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Doggy Dilemmas – LIVER!

It’s only the best for my boys! One of their fav treats is LIVER! We like to buy Stewart’s brand Beef Liver. The boys know the difference between a plain ‘ol treat and a LIVER! These are freeze dried LIVERS! (Yes, my dogs won’t let me just write ‘liver.’ It must be ‘LIVER!’) LIVER! is the only ingredient, and they are made in the great state of Ohio. I had been buying them at Pets-mart, however noticed Amazon had them also… for half the price and free shipping. Brick and mortar looses again.

I did read many of the newer reviews that stated the recent batches were either dust (all the pieces crushed) or the tub was rancid. I’ll be sure to examine my first delivery of them. I’ve been buying these for years with no issues whatsoever. I’m glad for the warning, however I’m still gonna buy them. We do normally have a bit of dust in the bottom, I get it. They are freeze dried. We actually started buying the chicken LIVERS! first. Now those were all dust and the largest pieces were the size of the small piece in my hand in the pix. We much prefer the beef ones, they are larger and less dust. When the tub gets down to dust, we just mix it into their dinners. No waste.

I discovered in the most recent tub that we had received a coupon to mail in for free chicken breast treats. I’m a sucker for anything free, so I brought it inside to fill out and get into the afternoon mail. Something distracted me, as something always does, and I walked away from the coffee table. As a human with limited smelling capacity, I had not noticed how fragrant the coupon was from sitting in the tub of LIVERS! I returned to notice Oreo taking a bite out of the coupon. NOOOO! If you want more, you must not eat this one, silly boy!!!

    

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Blueberry Cheese Streusel Coffeecake

Blueberry Cheese Streusel Coffeecake

2 1/3 c. all-purpose flour
1 to 1 1/3 c. sugar
1 tsp. salt
3/4 c. butter
To make batter, combine flour, sugar, and salt in large bowl; cut in butter as for pie crust. Reserve 1 cup of mixture. Add the following to the balance of the batter.

2 tsp. baking powder
3/4 c. milk
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 c. fresh or frozen blueberries
Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes, scraping bowl constantly. Pour evenly in greased 13x9x2 inch baking pan. Clearly, I used two loaf pans. I always like making two, so I can make my friends fat also.. Sprinkle blueberries evenly over batter.

Next make the cheese:
1 c. ricotta or cream cheese
1 egg
2 tbsp. sugar
1 tbsp. grated lemon peel
Blend cheese, egg, sugar and lemon peel until smooth, then spoon evenly over blueberries.

Streusel topping:
1 c. reserved mix
1/2 c. chopped nuts (I used walnuts – Can be omitted also)
1/3 c. brown sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
Make topping by mixing the reserved mix, nuts, brown sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle over cheese layer. Bake at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes or until tooth pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool slightly before cutting.

© Ilex ~ Midwestern Plant Girl

Where’s Your Food?

We never spent a bunch of time training our boys to do parlor tricks. They do enough cute things throughout the day to entertain us! However, sometimes it’s not so much dog training as much as human training. Their food and treats are kept in this pantry. I started to notice Breck would paw at the door while I was in sight of it. Every time he did it, he would try to eyeball me. Who was being trained here?!? I started to ask him, “Where’s your food?”  After a little while, I was able to ask him and he would paw the door. Oreo can’t be outdone. He didn’t paw the door, his answer was to point his nose at it.

     

Where’s your food???

© Ilex ~ Midwestern Plant Girl

Treat Time!

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I did not get my first dog until I was 17.

I was first trusted with the guppies I found in the nearby pond. Then, goldfish. Next, I had hamsters and a lone guinea pig, but had missed out on the companionship of a canine. My parents loved dogs. My mother grew-up with a train of chihuahuas, all named Pepe. My dad didn’t have a pet directly, but his aunt’s chow-chow was next door most of his childhood.

When I was a child, my dad worked for United Airlines and we did have lots of opportunity to travel. He didn’t want to have to kennel a dog and my mom really didn’t want to get stuck taking care of it either.

imageNow after having Breck & Oreo in my life, I seriously cannot live without them. They are so fulfilling to be around. Oreo isn’t the brightest bulb in the box, but he sure is full of gumption. Breck is a very smart boy. However, he only learns things for his own benefit.

He has my Monday through Friday routine down pat. He learned it by learning each step, backwards, from the time I gave him the treat. He knows I open the curtains directly before going to the treat door. Previous to that, I’ve put my coffee cup in the dishwasher, after brushing my teeth. While I’m brushing my teeth, he’s dancing with his tail swinging wide. Fwap, fwap, fwap! (Any other activity at the sink is ignored). Before that I was fixing my hair and dressing. Preceding that I showered. Breck loves the fact I use coconut oil before I dry off. He loves it. I have to wipe it on his paws so he doesn’t lick me. He’s usually wandered off to lick off the coconut and leaves me alone to dry off and dress.

Weekends are a whole nother schedule. He still gets confused, however knows how to work the system pretty well and still get what he wants.

 

© Ilex – Midwestern Plant Girl

Doggy Bag!! Annie’s Pooch Pops

Uncle Richard (My Bro) brought these bones from Annie’s Pooch Pops for my boys for Christmas. Apparently, they had a booth at the Wisconsin State Fair. I just checked out the website and they ship! So if anyone wants to spoil their pooches, I highly recommend these.

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These bones have a peanut butter mix filling and a baked outside crust. We had them frozen to be taken out when we had time to supervise. I knew this was going to be a mess. The boys know how to keep messy things on their towels.

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Oreo’s strategy was to go after the outer coating. I think it was pretty hilarious that he wouldn’t hold it with his paws. Maybe it was too cold?

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Breck was determined to get to the stuff on the inside. Never mind the easily gotten outside. .. I need to get to the center!

© Ilex ~ Midwestern Plant Girl