Two weeks ago today we met Violet. A short time to know someone, but how often do you meet someone and be with them almost 24-7 for two weeks? This we’ve done. We’re learning so much.
Her coat is short and it is cold. We have a jacket we bought for our first dog (which was ridiculous since Speed had a coat of which yaks would be jealous), and it worked well on Violet, but we mentioned something about coats to our friends and less than a week later a custom made coat showed up in our mailbox.
It is a heck of a coat. Smart, as in dashing and as in well thought out, beautifully made, perfectly fitted and snuggly warm. Importantly, Violet likes it.
On the subject of acquisitions, I ordered three large memory foam beds. Made in Los Angeles, obviously. They have easy to clean covers and liquid proof inner covers, both of which zip off for easy cleaning. None required yet–a joy of a young dog. Violet enjoys them tremendously. Note her tongue!
How about a trip to the vet! Our friend picked up urine and stool samples to test before the visit and those checked out fine. We still went to the office for a check, lyme vaccine and chipping. The visit was great. She weighs 63, then same as she weighed at the vet in San Antonio on January 18, 2017. About five pounds light, says our vet. That should be easy to fix. Violet tolerated the examination beautifully. There isn’t a spot on her that she won’t let you inspect. Good girl. We scanned her for a chip and one was already in place. Terrific. I’ve sent a form to the company to have our contact info associated with the chip number.
She’s a guardian. She barks at approaching folks. I was able to train Frida to more or less stop barking, and I will work with Violet. So far, though, Violet’s barking isn’t a problem. I keep the phone muted during conference calls, opening the mic only when I need to speak. She will be heard on a call at some point, but most people know I work from home.
She’s soaking up the sun as I write. It will be in the high 40s today. We’ll take a long walk. Made it 2.75 miles yesterday. She could have gone three times that distance, easy, but I had to get home. Today we’ll break a record. She needs work on the leash. She pulls mightily on a traditional fixed collar. We’ve been using a Gentle Leader to good effect. She’s wearing it in two of the pictures above. I am mixing the walks with periods of walking at my side and periods of giving her more leash to sniff and explore. She’d surely learn faster if I made all walks all business, but I’m not there yet. She gets out ahead of me when I allow her. I recall her and keep her by my side near busy streets, at intersections and when meeting people and dogs. The mixed approach is working well enough for now. We’ll see how it goes.
It is 99.9% dog here, but there is still the 0.1% of the time I fit in other activities. Allow me to share one dish I whipped up last week–a bacon mushroom cheese burger bowl! OMG. The foundation was a massaged kale salad dressed with a mustard orange zest vinaigrette and tossed with raisins, toasted almonds and orange segments. Atop that was laid a burger–a Beast Burger with Herbivorous Butcher’s bacon, sautéed mushrooms and Follow Your Heart cheese. Spread around the edges were roasted potato wedges and avocado and then the whole delightful pile was drizzled with Sriracha. One of the most satisfying dishes I’ve dreamed up and subbing kale for a bun is a great way to get your greens on. Give it a go!
I have an unglazed clay cooker in the oven now. The cooker gets soaked in water for 15 minutes, loaded with chopped veg, a cup of broth and a very few spices (spices have a big impact in clay cookers so go easy) and placed in a cold oven. Oven gets set at 400 and you wait 1.25 hours. I’ll make some pink rice, blop the clay roasted veg on top and spoon room temperature thin hummus all over it. Lunch!
Nearly time to walk Violet. Wish us well. I wish you the same.