Pumpking Carving - Do You Have the Guts?

It's that time of year and and over the next few days millions of pumpkins will meet their demise as we spill their guts all over the dining room table and transform the squashes into grotesque or humorous faces. One of the best parts of pumpkin carving is having all the seeds to toast.  Soak them overnight first and then follow my recipe for pumpkin pie seeds (for you).That doesn't mean you have to leave your dog out of the fun or the treats.  When you separate the stringy insides from the seeds, transfer them to you slow cooker along with any of the noses, eyes or goofy grins that you are discarding.  Just be sure to throw away any parts with mold, pen or pencil marks into the compost.  If you're carving 2-3 large pumpkins you'll easy end up with a pot full of pumpkin insides to fill the slow cooker. Sprinkle over 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon and add 2-3 cups of water (you don't want it to be watery, just enough to keep everything steaming). Put the lid on firmly, then set the slow cooker to low for 6-8 hours.  When it's soft and cooked down, mash with a potato masher or use an immersion blender to puree.  Freeze in 2-cup measurements for when your dog needs a little something interesting added to the bowl or to help firm up your dog's digestive system if diarrhea hits. Feed Your Best Friend 2 tablespoons per 10 pounds per day. Pumpkin has a ton of beta-carote, Lutein+Zeaxanthin, and if filling even though it's low in calories. If you're looking for ideas for carving your pumpkin, use inspiration from these dogs.

Pumpking Carving - Do You Have the Guts?
It's that time of year and and over the next few days millions of pumpkins will meet their demise as we spill their guts all over the dining room table and transform the squashes into grotesque or humorous faces. One of the best parts of pumpkin carving is having all the seeds to toast.  Soak them overnight first and then follow my recipe for pumpkin pie seeds (for you).

That doesn't mean you have to leave your dog out of the fun or the treats.  When you separate the
stringy insides from the seeds, transfer them to you slow cooker along with any of the noses, eyes or goofy grins that you are discarding.  Just be sure to throw away any parts with mold, pen or pencil marks into the compost.  If you're carving 2-3 large pumpkins you'll easy end up with a pot full of pumpkin insides to fill the slow cooker.


  • Sprinkle over 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon and add 2-3 cups of water (you don't want it to be watery, just enough to keep everything steaming). 
  • Put the lid on firmly, then set the slow cooker to low for 6-8 hours.  
  • When it's soft and cooked down, mash with a potato masher or use an immersion blender to puree.  Freeze in 2-cup measurements for when your dog needs a little something interesting added to the bowl or to help firm up your dog's digestive system if diarrhea hits. 
  • Feed Your Best Friend 2 tablespoons per 10 pounds per day. 

Pumpkin has a ton of beta-carote, Lutein+Zeaxanthin, and if filling even though it's low in calories. 

If you're looking for ideas for carving your pumpkin, use inspiration from these dogs.