Photo ops with Cady

Cady and I went on our daily hike the other day and then I took photos for Valentines Day. I purchase holiday-themed inexpensive plastic necklaces to put around her neck for these kinds of photos. I have found that she is a really good model for me if I get her exercised first, then asked her to sit still for me wearing the props. A girl needs to have her fun first, before work!

I adopted Cady 18 months ago (at age 6) and she has really blossomed and gotten used to how I am hands on with her. I like to make sure that my dogs are used to lots of touches, petting, handling of paws, lifting of gums, checks of her teeth and of course kisses on her head and nose. I find that this makes for a great dog and veterinary visits are very easy.

She has also become quite the love bug and I attribute that to the hands-on attention she gets from me along with verbal praise.

That was a long story to get to this photo I took after we finished with her photos. I didn’t get to see what her eyes were doing until I got home and loaded them onto the computer. She is quite the sweetheart and often likes to press her muzzle against my face.

By the way, you can purchase the hat and other great dog-related gear (styled for women and men) at We Rate Dogs . They also have two great Twitters you should check out @dog_rates and @dog_feelings. I am not affiliated with them other than by being a customer and follower.

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Summer Chili

Summer ChiliHomemade & Healthy

Ground turkey breast, multi-color bell peppers, purple onion, garlic, black-kidney-pinto beans, celery, diced tomatoes, smoked chilies, shredded carrots, sweet corn, chipotle salsa, pure tomato paste, cumin, chili powder, cinnamon, salt, and pepper. Cook ground turkey, add other ingredients, bring to full heat, reduce heat and simmer for 2 hours. Stir occasionally while cooking. Take 2-3 cups and puree in a blender and return to pot. Mix well and simmer for another 30-40 minutes. Garnish to your liking.

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Almond Butter Bars

Almond Butter BarsHomemade & Healthy

Raw honey, pure almond butter, chia seeds, oats and Raw Organic Protein plant formula powder vanilla. Heat honey and almond butter in a sauce pan. Mix together with oats and chia seeds. Spread over parchment paper on a sheet pan, bake at 350° for 15 minutes. Cool and add a melted 72% Cacao Belgian dark chocolate splash to finish them.

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Cady hits the Home Depot with me

My thanks to Home Depot for being dog friendly. Cady loves to go with me when I have purchases to make or projects to plan with items to be looked at. The staff is always friendly to her and she enjoys getting the pets and kisses from them. She enjoys walking the isles inside and out and seeing all of the customers. It’s a great place to practice sits, downs, walking on lead and walking next to a shopping cart. There are lots of visual distractions and sounds for her to navigate when we make our way through the store. She always makes a new friend or two when we go there.

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