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The New Kid is Here! 
Feb. 9, 2011 10:38 am 
Updated: Feb. 17, 2011 8:07 am
He has arrived! Or should I say, we (DH & I) went and got him then we all arrived together. Yes, we drove all the way from Missouri to Tyler, Texas to get a puppy. Certainly not something I ever saw myself doing since there has never been a puppy living in this house. The dogs that shared our household were older refugees of life. Our last girl, a Chow mix that passed in June 2010, was with us for 14 years and must have been at least two when she dropped in. She didn’t look kindly on training of any kind but she adopted our son and thought it her duty to watch over him. She was also very good at announcing visitors be they human or animal. HID (husband in doghouse) had already decided we were going to replace Spot (the kid named her) with a pedigreed puppy when she passed from old age. I thought it should be a shelter puppy. About the only thing we agreed on were the breed and obedience classes. However, I was not sure I even wanted another dog let alone a puppy.

It took a weird incident to make me finally look at an ad because for months I’d been steadfastly ignoring all the ads HID kept finding and presenting. I refer to this incident as the “Old lady and the Loo”. We have a rural fenced property with a security gate but that did not stop a complete stranger from walking into my house while I was home and using the bathroom. I kid you not! While in the basement, I heard knocking at the front door. I started up the stairs and the next thing I know I hear a voice, “Hello, anyone home? Sorry I need to use your bathroom”. An older woman walked in uninvited and proceeded to use the bathroom. I swear I cannot make up stuff like this cause it would never ever occur to me to walk into a stranger’s country home no matter what kind of bathroom distress I was in! At first, I was more surprised than anything. Then later when the “what if’s” sank in, I decided it was time. I did need a companion like Spot who would have announced our uninvited guest and made her think twice about stopping here. Oh, Spot would not have hurt her but Spot really looked like a Chow and some can find those looks very intimidating. Our old girl had kept bigger men than that lady in their cars, honking the horn to announce their arrival.
As it happened, DH announced another ad one Sunday. I hesitated then something made me ask to see it but he’d thrown it away. Not to be thwarted in his attempt to get a puppy, he found it online. I emailed the puppy’s owner. She sent pictures and info. The decision was made. I puppy proofed the house and prepared for a new addition to the family, all the while, knowing full well this would not be a family dog. Oh no! I knew puppy duty and all that goes with it would be all mine.

Puppy potty training in the middle of winter was so not my original plan but it was a good time for my fur child to come. It has been rough to watch my only son prepare for his future. Some of you know just how hard it has been for me and I want you to know how much I’ve appreciated your practical advice, mother-to-mother words of wisdom and the virtual hugs. Between you and the bouncing ball of fluff, it is getting easier to see the young man who has replaced my little boy. As it happened, while we were driving to Texas, he was entering the second stage of joining Navy, which meant he would be gone also. So the timing of the trip was perfect. We left MO in the morning. It was cold (19 degrees) but it was beautiful outside. The sun was golden bright, the sky a deep early morning blue and the air crystal clear. Fingers of fog drifted pillowy white over the snow. I would have stopped for pictures but when DH is in journey mode, he bonds with the car and stopping is not an option. The only time it is either he or the car needs fuel. I have learned that the hard way. The weather that greeted us in Oklahoma and Texas was unseasonably warm and a very nice change for us. The weekend after a blizzard hit them and us! Our trip down went smoothly. The return trip was a little different however. I think I’m really going to like traveling with a dog not only did the puppy travel well but I was able to shock DH out of his glaze-eyed steering wheel clenching driving zone by saying, “If you don’t pull over at the next rest stop both the puppy and I are going in the car!” Not one word of protest came from that side of the car as he slowed down and pulled in. Even the puppy’s former owner said she felt sure he was the perfect dog for me when we picked him up. And he is. Introducing my new Chow Chow puppy, Katzen’s Bane.

My feline pride is less than enthusiastic about his presence.  They hover near the steps since they can slip through the baby gate and Bane can't.  My old cat, Josie, hasn't let him rattle her world too much.  She brings up socks from the laundry room forming a little sock conga line for Bane to play with.  She did it for her kittens and doesn't understand it is a "no no" for him to play with them.  Bane tries with his best puppy manners to engage the cats in play.  He tries to entice them with his toys.  Pip and Houston have declined the offers in no uncertain terms.

Yep, that is Pip lodging a protest from the cabinet above the refrigerator.  A big "No No" for him but he still filed the protest anyway!

Houston is an orderly cat and is not happy about the disturbance to his household.  Especially his food bowl arrangement since it is his duty to tell me when any of them are low on supplies.  He spends most of his time now telling me to take the fuzzy beast back from whence it came!

Bane loves the snow and the walks we are taking in it.  I, on the other hand, am waxing less than poetic about all the snow especially during the potty training phase.

I can tell where Bane is by where the cats are perched.  They sound like broken air hoses while hissing their cries of, "Don't touch me you mangy cur!".  I try to intervene before the war cries get too loud.

Bane is such a great little guy.  He definitely won me over at "hello" with a kiss when we first met.  He is smart and learns quickly.  He has a great personality and I enjoy watching him explore his universe.  It is almost like watching a human child.  This may be how the cats like him best but I love him all the time!

