Mini-Me Sadie : a birthday present for my people

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One of my two-legged people was having a birthday. What is a puppy to do? I must come up with the perfect present.

I thought and thought long and hard about what would make a perfect gift:

A bone? No, I never see the two-leggers gnawing on bones.

A ball? They do love to throw my ball, but I want them to know all the balls in the house belong to me so that would be confusing for them.

A toilet paper roll end? No they always tell me to drop it and then throw it into the trash. I would hate to get a gift that ended up in the trash bin.

Then as I sat on my other two-legger’s lap I saw it.

The perfect gift. What do my people love the most in the house? Well, it is ME of course.

And there it was, a place on Etsy.com called GourmetFelted that makes Custom Pet Portraits made by sculptor Gerry. PERFECT! I know what I needed to give my two-legged: A Mini-Me! Sadie Mini-Me!!!!

The day it arrived I could hardly wait for my people to open the box.

There it was… ME a little Mini-Me!

BUT wait…was this a good idea?
It is as cute as me.
It made my two-leggers smile just like they do when they look at me!
It is smaller than me so maybe they will like it better than me.

WHEW! Thank goodness they put it in the glass cage in the living room.
My place on their lap is safe! Yes this was indeed a great present a MINI-ME!

Thank you Gerry of Gourmet Felted for making this MINI-Sadie-ME! It was a big hit!

Howl-o-Ween Dog Etiquette

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I love it when my people get excited about a day like Halloween, which when pronounced correctly in dog speak is HOWL-o-ween! They buy candy that I can’t have but include me by making dog friendly bits that are special HOWL-fully goodies that I can have. This makes me feel included and not like Charlie Brown who was always getting “rocks”. Of course I have been known to pick up a rock or two when my people aren’t looking.

I suggest you send your favorite four-legged fur pal a Halloween Card. I love to get mail, sometimes I steal my people’s mail so getting a card from the great pumpkin is a special event. This card is an edible, natural rawhide.
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Last year I dressed up as a candy corn skeleton, but this year I am taking the advise of one of my ZoomRoom trainers and going as a dust bunny so that all I need to put on is my lovely locks and lay on the floor helping my people clean!

Here are some treats you can make for your treat bag:

Howl-o-ween Pumpkin Oatmeal Spice Dog Bones
(makes about 20 cookies)
Ingredients:
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 cup water
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup oatmeal
2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
Directions:
1. Heat up the oven to 375 degrees (let your two-leggers do this)
2. Combine pumpkin, oil, water, and cinnamon in a large bowl, stir well. (I always ask to lick the spoon)
3. Gradually mix in the oatmeal and flour (if you are sensitive to flour you can substitute with Almond flour which is a naturally grain-free Paleo-friendly flour) to form the stiff cookie dough.
4. Roll dough out in 1/4″ thickness and cut with your favorite cookie cutter on a floured surface.
5. Bake on a non-stick cookie sheet for 30-40 minutes.

Have a Happy CHEW on this Howl-o-Ween!
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Duck, Duck Fun!

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SADIE_DUCKI Love art and yesterday we all went on a road trip to see the the World’s Largest Rubber Duckie make its West Coast debut at the Port of Los Angeles. 

Florentijn Hofman the Dutch artist who created the concept duck art that has already seen a lot of the world,  appearing in Australia, Taiwan, China, Belgium, Japan, New Zealand, Brazil and Pittsburgh.  We of course had to see it when it came to our town. Boy that was one big bird! It made everyone smile, old and young alike. I asked my two-leggers if we could bring the Rubber Duckie home to add to my toy collection but they said I didn’t have enough room in my toy chest for a six story duckie so I will just have to keep my memories for now. 

I hope you all enjoy the images of the Duckie in the harbor. Love Sadie 

DARN that FLY!

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There is this fly that seems to be following me. Every time I go out on the town with my two-leggers to enjoy a peaceful lunch this stupid fly is there, buzzing around my head, taunting me. Teasing me. Torchering me. DARN that FLY!

