Puppy Love & Puppy Loss

I keep having this horrible nightmare that I am on a giant family vacation with my in-laws and our pets. I wasn’t sure where we were headed, but we were in an airport. One of my in-laws lets go of my favorite pups’ leash and when the TSA finds him she tells them it’s not her dog. Long story short—through a long series of stupid and unfortunate events—Huffman, the puppy love of my life, ends up in Arizona at a rescue that won’t give him back. And no matter what I do I can get to him.

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My Huffman Dog ❤

I have three dogs and I’ve had family dogs in the past. I’ve loved them all, but Huffman is different. He’s like this little ball of fur that knows when I’m sad, scared, or just need a cuddle. He never leaves my side. He’s probably one of my best friends…and he’s getting older…and more sick. I think a lot about how unfair it is that dogs don’t live 1000 years and how I am mentally going to have to prepare myself to say goodbye to him someday.

I saw this video not too long ago and it celebrates the life and death of the pups we love and the relationship between man and man’s best friend in such a beautiful way. I just had to share, it’s strangely makes me feel better when I think about Huffman and my other pups and how we’ll have to say goodbye to each other someday.

Dog lovers unite!

I am a total animal person. I work at a Museum that has a zoo and I consider every single last one of those boogers my babies—especially our sloth (she’s adorable). While, I am waiting patiently for a pet Quokka (never going to happen, because Australia), I do have to give a shout out to my dogs.

Now, sloths are probably the perfect pet—they mostly stay put, they poop once a week, you can litter train them, and they show amazing amounts of affection. At the end of the day though—it’s all about puppies!

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I found this meme, it sums me up perfectly!

In the dog vs. cat wars I know cats outnumber the dogs on the internet, in people’s hearts, and in their houses, but dogs are by far the superior pet. Sure, they need to be fed, bathed, let outside, and are needy, but that’s the best part, right? Dogs love unconditionally. while cats are like, “meh”. Also here’s a list of other things they can do:

  • Sniff out bombs
  • Take down bad guys
  • Detect cancer in the body
  • Be a service animal
  • Detect seizures
  • Lead the blind
  • Fight in combat zones

Dogs. are. amazing—and I love my little wolf pack. So cheers to all the dog people and look out for a recipe for my home made holiday dog treats coming soon! Also, all pets are awesome as long as they are rescued and not purchased, so if you’re getting a pet this holiday remember to adopt and not shop!

Fall Means Pumpkin Everything – For Puppies Too!

My wolf pack!My family and I are a wolf pack where the dogs out number the humans–and that’s the way we like it! My husband, Mr. JD, and I are definitely dog people. I would have a dozen if I could, but we’re maxed out at three: Huffman, Kiddo, and Peekaboo.

They all have sad stories about how they came to us—locked away my hoarders, abused, stuffed in a way-to-small cage, dying of worms. Needless to say, we tend to spoil them when they are good, which means I make a lot of treats for them. They’re favorite (besides the occasional pepperoni Mr. JD sneaks them) by far, are Frosty Paws.

PumpkinFrostyPawsAlas, they are on the expensive side, BUT they are super easy to make; contain ingredients that have calcium, vitamins, low fats, anti-imflamatories, and protein; and are pretty healthy in moderation—so I don’t mind whipping up a few when I have the ingredients.

This time I decided to make them with a fall twist. I am waiting patiently for my first soy pumpkin spice latte of the year, but in the meantime my pups can celebrate September 1, right? Pumpkin is actually good (in moderation) for dogs tummies, so why not add some into the mix?!

IMG_20150830_171345Ingredients

  • 1 Ripe Banana
  • 2 Big Tablespoons Canned Pumpkin (NOT Pumpkin Pie Filling)
  • 1/2 c. Plain, Low Fat Yogurt
  • 1 Big Tablespoon Peanut Butter
  • 2 Tablespoons Honey

IMG_20150830_171840Directions:

  • Smash the banana with a fork in a bowl and add the pumpkin in.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and mix. It should end up a semi-thick consistency. If you want to get a less lumpy result just throw all of your ingredients into a blender.
  • Get 6 cupcake wrappers and place them in a small baking pan.
  • Pour the batter in each cupcake wrapper, about half full.
  • Freeze for 4-6 hours.

I added a few sprinkles to the top because Huffman’s Birthday is soon! If covered up, these should keep for a few weeks in the freezer without getting gross.

Whip some up for your pups to celebrate fall—hopefully while you’re drinking a pumpkin spice latte!

Commence the tail wagging!

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