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Dag Nabbitt, I Have Texas Hair!

13 Sep Texas Hair, lucci the no smoochie poochie, dogs, bedtime story, children's book

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This is my profile pic; the one on Twitter, Facebook and everywhere else that associates my friends and readers with me. Before you read on, I ask that you remember me this way because things have changed drastically!..

One of the first things I remember soon after moving to a small town in Texas close to 4 years ago was something Joy Behar said on “The View” one day. She mentioned a nation-wide poll that listed Texas as the “worst hair” state.

I recall saying, “Fabulous, I live here now,” but didn’t give the statistic more thought. Then, I soon became aware of some kind of a difference while walking through stores, parking lots, all around really. I noticed amateurish cuts, God-awful highlighting jobs, grown-out roots and pony tails…pony tails and hats. I promised myself that would never be me.

Take a look; Texas claimed two out of 13 of the worst cities in the country in a 2009 survey. “For the least hair-friendly cities, TotalBeauty noted a number of factors that contribute to frizz, dryness and other common hair complaints. These include humidity, hard water and a dearth of hair salons.”:

Donna L. Sadd

Unfortunately, the 2012 survey stayed the same.

Now, I’m a New Yorker who was used to plunking down $150.00 at the ‘beauty parlor’ for a color and a cut, more if it was time for highlights, the same in Florida. Yet, since moving to a ‘rustic’ small town in Central Texas Hill Country, I gave the 4 home-town salons a shot, but they were all sub-par. It’s just a different world out here, and I can attest for the “dearth” of hair salons.

It’s been such a slow process that I just had’nt noticed. The intense Texas heat found me cutting my hair short and I began coloring it myself. Let’s put it this way, after one showers and dresses then does farm chores, one needs another shower! It’s daunting and I guess somewhere along the line, something shifted.

I settled on a small neighborhood place that equates more to a barber shop than a salon, where I now pay (wait for it, wait for it) a WHOPPING $12.00! That’s if I drag my boney butt down to town to get it done; usually, I just trim my bangs over the bathroom sink. The one-woman shop owner is also the minister of the Korean church next door. I get a trim and a sermon all at once; now that’s one stop shopping!

I had always wanted to be an “Ivory Snow’ kind of girl, natural and make-up free, and I soon realized it out in this country. When my hubby and I get together with family, I’m the one in jeans and boots, hair up, no make-up (well maybe a tad of mascara) and they’re all face-painted, dressed up and acrylic-ed out. I shake my head; what’s the point? We’re out in the sticks for Pete’s sake and there’s no one to impress.

This stark reversal of mine found me feeling quite liberated, but lately it’s gotten a bit out of hand. Focusing full-time on writing hasn’t helped. I wake at 4:30 every morning so that I have some quiet time before my 3-mile morning walks at 6:30. I try to catch up on Twitter and Facebook so that I’ll be able to concentrate later on writing after I come home and get all 10 animals and a husband fed. Then I’m out in the goat yard for an hour or two cleaning up. By the time I get back in the house it’s noontime, and I get stuck in my pink Texas Longhorn ball cap that I wear on my morning walks.

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I’m beginning to think the “Great Grandma” is looking better than me.

Sometimes I can be found in my dilapidated cowboy hat feeding the dogs, doing farm chores, writing, cleaning the house, caring for the goats, writing, secretarial work for hubby, and writing.

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It’s gotten so bad lately that I’ve regressed to pig tails!

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Notice the roots? I went past Ivory Snow Girl, did not collect $200.00, and landed at Frump. I’ve become a statistic!

I only dare post shots from the back! Whaaaaah, I need a trip back to New York. :0(

HEALTHY DOG BISCUITS AND BONES YOU BAKE AT HOME! – PET D.I.Y. PROJECT

27 Apr

My dieting Coonhound Bella has arrived at her goal weight! Now that she’s fit, my thoughts to find healthy dog treats led me down memory lane to Camp Bowser.

D.I.Y. PET PROJECT- HEALTHY DOG BONES/BISCUITS

I operated Camp Bowser Pet Retreat out of my home and ‘campers’ of any species were welcome. Dogs, cats, birds, fish, bunnies, guinea pigs, hamsters, and even several snakes enjoyed their own vacations while their families were away. Campers always departed with send-off gifts. Dogs received goodie bags of home-baked healthy dog bones.

CAMP BOWSER CAMPERS

That’s when I thought to make up a batch of healthy dog biscuits and do another ‘how-to’ blog post for all my animal loving friends.  So don your aprons gang and whip up these healthy, home-made dog biscuits for your four-footed loves! Dollars to donuts you’ll have everything you need in-house.

