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What’s for Breakfast?

If your name is Scooby the elderpin, today’s morning meal looks like this:

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The hand mixed contents of your dish include a heaping scoop of Natural Planet Organics turkey dinner canned food, a teaspoon of pumpkin, a tablespoon of kale and broccoli pulp and a 1/4 cup of  Acana dry kibble (equal parts Ranchland and the duck/Bartlett pear varieties).

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If your name is Scooby the elderpin, however, you aren’t much interested in this dish today.

Nor is your buddy Luke the emo dog hungry for his bowl of just the Acana.

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One of you is very old and not consistently hungry. The other is very scared of the stormy weather outside.

Maybe you are both holding out for some more buffalo and elk scraps from your people’s past two evening meals.

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Maybe breakfast will just have to become lunch today at the Wayward House. Maybe it will stop raining eventually.

What did you serve your dogs for breakfast today? Did they eat it?

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Nice Day for a Ride

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Not everything is right in the world – particularly if you happen to live near the tornado path in Oklahoma.

But today in Kansas City, the sun is out, the breeze is sweet, and (in spite of some troubles of our own) we have plenty to be thankful for.

This little scene of two smiling dogs in a car will be repeated this morning, as I chauffeur Luke and Scooby to Kennel Creek Pet Resort.

I’m so glad they will be taken care of on a day when my plate at work is sure to be overflowing.

What are you grateful for today?

 

Benefit of a Buzz Cut

Luke said c’est la vie to his golden locks.

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Luke’s imitation of a goldendoodle.

In the hopes that the weather will soon get warm and stay that way, Luke recently got the shortest haircut he has ever had.

My goals with this ‘do were:

  1. To reduce summer shedding
  2. To lengthen the typical time between grooms
  3. To limit his opportunities to accumulate debris (especially the thorny kind)

But getting Luke shorn extra short also came with another benefit.

The groomer found a stray staple in one of the scars from his recent lump removals.

Apparently, the vet missed this staple on the follow-up visit. It may be why the swelling around that particular incision site never completely subsided.

All is well now, though. The vet removed the staple, and Luke is now living proof that regular grooming is good for more than aesthetics and comfort. Regular grooming can help uncover health issues before they become a problem.

Big thanks to the groomer at Kennel Creek Pet Resort for being thorough with our Luke!

Has your groomer ever discovered something strange on your pet?

Sowing the First Spring Seeds

It’s been quiet around here lately.

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No lie – I’ve been trying to cut back on the daily computing.

I’ve been needing to get outside.

Luckily, the weather was warm over the weekend, so we headed out to the garden for some peace – and hard work.

To be honest, I wasn’t sure if I would plant much this year. I’ve felt so bad about neglecting last year’s garden that I haven’t even started any seedlings yet this spring.

But when I knelt down by our carrot patch, where that crisp orange smell still lingers in the soil, I knew I had to raid our little seed bank.

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As usual, I sowed ’em thick – two rows of traditional carrots, one row of purple carrots, one row of beets and one row of root parsley.

Over the past couple of years, our gardening experiments have taught us that root vegetables – from sweet potatoes and carrots to turnips and radishes – are easy.

And the dogs tend to love tasty roots as much as we do.

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I’m hoping for a bumper crop of root veggies this summer.

In the meantime, the fruit trees are full of buds and dozens of onions are just begging to be trimmed as garnishes or dug up for roasting.

And there are wild things to harvest.

Come back tomorrow to learn about the weeds we’ve been eating and a recipe!

Have you begun gardening yet this spring?

Dogs in Boots: A Tragedy

After the first round of snow blanketed Kansas City, I suited up Luke and Charlie Machete in their winter weather gear.

Due to his propensity to get ice balls stuck between his toes, I recently began putting boots on Luke during snowy walks.

As with most things, the golden retriever tolerates the boots. And as long as they stay on, they do keep his feet dry and clean. Sadly, he lost one boot in deep snow five minutes after this video was taken.

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Pro tip: Dog boots are not so good for trudging new paths through snow drifts.

This was first time I ever managed to get boots on Charlie Machete. He seemed so uncomfortable, however, that I did not make him wear them out of the house.

I am pretty sure if I had, a certain snide little elderpin would have never let the black lab mix live it down.

Let me know what you think of this video. Scooby’s cameo is my favorite part.

Have you ever put snow shoes on your dog?

Dogs in Snow

The white stuff is melting fast now, but before that happened I snapped some footage of these Kansas City canines carousing in the snow.

Let me know what you think in the comments – this is my first attempt at video editing!

Don’t Worry, Be Happy

It was a rough week, but it’s almost over now.

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Ah, yes. It’s Friday!

Luke is ready to play in the snow some more before it all melts.

What’s on your weekend agenda?

My Dogs Ate My Paycheck

The obedience champions I grew up with never ate my homework.

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Neither have the dogs of my adulthood – even during the year I took Spanish classes at a local community college and really did have homework.

However, my dogs do take a bite out of my bank account all the time.

Usually, they tear off their fair share for food, treats and maintenance medicine. Sometimes, unexpected health needs require a bigger bite of the budget.

Other times – like this past weekend – the dogs don’t really make me spend the money at all. But I still blame them.

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The consumer pet industry loves him as much as I do.

I blame their muddy little feet from which I have to protect my car and home.

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The brand name Pet Rebellion seems so apt.

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The last car hammock I bought only lasted a month. This one seems tougher, and it has pockets for leashes and water bottles and bones.

And I blame their very dogness for being so awesome I can’t help but celebrate it through the purchase of items created in their likeness.

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Well, we do need kitchen deco (and a dog to serve the coffee).

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How could I not buy this?

Grand total for non-essential yet nice-to-have dog-related items purchased over the weekend: Approximately $80.

Ouch. It hurts!

But I can’t help it. It’s their fault!

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“It’s good to have a red chair cover on Oscar night.”

What kind of purchases do you make because of your dog love?

Executive Orders

After celebrating my 31st birthday all weekend, it seems my break from the daily grind has been extended.

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Secretary of Defense Charlie Machete and Vice President of Waywardness Luke Jones delivered the message for their boss.

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The Wayward Dogs hope you have a relaxing President’s Day!

Who Do You Love?

Here’s a guy who is confident in his appeal this Valentine’s Day.

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Oh? You noticed the hairs on my shirt? Those are from that husky dog.

The truth is: Scooby the elderpin is right to be cocky.

He’s never going to be without a valentine (aka the woman he pukes on in the middle of the night) as long as he lives.

Rescue dog Scooby is among the uber-lucky 1 in 5 U.S. dogs who will be receiving a valentine gift from their doting human caretakers this year. Luke and foster boy Charlie Machete fall into that category, too.

However, in the final hours leading up to Valentine’s Day, they did not seem so self-assured.

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Will I ever get to see Minnie again?

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Why are girls scared of me?

If they really could talk, I would have told the big boys not to fret – lots of pups and people out there think they are just great. (Right??)

And then I would have showed them the neat valentines I made with their handsome little faces.

Instead, I’ll show them to you:

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black dog valentine
miniature pinscher snood valentine

Which valentine do you like best? Would your dog like to be one of these boys’ valentines?

If you are still in need of a valentine gift for your pet, check out my Valentine’s Day gift guide for dog lovers!
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