Tag! I’m It (with a little mud thrown in for good measure).

Yep, that’s what’s happened. Misty Shores Chesapeakes tagged us and now I’m in the hot seat (so to speak). I have to answer 10 questions….how hard is that? Ummm, well, I guess we’ll see.

1.  Describe yourself in 7 words.  (Mom came up with these..not me!)

Crazy, sweet, energetic, happy, loving, ball-obsessed, mud-loving2. What keeps you up at night?

Really? Not much. I’m generally the last one up, unless I hear the food bowl being filled.

3. Who would you like to be?

That’s not hard! I’m happy to be me, especially if I get to wallow a bit in the mud.4. What are you wearing right now?

My necklace. It’s not very stylish, but serves the purpose.

5. What scares you?

Dogs that bully me. Dogs that I don’t know, who get in my face. Toby, when he can’t get up the steps–I HATE it, just hate it.

6. The best and worst of blogging.

I love, love, love all my furiends I’ve met out there! You are the BEST. Worst? Kicking Mom off the computer so I see what you guys are up to. Geez

7. The last website I visited.

Well, Misty Shores Chesapeakes, of course. Where else would I get these questions?

8. What is one thing I would change about myself.

You’ve gotta be kidding? Maybe achieving penthouse status in the *cat* tree, but I’m stuck with the condo, I’m afraid.

9. Slankets yes or no.

What’s a Slanket? We have home-made quilts here, thank you very much!

10. Tell us something about the dog that tagged you.

Well, they are a whole bunch of Chesapeakes–Cheyenne, Riva, Maia, and Titan–who are full of adventure and fun. And the puppies….oh, my, that was such a momentous time. Riva birthed eight adorable puppies! And we watched their growing up and eventual journey to new homes. I’ve enjoyed every minute of this blog! Which reminds me of my journey to my new home–with Mom and Dad. I’m glad I’m here!

Yep, that’s me!

Oh, Pee Ess: I think I should do some taggin’ now. I probably will tag some of you that have been there, done that. Just link to your earlier post! Easy, huh?

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In Search of Spring

It rained and rained this morning. Some of it was pretty icey, and then, for just a minute or so, it was big and white! I guess you could call it *snow*. We’re suppose to get more of this heavy, white rain tomorrow. Mom said she was ready for spring, so we went in search of it!

First, we found these dwarf irises growing in our yard!

Then we found Pansies and Primrose growing nearby.

I was getting into this posie thing! What’s next, Mom?

How about these Snowdrops, Sage?

Crocuses are always a first sign of Spring!

And look, Sage! Here are some Daffodils!

Well, Mom, if you really want to know, there's a C..A..T way down there. How do you expect me to look at this stuff when there's a C..A..T present. Can I chase it? Huh? Huh? Huh?

I guess not. Gee, she spoils all the fun…..

Here we are, back at home

We didn’t have to search very far for spring! I wonder what that white rain will do to our pretty posies?

Puddles, Puddles Everywhere

It’s been raining quite a lot here lately, but yesterday turned out pretty nice, so off we went to 1000 Acres (I was due for a bath anyway). We met my buds, Caly and Tucker, and found another new furiend named Bradley just waiting for some fun. Bradley is a cute, cute Cockapoo and was all into running with us.

You know, when we first get there, we have to work off some steam and build up a sweat.  It always turns into some bitey face, but I know these guys, so caution is gone with the wind! Mom took a little movie of us….she needs to bone up on her movie making skills, but you’ll get the idea!
So, I know what you’re thinking….mud, mud, glorious mud….all just waiting for my arrival. Well, guess what? It rained so much that the mud was all hidden under a whole bunch of puddles. BIG puddles. So, what do you do? Or, maybe it’s: “What do I do?

Sit and ponder what to do next. Tucker was giving me some ideas and Bradley was ready to start running.

We decided a little more bitey face was in order.

We were getting with it and Bradley was taking it all in. He was ready to get a move on! “Come on, let’s run some more, guys!”

So, we did. It was a good day for running and Bradley kept up with us..I was impressed!

There were an awful lot of holes around. I tried to figure out what was down them, but nothing popped out. Probably a good thing, huh? We did see some little garter snakes and lots and lots of puddles.

All I could manage, though, was getting wet. I guess the mud will have to wait ’til another day!

Am I Cautious?

I bet you’re wondering what that’s all about? Me? Cautious? Well, yes, I guess I am, or at least that’s what they say. When I was just a young lass of a pup, I’d romp and play at the dog park. My favorite one was Fido’s. But then a two-legger who worked there walked funny at me–sorta like a monster–and it scared me. And a German Shepherd jumped me and all these dogs rushed up to the gate when I went in with Mom. I decided that place was NO FUN anymore. Mom took me over there to get my picture taken last week and I was so scared all I could do was shiver. GET ME OUT OF HERE. So, we did. I won’t go in that dog park for anything anymore.

A couple of months ago, at our neighborhood park, a dog bullied me. He just wouldn’t leave me alone. Mom tried to get him away from me, but he was having no part of it. I just can’t stand another dog yelling at me all the time. So, I left and now I won’t go back.

