Weekend Update(s)

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Murphy sez: Wow – has it really been a whole month since J posted anything for us? Geez. We really should figure out a good punishment for her. I mean, we have important stuff to say, don’t we, Mica? And a lot has happened since then…what with those holiday-things, and a bunch of in and out and in and out and in and —

Mica sez: Yeah, yeah. I mean, I know she’s been kinda busy doing human stuff, but still. Not only did she miss telling about your former foster parents *and* grandparents coming to visit, but she didn’t take any pictures at all when they were here, either! Talk about falling down on the job. We should probably fire her, but I don’t think we have too many other options. And she does feed us, walk us, and make sure we have warm blankets at night…

Murphy sez: Well, we’ll just have to hope your little “I hate the kitchen floor” antics earlier this week will be punishment enough. Seriously, dude – what was that all about, anyways? One day you’re eating and going out just fine, and the next you act like the kitchen floor is a bed of hot coals, and you don’t want anything to do with it! Good thing my happy juice works on you too, or I don’t know what J would have done…

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Mica sez: Man, the wind was so bad that day, and it’s been getting dark before the humans get home, so the house is pitch black, and that stupid floor is so slippery, and then when we’re both on it and I get bumped, or something falls and makes noise…I mean, it’s like walking on ice! Don’t you notice?

But J did switch the food bowls so I could reach the rug easier. And she moved another rug over so I could get to the back door. And she started turning the lights on at lunch so we wouldn’t have to wait for them in the dark. I only made her take me out the front door and around the house one time. That’s not too bad, right?

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Murphy sez: I guess not, considering the neighbors have a dog that won’t use their back steps at all, and has to be taken out the front door and around to the back yard just to go potty. I’m glad you seem to be sort of getting over it though. I don’t think J’s gonna carpet the kitchen just for you, and she doesn’t seem inclined to put the food bowls on the carpet either.

That’s another thing problem we had this past month, isn’t it? Food! Stupid Acana changed their formula and gave us both issues. I don’t know why they have to do that – don’t fix it if it ain’t broke, I say! More like break stuff that isn’t broke. Like bones, and bully sticks and stuffies.

Are cats and squirrels meant to be broken? Is that why I need to bark at and chase them? That right there is a deep thought for a sunny afternoon in the yard, Mica. What’s the equivalent of catnip for dogs, anyway? We should get some, whatever it is…

Mica sez: I have no idea, Murph – we’ll have to get J to find out.

That food thing is a serious issue, ‘cause we gotta eat! J’s still trying to figure it all out after having us try three different foods and finally going back to Acana ‘cause nothing else works either. At least the raw goat’s milk seems to be clearing up your ears. And no extra pumpkin seems to be helping me, but only a little. J says there’s a new raw pork food out that she’s going to get me some of once her fi-nan-ces are in better shape, whatever that means. See if that helps me digest the kibble better without making me itch more.

I like pork. Just like you like fish, which is weird, because fish makes me throw up. A lot. Like all night. It’s bad.

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Murphy sez: I love fish – all kinds! I wonder if they make a raw fish food for dogs? J is wrinkling her nose at the thought, but how yummy would that be? Maybe she could get me some sardines to put with my fish food. Just call me…sushi-dog!

Hey Mica – do you think it’s gonna snow next week? I mean, we already have to wear coats when we’re walking now…what’s gonna happen when it snows? Do we walk? Do we freeze our paws off? Do we get more bully sticks ‘cause it’s too cold to actually exercise?

We got more questions than answers, Mica. I think it might be time for a nap. Or a treat. Maybe both.

Mica sez: Definitely both. And J should take a nap too, on account of maybe she won’t forget to transcribe our blog anymore?

Which reminds me – J says our posts are moving to Sundays, on account of the pictures that we want to put up. It takes too long to edit pictures during the week, apparently, so we’re doing weekend updates now.

Murphy sez: But not this weekend, right? ‘Cause we just did this post, and that’s enough for one week, I’d say. But Sunday December 11, right?

Mica sez: Yep…that’s right. Now about that nap…

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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!