A conversation at our house recently, which if overheard might have left some (non-dog) people wondering:
Dadz – I get a turkey or ham again for the holiday from work. I chose ham. I figured we just got a turkey for Thanksgiving, even though we donated it to your family dinner.
Momz – No, let’s get a turkey. That way we can share it with the dogs.
Dadz – Oh yeah, I didn’t think of that. Turkey it is.
Then, not long after that….with the Dadz already instructed to bring home a beef roast for Christmas:
Dadz – What size beef roast do you want me to get?
Momz – I don’t know. You’re the meat man (he is a meat cutter), you figure it out. Enough for 2 meals.
Dadz – OK.
Momz – Oh, and don’t forget to get extra – for the dogs.
Dadz – Of course.
I’m not sure there’s a lot we do around here that doesn’t revolve around the dogs, Samantha, or our farm birds. I got thinking about how silly some of that stuff might seem, like planning our own meals on what the dogs might need. So here are 8 other things we did recently, that might look a little crazy to someone that isn’t over the top about their pets:
- When I cooked that beef roast on Christmas day? I was following a recipe for my new instant pot, but I left out any ingredients that weren’t dog safe. That way the crew could have plenty of the leftovers!
- We recently decided to re-arrange the furniture in my office, which I’d been wanting to do for a while. The office is also the room where Samantha eats and hangs out. We could move furniture, but we had to keep the basic footprint the same in the room….so as not to confuse our mostly blind cat. We had to leave her tower in kind of an odd place, so she could still use it to get down from the shelf by the window (her usual route is over the futon). I also put a mat on the floor in front of the heat vent, and that’s her new favorite spot to sleep.
- We plan to replace that fixed picture window with windows that open, so Sam can have more fresh air (it will help heat escape that room in the summer too though, and be more energy efficient, so it’s not ALL about Sam).
- Just before Christmas we got an ice storm. I spent about 20 minutes walking back and forth, back and forth in the dog’s yard to break up the ice so they could play in the softer snow underneath with no crust. It wasn’t that difficult, but it was a bit tedious! I think they appreciate it, and we’re still playing in that same area, because the snow is so deep in the rest of the yard.
- I was cooking oatmeal for breakfast recently. No, I don’t eat oatmeal, I don’t like the mushiness of it. I was then seen carrying a tray of dishes of warm oatmeal across our yard – to the chickens coop on a cold morning.
- The rest of it was for the dogs.
- I spent some time researching on the internet how to keep our birds as happy as possible in the cold winter. In addition to making oatmeal, I was then seen spreading straw along the ground by their coop door (so they didn’t have to walk in the snow).
- The Dadz was seen setting up a patio lounge chair for them to sit up on out of the snow (and they were happy for both things, as you can see in the photo!) I also made homemade suet for them, and we hung it in the coop, to give them something to do when stuck inside!
When we say “it’s all about the animals” around here, we really mean it! What’s the silliest thing you’ve ever done for your pets?