Monday Musings ~ August 19, 2019

Welcome to Monday, August 19, 2019. School districts all over the country are starting up the fall session which means we better keep our eyes open for little sprouts heading back to “reading, writing and ‘rithmetic.” Hope you enjoyed a nice weekend and are ready to take on a fresh new week. Pass It On

Hope today’s meme resonates as much with you and it did with me. Here’s to making a difference.

Live, love, bark! 🐾

Monday Musings ~ August 12, 2019

Happy Monday, peeps! Hope you had a terrific weekend. We were busy at the Ranch putting the final touches on the new BarkBook making it ready for downloading in the shop. To wet your good pup’s taste buds, here’s a sample of some of the delicious (and easy to make) treats from it.

🦴 Cheesy Applesauce Bites


1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1/3 cup applesauce

1/3 cup water

1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour

1/cup oatmeal

1/4 cup Parmesan cheese


Preheat oven to 375º F.  Combine cheddar, applesauce and water in a small bowl. Combine flour and oatmeal in a large bowl. Blend cheese-applesauce mixture into the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. Knead into a dough and turn onto a floured surface. Roll dough to 1/4-1/2” thickness and sprinkle with Parmesan. Cut with cookie cutters (or use a pizza cutter and cut into small squares). Place on parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 20 mins. (longer if biscuits are thicker).

Store in an air-tight container in refrigerator and consume in 1 week or freeze for up to 3 weeks.

And because every Monday should start out with a smile, how about a little poodle food to remind you to smile and eat your veggies? Happy Monday.

Poodle food


Live, love, bark!

Monday Musings ~ July 29, 2019

Whoa…what happened to the weekend? It was here and then POOF! gone. *Sigh*


Live, love, bark! 🐾

Monday Memes ~ July 22, 2019


Ugh, the heat. It’s been brutal, I’m hoping today ushers in something cooler. Besides, another topic would be nice.


Have a cooler week.

Live, love, bark! 🐾

Monday Musings ~ July 15, 2019

If you own a dog are owned by a dog, you probably have this same conversation on a regular basis. These guys seem to think they’re some kind of legal dream team.

Sam & Elsa

Wishing you a week of successful negotiating.

Live, love, bark! 🐾

Monday Musings ~ July 8, 2019

Now that the dreaded Fourth is in the history books, let’s go back to smiling.


Here’s wishing you a super week that includes lots of petting.

Live, love, bark! 🐾

Monday Musings ~ July 1, 2019

It’s a brand new week, month, and a fresh Monday-whoa…how’d that happen? You may have noticed our conspicuous absence last week. We were supposed to visit the hospital and West Pines but by Monday evening, it became clear that Sam was too sick to do any visits and needed to see the vet. Happy to report he has begun to rejoin the canine-race after a very rough week; this despite steadfastly holding on to the notion that he must be catered to every waking moment of the day. The boy has come to expect an on-call short-order cook now and someone to hand feed him.

Sleeping dogFor a few days, he refused to eat or drink anything, requiring subcutaneous fluids from the vet. By Thursday, he would only eat a couple of small (and I do mean s-m-a-l-l pieces of freshly cooked chicken breasts. If…mind you, they were hand fed to him. By late Friday, Little Lord Fauntleroy decided that chicken breasts were far too Plebeian for his tastes and with sad puppy eyes moved on to other heretofore unknown preferences, finally accepting venison and buffalo as a suitable meal fit for his Lordship. Elsa naturally stepped up offering to eat any chicken (or any other food her brother refused to eat) as her contribution toward helping out. She did seem to know something was up with her older brother and tried sitting on sleeping next to him all week long, which made him more than slightly adverse to the close quarters but too weak to move out of the way. Can you say gun-shy of the Ninja? What can I say about these two other than I’m very grateful things are mostly back to normal now for all of us. I no longer have to sleep with multiple rolls of paper towels and cleaning supplies at the ready and my bank account can finally take a deep breath after all the vet visits.

I still wonder however why, when you’ve only had 2 hours of sleep because of a sick dog, why the damn smoke alarm feels compelled to start chirping at 2:00 AM. Any explanations on that one? No…well then let’s just chalk it up to the universe’s many unexplained weirdness and instead start out the new week and month with a silly pun, probably spoken with a heavy Southern accent. Since we kind of went from chilly temps to broil, we can only hope you’re not sweltering too much and hope it’s a great week.


Live, love, bark! 🐾

Monday Meme ~ June 17, 2019

Sam in the Garden

Have a super week, whether you’re hiding out or chillin’ till summer officially begins.

Live, love, bark! 🐾

Monday Musings ~ June 10, 2019

Happy Monday, peeps! Hope you had a brilliant weekend; I spent mine volunteering at an agility event to benefit a rescue group I’ve long supported. It was a lot like a dog show. On steroids. Whoa, what a fun but exhausting day. I’ll never understand how those pups manage to keep up that pace racing over obstacles and weaving through poles barking while they’re doing it. Talk about sheer joy for their sport that these super-star athletes have! To my great surprise, one of our hospital pet therapists competed and did quite well. More on that hopefully tomorrow.

But before then, let’s start the week out with a bit of a smile. Creating hybrid dogs have become quite the phenomenon these days but it just may have gone over the top with this one. With Bern-a-doodles, Sheep-a-doodles, Labradoodles, Goldendoodles to name a few, there appears to be no shortage of new breeds being created all the time, but this may just be getting out of hand. Seems like some people will breed a poodle to just about anything to obtain a striking new variety of ‘doodle.’ While some combinations make sense, some absolutely do not. Don’t get me started on the clothes they ‘put’ on this doodle!  Even the guy in the upper right hand corner thinks someone went a doodle too far.


Have a great Monday and week, but don’t forget to smile while you’re doing it.

Live, love, bark! 🐾

Meme Monday ~ June 3, 2019

Good grief, it’s June already?! Where did the first half of 2019 go? Seems like only yesterday I was shoveling snow. Oh wait, I was…since a snow storm marched through Denver on May 20th. Not actually yesterday, but close enough.

Over the weekend Sam and I ‘pawticipated’ in the annual event known as Heroes of Hope where staff and community celebrate cancer survivors with a festival-like event including a race, wellness booths filled with health products, info and all around camaraderie providing resources when dealing with this horrible disease. Lutheran’s Run/Walk is the largest National Cancer Survivors Day in Jefferson County. You read highlights from the past couple of years for 2018 here and 2017 here. Although I hurt my back a few days ago, I was hoping a 1K walk might help loosen it up (I was wrong on that, but it was definitely worthwhile nonetheless). 

Attending this event made me realize the meme, “everyone thinks they have the best dog. And none of them are wrong” is so true.

We’ll share more highlights later this week about why this Knucklehead is the best, but until then, does anyone know where I put the ice pack? Have a great Monday and give your own ‘hero/best dog’ some extra loving from us.


Live, love, bark! 🐾