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.
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.
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 . . .
. . . 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.
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.
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Students have already returned to the classroom where I live. Big yellow buses rumble down the street weekday mornings and afternoons, and on my daily walks I stop so that little children can give me a pat before scurrying through the doors of my neighborhood school. I’m back in school, too. My obedience classes started again a few weeks ago and I even have a new teacher. I’m pretty excited. So, in the spirit of a new school year, I’ve decided to start writing the occasional book report.
Today’s report is on a funny little book that every single one of my human mommy’s dog-loving friends will eventually receive from her–I Could Chew on This: and Other Poems by Dogs by Francesco Marciuliano, author of the New York Times bestseller I Could Pee on This: And Other Poems by Cats. The book’s jacket offers this overview:
In I Could Chew on This you’ll find poems penned by dogs that get to the root of their loyalty, optimism, obsessive chewing, and deep-seated need to smell every new butt that passes by. Discover why they do things like try to lick the inside of your nostril, eat bird poop, stop and smell one square inch of sidewalk for an eternity, bark at a dog five times their size, and greet you every day like you’ve been gone for weeks.
Does any of that sound familiar? To give you a little taste of this entertaining and insightful book, I’d like to share two of my favorite poems.
True, unbridled love
Is looking at what I just did
On the sidewalk
And then picking it up in a bag
I can only imagine as a treasured keepsake
Wow, the collection you must have by now
I don’t want to go as a ballerina
Fine, I’ll go as a ballerina
If you don’t take any photos of me
Fine, you can take one photo of me for Facebook
If I don’t have to go outside in this outfit
Fine, I’ll go outside in this outfit
If I don’t have to be embarrassed house to house
Fine, I’ll be embarrassed house to house
If I can have some of your chocolate
What do you mean dogs can’t have chocolate?
Fine, I’ll just eat the wrappers
If I can throw up in your bag
The book is divided into four chapters–Inside, Outside, By Your Side, and Heavy Thinking. In addition to all the clever poems you’ll find adorable photos. I Could Chew on This is the perfect gift for any dog lover, but just a little word of advice: If you’re buying one for a friend, go ahead and get one for yourself, too. You’ll be glad you did.
No, I am not getting a puppy for Christmas. My humans did have some fairly serious discussions about the possibility (conversations that, by the way, did not include any input from me), but they determined that the time just isn’t right at the moment. I ask you, is there ever a “right” time to get a puppy? Whatever. They seem fairly firm in their decision, so I have a feeling it may be a while until I am telling you about a new sister.
But I am very happy to tell you about a fantastic book that my human mommy read while she was on her island getaway a few weeks ago. It’s called The Puppy That Came for Christmas: How a Dog Brought One Family the Gift of Joy by Megan Rix. The book opens with these words:
“I crouched down beside the traveling crate and watched the two beautiful creamy-colored golden-retriever/Labrador-cross puppies snuggled up together. . . . Three months before, I’d never even thought about having a dog. . . . Was I ready for this? . . . As I looked down at the puppies, I had no idea that, however unprepared Ian and I were for the joys, challenges and downright disruptions of puppy parent life, it would be nothing compared with how unprepared we’d be to relinquish our beloved puppy when she passed on to the next stage of her training to become a Helper Dog for disabled people.”
Rix goes on to tell the story of how she and her husband, Ian, became involved in the Helper Dogs program, first as puppy parents to Emma and then to Freddy. They had each dog for the first six months of its life. During that time, they taught Emma and Freddy basic obedience commands, helped them become comfortable in various social situations, and, inevitably, fell in love with each puppy. She shares stories of people who have been assisted by Helper Dogs (including Emma and Freddy) and the incredible bonds they developed with their four-legged mates. Rix also reveals some very real struggles that she and Ian face in their lives. Finally, she introduces her readers to Traffy, the puppy that came for Christmas.
