Dogs Bugging Out

Lucy wonders what I'm holding.
Lucy thinks, what is Mommy holding?
Lucy says, "How does it smell?"
Lucy thinks, how does it smell?

“When are the cicadas coming out?” I wondered.

“I can’t wait to see them,” replied a daughter. “There’s been so much hype.”

She doesn’t remember when they emerged in 2013, but will our dog Lucy? Her eyes–ummm–bugged out when she sniffed and inspected Little Miss Cicada (the one I bonded with–lol). Hubby mentioned (at dinner!) that a friend in VA shared what happened when her dog ingested a bunch of the bugs. Let’s say the digestion process did not go smoothly! Yuck! Today, I’m re-posting “Cicada City Part II,” my impressions–or should I say Lucy’s impressions?– when the cicadas were everywhere.

2013 might be the Chinese Year of the Snake, but at Bmore Energy it’s the Week of the Puppy.

Lucy “guest blogged” “Fluffy Father’s Day” and, in honor of her turning two, I’m featuring my furry sweetheart again.

In my recent post, Cicada City Part I, you met Little Miss Cicada.  What I didn’t say was how Lucy reacted to her first encounter with the large buzzing bug.  Before Lucy met Little Miss Cicada, several dog owners told me that their dogs were feasting on the cicadas. One told me she didn’t even need to give her dog kibble because he was eating so much.

Teenage Daughter #2 babysat for a family who warned her to keep their dog, Molly, inside because Molly was eating the cicadas then throwing them up.  But when Teenage Daughter #2 opened the door to let the kids in, Molly ran out and, you guessed it, ate a cicada.  Teenage Daughter #2 reported, “Molly started acting really weird.  She was twitching and gagging.  I think the cicada was still alive in her stomach!  I was just praying she wasn’t going to throw up!”

Teenage Daughter #1, who babysat for the same family, replied, “I’m afraid of throw up!  Literally, afraid.  And I couldn’t even walk on their grass because of the cicadas.  It was like step, cicada, step, cicada!  They’re disgusting!”

Cicada shells clustered in the grass.
Cicada shells clustered in the grass.

Back to Lucy.  Hon, the photos and 45 second video say it all!

Lucy's not sure she likes this big bug!
Lucy’s not sure she likes this big bug!

Lucy, the Snow “Bunny,” a Joyful Video

Lucy looking for her ball in the snow.
Lucy looking for her ball in the snow.

Some”bunny” loves the snow!

Whenever it snows, I tell Lucy, “You should live in Alaska!” Though ice crystals form on the tips of her fur, she self-insulates. Her puffed up fur keeps her body warm and making her paws look three times their normal size. She hops in the snow, herds anyone who sleds, and “helps” us shovel.

Want to see pure joy? Click “Snow Puppy” or hit the play button below.

Thanks for watching, hon!

 

Easy DIY Kids Crafts & Recipes: Pumpkin Dog Biscuits

Did someone say, “Biscuit?”

Pumpkin Dog Biscuits

Smells so good!

Yummm!

Belly’s full.  Ready for a nap.

This recipe pawed its’ way to the top!

Kids in my K-2 “Wags-n-Whiskers” After-School-Enrichment class loved making toys and treats for their pets.  These dog biscuits are easy to make, healthy and yummy (just ask Lucy).

Happy baking, hon!

PUMPKIN DOG BISCUITS
Ingredients:
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 2 Tablespoons dry milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 1/2 cups brown rice flour
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley, optional
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs and pumpkin until smooth. Stir in dry milk, sea salt and dried parsley, if using. Add brown rice flour gradually, combining with spatula or hands to form a stiff, dry dough.  If the dough is too crumbly, add about a 1/4 cup of water and blend thoroughly. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface (can use the brown rice flour to flour surface and rolling pin) and if dough is still rough, knead and press to combine.
  3. Roll dough between 1/4″ to 1/2″ thick and use cookie cutters to create shapes. Gather and re-roll scraps as you go. Place shapes on cookie sheet, with or without parchment paper. If desired, press fork patterns on biscuits before baking, lightly pressing in a quick up-and-down movement, halfway through dough.
  4. Bake 20 minutes. Remove from oven and carefully turn biscuits over, then bake an additional 20 minutes.
  5. Allow to cool completely on rack before letting your pup try them.