DOG BONE INGREDIENTS

Ingredients:

2 Teaspoons dry yeast

1/2 Cup lukewarm water

2 Tablespoons chopped parsley

2 Tablespoons minced garlic*

1 1/2 Cups chicken stock*

3 Tablespoons honey (Don’t mess with a measuring spoon (literally), just squeeze into mixture eyeballing it.)

1 Egg

5-6 Cups whole wheat flour  (I apologize. I underestimated how much w.w. flour I had in the pantry, so I had to switch to flour.)

* “An occasional low dose, [of onions, garlic and chives] such as what might be found in pet foods or treats, likely will not cause a problem, but we recommend that you do NOT give your pets large quantities of these foods.”  This point was brought up in a comment by Sugar B, who recommended using home-made chicken stock.

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. (180 C.)

In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Stir in the parsley, garlic, chicken stock, honey and egg.

Gradually blend in flour, adding enough to form a stiff dough.

FORM A STIFF DOUGH

Transfer to a floured surface and knead until smooth (about 3-5 minutes). Shape the dough into a ball.

HOME MADE DOG BONES

Roll to 1/4 inch thickness.

ROLL DOUGH QUARTER INCH THICKNESS

Cut out the dog biscuits using small bone-shaped cookie cutter, or any cookie cutter really. (Hint-Coat the cutter with non-stick cooking spray. This will eliminate a dough sticking nightmare!) Gather up the scraps, roll out again and cut additional bones.

Transfer to ungreased baking sheets, spacing the dog biscuits about 1/4 inch apart.

Bake for 30 minutes. (In between batches, invert a mixing bowl to cover your dough and keep it moist.)

INVERT A BOWL OVER THE DOUGH TO KEEP IT MOIST

After 30 minutes remove from oven, turn over biscuits and cook an additional 15 minutes or until lightly browned on both sides. Let cool overnight. (You can take all the dog bones and dump them on one baking sheet and set them in the oven to overnight. Doing so will make for crisper, crunchier dog biscuits.

[Word of Caution: Don’t do what I did and preheat the oven for dinner without removing the tray-arrrrg!]

I got a whopping 10 dozen small dog biscuits out of this batch. They keep and freeze well and your dogs will have plenty of home-made dog bones for some time to come. Why not knock out a batch for your dogs this weekend?

I’m going to bag some up to give out to our neighbor’s dogs. I’m also going to tuck this idea in the back of my head to use as unique and thoughtful host/hostess holiday gift for my dog loving friends.

I searched online for a dog bone biscuit recipe that was close to the one I used at Camp Bowser and I found it at Bullwrinkle.com. Please take a look at the site for other baked dog treat recipes and dog related items.

Bella (seen below…using a shot of her eating a dog bone would have hidden her pretty face), and Star my basset loved the bones.

The bones were too big for my little dachshund Luca, however; while skipping around the Internet I came across a plethora of dog bone cookie cutters in various sizes and special cutters for most dog breeds!

Between you and me gang, if the dogs don’t like them you might! They taste like crunchy bread sticks I swear 😉 I’d just throw in more garlic and parsley…maybe even Parmesan!

For another fun D.I.Y. pet project check out my post “Fab Vintage Suitcase Dog Cat Pet Bed-D.I.Y. Project” and whip up a snazzy pet bed in hours.

In closing, please consider downloading or ordering a print copy of LUCCI THE NO SMOOCHIE POOCHIE. A book makes a great gift for a child! Thanks for suggesting it your friends and family.

So tell me, who has the guts to comment that they ate dog biscuits when they were kids?

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The Liebster Award Encourages Discovery and Support of New Bloggers

13 Apr

Hi Gang!

Imagine my surprise when I received an email from Maria at Hummingbird and Heart saying that she nominated me for a Liebster Award! Whoopee an award was what I first thought to myself. My second thought was what the heck is a Liebster Award. So I popped over to Maria’s blog to find out, and lifted the following explanation:

“Liebster is a German word meaning ‘dearest’, ‘beloved’ or ‘favorite’ and the award is given to bloggers that you feel deserve it and have less than 200 followers. The idea is to help them find more followers by sharing our favorites.

Here are the steps that accompany the recognition:

  1. Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog.
  2. Link back to the blogger who presented the award to you.
  3. Copy and paste the blog award on your blog.
  4. Present the Liebster Blog Award to 5 blogs of 200 followers or less who you feel deserve to be noticed.
  5. Let them know they have been chosen by leaving a comment at their blog”

I want to thank Maria for her nomination and I ask that you visit her blog to find great posts on baking, crafting and celebrations.

Quite frankly, I can’t tell how many followers a blog has if it is not published by the blog author so I don’t really know if my recommended blogs have under 200 followers but I’m already ripping my hair out of my head because my laptop is limping and freezing up every two seconds, so my nominations are of blogs that I consider to be tiny treasure posts that I enjoy finding in my email or on Facebook and know that I won’t be disappointed when I click on through.

