Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The Yam Experiment & Tuesday Tag-Along Blog Hop

Lucy and I have been blessed enough to have the last 2 days at home- away from the store. (Notice that I do not say that we have had the last 2 days off...) While I had a ton of painting to do, Lucy and I also managed to sneak in some play time. And I managed to make a quick run to the grocery store. My little boxer was excited to see me come home, and I know that all the smells in the grocery bags peaked her attention, so I humored her and let her help me unpack.

These soup bones are one of Lucy's favorite things. They're relatively inexpensive, but they're pretty tasty and they are very good at satisfying Lucy's urge to chew, keeping those sharp little teeth off of my all ready raw toes, ankles and elbows! I wash em off, put them in the microwave for about 7 minutes, let them cool and then I hand one off to Lucy who will chew, and chew, and chew usually for a good hour or two! They don't splinter like some bones do, and don't get all mushy and gross like rawhide does- and as I mentioned- they're pretty inexpensive. I got a pack of 3 of them for $2.00.

Lucy really loves vegetables, and I've decided that I'm going to experiment with adding different vegetables to her Wellness dog food which she's kind of been picking over lately. (Okay, I accept full responsability for this- she's probably been getting way too much human food- I am guilty as charged!)

At any rate, the vegetable of the day yesterday was to be yams. And I returned home from the grocery store with 4 pretty good sized ones and introduced them to Lucy. I was surprised that my little boxer even paid any attention to this raw yam, but she did. She and I talked about it and played with it for a whole 5 minutes before I decided it was time to cut it up and cook it.

Lucy sat patiently by my feet while I scrubbed and cubed 2 of the yams. (Cutting a yam is not an easy task, and I was feeling like the chances of me getting all of the yams cut without taking off my finger were pretty slim- but I did it! Yams are very hard- I'm pretty sure they're harder than a regular potato- and they make a big orange mess all over the place.)

Lucy was very interested in the pretty orange vegetables floating in the pot, she stuck her little head right in there. I was waiting for her to try to eat one of them raw, but I got the pan out of her reach in time. (Lucy is a good little kitchen helper, and I get a big kick out of showing her what I'm doing, or letting her sniff things. When I load the dishwasher, I let her sniff a plate or two, and she sits and watches as I finish loading the dishwasher. When she was younger, she jumped up on the door of the open dishwasher which was bound to eventually be a disaster. Thankfully, I have broken her of that habit!) She watched as I put the pot on the stove, and then she sat watch waiting for them to be done.

For 10 minutes, Lucy sat there and waited. At one point, Lucy laid down and let out a very deep sigh. I guess she thought this process was taking way too long. I wondered to myself how long this patience would last.

And I had no sooner finished this thought to myself when I turned around and Lucy had decided it was time for her to check on her dinner!

(Notice she's still got paint on her ear!)

"Oh boy, Lucy! You're way too precious! But, it's hot up there and you really need to get 'DOWN' You could get hurt and I would feel horrible! They're almost done, I swear. Just a couple more minutes."

Lucy looked at me, got down, let out a deep sigh and laid down on the floor in front of the stove.

I knew Lucy's patience was wearing thin, so letting those yams cool naturally was out of the question. She was right at my feet, sitting and waiting! I ran them under cool water, and mixed them right in with her dog food.

"Okay, Lucy! Your yams are finally done! 'SIT!'"

Lucy couldn't wait to get at those yummy yams. And she was quick to drag one out of the bowl and into the living room for some odd reason. She abandoned it there, and returned to the kitchen where she pretty much emptied out the bowl- except for about a 1/4 cup of the dog food.

The yams went over so well, that she had them again this morning for breakfast. My fiance thinks I've lost my mind- I'm cooking for the boxer!

I have been trying to clean out our house for the last couple of months. We've got all kinds of stuff that we don't use anymore that's just sitting around collecting dust, and of course, with the impending move- I've got to get cleaning! I had a huge pile of the old USPS boxes, (the ones with the old rates on them) in my study upstairs that needed to go, and I dragged them down to the burn pile, dropping one accidentally on the way. Lucy was quick to jump in and grab the dropped box. She dragged it all over the yard for a couple of minutes before trying to get into the house with it. Of course, the box was too big for her to carry in her mouth and walk up the steps. Lets just say I had a few giggles out of the event!