Yield: depends on the size of the cookie cutters, I got about 3 dozen with medium sized cookie cutters.

According to the my source Simmer Till Done, http://simmertilldone.com/2009/10/07/retriever-retriever-pumpkin-eater, brown rice flour gives the biscuits crunch and promotes good dog digestion.

Related Posts: Decoupage Pet Picture Frames, Tug of War Dog Toy

Lucy versus Groundhogs

'I'll go wherever you go, Mommy."
“I’ll go wherever you go, Mommy.”

"You never know what scents you'll pick up in the wind."
“I love to stick my nose out of the window.”

"I'm on the lookout for intruders and wild animals!"
“I’m on the lookout for intruders and wild animals!”

What is it about groundhogs?

Despite living in a New Jersey suburb of Manhattan, frequent visitors to our backyard include wild turkeys, deer, raccoons, rabbits, opossums, foxes, chipmunks, squirrels and mice.  I call our neighborhood, which backs up to a nature reserve, the South Mountain Reservation “Animal Kingdom.” Lucy, our 4 year-old Labra-Collie rescue, is fascinated by all the animals, but morphs from Interested Observer to Psycho Doggie when groundhogs appear.

A few weeks ago Lucy was languishing in the heat, when she jumped up and made a bee-line down our hill.  She chomped down on something furry. I don’t know if she intended to shake the small animal–dare I say?–to death, or if she meant to scare the wits out of it.  Either way, it didn’t look good for the baby groundhog.

I raced down the hill, screeching, “Drop it!  Drop it!  Lucy, STOP IT!”  (Yes, I know that rhymes. I write picture books, hon. But, I digress.)

Did Lucy listen?  Noooo!

Instead, she proceeded to whip the baby groundhog back and forth like a stuffed toy while the groundhog struggled to free itself and while I chased her around the yard.  As I tried to catch Lucy, my youngest daughter watched from the sidelines.

“GET THE LEASH!”  I hollered.

In the meantime, I managed to grab Lucy and press on the outsides of her jaw until she dropped the groundhog.  My daughter arrived with the leash and dragged her inside.

I approached the poor little rodent, apologizing profusely. Guess what?  There were no bite marks or blood!  Lucy’s Labrador Retriever “soft mouth” clutch didn’t break any skin.  The groundhog, surely in shock, looked at me as if to say, “Thank you for saving my life.”

Despite its probable concussion, I figured it would get the word out to stay away from our yard.  Apparently, it didn’t.

Earlier this week, I heard Lucy barking with a high-pitched voice I hadn’t heard before.  I ran outside to find her nose-to-nose with an adult groundhog.  Again, I did the “Catch-a-Psycho-Doggie” dance.  Again, amused bystanders watched from the sidelines. This time, it was my son and hubby laughing as I screamed, “GET THE LEASH!”

After quite a bit of chasing (us chasing Lucy, Lucy chasing the adult groundhog), we caught Lucy and dragged her inside.

Would you believe me if I told you Lucy really is the sweetest little angel, a sponge for affection?  Don’t answer that question if you’re a groundhog or a… mailman…truck driver…repairman…motocycle driver…

 Related Post:  Top Ten Reasons Why Lucy Is My Inspiration Puppy

Snow Ball

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Snow swirling, eyes to the sky.  

One with Winter, the snow and I.

As I ran outside to take pictures of the snow falling, a thought crossed my mind.  What if I lay down in the pure, white powder and became one with Winter?  But, Lucy wanted to play ball…

…so we did.

Lucy
“Where did the ball go?”

"I know the ball's in here somewhere."
“I know the ball’s in here somewhere.”

"Got it!"
“Got it!”

"I love my tennis ball."
“I love my tennis ball.”

And click here to see Lucy hopping in the snow like a bunny.  The video is from a post called “Snow Puppy.”  Lucky Lucy!  Lucky me!

