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Our First Fall Fire (aka The Great Stick Sacrifice)

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Last evening, my humans and I enjoyed our first fire pit blaze of the fall. It was magical . . . at first. Flames flickered through the air as we sat beside the warm glow of embers. Burning wood popped and cracked as we sniffed the autumnal air (well, I did most of the sniffing).

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And then the most horrifying realization came to me: Those were my sticks burning in that fire pit. My humans had sacrificed my beautiful and oh-so-tasty sticks to their fire pit god. Just two days earlier, I had walked around my yard supervising my humans as they carefully collected a wheelbarrow full of sticks and then placed them in a nice little pile . . . just for me . . . I mean specifically for my chewing pleasure. Right? Apparently, I was wrong.

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Well as fast as my humans could toss my sticks into that burning pit, I started pulling them from the stick pile and carrying them to safety.

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I am pleased to report that I managed to sneak at least a few of my sticks from the pile . . . saving them from an almost certain fiery death at the hands of my humans. We won’t discuss the fate that those same sticks met between my jaws.

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I am also pleased to report that my humans and I have reached an understanding. No more sacrificing my sticks to their fire pit god. That’s good news to me, because I rather enjoy our fall fires.

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Footnote: I know it appears in the photo above that our scarecrow has been sacrificed to the fire pit god. I can assure you that this is not the case. He was at a very safe distance and is currently keeping the crows away. Thankfully, he has no power to repel squirrels.

Also, my human mommy/blogging assistant “got a little off track” with my blogging. (Those are her sugar-coated words. Just between us, she has been completely dreadful at updating you on my adventures and keeping me up-to-date on yours.) She promises that with this post she is now “back on the rails.” I plan to hold her feet to the fire . . . a fire built without any of my precious sticks.


Tasty Tuesday Book Report: Bubba Rose’s Biscuit Recipes

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The other day when my human mommy stopped into our local Whole Foods grocery store, this little book caught her eye. (Leave it to Mommy to be distracted by a dog biscuit cookbook while shopping for human food . . . just one of the many reasons I love her so much.) The Organic Dog Biscuit Cookbook from the humans at Bubba Rose Biscuit Company (www.bubbarose.com) features more than 100 recipes divided into six chapters:

  • Foget-Me-Nots: A special treat for your favorite four legger for each month of the year
  • Sandwich Board: The daily specials — all the classics
  • Silver Platter: For dogs who live in the lap of luxury
  • Cookie Jar: A little something for the sweet tooth
  • 5th Ave. Decadence: For those with richer tastes
  • Because You Have Unique Tastes: Special treats that meet your needs

The book opens with an introduction that includes a pantry list, time-saving tips for stocking the pantry and fridge, substitution suggestions, helpful cooking tools to have on hand, and storage tips. All recipes are free from wheat, corn, and soy (which the authors say are the most common sources of food allergies in dogs), and many include an interesting nutritional sidebar.

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Mommy naturally flipped immediately to the recipe for the month of October–Pumpkin Bites, made with oat flour, brown rice flour, pumpkin (canned or fresh), molasses (regular or blackstrap, cinnamon, ground ginger, honey, an egg, and enough water to form a dough ball.

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I slipped into my fun fall apron and watched as Mommy combined all the yummy ingredients. I must have dozed off while she rolled out and cut the dough into festive little pumpkin and bone shapes, because the next thing I knew . . .

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. . . the treats were out of the oven and filling the house with the most wonderful autumnal scent. When my human daddy came home, he said the house smelled like pumpkin pie baking. Silly Daddy. He should know that any time the house smells that good it’s because Mommy’s making something special for my friends and me.

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We packaged the Pumpkin Bites and started delivering joy all around our neighborhood. We even brought some of the treats to our friends in Texas. I can assure you that the reviews have been outstanding, and I am definitely looking forward to tasting my way through The Organic Dog Biscuit Cookbook.

Today, I’m participating in the Tasty Tuesday blog hop, hosted by Kol’s Notes and Sugar the Golden Retriever. You can click on the link below for more yummy recipes and tasty treats.

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If Dogs Were Decorators

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My friends at BarkBox recently ran a brilliant post on their BarkPost blog called “If Dogs Were Contractors: 7 Ingenious Ideas for a Pup-Friendly Home.” (Click here to check out their creative home and backyard design ideas.) My construction skills are slightly lacking, but I started wondering . . . if dogs were decorators, what little changes would we make to our homes to suit or special needs and desires? Here are just a few of my ideas.

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1. If dogs were decorators, we would make all human beds close enough to the ground so we could jump up any time we want and take a nice comfy nap.

My humans have a bed that is very, very far off of the ground. My human mommy even has a little set of steps to help her get into the bed. And if my mommy needs a bit of help getting into the human bed, you can just imagine how impossible it is for me to jump up there any old time I’d like. I have to wait for my humans to give me a lift, and sadly friends that doesn’t happen nearly as often as I’d like. If I were a decorator, I would drop that bed down about half a foot. No, come to think of it, I’d just put the mattress right there smack dab down on the floor. And just try to keep me off of that comfy-yet-somehow-forbidden sleeping spot then, humans.

