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The more you get to know your Dogue – yes Dogue de Bordeuax, the more you can begin to know yourself. Your limitations, expectations, your level of awareness ~ Are you self aware?

What can a Bordeaux teach you about self awareness?

Take for example the mad-morning rush – let’s say you are a mom of 3 and you are eagerly trying to get ready because you overslept, the kids overslept, the husband overslept. Aha, beginning to see the situation? I’m sure you can relate on some level – here you have to be somwhere -OK a meeting and you are LATE. You quickly feed the kids, the coffee brews, you actually fit in a shower, the kids miss the bus, you are feeding the dog, the dog bowl is full of water.

__________Wait – did I say the dog bowl = FULL?

___________Not with a Dogue de Bordeaux – you just don’t do that – did we forget our own water dispensing process here?

__________The dog has been waiting all morning for that water – all morning – he drinks to his delight and then, as you turn to pour your little cup of coffee he walk right behind you and -oops – he just bumped into me -yes, he just fully bumped into me, from behind, with a completely wet, drenched face (his height is about level to my – well, use your imagination). And Yes, as you can predict he is now full on drooling and wagging that tale because he is super excited that you are hanging out in the kitchen, its play time! And then, the dreaded slobber, he shifts, he shakes, and those lovely strands of congealed drool go flying everywhere, your daughter screams because it lands on her, and there you go, now you have to change your daughters outfit too.

But it is love, and you love your Dogue de Bordeaux.

Did I mention we all made it to work and school?

So what does this have to do with being self aware?

Did I remember to breathe?

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…and they are organic!

From the shop profile for WhataDogBakeryDesign.etsy.com:

“What a Dog believes fine dining is for the dogs. We are committed to using high quality, 100% natural and organic, human grade ingredients in all of our treats. We use local ingredients whenever possible in order to lessen our impact on the earth. All treats are artisan and made to order. What a Dog came about when Lauren’s, our resident taste tester, professional pastry chef mom got tired of baking for her fellow humans. Now she’s baking for the dogs.”

Every dog needs a good treat!

Every dog needs a good treat!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WhataDogBakeryDesign.etsy.com has their resident dog, Lauren, a Jack Russell taste their treats… Sounds good to me!This must be Lauren in the photo… wow, she is a pretty dog!

 

 

 

 

This random review of a Dog Owner Etsy Seller was brought to you by Cooter LaRouge, March 21, 2009.  If you are a Dog Owner Etsy Seller and would like to be added to Cooter’s Dog Owner Etsy Seller Link list, leave a comment below.

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I’m learning that to live in the present is to wait on patience. Let me see if I can portray this the way I understand this to be. Tonight the family went out for hours… meanwhile, Mama left the boiled chicken in the pot on the oven. I waited… waited… and waited, did I mention they were gone for hours? That is a long time. I was here, fully in the moment, sniffing the aroma of cooked chicken. Chicken, a love of mine. When I was sick, as a young pup, Mama would always make me boiled chicken. And everytime I ate it I would always get my strength back and begin to feel so much better. This might be why I absolutely love chicken and almost can’t handle myself with this delicious aroma.

So as I said, hours later they return. Each one saying how great it smells in the house. Dad actually thought we left the oven on, but no, they were all simply smelling the saturated room for which I’ve been laying, and waiting, PATIENTLY in all night long. Did I mention chicken?! Guess what now? They actually say sit, stay, wait… (the chicken is cut up) … sit, stay, wait… tousled into the bowl… w-aa–ii–ttt… OK go ahead…

I devour it.  mmmm…. 

I allowed them to wait on my patience…  hee, hee, I always get the goodies & they think they are teaching me something…  I tend to think I slow them down a bit…

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OK, admit it – if you digest, you pass gas. My parents are just so excited right now!!! They somehow got me to shine on my politeness… I just ran into the living room, away from my family, and tooted the loudest toot! Yeah, it frightened me, but wow! the people loved it! They’re sitting there rejoicing over the fact that I just “tooted” in the next room! I guess I am now more dignified than ever! Yay – I’m a good dog!

 

Dignified Dog

Dignified Dog

I was a little embarrassed at first – thankfully I was reassured, once again, that passing gas is normal… I still don’t understand.  Mom says it was the baked fish and the garbage picking I did earlier… oops, guess I should stick to a bland diet and refrain from my urges to peek in that garbage, it always gets me into trouble…

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eating snow off a fallen tree

eating snow off a fallen tree

 

This is a photo of me eating snow. It is easier for me to digest than straight water because I am ingesting less at once. At home water is added to my big dog bowl in very small quantities (by the cup full – 2 cups per pour). To make sure I am drinking enough throughout the day, my peeps fill a tall glass pitcher, pouring the water from that, instead of filling my bowl completely. This way they know I’m drinking enough… and keeping the water down, instead of on the floor….  
I do have a bark for water, which is quite straightforward, but the pitcher thing makes them feel good.

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I have issues with my belly and vomit frequently. I know, sounds gross. Interestingly enough, one piece of penne pasta will make me vomit. One piece. In comparison to my size, it seems impossible. Specifically because I’ve eaten a leash before, leaving behind the clip and handle (it was a leather leash). You’d think a piece of penne would be tolerable.
So, in light of my digestion problems and my risk of seizure activity, Mom is off to find a recipe for Oat Treats – oats are good for the nervous system

My bowl.

My bowl.

 I’ll review a good recipe for you, let you know if they are tasty or not… hmmm… I do like oatmeal, been a long time. And it is something I can digest.

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A real good treat is simple – the recipe is cheddar cheese, whole wheat flour, 1 egg, butter (ahh love that butter), and some parsley. Parsley helps my dog-self digest.  Its good, and the treats are so good.  Loving those treats.  mmmm…  

The recipe goes something like this:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • mix 1 cup whole wheat flour, 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese, 1 TBSP parsley, and 1 egg
  • add softenned butter until you have a dough formed (about one stick)
  • Bake it for about 15-20 minutes or until cooked
  • cool and toss a few treats to the dog

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