Do you have a dog?  Does your pup like to play in the snow?

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

Lucy's expressive eyes.
Lucy’s eyes are so expressive.

Henry's smiling mouth.
Henry’s mouth is so smiley.

One of my teenage daughters holding 3 month old Chi Chi.
Teenage daughter holding 3 month old Chi Chi is so happy.

Meatball Madness

Disclaimer:  None of the dogs pictured here were involved in the “Meatball Madness,” but they’re cute so they’re included.

Backstory:  I made meatballs and decided to deliver some to a friend whose father passed away.  I’ve known this friend from the time our children were in a religious pre-school together but we’d never socialized outside of religious school.

Setting and Subject:  Suburban home with dog tied up in front yard.

Dramatis personae:  Me, Riley the dog, Teenage Daughter, Grandma

Action:  Walking up the brick path to my friend’s house I noticed a cute, brown, medium-sized, beagle-mix dog straining at its leash and barking.  Upon further inspection, I noticed that the dog’s leash is caught in the bushes.

I set the bag filled with meatballs and dinner ingredients down so I can untangle the dog’s leash.  No sooner had I lifted the leash from the bushes, then the dog wiggled backwards and out of her harness!  She bolted up the street and disappeared behind houses while I held the evidence, a chewed up harness.

I opened the meatball container, grabbed one and ran up the street calling, “Heeeere puppy!  Want a yum yum?!”  The dog was nowhere in sight so I sprinted back to the mourners’ house horrified and cussing, rang the doorbell, and explained to my friend’s teenage daughter that her dog escaped!

“Riley does that all the time!” said my friend’s teenage daughter.

Still clutching the meatball, I follow Teenage Daughter through backyards calling, “Riley, Riley!” We saw a family in their backyard, the mom cradling Riley like a baby.  Riley saw Teenage Daughter and jumped out of the mom’s arms.

As we ran back to Teenage Daughter’s house, I stuttered and spluttered that I was VERY SORRY Riley wiggled out of her harness, that the harness was all chewed up, and that I even touched the leash at all!

Upon returning to the house of mourning, Riley was brought inside. Grandma showed up on the scene wondering what all the hullabaloo was about.  Teenage Daughter escaped from the meatball madness by disappearing upstairs.  Grandma scolded Riley and lamented the chewed-up harness.  I asked where I can dispose of a smooshed meatball and wash my hands.

Grandma thanked me for the dinner ingredients, then informed me…

…that my friend doesn’t eat meat!

What’s your vote?  I couldn’t decide if I should call this post “No Deed Goes Unpunished” or “Meatball Madness.”

Cicada City Part II

Lucy wonders what I'm holding.
Lucy thinks, what is Mommy holding?

Lucy says, "How does it smell?"
Lucy thinks, how does it smell?

2013 might be the Chinese Year of the Snake, but at Bmore Energy it’s the Week of the Puppy.

Lucy “guest blogged” “Fluffy Father’s Day” and, in honor of her turning two, I’m featuring my furry sweetheart again.

In my recent post, Cicada City Part I, you met Little Miss Cicada.  What I didn’t say was how Lucy reacted to her first encounter with the large buzzing bug.  Before Lucy met Little Miss Cicada, several dog owners told me that their dogs were feasting on the cicadas. One told me she didn’t even need to give her dog kibble because he was eating so much.

Teenage Daughter #2 babysat for a family who warned her to keep their dog, Molly, inside because Molly was eating the cicadas then throwing them up.  But when Teenage Daughter #2 opened the door to let the kids in, Molly ran out and, you guessed it, ate a cicada.  Teenage Daughter #2 reported, “Molly started acting really weird.  She was twitching and gagging.  I think the cicada was still alive in her stomach!  I was just praying she wasn’t going to throw up!”

Teenage Daughter #1, who babysat for the same family, replied, “I’m afraid of throw up!  Literally, afraid.  And I couldn’t even walk on their grass because of the cicadas.  It was like step, cicada, step, cicada!  They’re disgusting!”

Cicada shells clustered in the grass.
Cicada shells clustered in the grass.

