Going Vegetarian with Homemade Veggie Bones

Yesterday, Tallulah and I joined our human mommy/personal chef in the kitchen to whip up a batch of Veggie Bones. Tallulah supervised as Mommy assembled the ingredients:

  • 3 cups minced parsley
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped carrots
  • 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella or parmesan cheese (we went for the parmesan, and Mommy gave it a fine chop)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2-3/4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 tablespoons bran (we used oat bran)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 to 1 cup water

In one bowl, Mommy combined the parsley, carrots, cheese, and olive oil. In another, she mixed the whole wheat flour, bran, and baking powder. Then she poured the dry ingredients into the veggies, gradually added 1/2 cup of water, and mixed to make a moist but not wet dough. If you’re trying this at home, you might need to add a little extra water. We eventually used just a bit over one cup.

Then came my second favorite part of any dog treat recipe: cleaning the mixer beaters.

I even let Tallulah get in on the action. When we’d finished, Mommy could have put those beaters right back into the drawer  . . . but she didn’t, opting instead to let them take what Tallulah and I thought was a totally unnecessary spin in the dishwasher. But back to the actual baking process.

Mommy kneaded the dough for about a minute and put half of it onto a surface sprinkled with some whole wheat flour. Then she rolled the dough out to 1/2-inch thickness and cut it into little bone shapes before placing the cut-out treats onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. (Mommy wrapped the remaining dough in plastic wrap, sealed it in a ziplock bag, and popped it into the freezer so that we can make more treats another day.)

At this point, I will admit that I was super excited that I do not have opposable thumbs. You see, if I did, I might have had to do the whole kneading, rolling, and cutting thing. Instead, I enjoyed a nice little nap. I even left the pre-baking quality control duties up to Tallulah. She seemed pleased with the work that our mommy had done and gave her the ok to place the cookie sheet into the oven, which was preheated to 350F. Then my little sister and I sat back and waited about 20 to 30 minutes for our Veggie Bones to come out. We knew they were ready when they were browned and slightly hardened.

Remember just above when I told you that cleaning the mixer beaters is my second favorite part of any dog teat recipe? Any guesses what my favorite part might be? Yep . . . it’s tasting the final product. After the Veggie Bones came out of the oven, we let them cool and harden just a bit more. While I was happy to let Tallulah cover pre-bake quality control, I took full responsibility for guaranteeing the quality of the post-bake product. After all, being the older sibling does come with some advantages. And my verdict? Simply superb! If you’re looking for a healthy homemade treat, these Veggie Bones are just the thing. BONE appetit . . . and try to keep the drool to a minimum. 😉

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What Hit Me?

This is me on drugs. It all started bright and early yesterday morning . . . a little too bright and early for my taste. Normally my human mommy lets me sleep in while she gets up to prepare my breakfast, but not yesterday. Just past the crack of dawn, I heard, “Come on, Miss Lee. We need to get going.” She led me into the laundry room, where I usually find my breakfast waiting for me, but my bowl was empty and the water bowl was missing. Hmmmmm, something was not quite right. Then she hooked my leash to my collar and we set out on our morning walk, but there was something not quite right about the route we were taking. And then all of a sudden it hit me: We were headed toward the V-E-T. WHAT!?!

Most of the day was a total blur. I have no idea what hit me, but the next thing I knew it was the afternoon and I was sitting in an exam room. I vaguely recall my human mommy having a conversation with my V-E-T. There was something about my teeth being beautiful and clean. And then they started talking about my butt. WHAT!?!

Remember when I assisted Dr. Julie Buzby as she presented “All Hands on Dog: 10 Touches That Could Save Your Dog’s Life” at BlogPaws 2017? Do you remember Touch 10: Under the Tail? Well, Dr. Buzby found a very small mass in a private place just under my tail. (I’m not going to be more specific. This is embarrassing enough. I think you know where.) Naturally, my human mommy immediately brought it to the attention of my V-E-T, and we decided to watch it and, if we didn’t see any changes, to wait to remove it when I had my next teeth cleaning. In other words, friends, I got it at both ends yesterday. But I also got some pretty good drugs, so I’m not complaining. The V-E-T says that he doesn’t expect the little mass to be anything serious, but just in case it’s gone to the lab to be analyzed. We’ll get the results later this week or early next week. Until then, I’m going to enjoy my buzz as long as I possibly can.


Sunday Sisters: September 10, 2017

Final Update on the Pet Supermodel Contest

Notice that giant cat just over our shoulders? Well this photo seems appropriate for what I’m about to tell you. The results won’t be official until this Tuesday, but I fear that Tallulah and I failed to win, place, or show in the Impact Advisors 2017 Pet Supermodel Contest. On the last day, at the last minute, we lost third place to a cat–a cat!–that chased us from behind by more than 100 votes and snuck ahead of us as the contest ended.

Oh well, that silly cat may have third place, but Tallulah and I have the best friends ever. Thank you so very much for supporting us!

