When Bo was just a pup we took him, one hot summer day, to an ice cream stand to get him his first ice cream cone. We got him a small vanilla and before we knew what happened he was covered in ice cream. He dove in face first and had it on his nose, in his nose, and all over his face. I don’t think Lisa and I have ever laughed so hard.
These days you can pick up ice cream for dogs right at your local grocery store. We’ve bought Frosty Paws before but now I just found out about a woman from Stratham, MA who makes yogurt for dogs.
Thanks to a Stratham woman, dogs are licking up cups of certified USDA organic frozen yogurt made especially for them at an amazing pace. The frozen treat, created by Jody Rodgers, owner of the Barking Dog, a doggie day care with three locations around the state, is called Yghund.
“I don’t know why someone else didn’t think of it first,” said Rodgers, who first started offering the frozen yogurt to dogs at her doggie day care in late 2006.
The Yghund company, a combination of the Dutch words for yogurt and dog, was created in 2006. The yogurt can be found in many major stores, including Whole Foods and Hannaford, and comes in 3.5-ounce cups. The company says their product is more than just a treat, it’s low in calories and high in nutrients.
The Yghund could be called the dog version of the Activia yogurt marketing to people. The dog yogurt does not have any sugar and was first made in a peanut butter and banana flavor. “We actually create a true yogurt, we ferment it,” she said. “We’ve tried to find things dogs like, plus they have a health benefit.”
The yogurt contains probiotics and prebiotics that aid dogs’ digestion, strengthen the immune system and improve intestinal health. And the dogs lick it up like crazy. “The dogs think it’s fabulous,” Rodgers said. “If a dog is on antibiotics, it’s a great way to establish good flora in the intestines.”
The newest yogurt flavor is a blueberry and vanilla bean mix. The company is working on adding other flavors but Rodgers says “in taste tests the dogs don’t favor a particular flavor, they ate whichever flavor they get to first.”