Back to Lucy.  Hon, the photos and 45 second video say it all!

Lucy's not sure she likes this big bug!
Lucy’s not sure she likes this big bug!

Fluffy Father’s Day

Know my full name?  It's Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds.
Hi!  I’m Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds.

Guess what?  I’m the Guest Blogger today.  Me!  Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds!  You can call me Lucy for short.

I had the best day on Father’s Day!  My sisters invited me to hop in the car after they packed up bikes, blankets and food.  I didn’t know where we were going but I knew it would be fun.  Yippee!  I love cars!

We went to Liberty State Park.  It’s a big park on the New Jersey side of the Hudson River.  It was my first time seeing the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan skyline.  I could even see the Freedom Tower.

Here’s my day in pictures.

I jumped up on a ledge to get a better view of the river.  The Freedom Tower is in the background.
I jumped up on a ledge to get a better view of the river. The Freedom Tower is in the background.

I love to be picked up.
I love to be picked up.

seeking shade under a bike
seeking shade under a bike

picnicking with my family
picnicking with my family

Do you like my personalized water bowl?
Do you like my personalized water bowl?

"C'mon!  Let's go in the water!"
“C’mon! Let’s go in the water!”

Jumped in the water!
Jumped in the water!

Sooo tired on the ride home!
Sooo tired on the ride home!

What a great day!  You know what else?  Yesterday was my 2nd birthday.

Happy birthday to me!  Woof!

That's me yesterday, on my 2nd birthday.  (taken by my redheaded sister)
My redheaded sister took my birthday photo. Then she gave me a Happy Birthday biscuit. Yum!

Snow Puppy

Lucy looking for her ball in the snow.
Lucy looking for her ball in the snow.

Happy First Day of Spring!

So why am I posting “Snow Puppy?”  This video is my send-off to Old Man Winter. Thanks, O. M. W. for the beautiful snow-covered branches, angels in garden gates, days spent skiing and sledding, and for the reason to drink hot chocolate every day.

Hon, I hope you enjoy this 1minute 2 second video of Lucy hopping in the snow and I hope it’s the last we see of snow for awhile.

“Snow Puppy” link.  Thanks for watching!

Pumpkin Dog Biscuits

Did someone say, “Biscuit?”

Pumpkin Dog Biscuits

Smells so good!

Yummm!

Belly’s full.  Ready for a nap.

It may be the Chinese Year of the Dragon, but at Bmore Energy it’s the Week of the Dog! In search of a recipe for the K-2 Wags-n-Whiskers After-School-Enrichment class I teach, this recipe pawed its’ way to the top. (I can’t stop cooking–will someone please relieve me of my measuring cups?) These biscuits are easy to make, healthy and yummy (just ask Lucy). Happy baking, hon!

PUMPKIN DOG BISCUITS

2 eggs

1/2 cup canned pumpkin

2 Tablespoons dry milk

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

2 1/2 cups brown rice flour

1 teaspoon dried parsley, optional

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl, whisk together eggs and pumpkin until smooth. Stir in dry milk, sea salt and dried parsley, if using. Add brown rice flour gradually, combining with spatula or hands to form a stiff, dry dough.  If the dough is too crumbly, add about a 1/4 cup of water and blend thoroughly. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface (can use the brown rice flour to flour surface and rolling pin) and if dough is still rough, knead and press to combine.

Roll dough between 1/4″ to 1/2″ thick and use cookie cutters to create shapes. Gather and re-roll scraps as you go. Place shapes on cookie sheet, with or without parchment paper. If desired, press fork patterns on biscuits before baking, lightly pressing in a quick up-and-down movement, halfway through dough.

Bake 20 minutes. Remove from oven and carefully turn biscuits over, then bake an additional 20 minutes. Allow to cool completely on rack before letting your pup try them.

Yield: depends on the size of the cookie cutters, I got about 3 dozen with medium sized cookie cutters.

According to the my source Simmer Till Done, http://simmertilldone.com/2009/10/07/retriever-retriever-pumpkin-eater, brown rice flour gives the biscuits crunch and promotes good dog digestion.