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Paw, Splash, Drink, Repeat

Paw, Splash, Drink. . .

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Repeat.

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One of us can do

this all day. . .

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Guess which one. . . :)

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Chloe hopes you have a little

play time this weekend. . .

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And Gracie hopes

you get a nap :)

Watching the Storm Roll In

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We’ve had afternoon and early evening

thunderstorms almost everyday this week. . .

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Fascinating to watch them brew and build

from a safe distance on the shore.

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Some of us enjoy watching. . .

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And some of us don’t.

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And it’s a wonder some

of us can see :)

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Wishing you a

storm free weekend. . .

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Or a least a

rainbow or two :)

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Dear ThunderShirt…♥

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Dear ThunderShirt,

My name is Chloe, but my mom

calls me High Maintenance. . .
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 We wanted to let you know that your

shirt works like a tranquilizer for me and my

mom says she wishes we had found you sooner!

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My sister Gracie is not like me. (Thank heavens my mom says!) I have a lot of excess energy and anxiety, throwing all the pillows off the sofa (which she is fine with), whining (which drives her crazy) and begging for attention and food. . .

All. The. Time.

Around 4 to 6 pm is an especially hard time of day for me and my mom. We are both glad when my dad comes home from work and my mom says she is ready for a glass of wine. . .

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 But once I’m strapped into your shirt,

hugging me like a sausage casing :) I’m instantly

calmed and the whining stops.

I actually wag my tail when she picks my shirt up

and heads over to me to put it on when I need it. . .

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My mom says “Thank Goodness for ThunderShirt”,

otherwise me & my mom were both

going to require medication :)

Love, Chloe

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 No compensation from ThunderShirt for this post

 just a tip about a sanity-saving product for us!

Not just for neurotic dogs :) they’re also available for cats.

Do you have a four-legged problem child or anxious pet?

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Nose To The Air & Wind In Our Ears

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Nose to the air. . .

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. . .and wind in our ears.

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Summertime temperatures prompted

an early evening boating excursion

 after an afternoon of cleaning the boat.

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Oh the anticipation & joy of a

ride in the captain’s chair again :)

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Chloe & Gracie hope you’re enjoying the sun

on your face and warm weather this weekend!

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Wishing you smooth

sailing & calm seas!

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Hopping Down the Bunny Trail

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Chloe & Gracie are hopping

down the bunny trail . . .

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To wish you a Happy Easter. . .

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Hope the Easter Bunny

brings you plenty of treats!

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Have a Safe and Joyous Easter!

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Saturday Forecast: Heavy Rain & Chance of Napping

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Saturday weather forecast:

100% chance of rain, heavy at times

with lightning and strong winds.

Napping on our radar. . .

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Hope you have a relaxing weekend

 and are warm & cozy :)

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Reindog Games

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Santa delivered antlers for Christmas for Chloe & Gracie,

along with a Hide-and-Seek Reindeer Dog Toy,

 so they were ready for some Reindog Games!

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And Santa’s helper fetched their favorite recipe

for some Reindog Treats from

Three Dog Bakery Cookbook.

Christmas Dog Cookies

Reindog Treats

Makes approximately 6 dozen treats depending on size of cookie cutter, plenty to share with other hungry Reindogs. . .

Presley, Copper, Maddie, Solo, Trixie, Penny, Brutus, Smitty, Pink & Blue.

They freeze well too.

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Ingredients

 ½ cup unsweetened applesauce

 1 egg

 ½ cup natural peanut butter

 1 teaspoon vanilla

 1 ¼ cups water

4 cups whole-wheat flour

 ½ cup cornmeal

 ½ cup quick cook oats

 ¼ cup chopped peanuts

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Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

 In a large mixing bowl, combine applesauce, egg, peanut butter, vanilla & water.

In a second bowl, combine dry ingredients and peanuts.

Add dry to wet ingredients and mix well. (I used the food processor to pulse everything together since the 5 cups of dry ingredients makes this challenging to mix.)

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Turn dough onto floured surface and knead. Roll out to ¼ inch thick and cut into shapes. Reroll scraps and repeat.

Place on parchment or greased cookie sheet and bake. The original recipe calls for 45 minutes of baking time, mine were done closer to 25 minutes. Watch and remove when slightly browned. Cool on a rack and store in sealed container or wrap in Reindog Treat bags.

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You can find a printable recipe for hungry Reindogs here.

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The hide and seek toy is much more fun with a

 treat instead of a reindeer hidden inside :)

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Chloe & Gracie hope you have time to enjoy some

Reindog Games this Christmas Season!

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Boating Time

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The calendar says October

but it’s 88 degrees~

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Ideal for boating but not fall leaves!

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We got a few hours of boating

time in on Saturday evening~

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The highlight of

every dog’s day :)

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Enjoying a slow cruise~

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And a glimpse of some

pockets of fall color~

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Chloe & Gracie hope you’re enjoying a

little fall color or a sunset this weekend!

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Swimming Lessons for Chloe

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Our water dogs have never been

in the lake above their paws.

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We decided it was time for

Chloe to have a swimming lesson.

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We suited her up with a

 life jacket for her first lesson.

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The jacket was a wee bit large,

her front leg kept coming out

while swimming so it was jettisoned.

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A good time was had by all

including the spectators :)

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Ready to go again!

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Chloe & Gracie hope you’re cooling off and

enjoying a little recreation this weekend!

Chloe Swimming Lessons

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Sweet Summer Chicken Salad {Gracie Approved}

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You might be noticing an innocent looking white head at the edge of the table that belongs to Gracie, or like her, you might be looking at Sweet Summer Chicken Salad. . .

Don’t let her sweet looks deceive you and whatever you do, don’t turn your back and walk away. She’s biding her time, moments away from jumping on the table and devouring the chicken salad. . .

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{Gracie, Chicken Salad Thief}

Note to self: Ignore the whines to come out on the porch when chicken is present.

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I’m doing some menu planning and auditioning chicken salad recipes for a shower I’m helping give in a few weeks. I had some peaches from the Farmers’ Market and decided to try a recipe for Party Chicken Salad.

Sweet Summer Chicken Salad

Fresh peaches add the sweet flavor of summer and I made a few changes to the recipe to add some additional sweetness.

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Ingredients

1 cup chopped pecans

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1/4 cup minced sweet onion (I used half a shallot for a milder flavor)

2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil (I used chopped mint)

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

4 cups chopped cooked chicken breast

4 small fresh, firm, ripe peaches, peeled and diced

*2 tablespoons honey (*my addition)

Garnishes: fresh basil or mint sprigs, fresh blackberries

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 Preheat oven to 350°. Bake pecans in a single layer on a baking sheet 5 to 7 minutes or until lightly toasted and fragrant. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack (about 15 minutes).

 Stir together mayonnaise and next 4 ingredients in a large bowl. Fold in pecans, chicken, and peaches; cover and chill 2 hours. Garnish, if desired.

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Gracie-approved chicken salad!

 She says to pass along that mint was a nice addition, but basil would be wonderful too, but it’s doing poorly with our excess rain.

She also says that you would think I had enough dishes, but I couldn’t help pick up a few summery melamine salad plates. The cheery plates were just a few dollars apiece, from Target’s Threshold Roped Vasaio Floral collection, fun to mix with white dishes. They’re sold as a set on online, but individually in the store.

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You can find the original recipe and printable version for Party Chicken Salad, courtesy of Southern Living, here.

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