Thursday, September 26, 2013

Taste of Fall.

How To....
Fall Pumpkin ice cream treat.

I know this is a little more of a summer treat but Sadie still loves it even with the weather getting colder.

What you will need.

1 cup of Plain yogurt

1 cup of Canned pumpkin

And I like to add some parsley. (I was out for this one but I normally add just a little bit of  it.)

Now I have a cookie sheet designed for this so I like to use it but before I had the cookie sheet I used small paper cups because you can just destroy the cup to get the treat out. For this I will use both I can show how its done. Also I normally have a little to much for the cookie sheet anyway.

In a medium sized bowl mix the pumpkin yogurt and parsley until they are well mixed.


 I then put the mixture into a sandwich bag and cut off a corner to make it easy to fill the cookie sheet and less messy.

After that fill the cookie sheet and the paper cups I place them in the freezer until solid.

I really love the cookie sheet they pop out super easily once frozen and I have not had any issues with them sticking.

Sadie is a wonderful helper always keeping her eyes on me willing to help out with any spills and is always happy to lick the bowl.

Please note all dishes are washed in the dishwasher after being pre-cleaned by  Sadie. Don't mention it to her she loves being a kitchen helper.


 After they are frozen solid I place all the pumpkin bones in a sandwich bag and store them in the freezer. They last for a few months in the freezer. Sadie loves them I tend to make them more when it's hot out but I wanted to make a fall themed treat.

Size compared to Sadie's foot. 

Taste test.
I think she likes them!
Nom nom nom.

*A fun fact. Pumpkin has been found to help with constipation and diarrhea in dogs so I always keep a few cans on hand and if Sadie acts a little sick I will try adding that and leaving out some of her food. If it doesn't clear her up or she gets worse we go to the vet. But Sadie has always had a rough time with bathroom habits. 

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Fostering a dog.

Having said goodbye to our foster puppy recently I have been thinking about the whole fostering experience.
Maya would give me funny looks after a few pictures.
I have spoke with many of my dog friends that fostered a dog, and most of them are in a group called "foster failures". They tried to foster a dog but grew too attached and were not able to let go. Most of them expected us to also end up keeping our little puppy. We did consider it. She was, and is, a sweet, loving, brilliant girl who holds such a deep place in my heart.  Today I want to walk through some of the turbulent times that come with fostering.
She loved to cuddle and sleep.
We got her at around three months old.  She was pretty small, but the world was her playground. Maya developed in leaps and bounds under our care.  Within the first week after we got her, when she was spayed, she growled at the vet staff.  A month later, when we took her in to have the stitches removed, she was friendly and playful the entire time.  The staff even commented that she had really improved emotionally since we had first got her. Watching her grow and improve was something I will always treasure.
Joint head turn.
In our attempts to remind ourselves we called her our foster puppy and us her foster parents. We would take turns reminding each other that she was a foster puppy and we were just getting her ready for her forever home. It didn't work.  That little trouble maker who chewed the chair and would whine or talk at everything was in our hearts and was there to stay. She has such love for every person in her life that it's hard to believe the first two homes felt the need to get rid of her. We used that love she gave us and helped her to find a home with someone that would be amazing for her.
No I will not look at the camera.
Honestly, I don't know if I would have been able to let her go as easily as I did without seeing the relationship she had formed with her new mom. Her mom is a good friend of mine that I have known since we were little kids. She was in town visiting some family when she first met Maya. She had already expressed an interest in Maya but had not been sure if she was at a point that she could alter her life to suit a dog's needs. When she visited they went jogging and for walks while I was at work and most nights she was come over and they would cuddle and watch TV together with us. When my friend had to go back home Maya pouted around the house, confused why her new best buddy had not come over to hang out. My friend, after meeting Maya and spending time with her, decided to do what she needed to rearrange her life and get Maya in a little over a month. Seeing the work she was doing and how much they liked each other really helped me to let her go.