 


One Final Vote Request . . . and a Big Thank You

Hi, friends. Tallulah Bee here. My sister, Harper Lee, is off getting her hair done. Isn’t that so supermodel of her? Anyway, this is it. It’s the final day of voting in the Impact Advisors 2017 Pet Supermodel Contest. You think you’re excited? You should see our human mommy/blogging assistant/campaign manager. 😉 Thanks to all of you, Harper Lee and I are currently in third place. Great job, friends!

But you know what they say: It’s not over until the fat lady sings . . . or, in this case, until the puppy dog howls. Everyone is making a mad dash for the finish line–especially all of those cats that are chasing us–and goodness knows we don’t want to be caught from behind. So on behalf of my big sister and my human mommy, I’m staring into your soul with my sweet puppy eyes and asking you to vote one more time. Click here and then scroll down to click to page 5. You’ll find us at the bottom of page five, and then you know what to do. Remember, you can’t vote until 24 hours after your last vote and you can vote from multiple devices (once from your computer, once from your phone, once from your tablet, etc.). Voting ends today at 5 p.m. eastern time.

If Harper Lee and I place in the top three, we’re donating our prize to Zeus’ Rescues, a New Orleans shelter that welcomed pets from Hurricane Harvey and that in all likelihood will be doing the same for those displaced by Hurricane Irma. From the bottom of our Golden hearts, Harper Lee and I thank you more than you could imagine for supporting us this year. You truly are the best!


Cheers to You . . . Please Keep Voting

Cheers to you, friends! Thanks to your Pet Supermodel Contest votes yesterday, Tallulah and I shot up from eighth place to third place. Amazing! Oh, and just for the record, that glass of wine isn’t mine. It belongs to my human mommy/blogging assistant/campaign manager. She got it into gear and worked her tail off yesterday, so Tallulah and I let her take a little break last night.

But the break is over and it’s time to get back on the campaign trail. We have a cat chasing us for third place. A cat chasing a couple of dogs? That’s just not right . . . and it would be really horrible if a cat actually caught us. Talk about embarrassing. So you know what to do. Click here and scroll down. Then go to page five. You’ll have to scroll down again on page five, but you’ll find us there. Then just click inside the VOTE box. Remember . . . you can vote once every 24 hours (so if you vote at 10 a.m. one day, you can vote again at 10:01 a.m. the next day) and you can vote once from each device you own (computer, phone, tablet, etc.). Hang in there with us. Voting ends tomorrow at 5 p.m. eastern time and we want to finish in the top three so we can give our prize to Zeus’ Rescues, a local shelter that is helping pets from Hurricane Harvey.

Thank you so very much . . . and cheers!


(Wordy) Wordless Wednesday: Shameless Begging

You did it, friends. You came through yesterday. Tallulah and I moved up two spots to eighth place in the Impact Advisors 2017 Pet Supermodel Contest. Good news for our campaign manager (who also happens to be our human mommy/blogging assistant). You helped her save her job, but she’s still on the hot seat.

It’s time for a little more shameless begging for votes. (Hey, I’m a dog, so I’ve got this whole begging thing down.) It’s pretty simple. Just click here and then scroll down and go to page five and scroll down again. When you see our picture, click the VOTE box. Remember, you can vote every 24 hours (so if you voted at 10:00 a.m. yesterday, you can vote again at 10:01 a.m. today) and you can vote once from each device you own (once from your computer, once from your phone, once from your tablet, etc.).

Feel free to share with all of your friends through Facebook, Twitter, or old-fashioned word-of-mouth . . . and thank you, thank you, thank you!

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Breaking News: Possible Campagn Staff Shake-Up

As you no doubt know by now, my sister and I are in a tough race. We’re trying the finish in the top three of the Impact Advisors 2017 Pet Supermodel Contest. Thanks to you–our fabulous friends–we entered the Labor Day Weekend firmly in control of fifth place and gaining on the contestants just ahead of us. And then our human mommy/blogging assistant/campaign manager took a little holiday break and let us down.

Tallulah and I find ourselves in 10th place–yes, that’s a dismal 10th place–as we enter the final days of Pet Supermodel Contest voting. I don’t know about you, friends, but if I don’t see a huge improvement in our polling numbers, I think a serious campaign staff shake-up may be in order.

If you want to save my human mommy/blogging assistant/campaign manager’s job, you need to click here to vote. Scroll down and click to go to page 5 (the more votes contestants have, the higher the page number they’re on . . . at least we still have that going for us) and click the VOTE box. Remember, you can vote once from each device you have (computer, phone, tablet, etc.) and you can vote once every 24 hours from each device (so if you vote at 10 a.m. one day, you can vote again at 10:01 a.m. the next day). Voting ends at 5:00 p.m. Eastern time September 8. Feel free to share this post with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, email . . . even old-fashioned word-of-mouth. Tallulah and I thank you . . . and our human mommy/blogging assistant/campaign manager really thanks you. 😉