Posts Tagged ‘dog’

It seems that we’re apologizing a lot for our lack of updates, so this time we won’t. Life has been full of changes in recent months. Losses, gains and adventures abound. With everything going on it has been difficult to keep up with things in real life, let alone catching up on internet things. But we’ll try to as we’re able. Thank you to those who have stuck around. Even in our absence we are still showing that plenty of readers are stopping by.

Not long after our previous post we lost Jack, Dani’s beloved old gentleman cat. His loss affected everyone in the house but none more so than his best friends Bailey, Dani and Dani’s husband as Jack was his first cat. He was an old, wise soul that will not be forgotten.

After that, there was the surprise loss of a family member. But best to not dwell on that at the moment or this entry won’t get finished.

Shortly, very shortly after their passing we had a new surprise family member added to the household. A new puppy.

There had been no plans of another addition of a dog to the household at least for another year, there is much to be done this year as it was. However, due to irresponsible owners and my own husbands big heart we ended up with a tiny brown and white bundle of sass.

Meet the tiny demon.

Meet the tiny demon.

She came home with us at a very early age, 6 weeks, because on top of already not spaying or neutering their current dogs, they deemed puppies too much hassle and were threatening to throw them out in the cold. Or send them to the shelter, whichever caught their fancy first. We had already agreed to take her at 8 weeks but at this point we just wanted her out of dangerous hands so I demanded that she be brought to me the very night that I was told of such threats. So she was and the rest was as they say, history.

Except that it wasn’t. I couldn’t get her other siblings out of my head. I very briefly considering bringing the last 2 unclaimed puppies home with me until I could find them good homes myself. However, after a few nights with one 6 week old puppy, I realized that I would lose my damn mind with three. This did not help stem my worry. I kept in constant contact with a girl that was also trying to help find them homes. Through networking with my friends who are also into rescue we were able to get the one remaining sibling to a rescue group.

When I picked up the sister to drive to another town to meet with the rescue people, she was much in the same condition as our puppy was when we first brought her home. Tear stains down her face and reeking of urine and feces. They were being kept in a bathroom that apparently, wasn’t being cleaned. I was also informed that when I picked her up, it was the first time she’d ever felt grass on her feet. Despite such rough beginnings, the puppies were healthy and their tear stains ceased in a few days of clean environment.

Dropping her sister off to the rescue group.

Dropping her sister off to the rescue group.

We named our new family member, Samus. I thought house breaking would be a breeze because it was with Ozzy however she ended up having a urinary tract infection due to her previous living conditions so it took quite a bit longer than expected. It took Ozzy about a week to warm up to her and now they’re practically inseparable. She is 3/4 Australian Shepherd and 1/4 Rottweiler and 100% energy. She can’t control her licker either. But she is damn cute and expect to see a lot more of her.

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Now we’re not entirely sure why this recipe is called Apple Brown Bunnies, since they’re not even bunny shaped in the original recipe, nor are they made of rabbit, but we’ll roll with it.

This is another homemade dog treat recipe we found on Pinterest and gave a try. While dogs do like it, it isn’t one they go crazy for.

Ingredients

1/3 cup of all natural applesauce (unsweetened)

1/3 cup of water

1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese

2 cups of unbleached white flour

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Mix all wet ingredients in medium sized bowl.

Slowly add dry ingredients and mix well.

Batter will be a pizza dough like consistency.

Batter spread out in pan.

Batter spread out in pan.

Spread batter into a greased 9×13 inch pan.

If desired, sprinkle addition cheese on top. (As pictured.)

Bake for 20-25 minutes.

Cool and cut into bars. (We think it would be easier to cut the bars before it goes in the oven.)

Store refrigerated in an airtight container.

Finished product.

Finished product.

We sincerely hope that everyone’s holiday season was fantastic. We let Ozzy open his own presents this year, he did so well! He put both paws on his present and then started pulling off the wrapping paper with his front teeth, promptly spitting out the paper. (We were watching him closely the entire time.) Unfortunately we didn’t think to grab the camera fast enough.

We also added two new family members to the household, Bruce and Harvey. Goldfish. ^_^

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(They’ll out grow this amazing tank quickly, which will be sad, but we’ll enjoy the awesomeness while it lasts.)

Time to get to those 2013 resolutions everyone!

MICritterChitter plans to continue being active in bringing you educational information and fun photos. (Remember you can contribute articles and photos if you like. Just email them to ash.critter@yahoo.com) We also plan to be active in helping animals in need in any way possible. One of the ways we do this is on our Facebook page Spare Change Filling Furry Bellies. There we post adoptable animals, ways you can help different rescues, and general advice dealing with animal rescue.

We raise our glasses to a year of making a difference!

 

Hard Times

Posted: June 13, 2012 in General
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Every now and again on the internet you come across things that really tug at the heart strings.

Today this one pulled mine because it reminds of my dog Ozzy. When I was sick and had a hard time even pulling myself out of bed, he would brace himself and let me use him to drag myself up. He was never trained to do it and I never asked him to. He just seemed to know I needed some extra help.

When my grandmother passed away and I was a mess, he never left my side. I constantly had a large furry head resting on my arm and kisses whenever I needed one.

Here’s looking at you Ozzy! Love, Mama.

…If I take this and buy biscuits with it, I’m stealing money for food for some hungry dog? Dang. Okay take it back!

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Thank You.

Posted: May 26, 2012 in General
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As Memorial Day approaches we are giving thanks and rememberance to the soldiers that have served past and present. While the first thing that generally comes to mind is the human soldiers, we should also be thanking our dedicated and faithful K9 soldiers as well. They serve loyally by their handlers side and follow them into hell and beyond. They willingly sacrifice their lives to save their human comrades.

You may simply Google “military dogs” and the pictures of K9 and human soldiers side by side is endless. Dogs jumping from helicopters, standing watch over sleeping soldiers, searching for bombs and landmines. Their jobs are numerous. They bring even the smallest amount of comfort to soldiers in the trenches of war. Don’t forget the dogs that take care of our wounded soldiers when they come home.

Most of the time we will never know their names or perhaps that they even existed or the heroic things they did that saved lives. But that does not mean that we cannot give thanks. This Memorial Day remember and give thanks to our veterans, human and K9, past and present.

It promises to be 85 degrees and above all weekend here in Michigan. Time to cool off at the lake!

My dog Ozzy and his buddy Jake (right) hit the cool shores of Foch Lake last summer.