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I forgot to respond, I'm sorry. School started Tuesday and this week has just gone by so fast. I actually do have a lot of fleece just laying around so I might make my own snuffle mat when I get the time. It would be really useful
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How's the recovery been going?
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He's good! Fully recovered as of last Wednesday:-)
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So, with the Kongsicles, here's what I do. This will fill a *bunch* of them:

I make a cup of oatmeal, really thick - almost like a paste. As soon as it's finished cooking, I stir in about 1 TBSP of peanut butter. Since it melts in, the oatmeal tastes and smells of it, without being a calorie overload.. Then I dump in about half of a can of pumpkin and cup of yogurt. This usually cools everything down to room temp (or if you're using leftover frozen pumpkin, it cools even faster!). This mixture should be pretty thick and gloppy. I spoon it into a ziploc bag and close the bag.

Now it's Kong filling time! I plug the tiny hole with just a little bit of peanut butter and then stand the Kongs in glasses with the big hole facing up. Then I dump in 3-5 little treats (mostly Zuke's peanut butter) - the amount depends on the size. Now, take your ziploc of glop, cut off a bottom corner and pipe the mix into the Kong. When it looks like it's full, take the peanut butter knife and stick it in. That'll pop the air pockets and you'll find out the Kong is only 3/4 full after all. When it's almost all the way full, I take a long and thin treat (some chicken stick roll things from Trader Joe's, but a milkbone type thing will work too) and stick it in like a popsicle stick. This way Pepper gets something immediate to chew on when I give him a giant frozen block and it's a fun textural variation.

A Kong like this takes *forever* to finish, because the thickness of the oats makes it slow to melt. It also keeps the mess level really low, because there's much less melt spill.

If Pepper were to work solidly at an extra large Kongsicle, it would take him about 90 minutes of solid work to empty it. He likes to go at it for 15-20 min and then let it defrost some more and so on. He plays with it for about 4-5 hours in total.

You can either do one really large Kong a day or two of different sizes, but either way, it should give you more than 20 min.

Can you use feeder toys or will that be too much movement? That mushroom toy with the adjustable holes taped into the smallest possible opening means that only 2-3 pieces come out a minute. It takes forever to finish it but they're not actually covering much ground or jumping around. After he uses a tougher feeder toy, Pepper totally crashes and pants for awhile. It really stimulates his brain and hunting instincts.

Good luck! We're going to be where you are really soon and we're just dreading it. The good thing is our indoor daycare told us they'll take him some days and keep him on a bed or crate right behind the front desk, so he'll get some stimulation and people will pet him and it'll be interesting and not boring like our boring boring house. So that will help a bit!
This sounds like a great recipe! I would like to try it. Do you recall about how many Kongs it fills? (We use the large Kongs for our Golden. I have been filling them with a mixture of Greek yogurt and baby food -- banana or apple seem to work best. Then I freeze them till solid. Our dog loves these treats!)
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I mean, the whole thing is pretty vague, but if I remember correctly, the last batch I did was about 3/4 cup oatmeal, 3/4 cup pumpkin and 1 cup yogurt and it filled two extra large kongs, two large kongs and three medium kongs (a perfect little snack size!). If there's any left over, you can stick it in a new ziploc and resqueeze a few days later, or even freeze the mixture and defrost and fill kongs again. I find it's always better to have more mixture than less. One time, I didn't have enough to fill all of the kongs all of the way and Pepper gave me these super disappointed looks every time I gave him a substandard kong.
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