I’m not sure if you saw the election results over the weekend, but I won “Mother of the Year Award”! I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all the people who have helped me get to this point……wait, where’s my tiara? and where’s my sash?
My daughter Anna, the aspiring vet and dog fanatic, recently completed training at the Tacoma Humane Society so she can volunteer in the kennels. She also, after much begging on her part, completed the “Dog Foster” training, which means we can now open our home to shelter dogs who need a break from the kennels until they are adopted. Mainly, I don’t want her saying in vet school “well, I never had a dog…but I’ve wanted to work with them my whole life.” Which, coincidentally enough, was how we started down this doggy road with our Westie, Charles.
Enter Pablo, a.k.a. Dewey (since we hated the name Pablo and we adore the show Malcolm in the Middle). He is a year and a half Pit Bull Terrier mix who was lucky enough to land in our house because our female Cattle Dog would tolerate him. Sorry, Dudley!
It says something when a shelter dog is better behaved than your own dogs. He is calm, easy-going, knows “shake”, and is basically a big softie. It goes to show that Pit Bull profiling is unfortunate; it’s not the breed that deserves the bad rep, just the idiots that train them to be overly aggressive.
But I’ll step off of my soap box. Dewey hasn’t been eating at the shelter and has been having some…intestinal difficulties. An employee of our local pet store recommended this recipe as a cure. Super easy to make, and our dog pack loves them.
3 1/2 cups old-fashioned oatmeal
1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine all ingredients by hand or with a KitchenAid. Form into patties or desired shapes (they don’t really spread during baking). Bake 12-15 minutes. Let cool. Freeze for long-term storage. Unfrozen cookies should be refrigerated and used within 4 days. They can be served frozen or straight out of the fridge.