life & love

OUR PUPPY TURNED 1! WELL, SORT OF

Jordy's birthday

Exactly one year ago today, this amazing pup came into our lives.

It all started when I went on an assignment at the local animal shelter. I was working on a feature story for the newspaper about a pair of volunteers who had been working hard to turn the place around. I really only went to interview them at the shelter because it seemed convenient for the two of them, plus it would make for a better photo.

When I arrived at the shelter, the guy at the front desk told me it would be a few minutes before they were ready. To keep me entertained, he suggested I go walk around the kennel. And me being the animal lover I am jumped at the opportunity to get some puppy time.

And that’s when I met Jordy (who just jumped on the couch and gave me a big kiss).

Jordy came running right up to me when I walked in the door. It was his turn to have his cage cleaned, so he was just roaming around the kennel like he didn’t have a care in the world. I couldn’t help but melt a little inside when he jumped up and licked my face.

I can’t lie, I was in a vulnerable spot. My family dog, Lexxie, who I am convinced was the bestest cutest most loving and wonderful dog to ever exist, passed away around Christmas. And I was absolutely still not over it when I went to the shelter. But, again, I was only going to the shelter for the interview.

Eventually the volunteers showed up and I followed them to the office for the interview. We chat for an hour and I don’t think much about the cute puppy I met in the kennel, until it’s time for the photos. The photographer suggests we bring some dogs out and have them interact with the volunteers, then the volunteers asked if I wanted to pick the dogs, and guess who I picked? Yep, I picked Jordy.

When it came time to put him away, I was really starting to get sucked in. He was just SO cute. He was only three months old, he was super loving and quiet and he just seemed, I don’t know, perfect?

The more I thought about it, the more I started thinking, why not? Why not just adopt the puppy? In seconds the volunteers convinced me it was a great idea and I’m on the phone with James trying to convince him. A few minutes later, I was filling out the adoption paperwork and wondering if I was out of my mind.

The more I spent time with him, the more sure I felt about my decision. James loved him immediately, and we both couldn’t wait to move into our new apartment and become a little family together.

It pretty much turned out to be everything we thought it would be, and by that I mean it was freaking amazing.

It’s hard to think a year has gone by since we adopted Jordy. We’ve had our disagreements (he ate my shoes, ate my underwear, ate a hole in the wall, etc.), but overall I think James and I agree that it was one of the best things we’ve ever done.

Since Jordy was adopted, we’re not sure when his birthday is. So we decided to celebrate his adoption day as his birthday. We got him this cute little “Birthday Boy” scarf and a happy adoption day puppy pie.

Jordy basically inhaled the puppy pie. I think he enjoyed his little birthday celebration, I mean, look at that smile! I know I sure enjoyed it (:

Now that we’ve hit that milestone, I’m looking forward to what the next year holds for me and my puppy. I’m sure it will be as exciting, loving and sometimes frustrating as the first. I can’t wait.

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DIY

PUMPKIN & PEANUT BUTTER PUPPY TREATS

puppy treats

Jordy has always been extremely curious about the kitchen. He’s always poking  his nose around in there, trying to steal a little bite of whatever James & I are cooking up. I’ve even caught him jumping up and throwing his paws on the counter just to get a better look/chance to get a snack.

But James and I have been super strict about not letting Jordy have any people food. We’ve both seen the negative consequences of dogs who have been fed a diet of people food for too long and we promised each other we wouldn’t go there. Although he’s never been rewarded for his adventures in the kitchen, Jordy keeps coming back.

So I thought it was finally time to make something he could actually eat. You know, to make him feel better (:

I googled about 50 recipes for DIY dog treats and I settled on a pumpkin & peanut butter combo. Jordy had peanut butter once at the veterinarian’s office and he absolutely loved it, so I figured it would a safe bet. Plus, his current favorite dog treats have pumpkin in them.

Jordy knew instantly that these little treats were for him. The minute I held one up he started jumping up and down and running around in circles. It took me 5 minutes before I could calm him down. And every time I held up the treat, he would try to give me his paw to shake when all I wanted was to snap a picture! We’ve trained him well apparently, because usually he can’t get his treats without giving us a shake and a hi-five.

I’m pretty sure Jordy loved these. I didn’t get the cute puppy smile like the one he gave me to get his beloved rawhides, but  I could tell he was pleased.

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

3/4 cup of pure pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie filling)

1/2 cup natural peanut butter

2 eggs

Directions

1. Toss all the ingredients into a stand mixer and beat using the paddle attachment.

2. Once the dough forms, grab a handful of the dough and roll into a giant ball.

3. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface and use your favorite mini cookie cutter to cut cute little shapes out. Full disclosure, I don’t have any mini cookie cutters and I didn’t want to run out to the store so I used a shot glass. I just turned it upside down and rammed it into the dough as hard as I could. FYI, shot glasses do not make great cookie cutters…

4. Place treats on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for about 30 minutes.

5. Let the treats cool completely before giving them to your pup. Store in an air tight container.

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