Thursday, September 26, 2013

Dog Days of Summer

The last Friday of each month, I am so very honored to be a contributor for Inspiration Cafe'. 

It's such a fun site!  I hope you can join me there tomorrow for a super simple, crazy cool project!  Really!  You've got to see it tomorrow!

Here's my contribution from waaaaay back in July.

We are total goobers when it comes to our dogs.  Here are four of them all snuggly on the couch.  From front to back, there's Missi Lu, Tobi, Abigail and Ivan. 
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Missi Lu is the oldest.  She sleeps in a heated basket right beside my bed. During the night, if I happen to roll over in her direction, I reach down and pet her, then go back to sleep.  Last Saturday, she had a doctor's appointment for some ongoing health issues.  (The poor thing has to be sedated before going to the vet, because, well, frankly, she's horrible.)  After two hours of tests and never mind how much money, we went back home.

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That night, I rolled over and reached down to pet her.  Missi's skin felt cold and she didn't respond to my touch.  I was so sad.  I got out of bed and sat in front of her basket to pet her.  She did not respond.  I began to pray, thanking God for letting her die in her sleep, at home in her basket, with me by her side.  She has been such a good friend.  Handsome Husband wakes up.
Him:  What are you doing?
Me:  Missi is dead.
Him:  What?
Me:  She feels cold and she isn't moving.
He came over and sat next to me.  He reached out to pet her.
Him (kind of exasperated):  She's not dead!
He shook her and shouted her name.  My poor dog leapt to her feet all startled.
Me:  She's alive!
Handsome Husband stumbled back to bed grumbling something I couldn't hear.  I was too busy hugging my dog!

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Her favorite treats were made in the morning.  This recipe is what I would consider for 'special occasions'.  You know, for those I'm-so-glad-you're-alive days.  (Ahem!)  The barley could be replaced with rice.

Barkin' Barley Bars

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I usually make barley bars with leftovers, especially something left in the bottom of the crockpot.  Here's that recipe.

Barkin' Barleys with Leftovers

The kiddos around here enjoy making dog biscuits.  Our furry hoard LOVES eating them!

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Stone Cottage Dog Biscuits

If you don't have those ingredients, here is another option.

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Dog Biscuits with Oats  
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You don't have to wait for a life and death experience to spoil your furry babies!
;-)  -Marci


  1. awwww your babies are precious! Todd and I decided that we can get a dog now that i'm not traveling as much with my job. I am so excited i cant stand it! We'll probably wait until the holidays are over though. My mom makes her dogs food everyday. They are spoiled rotten. As they should be! ;)

  2. adorable puppies!!

  3. How fun to see again! I always have a special place in my heart for dog lovers!

  4. Saw your post on Annemarie's Haakblog Link Party. Thanks for the dog treat recipes. I'm going to try one or two of them. My doggies thank you too! :)

  5. You scared me...........Our fur babies are not with us long enough. So happy that Missi lu is with us. All your pups are very cute. I just made dog bones and they are going to a craft fair this weekend. Hope they sell. But if not I have enough friends who doggies will love them. I had a golden for 11 yrs then lost her to liver disease. It was the worst day of my life and I miss her every day. Its been 3 yrs and still not ready to get another........but I have been thinking lately of a new golden...........Big hugs to your babies. Andi

  6. My heart sank reading about Missi Lu and then your wonderful surprise twist to the story caught me again. So glad to hear she is still with you! Have a Wonderful Day,
    Pieced Pastimes

  7. Wow, what a story! I'm so glad she's ok. And I'm sure she liked her special treats.

  8. So cute, I'm so happy that she was ok and I would've made treats toon:)

  9. Oh that story! It got me! I just found a lovely dog bone cookie cutter at our local thrift store. You know I need to use it to whip up something for my little doxie!!! Love your blog... new follower! Blessings to you today... jules

  10. Marci your dogs are adorable. Great post. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop Hugs!

  11. Oh I know exactly how you feel about your dogs. I almost cried as I read how you found Missi dead. I remembered when my little dog actually did die. I am so so happy Missi is not. Thank you for these recipes. My Lily is not a treat eater. I have tried everything She even snubs some of my people food. Maybe these will make her happy and she won't just go and find a place to bury it in the covers of my bed. ;-) Have a great day!

  12. Hello, what a story. I would have been scared about Missi Lu too. I am glad she was OK. Your dogs are all adorable. Cute photos. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

  13. What a wonderful set of photos of your adorable critters ~ Glad Missi is still with you ~

    Wishing you a Happy Week ~ ^_^

  14. Love the shot of them all together. Glad Missi Lu was ok.

  15. What a great collection of dogs and I am so glad Missu Lu is OK. We on;y have one dog at the moment but regularly have other dogs to stay so currently Saari has her 2 best friends here. Thanks for once again joining in with #AnimalTales (the next one will be later than normal on Nov 8th)

  16. We also have a jack Russell cross breed. He is a rescue and a Millwall supporter#wow@_karendennis

  17. So sweet! Your dogs are the cutest! They must love the farm.


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