I must look like a crazy puppy snapping at the air always missing him. This is getting serious because he is traveling miles and miles just to bother me. He buzzes past my ears and my two-leggers try their best to swat him away but he just keeps dive bombing me.

It causes me great stress, last time I saw the little bugger I tried to hide in my travel sling, oh the horrors of it all!

Flies spend a lot of time buzzing around germ riddled places like dumpsters, carcasses and animal droppings. Then, loaded down with yucky germs, this darn fly makes it his job to bother me.

Did you know there are ways to repel flies? I am going to list them in case you have a pesky fly that won’t leave you alone.

The Water Bag Trick
This one has no science behind it but a lot of people have tried this and they say it has worked. Hanging a clear zip-top bag of water with one or more copper pennies in it. Sounds strange to me too but if water boarding a fly will help I am willing to do it!

Essential Oils
You can make your own or buy some non-toxic fly repellent made of essential oils. Idaho tansy , geranium , sandalwood , lavender  , rosemary , and lemon essential oils are all known to repel flies naturally.

When you are choosing essential oils to use therapeutically for yourself and your pets, you want only the purest available. Some essential oils can cause harm to us four-leggers so if you use this method please be careful.

Fly Offensive Plants
Citronella is known for its mosquito-deterring properties, but it works somewhat on flies, as well. Other plants that have fly-repelling reputations are false indigo, lavender, elderberry, basil and mint.

Spray-Off Mixture
Mix two tablespoons of normal liquid dish soap with water and shake gently to combine and spray!

Here’s wishing you a fly free zone!

 

It’s my Birthday and I’ll Bark if I want to.

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Another year has come and past and I am happy to report I am still top dog of my household. I have requested my two-leggers let me help them bake. We looked online and I picked out this Red Velvet Wheat-free Cake mix that comes with a bone shaped tin! 

 

I also wanted a candle to blow out. I will not be doing the blowing, as I do not wish to singe my lovely locks but I wanted my candle to be special so we bought these:

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None of the doggie candles look like me but I think they are fun.

The day is going to be a Sadie Celebration, my people are not certain of my actual birthday so they picked this one special for me. I of course believe that every day is a Sadie Birthday because everyday is a present I can’t wait to open up. You never know what surprises you might find like a trip to the zoomroom to run, jump and play, a new collar  or finding a toy that has been hiding from you under the sofa. Life is one big present to celebrate with your two-legger by your side.

Here’s wishing everyone a happy everyday! Woof, Sadie

How to Care for Your Human

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Remember the golden rule: your human NEEDS you. They try to act like they are in control but we know the reality, without us humans could barely survive.

Teach them to play
People forget to play, they sit at their computers typing away, or idly swishing and swiping at their iPad or iPhone. Sometimes they even get mad at something they read in on those devices. I have a remedy for this bad behavior  called playtime. All you have to do is bring them a ball or a favored stuffed animal like my green froggie or talking Eeyore.

It is amazing how quickly they smile and join in on the fun. A really good game is throw the ball, they never tire of that game.

Taste their Food
It is very important that you confirm that your people are safe and eating healthy. So an occasional small bite is a necessary task you must complete ever so often. I always take on the task of sampling any cheese that might have gone bad or cantaloupe that might not be sweet enough.

Walk them Often
It is dreadfully important to keep your person exercising and a good walk is the best form of exercise  next to a little weight lifting. To get your two-legged into weight lifting all you need to do is look up at them with sorrowful eyes and reach your paws up to them. If you are too big for your human to pick up you can always utilize a good tug of war for band resistance training.

Guard them as they Sleep
People often forget about all those ghoulies and ghosties that lurk about at night in the shadows. It is important to keep the house safe while they sleep so always keep one eye open and your ear to the ground so that you can chase them away and they do not steal your person.

Kiss them Often
It is more than just slobber, its a daily dose of Oxytocin that reduces blood pressures and increases the bond between you and your two-legger.

