Friday, December 26, 2008

Peanut Butter Puppy Poppers

Okay okay, I did it. I made homemade dog treats. To my surprise though they were quick to make, inexpensive and my dog LOVES them. Here is the recipe just in case...

Peanut Butter Puppy Poppers

2 cups whole-wheat flour
1 tbsp. baking powder
1 cup peanut butter (chunky or smooth)
1 cup milk
Preheat oven to 375'F. In a bowl, combine flour and baking powder. In another bowl, mix peanut butter and milk, then add to dry ingredients and mix well. Place dough on a lightly floured surface and knead. Roll dough to 1/4 inch thickness and use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes. Bake for 20 minutes on a greased baking sheet until lightly brown. Cool on a rack, then store in an airtight container.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Hello Christmas Good-bye Christmas

Spent time with some familiar faces today, besides the family. These are a couple of my favorite dogs at the Humane Society, The Dude and Buddy. Not quite certain why they continue to stay at the shelter. Not quite certain why they continue to make my day better each time I do see them.

Thought I would kiss Christmas good-bye with pictures of my pup Cookie and my sister's dogs, Ellie and Cowboy. All were rescued from local shelters.

Short post this time around. Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Christmas Tree Sappy

This particular blog had the potential to be very sappy, Christmas Tree Sappy, so I toned it down a bit. When I went for my walking session, the volunteers had Holiday Music playing. It was nice and I thought to myself - what would these dog's Christmas Wishes be? So with that in mind...

Name: Mystic
Christmas Wishes: Someone to walk with me through tall grasses and deep snow. I would love to be in the country where I can track new scents. My nose works good. I would also like to have anything stinky to roll around in.

Name: Sugar Plum
Christmas Wishes: I would like calm days, you see the wind blows my floppy ears around. Longer legs to romp around in the snow of course. And please conditioner to maintain my coat's softness. Oh yes and mostly I wish for a face to lick and kiss.

Name: Buddy
Christmas Wishes: Black fur coat, so I won't have the bother to clean up after playing in the mud. Another pink ball - just in case I lose my favorite one. Oh yes and a treadmill.

Name: Georgia
Christmas Wishes: I wish for someone to crouch down and talk to me. I am smart. I walk real well on a leash for my age, so I guess I would wish for someone to lead me and I can point since I am a Pointer mix of somesort, so they tell me.

Names: Orchid and Petunia
Christmas Wishes: Anything! We are puppies, look at US! Just look at us! We are AH-DORABLE! We want anything! Your coat! Your treats! Paper toweling! Plastic bags! Your camera! Your camera strap! Your coat zipper! Anything!

That wasn't so sappy, was it?

Tuesday, December 9, 2008


Came across a song writer/singer, Rafter. Video is above - or - link is below. The Illustrations were done by Dax Norman. The video has dogs in it, so as they say -- its all good neighbor.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Where the frick are the tennis balls

Popeye and B-I-N-G-O. They room together, so was able to take them both out at one time. Strange thing - they were more challenging to walk than the Weimaraners. One dog is frightened of the blue post office boxes and one dog wants to attack moving cars. Its all good until a car drives past at the same point you are walking past the post office boxes. Oh yes and Bingo also barks like crazy at geese that are flying in the air. I have come to notice that there are a lot of geese flying around these days. Hopefully Popeye and Bingo are resting up after our running around. I think they could place in the Iditarod.

Alright, I am a bad dog walker. This dog's name has totally escaped me. I will kindly name her Polar Bear, Polar for short. Polar left a big impression on me. She loved to play in the exercise area, even though all the tennis balls were buried in the snow. Loved to pet her - her coat is super duper soft. Probably was in one of those toilet paper commercials as a puppy. Did I mention she is totally photogenic? Polar would hear the beep of my camera and would hold still until the flash went off. When she would run her ears would go straight back, I think to listen for me as she never pulled on the leash. Polar has an adorable face that matches her personality.

Its a hard knock life for us. This is Annie. Sorry I just have the one picture of her. She was a mover and groover. Being part Chihuahua, the outside chill was not her favorite. We spent some time playing in a cat room, play mice are fun and Annie didn't mind - its all the same anyways. Loved to sit on my lap and relax. Super friendly dog that just loved to be by someone.

Alright so all the tennis balls are buried. I went inside to track down some more and with great success I found a big box full of toys. I grabbed the brightest colored one I could find - pink YES! Buddy loved to hit the ball with his paw to bury it and then dig it up again. He was happy as a clam and so was I - well maybe not a clam, but happy nonetheless.

On a side note. Every dog that I have met here is simply AWEsome and also everyone I have met here have been incredibly friendly. There are big hearts that work to ensure that these animals are on their way to finding loving homes, which they certainly deserve. If you know of anyone who is wanting to support pet adoption, please forward them this link. Spread the word like warm butter on bread.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Ice Ice Baby (da da da dadada)

High of what? Who cares. The sides of the roads are now ice, which pretty much left me with walking down the middle of the road or in the snow. I have come to accept the fact that I will indeed slip and fall at some point walking these dogs.

