Frigging iPads, or the tale of Quinn’s Woeful Saturday

What a lovely day Quinn thought Saturday morning, good day to take a run! Oh! Daddy is rising from the dead, whoop whoop! Wait! Where is Daddy going with the food lady?

Friggin iPads. Okay here’s the deal with iPads and iPods and iPhones IMHO: You do not need the expensive memory! Use your computer and backups to store music, books and photos… But, no -DH buys the mid range, extra memory iPad for $800. Then…

One evening in a far away land, (the garage) DH exits his chariot (the mistress otherwise known as ‘the porsche-bitch’) and fills his arms with things (milk (my fault), briefcase, lunchbox, and balanced (not really) on top: the iPad. Then while shutting the trunk, (bending over to do it) iPad sees a rare opportunity to fly away to freedom!

Sadly, iPad realizes, moments before and during hitting concrete floor: “WTF? Why did I ever think I could fly?”

Ipad hits concrete floor, bottom corner first and makes a crinkling-crackling sound as spiderweb-fractures spread across its embarrassed face!

Oh, Oh! DH says: “My Bad!”

I say: “Oh no! All my books on iBook and Kindle!”

For clarification: yes, I can read them on iPod but that’s like 50 words a page and a simple novel is like thousands of pages! And, it makes my hand go numb holding the little thing for so long inches from my face. DO I really need to complain? –My fault: old tired eyes!

Wait three months. Leave iPad in box -where it actually enjoys this punishment. WIth weeks left on warranty, drive to Apple Store in Greensboro, talk to genius. Joy! Joy! –they will swop broken for new for only $300, should buy Apple care for $99 because future drops are $49 each (you only get 2 drops though)

I notice new mini iPad is size of one book page and definitely on my ‘to buy someday’ list.

It’s 11:00 am and the next available time slot is 3:15pm. Did I mention it’s an hour drive?

So, off to P.F.Changs for a gin and tonic and calamari. Then, to Greensboro Farmer’s market, sampled amazing Chocolate Truffles made from goat cheese OMFG! I did NOT buy those delicious morsels! I know they are genetically predisposed to go straight to hips or belly! Bought gumbo ingredients.

Head back to Apple Store, 15 minutes early, where Mr Busy Genius was taking a break but another little genius jumped in to help… the new iPad slipped out of her hand and almost fell on the floor when she took it out of the box to activate! Um, these iPads are apparently like those mysterious (don’t ask don’t tell) slippery filled noodles found only at real dim sum restaurants.

Whilst waiting I grab a genius to ask if I can batch remove email addresses from the root using a command. I was told by Genius Couple: Perky Genius and Goofy Genius that Facebook is so convenient! I can put a app on my iPhone to access it, I clarify and they give me 2 smiles better suited for androids (no not the phones!)

May I have another, please?

May I have another, please?

Return home to endure w well-deserved tongue lashing  from Quinn, who barked at us for 10 minutes, here is a transcript of what he said several times:

1. Why did you have to buy the figging expensive iPad? Don’t you love ME?
2. Why aren’t you more careful! Don’t YOU love me?
3. Didn’t you realize the iPad was precariously balanced? Don’t you LOVE me?
4. For all that money you could have driven to a snowy place, got a hotel room and mushed us…  Don’t you LOVE ME?
5. Why did you buy vegetables and NOT dog cookies! YOU LOVE ME! Damit!

He was, of course, correct on all accounts. Sunday morning I made wonderful dog cookies as my penance (even though DH dropped the iPad)

Penance Dog Cookies:
1 can pumpkin
1 egg
1 cup corn meal
Lots of vile pea protein, we can’t gag down but dogs LOVE
roll out, bake 350 degrees, 25 minutes, use pizza cutter to make 1/2 inch nibbles squares

Mukki’s Special ‘Heal Me Quick’ Stew

Mukki had surgery last week to remove a tumor from his ear and an infected gland under his eye. We haven’t received the histology report yet but we have our finger’s crossed. For now, we need to get that ear healed!

poor Mukki's ear

poor Mukki’s ear

Mukki did not handle the Elizebethan collar well until he figured out it made an excellent battering ram and followed me around demonstrating his prowess! Then he removed his stitches. The vet and I are proponents of natural wound healing -wish basically means a scar but wtf…

one sweet potato

one cubed sweet potato

I made my big boy a nice pot of Heal Me Quick stew!

Heal Me Quick Stew

Heal Me Quick Stew

Mukki is actually licking his bowl, he’s usually a picky eater!