No matter your size, your weight or your color: we dogs are the wag in our people’s day and the smile in their hearts. Take care of your two-legged today and remember they need us.

Here’s wagging at you, Sadie.

Breakfast of Champions

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sadieLovesCantaloupeOn a campaign for my two legged friends to eat better I have seen some interesting foods come into the house. This morning I discovered a food group that I hope becomes a staple in this house hold.

It is called the Cantaloupe!

Oh the sweetness, oh the texture, oh my goodness.

Did you know that melons make a tasty and nutritious treat for us four-leggers. There is lots of vitamins C and B-6, plus fiber, folate (a water-soluble B vitamin), niacin (vitamin B3) and potassium.

My people looked it up on the internet and the cantaloupe is good for my eyes because it has a lot of beta-carotene. Studies have shown that beta-carotene can help prevent or reduce the growth of cataracts. But all I know it this new yummy food is a vision of dancing pleasure.

Cantaloupe is also good for us four-leggers because it is a non-allergenic, so most dogs can stomach it with no adverse reaction.

Now I love my cantaloupe naked but the two leggers like to beat it up.

If you like soup you might like the recipe they found on the Food Network by Alex Guarnaschelli, Cantaloupe Soup.

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Cantaloupe Smoothie

or this Cantaloupe-Veggie Smoothie

But take it from me the best cantaloupe is naked!

Pupcakes… we all want Pupcakes!!!!

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The kitchen has always fascinated me, it is a magical area in the house. There are large shiny objects in that room that open and often dispense yummy items. Some of them are tall and cool air flows out and others are short and I am told to sit and stay far away from them as they have hot breath when they open up. I think it must be a grumpy monster or something.

We are using both of these magical kitchen instruments today and I must say I am having a hard time waiting.

INGREDIENTS

Pupcakes
½ cup whole wheat flour (substitute if your pup is wheat sensitive)
1 teaspoon baking powder
⅓ cup vegetable oil
⅓ cup unsweetened applesauce
1 egg
2 tablespoons honey

Frosting
3 tablespoons Greek yogurt
1½ tablespoons creamy peanut butter (this is my favorite and I get to like the spoon!)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat (the grumpy monster) oven to 350 F.
  2. Line 6 standard muffin tins or 12 mini muffin tins if you are a petite pup like me with paper liners, or spray with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
  3. Whisk together, in a medium bowl, the flour and baking powder. Add the vegetable oil, applesauce, egg and honey, and whisk gently to combine. Divide the batter between the prepared muffin cups and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 10 to 15 minutes. Allow your pupcakes to cool completely before frosting / serving.
  4. To make the frosting, stir together the yogurt and peanut butter, then spread on top of each pupcake just before serving. The pupcakes can be kept for up to 3 days in the refrigerator, that is if you don’t eat them all first!

    Enjoy and keep your tail wagging, it makes for a lovely breeze during the summer!

Pup-Patties Dog Recipe and More Pet friendly eats in Los Angeles

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A healthy four-legged diet must contain the proper balance of proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and water. Which is why my people cook a few meals just for me.

Today we will be sharing one of my favorite recipes as well as a few more fun places your people can eat in the Los Angeles area while enjoying your company too. I just love dog friendly restaurants.

It is almost summer again and the grills are all coming out and that means hamburgers and hot dogs. WARNING… hot dogs are on my DO NOT EAT list because it is a processed meat which contains dangerous fats and nitrites, which have been known to aggravate health problems, such as pancreatitis in dogs. Plus as you know I am the only “hot” dog allowed to be in my two-legger’s life!

