National Dog Day: Pamper your pooch at the Don Cesar Hotel in St. Pete

ST. PETE, Fla. - Saturday marks National Dog Day, so why not pamper your pooch in style!

The Don Cesar Hotel in St. Pete offers a wide array of services that will make your best friend feel like royalty. Relax your dog with an hour-long K9 massage from one of the massage therapists at the hotel. 

After unwinding, treat your furry friend to the Bark Bites menu:

- Peanut butter and bacon dog bone biscuits
- Frozen yogurt and peanut butter treats
- Bow wow beef dinner plate with veggies

The hotel will cap off the day with a luxurious walk around the beachfront property.

The in-room dog massage costs $130 and is only available to overnight guests. Doggie treats start at $10 when you dine outside at Sea Porch and Rowe Bar.

If you would like to make your doggie treats at home, check out these recipes:

Peanut butter and bacon dog bone biscuits

  • 1/2 cup of peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup of milk 
  • 1 cup of whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 cup of oats
  • 1 egg
  • 3 strips of diced cooked bacon

1. In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and mix by hand 
2. Once mixed, put on the table and roll out to 1/4" thickness 
3. Using a cookie cutter of your choice cut the biscuits and place on a greased sheet pan 
4. Bake in an oven for 10-15 minutes at 350 degrees or until golden brown 
5. Remove from oven and if desired, top with peanut butter and bacon bits 

Frozen yogurt and peanut butter treats

  • 6 strawberries
  • 3 tablespoons of peanut butter
  • 2 cups of apple juice
  • 3 bananas peeled and sliced
  • 2 cups of Greek vanilla yogurt

1. In a blender, add all ingredients and blend until smooth 
2. Fill ice cube trays to the top
3. Put in the ice box and allow to freeze overnight
4. Pop them out and serve to your pet

Bow wow beef with veggies

  • 1 teaspoon of olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of raw small diced strip loin steak
  • 2 tablespoons of blanched small diced carrots
  • 2 tablespoons of blanched sliced green beans
  • 2 tablespoons of blanched small diced celery
  • 2 tablespoons of blanched small diced brussels sprouts
  • 4 tablespoons of Aborio rice
  • 3 cups of chicken stock (made without onions)
  • Pinch of salt and pepper

We asked Skipper what his doggy day was like at the Don Cesar. This is what he had to say (bark):

I loved my trip to the Don Cesar! I first was given the best massage a K9 could ever ask for. It lasted an entire hour! I was in puppy heaven. After that, Executive Chef Michael Molloy cooked me all kinds of tasty food. And boy was it gourmet! After eating my weight in treats, I went on a ‘pawesome’ walk around the beachfront property of the Don Cesar. This has been the best National Dog Day ever! 

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