Speaking Dog

November 17, 2011

Quite often Georgia will come and sit down right in front of me or block my path and sit down right in front of me. She looks kind of like this.

And then when I ask her what she wants…she looks directly at the cupboard that has the dog treats. 9 times out of 10, she gets a treat!

She’s definitely got me wrapped around her little paw. 🙂


Dog breaks into refrigerator, steals chicken

August 21, 2010

Sounds kind of like an Onion headline, yet it’s true and actually happened.

I’ve taken steps to safeguard my edibles from Georgia, but things don’t last forever and cheap things don’t last at all. The latch on the refrigerator was coming unstuck, probably due to visitors to my house not knowing it was there and attempting to open the fridge without releasing the latch. But it hadn’t fallen off in a while so I didn’t even think about it, assuming I was safe or rather my food was safe.

I went grocery shopping in the middle of the week, which I usually never do and since I’ve been working so much wanted to get some quick food that I could make last. Enter, Wegmans Rotisserie Chicken, an economical pre-cooked food that would last quite a number of meals. I had one leg for dinner and thoroughly enjoyed it, plus the protein was good for me as I’d been skipping too many meals.


Knowing Georgia, I put the garbage in the garage before I left for work, the chicken bone smell would have made her very determined to break through the plastic toddler lock on the kitchen cabinet where I usually keep my garbage. I merrily went off to work. 9 hours later, I come home to a wide open refrigerator, with a broken latch and no chicken. Usually, when she gets in the fridge, she likes to eat the cheese or butter, but this time she must have been too full from the chicken to eat anything else. However, who knows how long my fridge had been open, could have been 8-9 hours if she started her break-in right after I left for work. So, that middle of the week shopping trip did not really do me any good, because I just lost about 1/2 of it, in perishables.

Licked clean

Now I have a dog with a stomach full of almost a whole chicken, bones and all. Luckily, she didn’t appear to be suffering. I was slightly freaked, but she seems to have a cast iron stomach. A co-worker had a friend whose dog was in the exact situation and he was told by a Vet Tech to feed the dog white bread and pumpkin puree. I did have some white bread and also made some white rice. Instead of stopping food I kept feeding her normally. I added in the bread and rice to make sure her system kept moving. The first night I wasn’t sure what would happen, she was very restless and kept pacing and when I heard gurgling, I knew something intestinal might happen,  so I took her out a couple of times, thank goodness. It was about 4 meals before things started flowing normally again.

She’s fine and had a very nice treat. It didn’t faze her at all as the very next night she stole the dish that had roasted potatoes in it. I’m going to try to superglue the latch and really get going on researching kitchen remodeling, so that I can replace the fridge, maybe something not so easy for paws or nose to break into.

Georgia racked up at least 3 points on her score.

Case of the Missing Peanut Butter Jar

June 24, 2010

Ah, one of dogs favorite treats, peanut butter. An opportunity to liberate the jar presented itself to Georgia. But that’s just a tease.


How to actually get access to that peanut butter?


Persistence can get a dog anything!


June 14, 2010

Update on my Eat Well Live Well challenge goal. My original goal was to lose 10lbs in 8 weeks and after 6 weeks, I have lost 7 lbs. Yay! I’m feeling pretty good about it and with 2 weeks to go, I’m confident I can hit my goal. The first 4 weeks I ate a little less and exercised a little more. It didn’t seem to be working or I didn’t feel the difference. Then I started adding in a trip to the gym for 30 minutes of cardio 2-3 times a week. And that’s when I started to notice the weight dropping, slacks a little looser, face a little thinner.  I could actually drop a size. Woohoo! Excuse for a new wardrobe.

My keys:

  • Set a goal, if I’m working toward something it’s easier to keep myself accountable. Plus, I publically declared my goal, so that’s accountability right there.
  • Discipline, keep at it, I don’t think I’ve skipped the dog walk in the morning and I’m refraining from chowing down on cookies.
  • Don’t buy all the junk, since my cupboards are bare, there’s no way I can cheat and eat it.
  • Find tasty substitutes, I used cucumber slices in place of crackers, for cheese slices or dipping in hummus. No need for a bun with that Boca burger, use tomato slices.
  • Treat yourself every once in a a while, but don’t go overboard.

These are all standard healthy, weight loss goals. But they are working for me, which feels pretty darn good.

cucumber and tomato slices

Why do we always want fake stuff to look natural?

April 25, 2010

Why do we always want fake stuff to look natural? The wood grain interiors of a car, rocks that are not really rock, astroturf, dog treats, processed food. This question popped into my head while I was browsing the dog treat aisle. Beggin’ strips have been around a while and there have been some pretty high profile commercials for them. If you don’t know, they are a dog treat styled to look like bacon and even tout that they have real bacon in them. Well, they might have a wee bit of bacon fat, but I’m pretty sure real bacon doesn’t have wheat flour or corn gluten in it.

So, in order to make something familiar to consumers it’s built up to look like something else. The dog certainly doesn’t care that it looks like bacon. Georgia will eat almost anything and she doesn’t care what it looks like. However, as humans we need that familiar aesthetic in order to know it and buy it. So, it’s a packaging thing which leads to marketing which leads to selling which leads to buying. Things that are perceived as familiar are easier to sell. Maybe this is why things don’t change as frequently as they could.

More on this thought soon…

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