Fish with berries and an egg, turkey body parts

Fed on 6/27, Wednesday.

Fish and egg

Fishy berries are the best! MP is getting some wild salmon with wild blueberries for breakfast. It’s so very wild that I’m throwing in a soft boiled egg in shell!

Reach a roo

Dinner is also kind of wild (new word, please). It’s a very meaty carcass of a big turkey. I left plenty of meat on it so that the bone is plenty covered. This is just the back and some rib cage type stuff. No legs.

Dinner crazy

Today’s dog food:

  • wild blueberries
  • turkey carcass
  • egg
  • veggie mix
  • sweet potatoes
  • wild salmon
  • kefir
  • homemade paneer
  • banana
  • pear

[Summer Pet Safety Infographic] Hot pavement alert! Protect paws from burns

Protect the Paw Infographic

It’s summer! I know we haven’t posted in quite some time (got really busy, and paralyzed by the ever-growing number of days of no posts), but I’m going to try my best to bring back the countersurfing into full gear this year! In the meantime, here’s the summer pet safety poster again: “If it’s too hot for your hands, it’s too hot for the paw!” I’m always happy to provide printable files to vet clinics and pet-related businesses, too. This little poster has been to many places already—England, most recently. 🙂 Please keep sharing!

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It is HOT! I’ve been seeing a lot of dogs being walked around town despite the heat. Every dog is different, so I’m going to trust the owner to know what their dog can handle. However, lots and lots of people don’t realize how frickin’ hot the pavement is on a summer day. I, too, have been surprised at how hot the ground can get. The sidewalk may be shaded at the moment, but it could’ve been cooking up all day long. It doesn’t have to be black tar, either—sandy stuff and lighter-colored cement gets plenty hot! The safe thing to do is to not guess, and check often: really put down your hand or stand with bare feet. The rule is this: If it’s even a little hot for your hand or feet, it’s too hot for your dog’s paws. 

If you’re already out and about and are caught on a stretch of hot surface, try finding patches of grass or dirt and make your dog walk on that. You’d think they’d just choose cooler surfaces on their own, but not always. MP seems to prefer cement over dirt (despite the heat) and I really have to go out of my way to have her walk on the grassy parts—I go further into the grass (= people’s yards!) myself so she can’t reach the pavement, or I have her “heel” (quotes because she doesn’t know that’s what’s happening) into the grass. If all fails, pick up your damn dog. I’ve had to do that, too. I carried MP “scoop” style, like those warehouse crate mover things. You know, where you stick your extended arms under the arm pit and belly. I am so never getting a dog even an inch or a pound bigger than MP, because she is totally at my carry-able max!

I’ve also heard about people drenching towels and setting it down so that your dog can stand or sit on it. Do be careful after they’re wet, though, because wet paws can burn much worse than dry paws on scorching pavement. Tzzzzzzzzzz! So, really make sure the ground isn’t too hot before trekking away with wet paws after swims and dips in the water.

We all know that some dogs can be unbelievably stoic. They don’t always show you (like my picture) that they’re in pain—until their paws are severely injured. Be proactive and don’t just rely on your pup to tell you that it’s too hot, but definitely watch out for any signs of discomfort.

And, repeat after me, please: If it’s too hot for my hands, it’s too hot for dog paws.

Let’s use common sense, and protect our pets during this super fun season!

Please share my little Summer Pet Safety infographic with all your dog friends! 🙂 Download it, if you like!

Double gobble gobble, annual physical (more in another post)

Fed on 6/26, Tuesday.

Turkey bits

Turkey bits


MP got a smaller breakfast this morning because she’s going to be getting a buttload of treats at the vet clinic in the afternoon. I always bring a mentally unstable amount of treats of all types (soft, squeezable, crumbles) because I need this to not suck. She’s never really liked vet visits, but she’s been really good almost all but twice. One of those twices were when she got super overwhelmed from numerous visitors (my fault for not controlling it) and she snarked the shit out of a very sweet tech that I know she loves. Anyway, ever since then, I’ve been UBER careful and it’s been much, much better. I’ll make a separate post about what all I bring to vet visits, in case it’s helpful for anxious, information-ridden humans like myself.

Please hurry

Please hurry


Dinner is more turkey, both meat and some guts! Someone was a super duper good girl at her exam, so she gets an extra egg, too. 🙂

Turkey dinner

Turkey dinner


And, she’s got somefin’ on her lip!

What's on yer lip

What’s on yer lip


Today’s dog food:

  • egg
  • turkey organs
  • veggie mix
  • sweet potatoes
  • kefir
  • chlorophyll
  • homemade paneer
  • chlorophyll
  • cheese
  • homemade trout cream cheese
  • my sauerkraut