Pup-Patties Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup white or brown rice
  • 1 large grated potato
  • 1 tsp parsley
  • 1 tsp sage
  • ½ cup finely chopped up cauliflower
  • 2 large grated carrots
  • 1 large chopped celery stalk
  • 2 lbs lean ground beef
  • 3 eggs (never give a dog raw eggs, eggs are potential sources of parasites and bacteria, and should be handled with care)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup regular rolled oats such as Bob’s Red Mill Organic Old Fashioned Rolled Oats

Directions:

  1. Get your barbie on or if you don’t want to grill, just preheat your oven to 400 degrees. On the grill no tins needed if baking, spray a muffin tin.
  2. Steam your rice or cook in small pan on stove. Once cooked, remove from heat and let cool.
  3. In a large bowl, combine potato, carrots, celery, cauliflower, ground beef, celery, parsley, sage and eggs. Mix ingredients together, my people like to squish it in their hands.
  4. Add olive oil, rolled oats, and rice, and mix well.
  5. Pat into little pup-patties or fill each muffin cup and pat down firm. Grill til cooked or bake 45 minutes.
  6. Cool on a rack, or remove the meat Pup-Patties from the oven tins by turning the muffin tin upside down over or scooping out with spoon or fork.
  7. 7. You can refrigerate or freeze in these for later in sealed plastic baggies.More Pet friendly Los Angeles

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I have been pawing about town with my two-leggers and have a few new dog-friendly restaurants that you can enjoy with your people.

Ohm Café
@ Hollywood and Highland
4th floor 6801 Hollywood Blvd
323-337-1315
I loved this place they were very attentive to my four-legged needs. I was served just like the two-leggers. Fresh cool water for a warm sunny California day.

Antonio’s Pizzeria & Italian Restaurant
13619 Ventura Blvd. Sherman Oaks, CA
http://antoniospizzeria57.com/
818-788-1103
A nice, relaxing little Italian joint that has authentic Italian food, my people love the lasagna, garlic cheese bread and the pizza. They always offer a nice cool tin of water for the four-leggers.

Mexicali Cocina Cantina
12161 Ventura Blvd Studio City, CA
http://www.mexicalirestaurant.com/
818-985-1744
hours: Dine daily from 11am-1am drink til 2am (I do not suggest that puppies drink anything but the fresh water they offer for free)

P F Chang’s China Bistro Burbank
201 E Magnolia Blvd #281, Burbank, CA 91502
https://www.pfchangs.com
hours: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Great value happy hour menu.

Vivian’s Millennium Café
10968 Ventura Blvd Studio City CA
(818) 391-1070
hours: 8:00 am – 3:30 pm A wonderful alley way patio hidden off Ventura Blvd.

Los Amigos Restaurant Bar and Grill
2825 W Olive Ave Burbank, CA 91505
http://www.losamigosrestaurantbarandgrill.com/
hours: 11:00 am – 2:00 am The food all looks beautiful and they were very happy to serve me a fresh water bowl.

Farmer’s Market French Bistro: Monsieur Marcel
6333 W 3rd St # 144, Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 939-7792
http://www.mrmarcel.com/
hours: Mon-Fri: 11 am – 9 pm, Sat: 10 am – 10 pm, Sun: 10 am – 8 pm
We love the food here but be warned about the service. As with most Hollywood places your waiters are wanna be actors and not always attentive to the details. So speak up when they forget to bring you something you ordered because it won’t show up until you get the bill. Woof!
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ANTS! in my Puppy Pants

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Oh the horror of it! Something happened this month that made my skin crawl. ANTS ANTS ANTS crawling all over my food. It made my people say nasty words that I have never heard before.

We tried everything to fix the problem. The little invaders that look like aliens were hard to combat; I had fun watching the two-leggers march around with spray bottles of equal parts of Windex and Ivory Soap, laying lines of Borax Soap on the patio, placing yeast and sugar traps beyond my reach but in the reach of the ants. The two-leggers were on a mission to rid us of these invaders from another world. The house was washed down with vinegar and lemon soap. All my food and treats were tossed. It caused me quite a scare.

Thank goodness a solution was found for my precious food and treats. The people ordered some special canisters for me to put my kibble, snacks and dog treats in.
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They got these cool canisters from a company called simplehuman. I really like to watch the lids open.

The company also has dog food canisters but for a petite pup like me these kitchen tool canisters worked perfectly. Here’s hoping that your days are all ant-free and fun!

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