Updated: Jun 14, 2021
Barkuterie Boards... have you heard of them?! You may know of the human version - a charcuterie board filled with the best cheeses, fruits, preserves, honey, nuts, etc... they're super pretty, the paring possibilities are endless and I'm a big fan! Just give me some wine and a good charcuterie board and you can just leave me there and I'm one happy gal!
I've been seeing the pup version, coined "barkuterie boards" more and more on Instagram and have fallen in love! I've always thought that to live your life every day eating kibble or the same food can't be enjoyable, so this is a great way to mix things up and also get some mental stimulation going as they explore their board of yummy goodness.
Our east coast friends Dogs of Charm City recently shared a Georgia based company Barkuterie Boards and I was hooked! The cuteness, the creativity, definitely follow them if you don't already! DOCC and Barkuterie Boards inspired me to put a little west coast twist on things... thus Barkuterie Bowls were created in our little Pup Scouts Kitchen! Think a healthy power bowl, ancient grains bowl type of situation... but for dogs!
The best part of these is they are totally customizable! Because of calories and for the simple fact of incorporating "special" foods your pups may not eat all the time, I would recommend you save these for more special occasions or do a smaller version once a week. Definitely know your pup before you decide what to incorporate and base the serving sizes on your dog's size. If you research or see barkuterie boards online, you'll see that a lot of them incorporate dehydrated elements (shrimp, sardines, pig ears, etc.) but for cost purposes and to make it easy on momma, I chose to go the more fresh route and incorporate what I have already in the house.
I also wanted to get my fancy on and use some molds and stamps that I both found on Amazon and my goodness, BEST. INVESTMENT. EVER. I now basically want to put every liquid for my pup in these little paw molds and you'll definitely want to too!
Before I get started, I also wanted to mention this disclaimer that I am not a Veterinarian, just a dog lover like you. While I have done research to know what pup safe ingredients can go into this recipe, always do your own research or ask your Vet if this recipe would be suitable for your own dog. Use your instinct as a dog parent and if you're not sure if any ingredient of this recipe is suitable for your pup, get creative and substitute it for something you know they love and is safe for them!
Anywho, let's get started with the step by step and some assembly instructions on how I created these beauties.