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2. If dogs were decorators, we would replace all exits to the back yard with revolving doors.

Now this is one that I think even the humans could buy in to, but let me give you a dog’s perspective. Do you have any idea how annoying it is to have to wait for a human to open the door every single time we want to go out? And then we decide to come back in, and we have to hear all that human complaining about having to get up and open the door. And then we decide to go back out, and we have to hear all that human complaining about having to get up and open the door. And then we want to come in again, and we have to hear all that human complaining about having to get up and open the door. Well, you get the idea. Just imagine the bliss for everyone involved if we had a revolving door: Dogs go in and out at will, and humans stay seated doing whatever it is they do when they plop themselves down inside. True, there is the risk of an occasional dog tracking massive amounts of mud into the house, or even carrying in disgusting and unrecognizable carcasses of who-knows-what varmint, but that’s a pretty small price to pay for everyone’s happiness, right?

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3. And while we’re talking about doors, if dogs were decorators all doors at the front of the house would have full-length glass and that glass would be clear.

Let’s face it, a whole lot of really interesting stuff happens outside of our front doors. Other dogs walk back and forth and back and forth and back and forth . . . just tormenting those of us who are stuck inside. And don’t even get me started on those people from the postal service, FedEx, and UPS. They have the nerve to walk right up to the front door . . . and even ring the bell. Then there are all those things that our humans tell us we’re just imagining . . . but we know they’re out there, right dogs? Now I’ll admit that I’m slightly lucky on this one. My favorite door at the front of my house does have full-length glass, but the glass has some really weird ridges and stuff that totally distort my view. If I were a decorator, I would insist that my humans replace that funny ridgy glass with crystal clear smooth glass so that I could plainly see every single thing that happens in front of my house. Some obnoxious barking might happen, but that is a small price for the humans to pay for my happiness.

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4. Finally, if dogs were decorators all furniture would be covered at all times with dog sheets.

I don’t know about your house, but at my house human furniture is off-limits to me . . . unless of course my humans open the special drawer, pull out what we call “the dog sheet,” spread that magic sheet on the couch, and then invite me to join them for an evening of pure joy. Can you imagine a world where all furniture was covered at all times with dog sheets and dogs could hop up and enjoy said furniture at any old time? Without special preparation and an invitation? I’ll give you just a moment to think about that. Pretty incredible, right?

So if you’re a dog, what decorating touches would you add to your house to make it the perfect home?

And humans, what decorating touches have you so far resisted that you just know would make your dog even happier?

Or, perhaps I should put it this way humans: What decorating touches could you add that would make your home completely and totally go to the dogs?


Wordless Wednesday: Stick Figures

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I’m a Canine Candy Striper

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For the last several weeks, I have had a very important job: I’m a canine candy striper. Let me explain. One day my human daddy noticed that his vision was blurry. He thought that maybe on one of his evening runs something had irritated his eye, but the next day it still bothered him so he went to the eye doctor. And that’s when the eye doctor told him that he had developed cataracts.

At this point, my daddy insists that I point out that the type of cataracts he has is not the “old people” cataracts. It is a type of cataracts that usually occurs in people who are in their 30s and 40s, which makes my human daddy–who is in his early 50s–feel really good, all things considered.

The next week or so was filled with appointments to see various doctors, including a retina specialist who performed a laser procedure on Daddy’s retina before he could have the cataract surgery.

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So finally two weeks ago, Daddy had the first surgery to fix the cataract in his left eye . . . and I have been right by his side ever since. My mommy has been the head nurse, but I have been Daddy’s faithful little candy striper.

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I’ve kept up with Daddy’s eye drop schedule (and let me tell you there are lots and lots and lots of eye drops all day long) . . .

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. . . and I have been right there to ensure that Mommy does a good job of getting those drops into Daddy’s eyes. Yesterday Daddy had his right eye fixed, so we are looking at another four weeks of drops. It’s a good thing Mommy created my snazzy little candy striper outfit because it looks like I’m going to get a lot of use out of it.

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I must tell you, friends, that being a candy striper has been slightly exhausting, so I have not been the best blogger lately. I haven’t kept you up to date on my life; but more importantly I have really, really missed staying up to date on all of your lives. Well, I have some good news for you: First, I am happy to report that my daddy is doing well. His distance vision is better than ever. He’s still having some trouble doing computer work, but I’m keeping my paws crossed that his closer vision will continue to improve. (This wish is a little bit selfish on my part. I need for Daddy to work so that he can buy lots and lots of yummy treats for me. Is that so bad?) Second, I think I have my candy striper duties under control, which means that I can get back to the wonderful world of blogging and “visiting” all of my fabulous blogging friends. I cannot wait to see what you’ve all been doing!


Black and White Sunday: Delaying the Run

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Thank you to Black and White Sunday Blog Hop hosts Dachshund Nola and Sugar the Golden Retriever.

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