Why Did the Golden Retriever Cross the Road?

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Why did the Golden Retriever cross the road?

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To visit the chickens, of course. I’m a pretty lucky dog. I live in the middle of the city, and yet I have a miniature pony that lives right around the corner and a couple of chickens who recently came to roost (haha, get it?) across the street. That’s Number 3 on the left and Wannabe on the right. You might be wondering why Number 3 is named Number 3. Well, at one time there were three chickens, and Number 3 was number three in the pecking order (I made another chicken joke there). Then it turned out that one of the chickens was a rooster, so he went to live in the country.

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So recently I got to visit my chicken neighbors for the first time. I was pretty interested, as you might have gathered from the tension in my collar . . . and you can’t even see the tension in my human mommy’s hand as she maintained the death grip on my leash. I’m not quite sure why my humans were so surprised by my perhaps-overly-excited attraction to the chickens. Afterall, I am a bird dog.

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Mommy quickly determined that it might be a good idea for me to get away from the hen-house, otherwise this blog post might have become a very different take on Tasty Tuesday. I took one last look as my human daddy dragged me away. I have a pretty good idea that I won’t ever be allowed to visit the chickens again.

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But my mommy stuck around to learn more about Wannabe and Number 3. They’ll be one year old in February. They laid their first eggs when they were around eight or nine months old, and they’ll lay eggs for the first five to eight years of their lives. That’s a lot of eggs. Number 3 is what’s called an olive egger because she lays eggs that are olive-green, and Wannabe is a pale blue Easter egger. They eat chicken feed, but they also get kitchen scraps from their humans (hey, I want to be a chicken) . . . pretty much everything except chicken. Their human mother says it just doesn’t feel right to feed the chickens chicken. Makes sense to me. Their favorite human food is cooked spaghetti.

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They need all those spaghetti carbs because during the day they are free to roam around their big backyard. In the evening, they settle into this beautiful chicken coop. Eat your hearts out, pups. This thing is way nicer than any dog house I’ve ever seen.

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They perch in this area to sleep . . .

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. . . and this is where they lay their eggs. Look closely and you’ll notice a couple of golf balls. At first, Wannabe and Number 3 were laying eggs all over their coop. Then their humans read that if you place golf balls where you want your chickens to lay, that’s where they’ll lay. It worked!

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And look at the lovely eggs that my chicken neighbors shared with me. Mommy used a couple to make human treats, but you just knew she had to save one of those special eggs to make some yummy dog treats. She turned to The Organic Dog Biscuit Cookbook and found a recipe for Pumpkin Drops.

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These heavenly pumpkin spice cookies are made with oat flour, brown rice flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, unsweetened applesauce, canned pumpkin, a little water, and one very special egg. Simply drop about a teaspoon-sized ball onto a cookie sheet, flatten the ball if you’d like, and bake.

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These treats are super simple because they don’t require any rolling or cutting out, and the recipe makes plenty of cookies to share with your friends.

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I volunteered for taste-testing duty. Yep, they passed the test with flying colors.

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I think I’m going to share some Pumpkin Drops with my new friends Wannabe and Number 3 . . . but I might have to get Mommy to make the delivery.

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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16 Comments on “Why Did the Golden Retriever Cross the Road?”

  1. Kuruk says:

    Oh Miss Lee, I used to have chickies in my old home with Mama and big brofur Simba (RIP). I used to even sneak in the chicken coop and snack on the chicken’s food. WOL! xoxoxoxoxox, Ku

    • I remember reading about your chickens in your book, Ku. My mommy has always wanted to have chickens, but after my little encounter with Wannabe and Number 3 that looks highly unlikely now . . . much to my daddy’s relief. 😉

  2. I think that is a cool reason to cross the road. That is too funny that the golf balls worked. you didn’t bark them?? Good girl ♥ Are y’all getting cold weather? We are supposed to dip into the upper 20s! Stay warm.

    • I actually did not bark at the chickens, which is very unusual for me because I am generally a very vocal girl. I think I was just so stunned to see them–and so very interested in them–that I was speechless. We’re supposed to be in the upper 20s Friday morning. Maybe I can go across the street to keep the chickens warm. Maybe not. 😉

  3. Cupcake says:

    I’m so happy your humans maintained the death grip on your leash, Miss HL. The story could’ve taken an ugly turn. I think your new neighbors are fascinating. I hope Mom will make me some of those pumpkin cookies.

    Love and licks,

  4. Emmadog says:

    Fire up the grill! I will come down and help you get some chicken! Leaving the chickens alone would be like leaving squirrels and wabbits alone. We are hunters and that would be tough. You are a better dog than we are.

  5. What a fun visit. At least you got some eggs out of it. 🙂

  6. The best eggs in the world. My girls would have eaten that bowl of eggs up in a nano second! Ms. Harper you are so much more behaved!

  7. Jan K says:

    Oh, what fun to have chickens for neighbors! Fresh eggs are the best.

  8. They look yummy, the cookies of course! (and the chickens MOL!) Thanks for sharing Miss Harper Lee, that was really interesting! I am sure the neighbor was glad Mommie and Daddy where there to help you ‘get home’ 🙂

  9. Good one, Marty! Glad you enjoyed meeting my chicken neighbors!

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