Go Away, Rain!

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Mica sez: Rain sucks. I mean, how are we supposed to go out in the yard, much less go for a walk in this weather? Go away, rain. Bring back the sun!

Murphy sez: Yeah – what he said! Wet feet are no fun, and I need my sun, dang it. Warm, sunny sunshine to nap in. This cold cloudy stuff is for the birds. Or not even for the birds. For no one. No one likes this!

Mica sez: I hear people who plant stuff like it – silly folks. I mean, that’s what those crazy sprinkler thingy’s I hate almost as much as rain are for, right? Water falling from the sky…why does it need to do that? I get my water out of a bowl, thank you very much. I think we may need to hibernate for awhile, Murph.

Murphy sez: I’m all over it – got our blankets ready and everything. We’ll tuck in until this crazy weather blows over and gives us our sunshine back. You think J will give us extra treats, on account of it’s too wet to walk?

Mica sez: I did hear her talking about getting more bully sticks and bones. A nice yummy bone might be a good way to spend a rainy weekend, don’t you think? I did enjoy the bully stick last night…kept me busy for a good half an hour, anyways. Not nearly as good as a walk, but since J doesn’t like the rain anymore than we do, it’s not like we had another option. Geez.

Murphy sez: Hey – you don’t think J was serious about that whole soaping-us-up-on-the-patio thing, do you? I mean…it’s cold out there. And wet. We don’t smell that bad, do we?

Mica sez: I wouldn’t worry about that, Murph. She’d have to get wet too, so that’s not gonna happen. J doesn’t even like going out with us in the rain, so we’re safe, thank goodness. Ready to hunker down and sleep this bad weather away?

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Murphy sez: Absolutely. Sweet dreams, Mica.

Mica sez: Happy hibernating, Murph.


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Itchy Scratchy

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Mica sez: So Murph – I hear you’re gonna have to start wearing your cone at night too for awhile. J sure seemed upset this morning when she saw what you did to your scabs…

Murphy sez: I know, I know. I was doing pretty good, leaving my leg alone not just at night, but early mornings. Especially after J started putting the yarn leggings over the top of my normal ones. I don’t like how the yarn feels on my tongue, so I won’t lick that. But last night the itching…oh man, the itching. I didn’t even realize I pulled the outer wrap off and licked off my scabs through the normal legging until J got up and was pretty disappointed.

J says there’s not much she can do to make it better, and I just have to get through a week or two of bad itches while my leg heals, but…I can’t. It’s just…too much itchy! So now when I have good scabs and tissue growth again, she says I have to sleep in my cone. Just for a little while.

Mica sez: Well that sucks. I mean, she’s the human. Doesn’t she know some trick or something to stop the itchies? Most of mine stopped when she started feeding me different food. Maybe she should change your food. Except your ears go all wonky whenever she tries.

Wouldn’t it be cool if your leg got all healed up though? Seems like it starts to heal pretty fast when she puts coconut oil on it. Maybe she can put more on if you’re wearing the cone, and that will help it stop itching, and then it can get all healed up. You don’t have too much of that anxiety anymore, so maybe it could even stay healed up. That would be cool, wouldn’t it?

Murphy sez: It sure would be! Not much to stress about here – aside from the neighborhood squirrel taking liberties with the power lines outside. Who does that little dude think he is, anyways? Last time I barked at him, he had the nerve to stop and chew me out right up there over our fence! Cheeky little devil. If he’d just come down and say that to my face…

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Mica sez: New squeaky toy! Probably not as good as the snake we got in the last Pupjoy box, but just about. That snake is awesome. The squeakers are all ruined, but neither of us has been able to get a hole or seam open anywhere on that thing – he’s tough! Our best toy yet, ‘cept it would be better if there were two. Every time I try to bury him in a blanket for later, part sticks out and you find him! But no fair dragging him off to your bed with you, Murph. I mean, if you’re gonna chew on him, that’s one thing. But just to keep him away from me? Sharing is caring, buddy.

Murphy sez: I share. When I lose interest, anyways. Until I want it again. But that snake does make a good pillow sometimes. Though I like my blankets better. Good thing we have plenty of toys and bones, isn’t it?

Mica sez: Yep. But we could use some new bones. J said she ordered some at the meat shop last weekend, so hopefully they’ll be here soon. Big, yummy smoked bones from local grassfed beef. I guess that’s supposed to be a good thing, but I really don’t care as long as they taste good. And they always do!

You got anything else to talk about this week, Murph?

Murphy sez: Nope. Not a thing. We should get out more. Except…we do – every night. Maybe that’s what we’ll talk about next week, eh Mica? Walkin’, and Patsy Cline, whoever that is. It’ll be fun! And if we’re lucky, J will take some pics while we’re out walking this next week. Tricky, what with holding on to the two of us, but it would be cool…

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Recipe: Sweet Veggie Crisps

Ingredients (all measurements approximate – eyeballing it works just fine)
1 to 1 1/2 cups veggies (frozen peas are what we use most often, but chunked up carrots work just as well)
1 small can pineapple juice (6 – 8 ozs)
1 tbsp Honey
1 to 1 1/2 cups coconut flour
Herbs/spices to taste, or for specific needs (ie, ginger, parsley, garlic, etc…do your research first, of course)

Murphy sez: So you start out by sharing some of the cut veggies (or frozen peas, which is what J uses most often because it’s quick and no chopping) with the dogs while you’re getting them ready for that noisy processor thingy. Then you pour in the pineapple juice without sharing, which is just wrong. And then you add the honey and maybe share, maybe not, because humans like to mess with dogs like that. Harumph.

