I love sweet potatoes! I always get some with my supper when mom roasts sweet potatoes with turnips and reds.  And for the next couple of meals she lets me choose between a little bit of cheese or sweet potato chunks. She lets me sniff both then I tap with my nose the one I want. My family notices sometimes I choose the cheese, but most of the time I choose sweet potatoes. Yum!
 
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Frozen kong dog treat
It is hot and humid here in Minneapolis, so mom is finding ways to help keep me cool.  Tena's Super Secret Kongcicle is a big hit! Mom used unsweetened yogurt, a dab of peanut butter and a mashed banana for the stuffing. She inserted an unfinished bully stick end piece and froze it overnight in the freezer. The extra yogurt mix was scooped into an ice cube tray for little frozen bites. The first time she gave me a cube I didn't know what to think and spit it out a few times, but by the next one I was all over it! When she goes to the freezer I hope and hope she will give me another yogurt frozen dog treat!
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frozen kong dog treat
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frozen yogurt dog treat
 
Mom and Dad think I am the best dog ever. They were so impressed with my manners on Thanksgiving. Mom smiled as I went to my rug every time she opened the oven door. She cooked most of the food the day before the holiday and I got to sample some broth from the cooked turkey bones and savor fresh cooked sweet potato. On Thanksgiving morning, mom put everything into crockpots and then took me to the dog park. I ran and played for over an hour with lots and lots of dogs. When the family starting arriving, mom tossed kibble on the floor as they entered and I didn't jump on anyone! I took a nap on the couch for most of the noon meal.  When I woke up they were serving pie, so I went and parked under mom's feet like we do when we go to food courts. The new kittens were locked in a room because they would not stay away from the buffet table. I am so grown up I didn't touch anything. I just turned two, but I do remember that last year I was tethered to a brick in the porch to keep me away from the food. Mom had me show off some tricks, like having people drop their napkin and allowing me to get it for them. And she made a sneezing sound so I would get her a tissue.  Grandma likes how I oblige mom a kiss before she gives me a treat. They gave me chews all afternoon, practically every time I asked! Wow! However, the next day, they went back to saying no. Sigh. I wish everyday was a holiday!
 
Oh yea, my tail was wagging. Grandma and Grandpa came to stay last week-end and Grandma brought a box of cookies she baked  just for me! They are super yummy. She is my favorite Grandma for sure. I didn't even jump on Grandma and Grandpa when they stayed this time. Grandma likes to stay up late reading and she hung out with me for hours after mom went to bed. Grandma grew up with dogs on her farm and she likes me lots.  Here is the recipe for peanut cookie dog treats.
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Mom, I'm drooling. Hurry up and say get it!
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Peanut Cookie Dog Treats
 
I love to play and chew on my toys. When I first got here I was loosing my teeth and liked soft toys. But now my teeth rip up toys pretty quickly. Mom tried all kinds of toys for me to chew. Oh, Oh, these didn't last very long. 
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Rubber toys don't last long.
These toys are some of my favorites. I like squeakers. I ate the ear off the george, but mom is going to sew it up and give it back to me. I like the pink one because it has squeakers in every bubble!  The fox is nice because it doesn't have any stuffing for me to choke on. I like the way it shakes and wiggles in my mouth.
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favorite soft toys
These are my favorite outside toys. My family throws them and I capture them. Now that I have some teeth, I'm getting pretty good at catching a tennis ball in my mouth! Hey, wanna play fetch with me? I like squeaker balls best.
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Jolly ball, flying squirrel, kong and elastic duck.
 
I try so hard to talk to my people but they don't understand. I was barking to go out, barking to go in, out, in. Sigh. Mom was getting frustrated. She knew I had chewed on a bully stick and ran around the yard and house with some toys. But I needed more. She finally got the message when she reached for my collar and I gave a big old air chomp. Then I picked up a stick and looked at her. Ah-ha moment! She went and got a brand new bone out of the freezer for me. Thanks, mom! 
 
It is very hot and sunny today. Because I am a black haired puppy I get tired out quickly in the heat. Mom brought me some ice cubes and put them in my water dish. I love them! They are crunchy and chewy and fun to play with. The ice cubes melt pretty fast but I'm only outside for about 20 minutes at a time anyway. I'd love to chew on ice cubes inside but mom gets obsessed with cleaning up my drool and such. She stands by and wipes my jowly mouth when I drink from my water bowl or the toilet. I love her anyway - she brings me food! Woof!
 
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bully sticks
Mom ordered some bully sticks on-line. My tail is wagging! Our local chain pet stores sell one bully stick for $6.00 to $8.00 apiece. Menards, a midwest home improvement store, sells a package of two for $4.95. But mom, a savvy internet shopper, found a source for US, grass fed beef bully sticks. Yum! And look how much bigger they are than the Menards ones that originate from Brazil!  She noticed they smell more (not that I mind), but my folks only gave them to me outdoors anyway. I have to have something to chew after I eat my breakfast. Mom says they are more digestible than rawhide and won't cause problems for my tummy. The bully sticks I've had last about three days and always makes me one happy pup. She got them from All Natural Bully Sticks.com. With shipping, 25 bully sticks cost $2.57 each delivered to our door. She ordered them on Friday and they arrived on Monday. How cool is that!
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I love bully sticks!
Chomp, arg, I need to chew! Right after little girl feeds me breakfast I start looking for something to clean my teeth. Those kitchen chairs are lovely, but the people don't seem to appreciate the scrapes on the chair legs. I also like the rugs, but they got put away. And I'm not allowed to chew on the backpacks or books or the toilet paper rolls I fish out of the garbage. So my people are figuring out I need a hearty chew after each meal. They got some real bones, compressed raw hide things, cow hooves and my favorite - bully sticks! Yipee! What is a bully stick? Why it's a bull's pizzle. (snicker) Everyone kinda went "ewe" at first, but I prance around all happy when they give me one. It digests easy in my tummy and makes me calm and sleepy. ZZZZzzzzzz
 
My people are learning how to reward me with lots of treats. Trainer lady said to cut the store-bought circle treats in half. She also suggested bits of string cheese, hamburger bits or sausage, along with some kibble bits and biscuit  pieces. I love to work for food!  Unfortunately, cheese gives me a bit of tummy trouble and sometimes I get the toots from those liver flavored treats.

My people already knew never to feed me from the table or counter while they were cooking to help me learn not to beg. I get to stay on my rug while they are cooking.  I've already noticed they sometimes cook a little extra eggs or meat and set it aside for me to enjoy later.  Smart people!