Monday, September 25, 2017

Jurassic Bark - A New Dino Chew Toy

Mom was looking at a newspaper and there was an article about power lines and keeping them free from raptors, and having watched Jurassic Park one too many times, I think she was thinking Velociraptor - not the bird of prey common around here because she then made this sign to go up at work. 

But Mom, sort of being a goofball scientist aside - knows that EVERYONE loves Dinosaurs. So imagine my delight when I got a package from the folks at Chewy with a chewy dinosaur in it! Mom orders from them every month, and with my food order always adds treats or a toy.
It's a  Nylabone Dental Dinosaur!  It comes in brontosaurus, stegosaurus and T-rex (one is chosen randomly).  I asked if it came in "Barney" and Mom said the stuffed Barney met with an industrial accident after she watched 20 episodes back to back with the little peeps.

 Mom picked this one because it's made for "powerful chewers" and she says I could eat a Humvee in 15 minutes if it had a squeaker.
I love my dino!  Mom was a bit surprised as I totally ignore the hard toys and balls in favor of the squeaky, fluffy things I can dismantle.  I also only play with the Kong if there is peanut butter in it. But the dinosaur is awesome!  I was so busy chewing on it, the photo was blurry and my tail was going a mile a minute. I just thought it was fun, but Mom said this will help clean my teeth, reducing tartar and freshen my breath.

Mom finally took it away from me, to give back later, as she says such toys should be only used while supervised, and then it was time for dinner.

The dino held up well.  This large size was recommended for dogs up to 50 pounds. I'm a Lab MIX and am a lot smaller than most labs but I'm still a bit above that limit so Mom just let me play with it a short time, closely supervised, then we put it away.  But with 20 minutes of serious, solid chewing it had only the tiniest of scratches on it and none of the pointy bits were broken off.  I would certainly recommend it for your medium sized dogs for fun and  Mom would recommend it for dental health. They also make a smaller sized dino.
Thanks Mom!

Abby Lab

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Sunday a- Not so Black and White

Little Bird at Rest
Synchronized swimming ducks 
Cornmeal Waffle and Bacon Bourbon Syrup
Shutter Speedy Racer

Run Mr. Rabbit!
The truck is clean, the sky is blue
Antique doorknob 
Bashful Dog and Angry Bird.
Music to my ears
Everybody needs a little notebook or three.
Another batch of pickles for this week's lunches
Time to tidy up - Abby's collected her dog toys.
A Weekend Supper Pie  - Sausage, Broccoli and Four Cheese variety.
OK, we need to walk off that supper.
Watch out for Ninja Cows.
A walk in the park
Miss Abby enjoying the walk with her Dad
Beauty in the smallest of things
Happy Dog

 Red  hair in black and white
I have some medicinal Vitamin "c" in my pocket if needed.
Australian damper bread with golden syrup and afternoon tea
I am so glad you are my people
 Chinese Chicken and Portabellini Mushroom Chopped Salad
 and a glass of Chardonnay.
Time to savor these days
Have a wonderful Sunday (and not a black and white photo - that was the light).
 - LB

Friday, September 22, 2017

The Catering Truck has Arrived - Blogville Picnic!

Abby T. Lab here. It's time for the Blogville Picnic and barn dance. I was so looking forward to this.

With help from my Mom, a lot of work goes into the catering so Mom can take photos and help me prep the foodables, so we're so happy this day is finally here and our work can be shared!

Even better, Frankie Furter has joined me to help! Yes, my fella Frankie. He's been on a blog break with his family but he and I talk often on the computer with our Mom's assistance and he so wanted to be here with me today.
We're going to set the goodies out on picnic tables so everyone can help themselves and enjoy the other activities as we are!
 There's yummy fresh fruit!
This one is for my Frankie Furter.
Cheese filled Piggie Buns

 More pupcakes! (made with safe for doggies - with Carob instead of chocolate.)
Tuna and cheese mouse nibbles!

 Hot Dog Corn muffins.  Peeps love these too, they taste like corndogs.
Mini Weiner Dogs
Toilet Water Cocktails

and a HUGE selection of other drinks at the Margarita truck run by my friend:
and grab some plain water to take to the activities!
 Chews and Tennis balls for after we finish eating.
And for the kitties, some catnip toys.

Help yourself and we look forward to see you at all the activities!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Thankful Thursday

“Once you have had a wonderful dog, 
a life without one, is a life diminished.”
 - Dean Koontz - Author

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Talk Like a Pirate Day

It's International Talk Like a Pirate Day!  

A word of caution to those of us who have spouses or partners.  Getting your loved one to make you dinner with:

"Avast ye scurvy weasel.  Get below deck and peel me some taters fer grub?"

May be LESS than effective.  Right Abby?
So, what's for Supper?

Something on a plank?  (no, too predictable)
Hardtack? (no,  I got that on my last airline flight)
Kraken?  (too much like calamari)
Chum?  (no, I'm out of Chum Helper)

No, I need something I can grill on the deck.

How about Barbecued Landbird.  Mmm.  Chicken with White Barbecue Sauce.

4-5 bone in chicken pieces
1/2 cup light mayo
1 teaspoon olive oil
1/4 cup Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon plus 1 pinch Hot Hungarian Paprika
2 to 3 cloves garlic
3/4 teaspoon ground pepper
1  and 1/4 teaspoons of your favorite hotsauce (I like Scoville Brothers Singing Smoke from Indiana) 

Chop the garlic and mix with all ingredients except hot sauce.  Reserve at least 1/4 cup in a mug or small bowl.  Add the hot sauce to that, stir well and store in refrigerator until ready to grill.

Marinate the chicken in the remaining sauce for 2-3 hours in a shallow pan turning once or twice during that time.  Remove chicken, discarding marinade and grill for 8-10 minutes over hot coals, (direct heat) turning once at 5 minutes so it sears but does not burn. Move the pieces on grill so they are over indirect heat and cover and cook for 18-20 minutes or until 165 degrees F., basting with reserved sauce a couple of times and turning once more if it looks like it's getting too dark before it is done.
The flavor is subtle and smokey, and the bird is as juicy as can be.

Guests may not walk the plank for it, but they will give it a hearty "ahoy!" Serve it with oven baked beans and salad (with some Gorgonzola cheese and buttermilk dressing). or your favorite side dishes. Don't forget a proper ale.   

Now time to hoist your pirate flag!