he went nuts 😉

        Here is a selection of flickr photos of my dogs eating ice cream: http://www.flickr.com/search/?ss=2&w=72694998%40N00&q=jellybean%2C+ice+cream&m=text

  • 4. Jen  |  June 16, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    I used to give Gigi a lick if I have vanilla ice cream, but not any more after she was sick. Absolutely no table scrap of any kind. So sad. 😦

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  • 5. Vanessa  |  June 20, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    Does Boogie like peanut butter? My dog does, so peanut butter ice cream would be a dream come true for her…

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  • 6. elizabeth  |  June 28, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    Maybe this will help.
    http://www.dogtreatkitchen.com/ice-cream-for-dogs.html
    I have to say that I had a hard time thinking of meat and ice cream together, but these recipes sound OK.
    The first Ice Cream Truck for dogs, which started last year in London, might have some insight. Here is a link to a story about them, and as I recall, they served a bacon and ham ice cream con.
    http://www.geekosystem.com/dogs-ice-cream-truck/

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  • 7. lili  |  July 20, 2011 at 1:20 am

    Vanessa – I think Boogie would like peanut butter (he’s a picky eater)… I don’t eat much of it so I don’t have any in the house to see if he would like it.

    Elizabeth – There is BACON ice cream for humans so meat-flavored ice cream is not so weird a concept 🙂 I have made bacon ice cream and some people (not me) liked it. Thanks for the ice cream truck link!

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