Delicious Watermelon For The Pups & For Myself

Delicious Watermelon Recipes For My Dogs & Myself

Did you know that watermelon has a 90% water content and that it’s rich in Vitamins A, B6, C, and antioxidants?

That’s the perfect reason to come up with some delicious watermelon recipes for my dogs AND for myself!

I can’t think of a better way to cool off from the summer heat than with watermelon.

My former pups Missy & Buzz, both Boxer mixes, agreed wholeheartedly and enjoyed the refreshing food both fresh and frozen, just like their Mommy!

My current pup Wally, a Feist mix, loves watermelon as much as Missy & Buzz did!! He’s figured out the perfect way to eat it, too.

Watermelon As A (Raw) Dog Food Topper 

The most straight forward way of feeding watermelon is to simply cut open a watermelon, scoop out some pink flesh and top your dog’s food off with it.

I feed my pups raw dog food and add fresh watermelon to their bowls when it’s particularly hot outside (see picture below). 

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Raw Doggie Dinner Topped Off With Fresh Watermelon

But of course you don’t have to be a raw feeder to treat your dogs with a slice of watermelon goodness – it goes just as well on dry or canned dog food.

Actually, I’d say that it goes particularly well with dry dog food because of its high water content. 

Make sure to remove the rind & seeds before you let your pups enjoy the refreshing taste of watermelon.

They can make for a very upset doggie tummy which would ruin the summer fun.

Watermelon As A Refreshing Doggie Snack In Between

You can bet your behind that Missy & Buzz watched me intently whenever I was busy cutting up watermelon…they were never pushy about it though. 

That’s because I taught them polite doggie behavior around food.

So whenever I was in the kitchen preparing watermelon, the pups got rewarded with a fresh bite of it for their calm “sit” or “down”.

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Watermelon Snack In Between

Speaking of polite doggie behavior around food, I always had Missy & Buzz wait for my release to be allowed to eat before they get to dig into their meals, and Wally does the same now.

I personally don’t care much for uncontrolled barking and spinning around the kitchen, so below picture shows what feeding time looks like in our pack.

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The Pups Patiently Waiting For My Release

Frozen Watermelon Treats for Dogs

Another fun way of feeding watermelon during the dog days of summer is to make frozen watermelon treats.

I shared how I make ours in a guest post for WoofDog.

You can check it out by clicking on below post:

How To Turn Fresh Watermelon Into Frosty Doggie Treats

How To Turn Fresh Watermelon Into Frosty Doggie Treats

Summer Drink On The Watermelon Rocks For Mommy

While we’re on the subject of frosty watermelon doggie treats…I enjoy them too, just in a slightly different way than the pups. 

I once tried a frozen watermelon treat I made for the pups and cringed with brain freeze and hurting teeth.

Yikes, not the funnest moment in Mommy history. #WeLiveAndWeLearn or #JustPlainStupid.

I have since then found a much more pleasant way of incorporating the frozen watermelon treats into my summer diet. I use them to keep my summer drinks chilled! 

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Mommy’s Tequila Drink On The Watermelon Rocks

I love mixing tequila, grenadine syrup and ginger ale and adding 2-3 frozen watermelon treats. It tastes so good!

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Ingredients For Mommy’s Drink

You can, of course, add frozen watermelon to any drink, regardless of whether it’s alcohol infused or not.

I found that my favorite summer drink also goes really well with my homemade turmeric tator tots and sautéed veggies:

K9sOverCoffee | Delicious Watermelon For The Pups & For Myself - Summer Drink Paired With Turmeric Tator Tots & Sauteed Veggies
Turmeric Tator Tots & Sautéed Tomato/Carrot Paired With Summer Drink

You can’t go wrong with watermelon during summer, regardless of how you serve it to the K9s and humans in your life, especially because it’s such a healthy and low-calorie snack. 

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Barbara launched her blog K9sOverCoffee in 2014 and has been feeding her dogs raw dog food since 2015. As a former professional dog walker, she’s passionate about balancing species-appropriate exercise with healthy dog nutrition. Barbara is raw dog food nutrition certified from “Dogs Naturally Magazine” and the author of several e-books about minimally processed, balanced raw dog food.



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2 responses to “Delicious Watermelon Recipes For My Dogs & Myself”

  1. Jan K, Wag N Woof Pets Avatar
    Jan K, Wag N Woof Pets

    Watermelon is a hit around here, and even the chickens love it! 🙂 Cricket isn’t much of a fruit girl, but Luke loves his fruit and watermelon is definitely a favorite for him. Hubby cuts it up with some other fruit for a fruit salad, and Luke waits patiently to get a piece.
    I love the idea of putting frozen watermelon into a drink, I am definitely going to try that!

    1. K9sOverCoffee Avatar

      HA, I had no idea that chickens are watermelon fans, too – how cool! …Luke must be thinking “thanks Cricket, more for me!” BOL!
      OMG, the frozen watermelon gives my drink that special summer kick. Enjoy!

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