Now, don’t get me wrong. There are LOTS of dog parks that I love. We play ball, I find mud puddles and I get to run and run. But I don’t like big dogs rushing up at me…I go sit by Mom until the dog goes away. I also love, love, LOVE agility. I can’t wait to go to my lesson every week. And I love going for walks and going to stores and lots of other stuff–especially if there’s a ball or a mud puddle. And I have some really good furiends that I play with, but I’ve known them for a long time and they don’t scare me.

Yesterday, Mom and Dad took me to a new/old place where dogs go and play. That’s where I went to school when I was young. Nothing bad ever happened there–I LIKE that place. They talked to the man while I played ball–Mom said he’s a certified behaviorist. While I played ball, the man brought in some dogs. First one, then two, then a whole bunch. We all met and I was happy. The man was happy too.

Mom said we’re going to go back to school there, next month, so I can get my Canine Good Citizen certificate. If I do really well, she said I was going to take some more schooling and see if I can be a therapy dog. I really like people (better than some dogs, that’s for sure!).

So, am I cautious? You bet. But there are other places to go besides dog parks. Sometimes they just aren’t for me.

Have you ever felt like that?

 

A Message to K

We heard one of our buddies, K, over at Romping and Rolling in the Rockies is in a tough fight with one of the worst dragons of all…cancer. We know about dragons hereThey can be sneaky, mean and hard to fight. But, let me tell you, K, I’ll add my paws to your Pillar of StrengthI’m cleaning off my armor and ready to join the army to help you fight that nasty dragon!

Bacon!

Do you like bacon? You’d better believe I do and Mom was cooking some the other day. I was standing by for some pieces that just might happen to fall on the floor.So, what was Mom making this time? Well, she has this new cookbook her daughter, mother of Poppy, wrote. You can read about her and this book here or here.

But back to the bacon…really, Mom? My mouth is watering..is this something I can eat? Maybe a bite, please, please, please? A bite’s OK with me….bring it on!

Patience, Sage. Patience? What’s that?

So what’re you going to do next, Mom?

I’m going to mixed up a bunch of stuff and put that yummy bacon you are lusting after in it and then cut out all these little circles.

(Mom didn’t have a small biscuit cutter, but an apéritif glass worked well.)  Then what, Mom?

Well, I put the cut out pieces on a parchment lined sheet and put them in the oven.

And, here they are–a whole bunch of bacon and cheese scones all for me!Oh, you’re taking them to a brunch. Well, before you go, I need a bite…just a little one.

YUMMMMMMMMM. That was sooooooooo good. I’m in bacon heaven!

Bite-Size Bacon and Cheese Scones 

3 thick slices applewood-smoked bacon
2 cups (10 oz/315 g) all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 cup (4 oz/125 g) grated Asiago or Gruyère cheese
Pinch of kosher slat
1/2 tsp. freshly ground pepper
1/2 cup (4 oz/125 g) cold unsalted butter, cut into chunks
1 large egg
3/4 cup (6 fl oz/180 ml) heavy cream or whole milk
 

Position a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 400 F (200 C). Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a frying pan, fry the bacon over medium-low heat until lightly crisp, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board and finely chop the bacon.

In a food processor, combine the flour, baking powder, cheese, salt, and pepper and pulse briefly to mix. Add the butter and pulse until the mixture looks like coarse meal. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg and cream (I used 2% milk) until blended. Pour the egg mixture into the processor and pulse just until the dough comes together.

Dump the dough onto a lightly floured work surface. Knead in the bacon and then bring the dough together into a ball. Using a floured rolling-pin, roll out the dough to 1/2 inch (12 mm) thick. Using a 1 1/2-inch (4-cm) biscuit cutter, cut out as many scones as you can. Gather the scraps of dough, roll out, and cut out more scones.

Space the scones evenly on the prepared baking sheet. Bake until the scones are golden, about 12 minutes. Remove from the pan and let cool slightly on a wire rack before serving.

(recipe from Home Baked Cooking by Kim Laidlaw)

Pee Ess: Mom said to tell you they were a HUGE hit at her brunch!  If you’d like to order this book, you can do it here. Let me tell you, if you like to bake, this is the book for you! Me? I’ll take some more bacon, please…..

Best Laid Plans

I like to “go to the store” with Mom. Sometimes I actually get to go in and other times I wait in the car. Today was one of those wait-in-the-car days. BUT, Mom had a surprise! She found a park near the store that had a pretty nice off-leash area. One we’ve never been to, but we’re always open for new things. Especially when she says “Let’s play ball!And we did! She pitched and I raced. Up in the air and back to Mom. Time and time again. (Well, with a little time out for some sniffs…after all, it was a new park.)

Even though it was only 40 degrees F outside, I was hotter than a pistol. And guess what I found?

A wonderfully glorious bone-chilling puddle!

Do I look happy or what?

There's no better way to cool down than a puddle of water. Especially if there's mud involved.

I don’t really know why Mom was shaking her head…do you?

Mom: I do! Remember? Meeting. No bath.

Sage: “Ha! Fooled you!!