Waiting….

waiting

waiting

Yes…waiting that’s what our little Cooper has been doing, waiting for his big brother Riley.  I see him wondering where the big guy is.  It is heartbreaking to see him go out first thing in the morning and sit or lay on the patio waiting for his brother to finish his breakfast….but Riley isn’t eating his breakfast, he isn’t coming out, he isn’t home anymore and I don’t know how you tell a dog that his alpha brother is no longer part of his world.

Friendship is important, even in the doggie world!

Friendship is important, even in the doggie world!

This is harder than I thought it would ever be.

I’ll be back next week I promise.

I’ll be back with delicious recipes.

I’ll be back with a smile.

I’ll be back.

Riley won’t and we are all wondering and waiting…..

Peace and Love

Isabelle

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Goodbye Old Friend

Yesterday we had to say Goodbye to our wonderful lab Riley.  Riley has been with us since the girls were 3 and 5.  They are now 15 and 17.  12 years of friendship from a dog who’s only fault was to love us unconditionally.

This was by far one of the hardest things we have had to do as a family.

We spent the day together and had pizza for lunch; Riley’s favorite: DiGiorno…he was a simple man, nothing fancy.  Our wonderful vet came to our home and we said our goodbyes.

Here are a few pictures that I would like to share with you.  If you are not a animal lover you may not understand how difficult this was for us.  That’s OK.  I just needed to share this, because our home feels empty without him, because he was always a friend and a protector, because he loved us unconditionally…as we did him.

Our gorgeous Riley

Our gorgeous Riley

Riley's favorite sleeping position...so sexy!

Riley’s favorite sleeping position…so sexy!

Riley sleeping with Bear. She gave him this blanket for his final resting place

Riley sleeping with Bear. She gave him this blanket to be with him in his final resting place.

 

This is the day we brought Cooper home, look at Riley's face...he's thrilled! ;)

This is the day we brought Cooper home, look at Riley’s face…he’s thrilled! 😉

 

Friendship <3

Friendship ❤

 

Riley also liked to hoard the toys

Riley also liked to hoard the toys

Riley got a lot of love today from his human sisters

Riley got a lot of love today from his human sisters

 

for one thing Riley wasn't a very classy eater...but he LOVED food!

For one thing Riley wasn’t a very classy eater…but he LOVED food!

 

this picture breaks my heart, he was such a gentle soul

this picture breaks my heart, he was such a gentle soul

 

Goodbye Riley Old Friend. We love you.

Goodbye Riley Old Friend. We love you.

Peace and Love your pet,

Isabelle

Riley and Cooper’s Special Treat

Look at Cooper's face, he's thinking: "seriously? come on, man!"

Look at Cooper’s face, he’s thinking: “seriously? come on, man!”

If you are not a dog lover or even a dog “liker” then this post is definitely not for you.  I have to admit I didn’t really think about making a dog treat until my mother-in-law reminded me.  It’s not that I don’t give treats to our dogs, it’s just that I didn’t think I should blog about it.  What made me change my mind?  I have no clue.  I just woke up this morning and thought it would be nice for Riley and Cooper to have a homemade treat.

Believe me when I tell you our pets are extremely well cared for.  It is MY belief that if you choose to have a pet or pets then you should at the very least treat them with respect and love.  There is nothing that gets my blood boiling more than when I see animals mistreated.  Why?  It is so ignorant of people to mistreat animals.  Just don’t have pets.  No one will think less of you if you admit that you are not an animal kind of person.  There are plenty of us out there who believe in having pets and taking care of them properly.

I didn’t grow up with dogs.  My dad is afraid of dogs.  We had cats.  My mom’s favorite was our cat Abeille (french for Bee) and when I say she was her favorite I really mean it!  My favorite cat growing up was Napoleon.  He was so cool!  We gave our cat Eric to my sister in law because he was having HUGE panic attacks with both dogs.  We didn’t think that was fair to him.

I also treat our chickens with the same respect.  Believe me when I tell you our chickens are somewhat spoiled.  But that’s OK because happy chickens= happy and delicious eggs (how is an egg happy????)

This is an extremely simple recipe, no fuss kind of thing.  It doesn’t make a huge amount of cookies which is fine at our house since my dogs could eat limitless amount of treats (especially the old guy…..he’s kind of a glutton!)

mom, did you say treats???? oh yes!

mom, did you say treats???? oh yes!

Ingredients:

1 cup wheat flour

1/4 cup rolled oats

1/2 cup peanut butter (I like to use organic)

1  teaspoon baking powder

1/2 cup milk, and maybe a few more tablespoons, you will have to see how much you need depending on your peanut butter, it seems regular is bit more dry than the organic kind.

How to:

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Set aside

In a large bowl mix your flour, oats, and baking powder.  Add your peanut butter and 1/2 cup milk.  Blend well but do not over mix. Add more milk if needed a little bit at a time until your get a nice soft dough, not a wet dough.  It will be somewhat crumbly but that’s OK.

the dough

the dough

I like to roll out my dough on a floured board.  I have cute little cookie shapes for the dogs, but you could easily cut them into squares or circle and call it a day!

look at all the fun shapes for our treats!

look at all the fun shapes for our treats!

Put the cookies on your prepared baking sheet and bake in your preheated oven for 15-20 minutes.

Smells delicious...I know that sounds weird but it sure did!

Smells delicious…I know that sounds weird but it sure did!

Enjoy….oops I mean let the dogs enjoy them!

this would make a wonderful hostess gift...if the host has a dog of course!

this would make a wonderful hostess gift…if the host has a dog of course!

Printer friendly: Riley and Cooper’s Special Treat

Peace and Get Your Pets from the RESCUE!

Isabelle