Have I mentioned that Kraken broke his leg? Yup. He was running around in the field and fell in a gopher hole like a giant dope. Two breaks, all the way through. The vets think they may be able to fix it with this long splint, but it's been a huge headache all-around and we're pretty bummed about it. So today I'm making him a Halloween dog treat to cheer him up!
Yup, we're still going to party like rock stars for Halloween. Kraken already has his outfit ready!
I've been feeling so bad for the poor guy that I stocked up on his favorite Halloween dog treats. I get the pups their own stash when I pick up our candy this season. It's become a bit of a tradition for the boys and I to create cute treats for the dogs for every season.
Skeleton Halloween Dog Treat
Milk-Bone Puppy treats and MaroSnacks
Milo’s Kitchen Steak Grillers and Chicken Meatballs
The dogs LOVE Pup-Peroni, and I like that the number one ingredient is real meat. That served as the main “bones” for our Halloween dog treat, with Milk-Bone Puppy treats standing in as the rib cage.
Once I had the arms and legs for our little Halloween dog treat figure, he looked like he needed some hands and feet. Milk-Bone MaroSnacks came in handy here.
For the eyes on our Halloween dog treat, Milo's Kitchen Chicken Meatballs and a Milo's Kitchen Steak Grillers smile! Everything from Milo's Kitchen is made with 100% real chicken or beef, so it's one of my favorite brands to give to the dogs.
Halloween Treats as a Family-Friendly Activity
To me, our Halloween dog treat looks like one of those Mexican skull figures you see on Dia de los Muertos. I rolled with the theme and borrowed Kraken's fiesta hat to top it off.
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I love making cute Halloween dog treats with the boys while we're making our own healthy Halloween treats, because it teaches them to include our animals as part of the family. I know that some people think it's silly to do a bunch of pet crafts for animals who just want a snack without a bunch of fuss. I see a lot more value to it, though! To me, little things like this a big component to teaching kids to respect and cherish all creatures' lives. If they can start small with understanding compassion towards animals in a controlled environment, it's easier to foster those actions as a lifelong habit towards people as well. Doing sweet, small gestures for our pets and getting immediate feedback in their satisfaction shows the kids that it's a positive experience to take a bit of time out of your day to show kindness towards someone else. What seems like just some silly little Halloween dog treats is actually a lesson about how we should spend our time, and how our small actions can positively impact those around us.
Plus, stuff like this makes a dang cute snapshot for Instagram.
What are your Halloween plans this year? Do you include your furry friends?