With the dog days of summer upon us, what could be more refreshing than ice cream?
In fact, last month was National Ice cream Month. It began in 1984, when President Ronald Reagan designated it for the entire month of July, with the third Sunday being National Ice Cream Day. Because ice cream is enjoyed by over 90% of the US population, he called for all people of to observe these events with “appropriate ceremonies and activities”.
Observe we did, at an ice cream social held at St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in Madison, New Jersey. The event was for both two-legged and four-legged ice cream enthusiasts, to benefit the animals in their shelter.
And the four-legged ones indulged in Frosty Paws — a frozen treat especially for dogs.
Our lab, Aubrey, took the whole cup of Frosty Paws in his mouth (we removed the top or he would have eaten it) and hid in a safe spot to savor every tongue-full.
Penelope prefers her Frosty Paws in a bowl, and laps it lovingly.
Leia gobbles hers before anyone else can get to it, then looks for someone to help out.
Before giving your dog ice cream, remember this: Dogs (and cats) may love ice cream, but it could make them sick and put you on clean-up duty. And never, ever, feed your dog chocolate ice cream — or anything chocolate for that matter.
However, Frosty Paws are perfect doggie treat, made of soy milk with or without a touch of peanut butter flavoring, in easy-to-serve Dixie-like cups. Dogs love it. Humans – perhaps you’d rather stick to your own flavors.
While everyone is enjoying their ice cream, here’s the scoop:
. Ice cream was invented by the Chinese more than 3000 years ago by mixing snow and ice with fruit, wine and honey.
. Later, in 1533, a French chef thought chocolate would be rather tasty.
. Ben Franklin, George Washington, and Thomas Jefferson enjoyed ice cream on a regular basis.
. First Lady, Dolly Madison, served ice cream at the Inaugural Ball in 1813.
St. Hubert’s will host another ice cream social on August 5, from 6:30 to 8 PM. If you are in the Madison, New Jersey area, why not stop in? Your dog will lap it up.
For more information see: http://www.sthuberts.org/ And http://www.sthuberts.org/IceCreamSocials