How to Make Pug-sicles For Dog Days

Sake PugsicleUpdate: 7-19-10. Today was Sake’s last day with us. This past weekend was so rough; he was clear with his wishes and asked that we have the honor of putting him down. Anyone who has done this knows the heavy heart we have, yet I can say with all honesty that pets are very lucky we can do this for them. He is no longer struggling. RIP Sake 1994 – 2010.

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Sake, our 15-year-old black pug, gets very hot.  And the weather just went bonkers in the past two days, suddenly it is summer-hot here.   His constant panting tells me it is time to make a favorite treat, Pug-sicles.

Sake-Pug Unfortunately, he loves them so much that after about 10 minutes of licking, I have to take it away to avoid rubbing his tongue raw.  And he also knows where it goes – back into the freezer — so unless I sneak it without him seeing, we then endure excessive barking at the fridge.  At least he cools down a bit before getting hot-headed again.


  • 1 can low-salt chicken broth
  • 1 can water
  • 1/4 cup dry kibble dog food

Stir together broth, water and kibble, then distribute equally between several plastic containers (choose the size based on your freezer or dog).  Cover and freeze.  Serve in a skid-proof dish.

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1 bunkycooks July 19, 2010 at 4:13 pm

So sorry to hear about your pup. I know how hard it is to lose a family member. Good luck with everything.

2 Worth The Whisk June 29, 2010 at 11:26 am

Erika, the answer is MAYBE. But I would change the kibble to something like gummy fish. But still serve it on the floor. Go for it.

3 Erika - In Erika's Kitchen June 29, 2010 at 11:10 am

I don’t have a dog. Do you think my kids will like this? Especially if I serve it to them in a skid-proof bowl?

4 Lynette May 25, 2010 at 10:50 am

This is a great recipe! I will definitely give it a shot. I know it’ll be a hit with my two dogs! On hot days I take the easy way out and pull a Fun Pop out of the freezer, break it in 1/2 and they share it out in the front yard. The blue ones are good for detecting plaque build up on their teeth. Looks a hoot! Cat treats are keeping me in the poor house. I need to find a recipe that makes about 1,000 tiny treats that don’t need to be refrigerated. Any ideas?

I’ve so enjoyed following your wonderful life. Congrats on your long marriage. I think the secret is no kids. Good choice. You’re probably the only person I can say that to without getting a look. Love WTW & look forward to more!
Love, Lynette

5 Josephine April 27, 2009 at 7:25 pm

Ah, Sake the Pug is still doing his thing! Too cute. Welcome to the blogosphere. I kept a blog while we lived in Ireland for two years — it was great fun for me (it was chock full of travel photos, baby photos, and mostly of me complaining of homesickness and missing what you call LaLaLand). There’s no place like home. I will add you to my favorites. Glad to see that all is well.


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