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Then the machine thing makes lots of noise, and you get a sort of veggie/pineapple/honey smoothie. You gotta give each dog a little taste to make sure it’s good. If you’re gonna add any spices or herbs, that’s the time to do it.

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After the dogs have taste-tested, then you add that white stuff that smells like coconut. J doesn’t measure (she likes to live on the edge). She just dumps in a bit, and then the machine makes noise, and she dumps in a bit more until the mix turns into this dough-like stuff. Once it will stay shaped like a cookie, you gotta give the dogs another taste, because we’re the quality control crew. Maybe two tastes.

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Then you pat the dough-stuff into plastic trays for that drying machine – J just uses her hands to pat it out sort of thin on the sheets. Make sure to leave a little bit in the bowl – ’cause the dogs always get the last bite! She makes some patterns in the dough with a knife, and then stacks them in that drying thing, and it makes noise for a really long time (about 12 -14 hours) and makes the kitchen nice and warm.

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After the trays are in the drying thing and it’s on, you give the dogs the last bits of dough from the bowl, and then clean up the kitchen. Make sure when you turn off the drying thing that you give the dogs a warm crisp! Just like human puppies getting warm cookies from the oven, I imagine! Yum yum!

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J stores them in a jar in the cupboard and a dish with a lid by the front door. One batch lasts us about a week (but only because we can’t reach the jars and can’t take lids off).

Enjoy!

Night Walkin’ & Yummy Stuff

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Murphy sez: Man, oh man. What are we gonna do about J, Mica? I mean, skipping one week’s blog post is one thing, but two? That’s a serious in-frack-shun. I think we should come up with a suitable punishment. Like she has to give us more treats or something. It’s not like we can type our stories ourselves…

Mica sez: Humans are weird, Murph. Always doing all these things that they *think* are important, but really, nothing’s as important as the dogs. Someday maybe they’ll learn that. I’d say you’ve done your best at making her pay though…getting up on the woodpile again, so she has to pull/carry you down? You’re not a light dog. And chewing off all your scabs just ‘cause she had to switch schedules for a few days?

Murphy sez: Yeah, well, you’re no saint yourself, dude. I think you’re possibly the whiniest, barkiest dog I’ve ever met. And the groans and sighs…geez. If anyone’s gonna make her feel guilty…

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Mica sez: Whatever. My point is, J puts up with a lot from both of us, but we’re adorable and she loves us, so she keeps us around. So we could probably forgo the fine for not typing out our blog post for two weeks in a row. This time.

Murphy sez: Speak for yourself. We both saw that big bag of bully sticks come back from Costco last night…but instead of cracking it open, she put it on the counter and made us go for a walk. What’s up with that? I mean, chewing is exercise, right?

Mica sez: You know that whining you were just whining about? You’re gonna hear more of it if I don’t get my walks, kiddo. J knew I needed to get out of the house, and so did you, even though you don’t like to admit it. Besides, it’s fun walking after dark. Everything looks different, and there aren’t as many motorcycles…

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Murphy sez: And little random plastic flags show up out of nowhere and scare you half to death, like that one last week. I swear, Murph. I think you jumped three feet straight in the air when you ran into that little yard flag in the dark. And kudos for not barking, but man, your jaws snapped shut something fierce! J sure got a good laugh out of that one!

Mica sez: Yeah, yeah. You would have jumped too, if you’d run into that thing in the dark. I mean, there are no street lights! And our leashes don’t give off *that* much light…certainly not ahead of where we’re walking…

Last night’s walk was uneventful, at least. Though there were a lot of other dogs out walking. Thank goodness they were all on leashes. But no one has cool LED leashes like we do! Now we just need some cool light-up collars.

Murphy sez: I think J gets tired of switching collars on account of my cone. That would be pretty cool though. Maybe those ones with diamond-shaped lights?

Anyway, since we don’t have much to talk about this week, J thought we should share a treat recipe. She even took pictures! So should we post that now? Do you remember the ingredients?

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Mica sez: Yeah, but I think maybe we should put it on a different page – one for just that recipe, don’t you? That will make it easier for people to find when they forget to bookmark our site (naughty, forgetful people) and have to google to find it again. Except we need to name our treats, so people know what to search for…

Murphy sez: They could just search for LeashCandy.dog. I mean, it’s not that hard to remember, right?

Mica sez: No, it’s not, but humans are forgetful, remember? I think we should just call ‘em Easy Dehydrator Treats. ‘Cause they’re easy, and you make ‘em in the dehydrator.

Murphy sez: That’s kinda boring though. What about something like “Off-Leash Candy”? Or “Sweet Pea Crisps”?

Mica sez: You could be on to something there, Murph. Only there’s a bunch of veggies you could use, not just peas. So maybe “Sweet Veggie Crisps”?

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Murphy sez: I can live with that. Eating them is even more fun. So when are we gonna post the recipe? Do we have time today?

Mica sez: I don’t think so, Murph. But we could post it tomorrow, and then people would have it to try out over the weekend. We could make Saturdays “Recipe Day”, and post recipes that J uses, plus other yummy stuff we come across here and there too. Think that will work?

Murphy sez: I don’t see why not! Let’s try it. Tomorrow, treats. Yummy, yummy treats. I think maybe it’s time to go raid the kitchen again, Mica. All this treat-talk is making me hungry.

Mica sez: You and me both! Let’s go…

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