Friday, August 8, 2014

Hi I'm Idgie! I Like Squeaky Toys and Snuggles. =)

Idgie is available for adoption through Bama Bully!

So, a full two weeks have passed and we are all slowly learning Idgie and her quirks. She has been the sweetest, most obedient dog since she has come to stay with me! She comes any time she is called and sits anytime I can get her attention long enough to tell her to. She adapts really well to whatever situation she is presented with and is very careful when she gets startled to look to me for instruction.

She adores squeaky toys and has the best wiggly butt when I start squeaking them!! She likes to chew and "borrowed" Elsa's antler... which reminds me, it is time to go buy a couple more...

When I first got Idgie, I was surprised at how much she loved to snuggle! She enjoys curling up with me while I'm reading or napping. It's fantastic since Elsa is still young and would rather spend time playing and bouncing around. 

Idgie is really good at making me feel safe on walks. She barks when she sees a new person, but will immediately quit when I whistle. She loves to chase cars, but will quickly redirect when you remind her she doesn't need to. I love the terrier in her because she runs ahead a little bit and then circles back around and twirls on her leash. I wish I had a video! It is so cute!!! 

She has had some supervised playtime with Elsa and it has gone rather well. At first, Elsa wasn't sure about Idgie, but Idgie was patient with Elsa's puppy play and they've begun to like each other. Now they can play together along with Britta and it's already been a good experience!!

I am surprised people aren't already scrambling to adopt Idgie, but if you want to meet her in person, she will be at Avondale Brewery for Beer, Bands, and Bullies August 16!!!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Dog Treats: Weekly Experimental Post!

So, this last week I made some cut out treats.  I'm completely behind on this plan to do different treats each week, but it's mostly because I've picked up so many extra hours at work the last couple of weeks!

I bought some basic cookie cutters off Amazon in a few cute shapes, then ordered some custom designed cutters from HomePrint3D on Etsy.  Their customer service is AMAZING and I absolutely adore the work they did.

Idgie was also highly impressed

The recipe I used to begin with is a really simple milk-bone type recipe:
3/4 cup hot water
1/3 cup margarine
1/2 cup powdered milk
1 teaspoon salt
1 egg, beaten
3 cups whole wheat flour
In large bowl pour hot water over the margarine. Stir in powdered milk, salt, and egg. Add flour, 1/2 cup at a time. Knead for a few minutes to form stiff dough. Pat or roll to 1/2 inch thickness. Cut into shapes. Bake at 325 degrees for ~50 minutes. Cool. They will dry out quite hard. Makes about 1 1/4 pounds of biscuits. ((Make sure you put these on the middle rack... I had some on the middle and some on the bottom and the ones on the bottom were too done when I pulled them out!! ))

All three of the pups liked these treats as is with no extra seasoning in them. They're nice and crunchy and apparently tasty. =) I attempted a few batches with slight recipe changes and everything I tried, they loved. Beef or chicken broth in place of the water really got them excited. =) 

This recipe is pretty basic and nothing too thrilling about the cooking process - the excitement here is in the cookie cutters!!!! My initial batch was done with the cutters off of Amazon, and I used the fire hydrant and dog bone cutters for those.

After the etsy cutters came in, I had a blast making them with the logos!!

Each batch of dough made 12-16 of these larger cookies.

She really, really, really didn't want to hold still for this pic!!


Sunday, August 3, 2014

My First Bama Bully event

Saturday morning I dove in head first to my first Bama Bully booth: GBHS' Barking for Bucks telethon.  My friend Apasra sent me there with $20 so I could get a shirt (THANK YOU!), Nick is coming by sometime a little later in the morning with Elsa, and I've got a few dog treats baked to help raise a little.
My southern side took over during packaging...

I'm pretty tired from working the night before (and somehow knowing I have to be back at work Saturday evening is making it worse...), but I am really excited because one of the ladies at work saw me making up the baggies and bought two of them from me right then and there!  That was encouraging because I was doubting all the effort I put into the setup (as usual).
I am not able to bring Idgie because I have only had her for one week.  Instead, Nick is going to bring Elsa by a little later in the morning.  I'll have enough time to setup and get settled in before she arrives and then he can walk her around a bit before she has to be contained at the booth with me.

I get there around 8:30 (I got held up trying to make a few extra treats after work) and meet Laura to finish setting up.  By nine the event has started and people are slowly trickling in.  Overall, people were really nice and interested in our adoptable bullies.  Nick brought Elsa around 10:30 and I had to leave to get to bed by noon.

She was a total ham and everyone loved it!

Nick and I walked around to the different booths before I had to leave. Everyone was really nice and I was surprised at how awesome Hollywood Feed is... they actually charge less for Canidae Life Stages food than I am paying off of Amazon!!! They also have a buy 10 get the 11th free with Canidae.  They gave us tennis balls that are a huge hit at the house!!