I don’t know how it is in other countries, but here in the United States, the beginning of September brings about the beginning of pumpkin spice in just about anything that you can imagine. People everywhere are going crazy for it this time of year. It seems to be something that people here either love or hate.
Our dogs are happy because it means the humans will be taking more trips to Starbucks, which means their favorite baristas will have puppucinos ready for them. It’s almost comical when we stop in and tell them we don’t need anything for the dogs, because they seem so crestfallen and disappointed. However, puppucinos taste the same for the dogs year round. They don’t get to taste the goodness of pumpkin spice, and the rest of the world’s noses can thank us for that.
That doesn’t mean that our dogs don’t enjoy pumpkin this time of year. We actually live near the Pumpkin Capital of the world, Morton, Illinois and the Pumpkin Festival is this weekend. This time of year, we actually stock up on plain canned pumpkin (the kind that does NOT have any spice in it) and it’s mostly for the dogs. For people who don’t know, canned pumpkin is very good to have on hand if your dog is having either diarrhea or constipation issues. I don’t know how or why it works, just that it does. For our large dogs, a tablespoon of canned pumpkin on top of their food for one or two meals usually does the trick.
We also make a lot of treats for our dogs this time of year that uses pumpkin. There are frozen pumpkin yogurt treats, pumpkin peanut butter dog biscuits and a whole host of other dog treats that include pumpkin. Most of them are pretty easy to make. As a matter of fact, I have plans to make some for our dogs this weekend. It will reaffirm our dogs’ ideas that they need to keep very close tabs on us when we work in the kitchen, I’m sure. One thing I know is that our dogs have never met a pumpkin treat that they didn’t like and I don’t see it happening anytime soon. What I like about the pumpkin craze is that it means I can make a lot of treats for our dogs that will make their tails wag and that I can feel good about feeding them. I’m pretty sure we’ll be enjoying the pumpkin goodness here until the end of November.