Monday, April 30, 2007

Snickers Garden

I thought you would enjoy a picture of Snickers with the tulip garden she helped plant. Snickers furnished all the fertilizer. She did a good job and found perfect places for all the bulbs. I think she is pleased with how it turned out.

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Home From Golf

Snickers loves when her dad gets home from golf. That means it is time for a walk in the park. They are always happy to see each other.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Princess Snickers

Snickers is such a little princess. She is so busy protecting the house all day, that by the time we get home, she finds her throne and gets comfortable. Once her humans sit, then it's time for her head scratch. Look out Buddy, if Snickers wakes up, you may be the evening snack!

Monday, April 23, 2007

Warm Weather At Last

Snickers loves going for walks. She was so excited today she was leaping into the air and spinning around. She looked like a little circus dog. We saw lots of new plants, all waking up from their winter naps. It amazes me how they can emerge from the winter freeze intact and ready to go. Snickers stepped in some coyote poop without seeing it. All of a sudden she smelled it and spun around, sniffing in her own footsteps. I think she thought she was being followed. When she got home, she found some nice robin poop to roll in. Then she spotted the remains of a blackbird an owl had feasted on the night before. Oh boy, you would have thought she had some new perfume! She couldn't get enough of that roll! Snickers got a nice long bath when she came inside.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Results of Snickers Gardening

Last fall Snickers helped me plant tulip bulbs. She donated her fertilizer and dug up bulbs she thought might look better in another spot. Even though we got six inches of very wet snow last week, the tulips survived and are beginning to sprout blossoms. Snickers is very happy she was able to help.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Home Made Dog Biscuit Recipe

I have had this dog biscuit recipe for years and have changed it a bit over time. It is easy and fun to make. It would be a good family project. Snickers likes this treat so much, she pretends to have to go outside to do her business just so she can come in to get a treat. Who's training who?

Dog Biscuit Recipe

  • 1 pkg dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1 cup warm chicken broth
  • 2 tblsp molasses
  • 1 3/4 - 2 cups flour, divided
  • 1 1/4 cup rye flour
  • 1/4 cup flax seed, ground
  • 1 cup cracked or bulgur wheat
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup nonfat dry milk 2 tsp garlic powder 1 tsp salt
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 1 tblsp milk

Dissolve yeast in water. Stir in broth and molasses. Add 1 cup flour, rye flour, flax seed, cracked oats, cornmeal, dry milk, garlic and salt. mix well. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. On floured surface, knead in remaining flour. Roll out half at a time, to 3/8 inch thickness. (the secret to rolling it out is to reserve some of the flour to sprinkle generously on your rolling surface and the top of your dough to keep it from sticking to your surface or your rolling pin). Cut into 1 x 4 inch biscuits (I cut into 1 x 1 inch biscuits because Snickers is a little dog and I don't want her to get overweight). Place on ungreased baking sheets. Combine egg and milk and use to brush tops of biscuits. Repeat with remaining dough. Bake 45 minutes. Turn off heat and let dry overnight in the oven. This makes two cookie sheet full of biscuits.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Dachshunds Rule the Day

Ralphie brought a gift for Snickers, so Snickers would always have a little dachshund to play with. I'm not sure what we'll name him, but Snickers seems to like the new puppy. She hasn't even torn his eyes off, yet, so she seems to think it's the real deal. She sure would have been a good mama!

Monday, April 09, 2007

Jewel of the Nile

Snickers has lots of friends, even cats (as long as they don't get close enough to eat)! Auntie Patty came to visit us for Easter and brought a beautiful hand made necklace she and her cats made for us. Can you see the little cat bead at the bottom? Isn't it pretty? It's just for dress up. We have to use our regular collar for walks. I think Snickers looks very mysterious!

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Happy Easter Everyone!

I hope everyone had a Blessed and Happy Easter. Ralphie was visiting today and he and Snickers were the life of the party! The couldn't stop playing and nipping and chasing each other. There was lots of licking and yoweling, but no biting.

Even though Snickers is really good at baring her teeth, she was playing. Ralphie was neutered two weeks ago and no longer cares to try to do the deed. Snickers still didn't trust him and so wasn't letting him get too close at first.

Ralphie kept rolling over to let Snickers know she was the boss and finally Snickers seemed to believe it. As soon as Ralphie went home, Snickers curled up to sleep and I haven't been able to wake her. Ahhh!! Happiness is a fluffy dog bed!

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Snickers Gets Ethnic

We have been very busy with family matters since Grandma passed away. There have been many chores, and many visitors. Snickers looks for Grandma everytime we visit her home, but she doesn't find her. Her human Auntie is still living there and Snickers loves to wash her face when she sees her. Auntie shrieks with laughter because Snickers tongue is so long and soft. Snickers gets so excited she jumps up in the air and hops around on her single rear leg. This dog is amazing!

One weekend we had a Polish dinner and Snickers dressed the part with a cute little scarf covering her head. It didn't last long, though. Snickers ears couldn't wait to pop out from underneath.