One favorite blog of mine is Michelle Davis’ The Goat Granny, and that’s simply because I love photos of farm life, grandchildren and goats! You know I’ve got 3 princess goats of my own, so I’m a bit twisted when it comes to anything ‘goats’; however, Michelle also posts about all natural products you can make yourself and offers all sorts of little tidbits that are worthwhile to read and follow.

THE GOAT GRANNY

I already wrote a post on artist Ziggy Shortcrust (Cathy Brumby) but I just know that folks are going to be paying big money for her art very, very soon and I’m very happy to have been a subject of one of her Five-Minute Faces! Her work is unbelievably good and her art will make you happy.

Akers of Toons is a neat little blog by a hubby and wife team. They sell cartoon nostalgia goods and Jessie Akers is a master whittler. He carves all sorts of ‘shelf elfs,’ driftwood men, and now candle tiki dudes. I’m just happy to know that they’ve begun to sell their Toon-Folk on Ebay because I’ve got to get my hands on one little guy!

Well gang, hours into putting this post together, I can honestly say that when I went to the other 3 of my blog picks to grab photos, I was surprised to see that they already had won this award. The other blogs that I follow are large author-type or social networking blogs with thousands of followers. Sooo, I’m going with two of my very favorite blogs instead…even though they might not be teensy.

Kathy Radigan’s, blog is My Dishwasher’s Possessed and her posts contain sweet stories of her hubby, 3 children and life happenings. Kathy was one of my blog’s first followers and she’s never missed a chance to help my blog along, as well as countless others’ blogs, and now would be a good time for me to SHOUT OUT- FOLLOW MY DISHWASHER’S POSSED! Thanks for all your kind help Kathy (Smoochies!)

I’ve already posted about this kind gal that I truly admire and although I am sure that Penny Watson’s blog Penelope’s Romance Reviews has got to have a large following her blog is downright hysterical and if you like to laugh, and who doesn’t really, you’d be doing yourself a favor in following her posts.

Please take a minute this weekend to stop by my favorite blogs and give ‘em a follow. Thanks gang!

Oh, my children’s story LUCCI THE NO SMOOCHIE POOCHIE is on sale for only $1.99. Download it or gift it to the kids in your life!

The Getting to Know Me Post #2- Frank, A Love of My Life but the Feeling’s Not Mutual

2 Mar

Oh boy, over the past 2 days, this post has practically written itself. It’s all about Frank, our Quaker parrot. Frank’s been part of the family for longer than I’ve been married. We adopted him from my hubby’s boss and thought at the time that a woman, probably the boss’s wife, abused him in some way. Boy was he ornery but he bonded with my hubby right away. (I’ve got to give  my husband a nick name- I call him my ‘Handsome Cowboy’ to his face, so that’s what I’ll call him here.) Anyway, getting back to Frank, I love Frank but Frank hates me; he always has. Let me change that, I don’t think that he hates me I just don’t think that he trusts me. That’s why I believe he was mistreated by a woman. I kiss his tiny tush in Macy’s window daily but, after 19 years, he still wants a piece of me!

Okay, so I’m cleaning the kitchen floor the other day and I rolled Frank’s cage out of the way.

Moments later I turn around and Frank’s in Sally’s (she’s another story) turtle tank taking a bath!

Sally just sat there; she didn’t move; she didn’t spook (first weird thing), and Frank splashed around like a nut job (second weird thing). Then he casually climbed back on his cage and chirped soft, contented tweets while I slaved away.

Granted, it’s not unusual to walk into the kitchen to find Frank toddling across the floor to bathe in the dog fountain but the turtle tank? Now that’s a new one! Oh, that’s Zeetz the cat. When we adopted him as a kitten we thought he was a girl and named him Zita, meaning ‘little girl’ in Italian. He then sprung ‘corleones’ and became Zeetz. Thank goodness Zeetz was a nickname he had since she was little!

Fast forward later this week to American Idol- The Girls. Frank’s favorite people food is pasta and pizza; he’s a paisan after my own heart and he loves to watch TV with the Handsome Cowboy. Get a load of this- ‘Crust-Fisted Frank’ watching Idol! (Yep, those are vintage 50s TV trays-don’t ask.)

I admit to having an “assortment of other wacky critters” on my Amazon Author Page, so this and several more of my posts should prove it. It is not normal around here and that is just the way I like it!

Why not give LUCCI THE NO SMOOCHIE POOCHIE a read to learn about other wacky loves of my life, and please share this post with folks whose kids, grandchildren, nieces and nephews might get a kick reading about lovable wacky pets.

Thanks for stopping by and bearing with me while I cut my teeth.- Donna

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