Every Sunday I spend about 45 minutes preparing Kongs for the week ahead.
Yes, you read that right. For those of you who don’t have dogs, Kongs are food toys that require dogs to work for their dinner and expend mental energy in order to eat. As the owner of two smart and high-energy herding dogs, I feed all meals in puzzles. But frozen Kongs are my lifesavers. They go in the refrigerator on Sunday night and they get distributed throughout the week. When I’m exhausted at 8pm and the dogs want to play? Give them a Kong! They are happy and settled and I get to relax without throwing a frisbee constantly.
This was my counter earlier this afternoon. It’s what my counter looks like on most Sunday nights. The basket is a new purchase, but I needed somewhere to keep the Kongs once the dogs empty them. Now I won’t have to search all over the house on Sunday night. (Theoretically. We’ll see how it works!).
The delicious frozen Kong recipe changes every week, but the basics stay the same. I pour some kibble into the designated dog tupperware. (No amount of washing will convince me to use it for any other purpose!). I mix in some freeze-dried raw food, a few treats, and sometimes some canned food. Pour in a little liquid and let sit until the kibble sucks up all the moisture. (Who said I’d never care about osmosis again after high school science?).
Then, spend 20 minutes wrestling with the spoon and the Kongs to try and get them packed without making a huge mess. While this is happening, be sure to avoid stepping on the dogs who are surely underfoot, convinced that they will get all of the dog food immediately, and that you definitely won’t be putting the Kongs in the freezer.
After filling the Kongs, freeze them for at least 24 hours and then enjoy. Divvy them up throughout the week and enjoy some peace and quiet.