Saturday, August 21, 2010

Acute Triangle

This is Lanie. She is every bit as beautiful and bizarre as this shot indicates. She is needy and deranged and she loves me completely. Utterly. Passionately.

And she loves food even more.

Hello to everyone on the Saturday Pet Blog Hop!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Random Facts!

Drive stands like this a lot. This is not an action shot, he's really just standing there. I've noticed, in fact, that when he's walking he often crosses his front legs to a ridiculous degree. He doesn't fall over as much as you'd think, though.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Wait, who's THAT guy?

Even his shadow is handsome and alert and just as concerned about those shadow-leaves as the real Drive was.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Simple Humor

Good morning, people! We're in the Saturday pet blogging hop again and can't wait to meet a few new friends. I have a long walk planned for this weekend, in a place I hope will provide lots of great picture opportunities. In the meantime, here's a picture I made myself.

This should let you know how easily amused I am.

This is the face Drive makes when the food is gone.

EDIT: I have completely messed up the linky code, I know that. I'll figure it out at some point, but trust me, there should be a list of blogs here.

EDIT 2: Okay then!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

So how are they?

I'm feeling okay about the cookies I'll be mailing out today. Lanie will eat anything, it's true, but it's only the really tasty things that will incite her to violence and howling. She knows all the tricks her dad is asking her for, but she's far too excited and interested in the cookie he's holding to perform.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Vegan Dog Cookies

I recently took part in an auction to help aid the greyhounds rescued from deplorable cruelty in Fort Worth, TX. Tomorrow I will be shipping boxes of these cookies to the kind souls who bid on them, with the hope that their pups aren't fussy.

I wish I had a better way to gauge how good they are. I mean, my dogs enjoyed the samples I tossed their way, but my dogs make questionable consumption choices on an hourly basis.

My husband ate one, though, and he said they were okay. Any horrible mistakes in this recipe come from the fact that I'm not used to writing down or remembering my recipes. They just sort of happen.

Peanut Butter Parsley Cookies

1 c. apple sauce
1 c. peanut butter (Such a pain to measure, I just eyeball this. Err on the side of more)
1 tsp. each baking soda and salt
1/4 oil (I used olive oil)
3 c. flour, approx. (I've used different kinds, go wild with your grain of choice)
Parsley (I used about an eighth of a cup dried, but suit your dog's taste and breath)

Combine the wet ingredients and mix thoroughly. Stir in the parsley. Add flour by the half-cup, incorporating it all before you add more. The dough may be a little sticky, but it should be workable. If you want to roll it out for shape-cutting you'll need more flour. I just dropped rounded tablespoons onto the cookie sheet and smooshed them flat with the bottom of a glass. (About a quarter of an inch thick or less, if you need to know that.)

Use a cookie sheet lined with foil and lightly coated with nonstick spray. If allowed to sit in between batches, the dough may start to look shiny and oily; mix it again before you form more cookies. Put them in a 350-degree oven for 15-17 minutes. Watch carefully! They seemed to go from "Almost Ready" to "HAHAHA BURNT!" in the space it takes a toddler to ask for help getting down off his dresser.

There's plenty of room for mix-ins here. Carob chips or carrot chunks or oats, whatever your dog likes. Please research any ingredient you add before giving it to your dog. Some surprising household snacks could be poison for your dog, which we discovered when Drive once ate an entire batch of oatmeal raisin dough. (He's fine! But we hauled his butt to the vet to make sure.)

Have fun! I apologize in advance if your dogs are more finicky than mine. ;)

Sunday, August 8, 2010

We yet live!

A distressing summer cold settled on our house, first with one of the kids and then in me, so I've been a little out of it. Taking pictures of my best friend got unfortunately shuttled to the bottom of the priority list. Mostly recovered now, I took Drive into the woods at the back of the property for some beauty shots and quality time. I need a nap to recover from the walk, but Drive enjoyed it.