Preppy Puppy Loves…

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Sperry Topsiders.

She doesn’t chew on them. She just loves to lie on them and sleep!

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The First 48 Hours

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I think she-who-is-not-yet-named has settled in very well so far. She is very sweet, mellow, and playful. We have only had a couple of accidents so far, but she usually whines to let me know she needs to go out. And she was sleeping through the night by the third night. With my other, non-furry babies, it took nine months!

What’s in a name?

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Given the difficulty my husband and I have naming things, apparently everything. And this puppy is no different.

With our firstborn, after months of deliberation, we managed to come up with a boy name and a girl name. Well, she was a girl. Done. The next time around, we were lucky enough to have a boy, so we used the boy name we didn’t use the first time. Easy enough. My husband thought we were done. Well, when number three came along, we had already used the only two names we could agree upon. We were stuck. The poor little lad wasn’t names for the first nine days of his life (and granted, we knew he was a boy five months before he was born). It took nine days. To name him John. So by the time we got to baby number four, I thought I’d make it easy and told my husband he could name her. But I forgot about the middle name. That took two weeks of negotiation following her birth. And now we come to our four-legged baby.

Naming a dog is not much easier- the name needs to be easy to call, unique but not odd, and with enough gravitas befitting a Preppy Puppy. Here is the list I have compiled:

Addison, Ainsley, Allie, Aspen

Banks, Bauer, Beamer, Beau(regard), Beckett, Beckham, Belvedere, Benson, Bentley, Bogard (Bogey), Brie/Bree, Brinkley, Britt, Brynna

Captain, Cassie, Choe, Clipper

Dash, Deuce, Dexter, Duke, Dutch

Ella, Emory

Finn(ley,- egan), Fletch(er), Forbes, Foster

Gatsby, Gibbs

Hadley, Harlow, Harper, Higgins, Hudson

Jack, Jeeves

Keaton, Knox

Lauren, Lexi, Libby, Lilly (as in Pulitzer), Logan

Mac, Maddy (Madison), Maggie, Maisie, Marin, Millie, Monty (Montague or Montauk), Moseley, Murphy

Parker, Pippa

Reese, Ryder

Sawyer, Saylor, Schooner, Schweppes, Scout, Scupper, Shep, Sloane, Sperry

Tagg(art), Thatcher, Townsend, TR, Trigg, Tripp

Vesper, Victory (Ronald Reagan’s golden retriever)

Whitney, Whitt, Wilson

All those names, and we still can’t agree. Please, please make any suggestions, otherwise this beautiful little puppy may end up being called “Dog.”

Bakin’ Bacon Treats

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So since I love to bake and am beyond excited about bringing our fur baby home next week (and because we love bacon and I always hate to just dump all of the leftover grease), I decided to whip up a patch of Bacon Treats that I found on Pinterest. The recipe comes from the blog, Vanessa Baked:

http://vanessabaked.com/homemade-bacon-dog-treats/

The recipe is very simple and easy:

Ingredients
  1. 2 1/2 Cups White Whole Wheat Flour (regular AP flour can be used)
  2. 1/3 -1/2 Cup Bacon Grease (room temp)
  3. 1/2 Cup water
  4. 1 Egg
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to350 degrees
  2. Whisk the egg, water and bacon grease together in a large bowl.
  3. Mix in the flour, until a dough forms. If the dough is still sticky, just add more flour in 1/4 cup increments.
  4. Generously flour your work surface and place dough on floured surface. Sprinkle flour on top of dough and rolling pin. Roll out the dough on a floured surface anywhere between 1/2 inch to 1/4 inch thickness. Prick the entire surface with a fork.
  5. Cut into preferred shapes. Place as many as you can on baking sheet. These will not spread.
  6. Bake 25 -30 minutes in preheated oven. Allow to cool completely.

I used gluten-free rice flour instead of the whole wheat flour. I’m not sure why, other than the fact that I live in Hippieville, USA, and I guess I figured maybe if gluten-free flour is healthier, it would balance out the bacon grease. Flawed logic, I am sure. Perhaps because of that, I ended up using quite a bit more flour than the recipe called for, maybe 3/4 to a full cup more. So I would advise having plenty of flour on hand when making these. Also, when I took mine out of the oven after half an hour, they still seemed a little soft to me, so put them back in for five or so more minutes. They look cute and smell super yummy. I guess our Preppy Puppy will have to give it the taste test once she finally arrives! It was a fun afternoon project to with the kids, to boot. I call that a win!

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Kudos

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So I first saw this video courtesy of an Orvis Dogs post on Facebook. (They really post helpful information and darling photos and despite the fact that I have mentioned Orvis in two different posts now, I promise I am not on their payroll!) This is a great story about a pilot who recently diverted an international flight after a temperature malfunction occurred on the plane that very likely would have killed the French bulldog that was on board- a $10,000 decision, but the right one in the mind of any dog lover!