"Do you need to mail something, little Lucy?"

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  1. we love yams too!

    I also will cut them up and roast them with some honey and cinnamon and then puree it and my dogs love that mixed in with their food!

  2. I like veggies too! We are SOOOO healthy Lucy!

  3. Yams are good for you, although higher in calories, I think the benefits outweigh the calories. I hope you had some as well!

  4. Wow, Lucy has to be one of the cutest puppies I've ever met. So much personality. Loved her facial expressions. Can't believe you're cooking yams for her, though, unless, of course, you like yams yourself. They're so much work, but so good for you. My husband loves them. Thanks for sharing your life with this absolutely adorable dog.
    Oh, by the way, I hope you come by for a visit! I'm following you from Tuesday Tag-Along!
    Faith's Firm Foundation

  5. Thanks for following me! I'm following back!! :) Lucy is so adorable!! She seems so good in the kitchen!!

    Have a great day!!


  6. Found you through FMBT. Following you back!

    Hadn't heard of Tag Along Tuesday; will have to check it out.

    BTW, Lucy is just too cute!


  7. Lucky is adorable!

    I am your newest follower from Follow me Back Tuesday. I hope you can stop in and see me at www.hootiebee.blogspot.com

  8. Hi there Lucy, thanks for coming to visit me! I think that you are a cutie patootie!

    Let you Mom know that it is allot of fun to get together all Moms cardboard and taking it to the recycler! I just love to do this with my Mom, we drive 45 minutes once a week to recycle!

    woo woos, Tessa

  9. Yams are yummy! I get a cooked one in my veggie glop :) Mom says they're very good for me. I say they taste good. Maybe we're both right.

    Chow down Lucy :)

  10. You cook your dog veggies? I don't even cook myself veggies! You're amazing! :) Thanks for stopping by my blog...I'm now following your's too!

  11. Lucy is adorable!

    Thanks so much for following me through Friday Follow. I am now following you. I can't wait to get to know you and Lucy better.

    Have a great day!


    Teresa <><

    ♥ Too Many Heartbeats ♥

  12. Hi Marianne and Lucy!

    thanks for stopping by my blog from Tuesday Tag-Along. I am following you two back. I absolutely LOVE your photos!!!!! Lucy, I'm a big fan of dogs and think your paws and facial expressions are adorable!!!

    Have a great day!

  13. Thanks for stopping by my blog, I'm following you back. I looove your dog!

  14. How nice of Lucy to help you with the yams and cardboard! She really is a cutie!

    I've never cooked for my dogs, maybe I should...

  15. Iam your newest follower - I love your Boxer!!

  16. Hi Lucy, thanks for visiting me, here I'm wagging my tail at you. Your human is a super chef, can I send my mom over to learn her cooking skill?
    I love Boxer, I once loved a Boxer, her name is Betty, she has moved away. I missed her so much that my heart broke into pieces!
    Did your human paint something orange 'cause I spotted on your cute ear!
    I hope we'll be good friends, Lucy
    May I add yours into my blogroll please?

  17. We've cooked things for the dogs on occasion at times, but I'm too lazy to do it on a regular basis. They're already so spoiled, I can't believe it! If they thought we'd cook for them all the time, we'd never sit down!

  18. Ok so Hoss & Luc need to get together & play!!! And I so think I'm gonna try the yams........he LOVES eating anything we eat!!!
    Thanks for stopping by Hoss's World & becoming a follower!!!!

  19. Lucky you that Lucy is such a good helper in the kitchen! I tend to just inhale any food in a 2 mile radius :-)

    Your buddy,

  20. Nice doggy!

    Thanks for stopping at my Popcorn, I am now a follower and can't wait to read more dog tales!


  21. Hi Lucy! That looks great! My mommy doesn't cook for me very often, but when she does its a great treat. I love to play w/Boxers! They are my favorite type of doggies besides puggles of course ;)