Sometimes Blue is not Sad!

blue buffalo logoToday, the $5 coupon for Blue Buffalo came in the mail, so looks like we are buying dog food. The coupon actually lists the two closest stores to buy dog food. I wasn’t aware the Farm and Tractor Supply store was Originally, I was only going to feed fatty-patty Tala but DH is onboard with everyone going Blue Buffalo! As long as I promise, to buy no more dog toys and to make all dog treats. We have a deal!

I need to make more dog cookies today, we are out and while I made coffee this morning Quinn stood on his hind legs and nosed the empty dog food jar. It’s clear glass, so there in no getting anything past my little detective. I missed another camera-ready opportunity when I opened the envelope from Blue Buffalo and announced the arrival of the coupon. Mukki spun around in a circle as excited as a circus dog! (I wonder what he really thought I was saying?)

I was reading an article on buckwheat flour and buckwheat groats today and it isn’t a grain at all but a fruit seed related to rhubarb. I also found a great recipe for buckwheat dog cookies on another web site, Cupcakes and Kale –which we’ll try today!

We strike a deal for Blue Buffalo!

My dogs were happier and healthier when we raw fed them. Our source became unreliable and it became a real PIA. We eventually, switched to a high quality kibble, not a chi-chi Veterinarian approved kibble (you now the ones…) But, a good high protein kibble made in the USA, namely Purina One. Recently, Quinn’s been itchy and whining and scratching. I’ve been resorting to add-ins to keep everyone eating… Tala’s weight has stabilized but she is still 15 pounds overweight, which is like 45 pounds over, for a human!

I decided to look at some of the high end all natural kibbles. No matter where I looked, I kept coming back to Blue Buffalo, which is what they used to eat before we went raw. It’s a good $15 more a bag, but then I quickly added up all the add-ins I put in their kibble and dog treats. I realized, that stopping the add-ins and making my own dog treats, I would actually save money! Mr. Money-bags agreed. So, next kibble purchase will be Blue Buffalo!

Why Blue Buffalo? Well, I’d say the ingredients for one reason and the testimonials for another! Check out their web site: Blue Buffalo they also have a page to sign up for coupons.

Check out their TV commercials online too, they are beautiful, it’s lovely watching dogs in their optimal condition running and playing! Nice wolves too!

Today, I made the first batch of no-grain all natural dog treats. I highly recommend Blue Buffalo dog treats but with 4 Siberian Huskies who are cookie-crazy, I could never afford it! I looked over their ingredients and created recipe of my own. My priorities in a dog cookie recipe are taste and convenience, natural ingredients are a given.

Salmon Pumpkin Dog Cookies

They will go crazy for these cookies!

Check out the Sell My Soul for a Salmon Pumpkin Cookie recipe. It is real easy, takes minimal ingredients and the dogs are crazy about them. They watched me make them, took nibbles of the uncooked dough and gave me two paws up! They slept in the kitchen in front of the stove while they baked… They knew what was up! When I took them out of the oven to cool, I had to put four into the freezer to quickly cool down, so they didn’t go mad waiting!

Result? They cost 25% of what you’d pay for Blue Buffalo’s treats. The Gulag is crazy for these cookies and they are all in love with the cook again. Tala and Mukki, my original alphas are under the desk. Mukki has his paw on my foot and Tala is using my other foot as a pillow! Quinn is in the kitchen guarding the cookie jar with his Mom, Lulu!

Life is good when dogs are happy!

There’s crumb’s in that thar bag!

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The photo is blurry due to me being sleepy, the sun barely risen and the coffee in my other hand -still undrunken. Is there any greater joy for Quinn than taking possession of an empty bag of kibble? I should have filmed this because it was quite a dance with Mukki and Lulu on the side watching. Mukki and Lulu have no interest in crumbs or aromas, they want a mouthful, anything less and they’ll pass. Tala and Quinn can lick an empty bowl until the last molecule is gone!

Slow, frustrating weekend for beasties since we were still angry. I did discover the destroyed bed culprit. While taking a Benadryl-induced nap, Quinn hoped on my bed and tore off the blanket, started digging and barking! Grrrrr!


Friggin Crazy Dog Chef!

Mukki savoring pizza

Mukki savors his pizza

Hey, all! I started a recipe section today, check it out! I started with the first dog recipe I ever made, Crazy Dog Pizza!

When we first got Mukki, it was the word he responded to most dramatically! He is so laid back and well-bhaved, I imagine Mukki was once the roommate of a single guy. Maybe he ran away on a hunting trip or just bolted one day and never got home again!

Anyway, he was crazy for pizza and beer! SO, I decided to make a dog pizza once Friday and a regular for us! It was a fun evening Mukki watched patiently and slowly savored every bite, the only drama was when little Miss Piggy tried to steal his!

Here’s a link to the recipe: Friggin Crazy Dog Pizza! -enjoy!