So with that attitude I decided to run with the two Weimaraners, Eli and Miles, even after hearing a comment of my bravery. They are five years old and were raised together - hopefully that will remain the case. When I brought them together to be walked, they were so happy to see eachother. Like old pals, meeting at the bar. And yes they are really that shiny and yes they really do walk right next to one another. Miles is wider than Eli, but I reassured him that was okay with more treats.

O'Charlie boy. Charlie is high spirited and loves to give kisses. We had a few things on our agenda. Worked on the command sit. Combed the hair do. Learned how to self-rescue from deep snow.

Charlie spotting something in the snow.

Charlie about to stick his snout in the snow.

Charlie now walking with a snow mustache.

It was a short visit today, but I am grateful to have meet these new faces and play with some familar ones too. Keep on keepin on.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

That would be snow

Why didn't I listen to Bart Adrian and wear suitable clothes? The day started out nice, no snow. Then the afternoon hit and my jeans were slushy, my shoes were soaked and my hair was ratted. Next time Bart, next time. Met many new dogs today and actually was able to sneak in some puppy lovin'.

Muffin met some new friends. Two Weimaraners had recently been surrendered and are waiting to have their temperment tests completed in order to be placed on the adoption list. I slipped them some treats through the fence courtesy of Muffin.

Gotta love Buddy. He is just trying to do his part and pick up litter that he finds. Today he found a Coke bottle. Buddy carried it just about all the way back, but allowed me to pick up the dirty slimy bottle and finish up the job. I guess we are a team Buddy.

Meet Tommy B, don't ask what the B stands for. His litter mate had been adopted, so I was happy to spend some indoor time with Tommy B. Young puppies aren't allowed outside for health purposes. He was amazed by my coat zipper and never bit me once with those razor sharp puppy teeth. Props to you Tommy B props. Also please note - a puppy is quite difficult to photograph, especially when you are in the kennel.

Georgia is an older pup, so I was able to take her outside. She liked to chase me rather than tennis ball, maybe she is still too young for that kind of action. Anyways she still has her puppy belly and loved to have her jelly belly rubbed.

Libby the pup. Libby was very attentive to me and walked awesomely. In fact she prances much like a show dog or a horse. Her front legs lift up high and kind of flip. Its graceful to watch. Could care less about the snow and wanted to be by my side. Sweet puppy.

Can't forget about The Dude. What can I say? The Dude loves everything. I didn't expect him to not love the snow. His only discouragement was when he lost the tennis ball, as it would roll into a snowball. The Dude also attempted to make a Dude snow angel. It's okay Dude I totally saw the angel.

Welcome to the blog Princess. Princess loved to have her pictures taken. In fact I think she winked at me. We started out walking along and she was simply so happy. I thought as long as this dog's tail is a waggin', I'll keep on a walkin'. Well we ran out of time and eventually had to head back. First opportunity to spend time with her and she was a princess indeed.

Without question here are a couple snapshots of Stephan rhomping in the snow, which he loved. At the end of our short rhomp, he had snowballs latched onto his legs and belly. I didn't notice it at the time, but I think he tried to catch some flakes on his tongue. See it in the first picture?

Keep on keeping on,
In the world which we know, among the different and primitive geniuses that preside over the evolution of the several species, there exists not one, excepting that of the dog, that ever gave a thought to the presence of man. ~Maurice Maeterlinck

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Gearing Up

Alright I am ready to sport the long johns for tomorrow's walkin - Bart Adrian is calling for snow. Sorry photos of that fashion show will not be included. Here are a few dogs from my last visit. All runners might I add.

Muffin. Truly some awesome tennis ball work Muffin. You did well. This dog has the bluest eyes and soft soft ears. Could be a doggy model. Look out Queen Latifah.

Here is Misty. All around great dog, very sweet. When walking Misty, it reminded me of the Bob Marley song Misty Morning. Unfortunately I could only remember one line...Misty mornin, dont see no sun, I know you are out there somewhere having fun. Well anyways I had to look up the lyrics as that one line kept circling in my head. Here it is for anyone who is interested.

Misty mornin, dont see no sun;I know youre out there somewhere having fun.There is one mystery - yea-ea-eah - I just cant express:To give your more, to receive your less.One of my good friend said, in a reggae riddim,Dont jump in the water, if you cant swim.The power of philosophy - yea-ea-eah - floats through my headLight like a feather, heavy as lead;Light like a feather, heavy as lead, yeah.

Buddy making his blog debute again. Buddy shaked things up a little and opted to have me chase him with the tennis ball thrower rather than actually fetch up a tennis ball. Wise choice Buddy as I also got some exercise. Buddy is learning how to walk quite well on a leash, had a very nice time.

Stay true - one day at a time.