The link to the recipe for doggy peanut butter carob bark that I make for Rob is dead and I can’t find a recipe I like on Pinterest or Google. Some include honey, some coconut oil, salt and other stuff my dogs and yours don’t need in their peanut butter cookies so I decided to write mine up. It’s so simple.
1 bag of carob chips (2 cups) unsweetened
1/2 cup peanut butter, (plain, just peanuts, smooth mixes more easily than chunky)
1/2 cup peanuts
Melt carob chip chips in a class mixing bowl in the microwave 30 seconds at a time. When carob is mostly melted stir in the peanut butter until smooth, then stir in peanuts. Drop in teaspoonfuls (make appropriate size for your dog) onto tinfoil or waxed paper and let sit until hard in fridge. When they are chilled, pop them off the paper or foil into a ziploc bag and keep in fridge. You can smear it out into bark and break pieces off as you go but the cookies are less messy to serve.
I received several different April Fools emails today and I love this one for dog and cat chosen color kits. It reminded me of how I used to have our cat, Edward, pick tarot cards for me. When you clicked the link you get to the page (I’ve included it below) it had a sale-code for all their color kits that I blocked out…
I noticed that dogs weren’t exactly color-blind with Rob when he had his knee surgeries and couldn’t run around to play so I had to keep him entertained with problem-solving games. There was a toy called a Cuz that I found in lots of different colors and I’d have him find the orange Cuz or the green Cuz and he’d only get a treat if he brought the correct one. He was able to tell all of them apart except for red from orange so we went with a big red with horns, Bad Cuz, and a smaller orange without horns.
June 6th is the day we brought Robert home! I figure most of you have never seen any puppy pictures so here are a couple along with some more recent ones. It is pretty hard to believe he wasn’t always part of the family and even harder to imagine what it will be like without him someday. He was about 6 months old and only 45 pounds when we brought him home… as you can see he was an adorable pup! Freya went along with the idea during the initial meet and greet at a friend’s home until it suddenly occurred to her that we meant to keep him, then she took a bit of um, convincing. He was always really good with her. In fact, when he was about a year old, Freya was getting really arthritic but still loved to play fetch so we would go to the park near us at night and let them both off leash. Scott would throw the Frisbee, Rob would chase and retrieve it, and then bring it right to Freya so she could return it to Scott for the next toss — all without a word spoken or a prearranged plan — it all just somehow fell into place thanks to Robbie.
That intuitive caring is why Robbie has been such an amazing therapy dog. I would take him to an assisted living facility for a scheduled visit and as we’d enter the common room where everyone was gathered for the event, I’d have him sit at the entrance to get our bearings. I’d watch him scan the room’s occupants and then look up at me to indicate he was ready. I’d nod to him it was okay to go and let him lead me as he walked right up to a specific person and engage them. Without fail, the event coordinator would come up to me and whisper, “That’s who I was going to ask you to be sure to visit. He or she has been having a really hard time. How does he do that?” I’d just beam at him and say, “He’s a rock star!”
I’ve heard it said that it takes a village to raise a child and a dog is no exception. Thanks to…
Audra, for pulling him from the Pierce County Humane Society
Dana & Larry Babb of Paws-Abilities for making training fun for us
My Mom for teaching him so many of his tricks
TDI, Therapy Dogs International, for giving Rob a job he loves
Drs. Theresa Hetrick and Tim Cavanaugh for taking care of him
The staff of the VCA Emergency Animal Clinic for saving his life a couple of years ago
Tanya for being the best dog-sitter in the world
Everyone else who falls in love with him everywhere we go.
We have completed the excavation and unearthed … our living room!
Rob is happy to have his couch back and I am so happy to have a complete house again. Everything was so dusty from the kitchen demolition and reconstruction that it was more like archaeology than house cleaning.
The colors and wood in the kitchen and living room look great together and once the den is dusted, the house will be clean again.
Apparently, I spoke too soon. After the plastic parts on my laptop were successfully replaced, the hard drive crashed. Dell is sending a tech out to replace it this week.
This is not the first time this has happened to me. I had this same problem with a previous laptop. It was overheating and Dell decided to replace the fan. The fan was replaced and once it was working properly and the laptop tried to boot back up… no hard drive. Continue reading I spoke too soon… Hard drive crash!→
Kevin is framing the cabinets with trim and then he and I will head to South Center to pick flooring. Marty, Gracie’s rescuer, finally got to meet Gracie & Rob today and I am hoping he makes it to our Winter party so you can all meet him too. In the meantime he has lots of homework from Scott (a gift of boutique cigars). Gracie was her usual, skittish self but he didn’t seem to mind.