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How to plan the pawfect party at home

This year we are celebrating the 75th VE day and remembering those who gave their lives for our freedom. Our plans may have changed slightly due to lockdown, but there is still plenty of fun to be had at home- it’s the perfect opportunity to have a picnic!  Your dog may not be able join in with the tea and cake, but there’s no need for them to feel left out. We have got a delicious selection of summery recipes ready for them to enjoy in our shop, and a few you can make at home.

Here are 5 steps to the ‘pawfect’ party for everyone, including our furry friends:

Step 1: Create your own pet playlist

To celebrate VE day we recommend mixing in a few wartime classics, such as Dame Vera Lynn’s “We’ll meet again”, with a selection of songs the whole family can singalong to. Spotify also have a “dog party playlist“, which you can check out for some inspiration for your pawfect party!

Step 2: Make some delicious treats

Our favourite doggy treats are Bone Broth Lollies and Red, White and Blue Coconut bites. Keep reading to find the recipe below. For the human guests, you can’t go wrong with a classic Victoria Sponge cake and some strawberries.

Step 3: Put up the decorations

It’s the perfect occasion to put up some bunting, get the fancy cups and plates out and embrace the red white and blue theme.

Step 4: Stage your own pup friendly picnic

Whilst you enjoy your sandwiches and tea, your dog can enjoy one of their favourite Different Dog recipes for the main course. Our delicious chicken recipe Pawfect Picnic really is perfect for this occasion!  

Step 5: Plan some fun games you dog can join in.

Hide and seek (using toys and treats) is always fun, and you could even try and get your dog to join in with musical bumps or statues!

Our pawfect treat recipes:

Red, White & Blue Coconut Bites

Dogs love the taste of coconut and adding a berry boost makes these treats full of vitamins too.  These are delicious but high in fat, so only give sparingly.

Ingredients:

Coconut Oil

Blueberries

Strawberries (sliced)

Ice cube tray (paw shaped optional!)

Method

  1. Warm coconut oil until melted
  2. Pop a blueberry and a slice of strawberry into each ice cube mould
  3. Pour coconut oil into ice cube tray on top of the berries
  4. Leave to cool in freezer or fridge
  5. Pop out and serve

Food Fact

Berries:Did you know berries get their red, purple and blue colour from a compound called anthocyanins.  Anthocyanins act as antioxidants and are excellent at neutralising free radicals in cells to help give your dog a real health boost. 

Bone Broth Lollies

As the temperatures start to rise there is nothing like a lolly to cool us down and dogs shouldn’t have to go without.  Here is a healthy, cold treat for them to enjoy, to keep them hydrated and provide support to digestion and joint health.

Ingredients:

100ml Bone Broth (see Different Dog for recipe)

½ tsp Golden Paste

Ice cube tray (bone shaped optional)

Method:

  1. Warm bone broth
  2. Add golden paste and mix until absorbed
  3. Pour into ice cube tray and freeze
  4. Pop out once frozen and add to your dogs usual meal or give on its own

Food Fact

*Golden paste has so many benefits and you can make it very easily at home by mixing 250ml water, 70g turmeric powder, 1/4 cup coconut oil and 2 to 3 tspns of freshly ground black pepper.  Store in a glass jar in the fridge for up to 2 weeks and use in any recipe.