Tuesday, May 31, 2011

52 Weeks of Dogs: 21/52, Splash Into Summer

"Snorkel Not Required"

Katie just loves the kiddie pool. She spent most of the Memorial Day weekend snorkeling, diving and soaking in it. After her pool time she likes to roll in the grass though, which has made her into the rare red, white and green American Pit Bull Terrier!

Monday, May 30, 2011

Meet Katie!

What do no-bake cookies, flipping a light switch and Katie have in common? They're all easy!

Katie is our newest foster - a twelve year old pit bull that spent the last eleven years sitting in a shelter. IDR+ pulled her in hopes of finding her a real home. She's a little unsteady on her feet sometimes, but she's still got a ton of spirit and is enjoying living in a real home.

She's the easiest dog in the house. She spends most of the time snoozing in front of her little fan, lurching after tennis balls in the yard and splashing around in the kiddie pool. She's quiet, housebroken and indifferent towards the other animals in the house. We've been told that she gets jealous of other dogs though, so she'd be best as an "only child."

If you are looking for a great old lady to adopt, please consider Katie. She's no spring chicken, but she's got the typical resilient APBT personality - nothing rains on this girl's parade.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

52 Weeks of Dogs: 20/52, Leashes


I just couldn't get into this week's challenge. When my dogs are wearing leashes, it's because they're working. I don't take photos of my dogs while they're working... kind of defeats the purpose. So here's Ronin, showing off our collection of Paco leashes.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Shameless Plug Sunday: Betty Crocker Gluten Free

I really, really miss sugary pastries. Most gluten-free mixes are simply awful, but Betty Crocker's options aren't half bad. In fact, they're pretty darn tasty! To make them even sweeter, they're made in a gluten-free facility - so no risk of cross contamination at the source!

Betty Crocker's gluten free brownie mix is extremely popular in our house. The brownies turn out thick, rich and chewy. Even non-celiacs love the taste of these! If you prefer cake-like brownies, try Bob's Red Mill - but the flavor won't be nearly as nice.

My birthday is on Monday, so my husband decided to attempt a gluten free birthday cake. We got Betty Crocker's yellow cake mix, hoping it was half as nice as the brownie mix. It was extremely easy to cook and has a great flavor - you almost can't tell it's gluten free.

So Betty Crocker? Thanks for making a few mixes that don't taste awful! We really, really, really appreciate it!

Betty Crocker Gluten Free Baking Mixes

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Death to Mr. Spatula

Last week was a scorcher - so uncharacteristically hot that every living thing in the house was miserable. Sekai, of course, was the exception. I'd imagine he was quite pleased, since he was most likely imported from Ghana or Nigeria and was thinking, 'today feels like home!'

To help the dogs cope with the heat, I decided to make them some yogurt icepops. My recipe is fairly basic - plain yogurt, a few bananas, a generous dollop of peanut butter - all tossed in a blender and pureed until smooth. The glop is then poured into 5oz plastic cups, a blueberry placed on top of each icepop to make them look pretty, then put in the freezer for a few hours.

Usually this is a messy activity. Our blender can be temperamental, and often the lid leaks and sends little torpedoes of yogurt flying all over the kitchen. This time was no exception. I spilled some yogurt and without thinking, I dropped my favorite spatula into the blender so I'd have a free hand to wipe up the mess. I didn't even think to turn off the blender first.


However, I suppose a mutilated silicon spatula is a small price to pay in exchange for happy dogs. At least, that's what I keep telling myself.

52 Weeks of Dogs: 19/52, Bathtime

"Yipes, that water is cold!"

It was 94 degrees Fahrenheit a few days ago. Unfortunately for Revy, that meant her weekly bath was to be performed outside, where everyone could see her. I could see my neighbors craning their necks to see into my yard, especially when I started the high velocity dryer. I must say, bathing dogs outside is so much easier!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

52 Weeks of Dogs: 18/52, Shadows

"Just me and my shadow..."

Ronin's turn. This was a hard assignment... no one's shadows were cooperating for me!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Crayons, Week Five

Time is just flying by - the Crayons are five weeks old! They've been weaned and are doing great; they are bold and confident, each with a unique personality. Yellow girl is still a pistol, Purple girl is still unbelievably sweet. Red boy is still Mr. Confident, and Blue boy is still the noisiest puppy in the bunch. They are all very adventurous - they love their little puppy tunnel and only one of them made a fuss during microchipping this past weekend.

I'll be making one last trip out to see them in a few weeks. With any luck, there will be a knockout male that I may co-own with the co-breeder.