The Puppy That Came for Christmas is a perfect gift idea for the dog lovers on your Christmas list. At just over 200 pages, it’s a quick and mostly light read. Mommy did cry a few times, but I think that’s mostly because she missed me while she was on her trip . . . and she’s a real sap when it comes to anything about dogs. In the end, though, she had a huge smile on her face, and lots and lots of kisses and hugs for me when she got home.
Just wanted to let you know that tomorrow is a very, very big day. Tomorrow, you get to meet my human mommy as part of the Meet the Bloggers blog hop. Now, everyone knows that this is my blog and my mommy is merely my blogging assistant. But last week I read about this blog hop on I Still Want More Puppies and I decided that Mommy deserves a little recognition (but just a little). You can click here to read all about the hop and its hosts. I hope you’ll join the hop, and I hope you’ll enjoy seeing and meeting my mommy, who spends a lot of time behind the camera taking all of my pictures.
Lagniappe (pronounced lann-yapp) is a word that people in South Louisiana use to mean something extra. It’s like getting a really good ice cream sundae that already has chocolate and whipped cream and nuts and a cherry, and then someone adds sprinkles to the top. The sprinkles are lagniappe. Or here’s an example that all my canine friends will understand: It’s like when your human takes out a milk bone and you get all excited because you think nothing could possibly be any better than a milk bone, and then your human puts just a bit of peanut butter on that milk bone before handing it to you. The peanut butter is lagniappe. So now it is my pleasure to present to you a little lagniappe for you day. Enjoy!
And the winner is . . .
You may recall that last week I wrote about my sweet friend Ku and his new book, Kuruk: The Little Bear That Could. I said that I would have a drawing for a copy of Ku’s book from all the people (and animals) who commented on that post. Well I did. I had never actually done a drawing before, so I did a little Googling to find out how it’s done. I found a great blog post by i’m erika jurney + this is my blog that had all the answers I needed (leave it to a blogger to have all the answers!). So, on the first random drawing, the winner was Commenter Number 7–Ku. I figured he didn’t need to have a copy of his own book, so I tried again, and this time the winner was Commenter Number 11, Jan from Wag ‘n Woof Pets. I put a copy of the book in the mail yesterday (well, technically my human mommy went to the post office because I am not allowed inside there), so Jan should have Ku’s book in time for some nice weekend reading. Congratulations on your lagniappe, Jan, and enjoy!
Miss Harper Lee’s Book Club
Well, if Oprah Winfrey can do it, why can’t I? The next book that I would like to recommend to you and any young children in your life is Sugar the Golden Retriever’s Sugar’s Furry Friend, which is all about Sugar and her little backyard chipmunk friend. Sugar celebrated her 12th BarkDay last month. She had her own random drawing from everyone who joined in on her barkday blog hop, and I won her book! In addition to sending her book, Sugar sent the sweetest note on her very own stationery (I’m still waiting for my mommy to get my stationery) and a See Beautiful dog tag. You can click here to read all about See Beautiful and to learn more about how to order Sugar’s book. Thanks for the lagniappe, Sugar!
Thank you, Paws It On
I think my humans are starting to get a little jealous. My mailman Mr. Leroy brings the best packages for me, and they just keep getting bills. Sorry, humans. Last week I received some super yummy treats from my friends at Paws It On. Click here to visit the Paws It On blog, see more pictures of me enjoying my treats, and find out how you can nominate a special friend for a Paws It On treat. Thanks for the tasty lagniappe, Paws It On!
It’s Blogging Awards Time
Last month, I received the Bouquet of Three Award from my cute little piggy friend Bacon at Pig Love. Thank you, Bacon, for the beautiful award, which I presented to my friend Maryanne Mistretta on her birthday . . . a bouquet of birthday flowers in the form of an award.
And a big thank you to Peppino at Pippy Monster for the Super Sweet Blogging Award and the Versatile Blogger Award. I hope that you’ll click here to visit Pippy and that you’ll also visit my Super Sweet Blogging Award and Versatile Blogger Award nominees. Being rewarded for something that you love to do. Does anything say lagniappe more than that? I think not!