Apple Strudel's blogs and Good Eat NZ inspired me to try my hand a making my own doggie treats.  Being snowbound I didn't have all of their ingredients on hand so I checked out all kinds of sites and came up with my own recipe with what I had learned and what I had to use.  Terrie called during this fun process to schedule a visit from Bane since he had been sound asleep when she came to visit him.  When I told her what I was doing she said, "Now why doesn't that surprise me that you are cooking for your new puppy?"  Bane loves the treats and we took some to share when we went for our play date with Terrie's canines.  They were pretty happy with them too!

Bane's Barkin' Bites
2 cups grated carrot
2 eggs
1/2 cup soy flour
1 cup cracked wheat
2 cups whole-wheat flour
2 T homemade turkey broth
1/2 cup chopped Italian flat leaf parsley.
Mix together in the trusty Kitchen Aid.  Roll out 1/4' thick (Yep, Magnolia blossom, I used the cookie cutter you got me :)  Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.  Turn off oven and leave overnight to dry biscuits completely.

Feb. 9, 2011 10:45 am
Bane looks adorable.
Feb. 9, 2011 11:03 am
Congratulations on your new fur child. Bane looks like the perfect addition to your family. :)
Feb. 9, 2011 11:06 am
loveebella, he is a sweetheart!! Thanks for stopping in to look at the photos!
Feb. 9, 2011 11:09 am
Baking Nana, thank you! Blogger gave me fits getting the blog done and he has sat here waiting patiently for me to get done with it. He's even given encouragement when Mom got a little excited that his photos disappeared into cyberspace!
Feb. 9, 2011 11:10 am
What an adorable puppy! Congratulations!
Feb. 9, 2011 11:14 am
Thank you, Nurse Ellen. He is just a doll! Irregardless of what my cats think :)
Feb. 9, 2011 11:57 am
How sweet! I have been meaning to email and ask what is going on with your son. I have 2 friends who have sons going into the airforce. One is really having a hard time with it! Hope you are adjusting and glad you have a new friend to help you thru the tough times! ♥ Shan
Feb. 9, 2011 1:59 pm
Hey, Shanon! I've been meaning to eamil you too! I bet I can guess how your friend feels! Today mine offically was sworn in to serve in the Navy. Bane and I took a walk in the creek. Ah! Life is all about change isn't it? :) Doesn't matter if we want it to!
Feb. 9, 2011 2:41 pm
How cute is he?!! Aw. . .so nice that you have company, and someone to take your side :)! Enjoy him! ♥
Feb. 9, 2011 2:49 pm
Thank you, LadySparkle. I do need the company. Sorry cats, you're great and I love you but you guys aren't really into walks or some of that other fun dog stuff I get to do with Bane now!
Feb. 9, 2011 2:50 pm
That is about the sweetest face I saw all day! What a cutie. Just remember how proud your son has made you, it really does help. And thank him for his service from me.
Feb. 9, 2011 3:25 pm
Thank you, BigShotsMom. Bane has arrived at the right time and he does have a cute face. I have always had the utmost respect for those that serve and now my son is going to. I'm adjusting :)
Feb. 9, 2011 4:05 pm
FINALLY! I've been waiting and waiting for this blog! He's so freaking adorable! I'm glad you got another dog although I'm not quite ready to follow you on that. All the furry ones will adjust and you'll adjust to your son's decision as well. As retired military peeps, my hubby and I applaud his upcoming service to his country. Hang in there mama! :o)
Feb. 9, 2011 4:23 pm
Ah cheepchick, you were the one with the practical advice! And I appreciated it! I'm sorry it took me so long but there were so many peopl that wanted to see that face (it is awful cute, isn't it?)I thought this would be the fastest way for you all to see him. I'm hanging in there! Maybe Bane and I will come visit some day! I'm training him for travel :)
Feb. 9, 2011 4:58 pm
Jump in the car, head south. Turn left at the liquor store. Grab some beer and tequila. Pull out and turn right. 2 miles down, turn left, stop at the little store. Pick up some ice. Head left again over the bridge, left, straight, right, third house on the right. I'll be the old babe flashing you on the street. :o)
Feb. 9, 2011 5:41 pm
OMG, he's too cute! I also can't believe your cats get up that high. I've had cats for the last 30 years and never had cats reach such heights! Best wishes to DS about going into the Navy!
Feb. 9, 2011 5:43 pm
What a sweetie! I am also beginning to make dog treats. Am considering doing the dog food too, just want to research more to be sure I get the nutrition right for my Lab. Congrats on your new cutie!!!
Feb. 9, 2011 7:22 pm
LOL! I needed that laugh CC! What old babe? You still look like a spring chick to me! I'll pick up the bevies just promise me no bikinis :) Bane hasn't walked me far enough to fit into a bathing suit yet (: Notice the snowsuit Pretty bulky LOL
Feb. 9, 2011 7:28 pm
Magnolia Blossom, you were one of the mom-to-mom's and I so appreciate that you have BTDT! Just last night Houston & Bane had a "mom loves me best" discussion. Gloves and Rogue are lurking in the basement and I never know where Pip is going to glare at me from. I'm going for peace and harmony among the clan. Wish me luck! LOL
Feb. 9, 2011 7:40 pm
Grams, thanks for stopping by! There is so much info out there about pet food and making your own, I hope you find your perfect recipe for your Lab! The treats were fun to make. Who else is going to get that excited about treats from the kitchen except maybe a grandchild and I have a ways to go before I'm blessed like that!
Feb. 9, 2011 8:32 pm
Bane is "fluffy" cute! Where did the name come from. (curious) I keep thinking I'd love to get another dog, but hubby says not until we totally retire. Your cats crack me up.... they will eventually welcome Bane with open kitty paws. Congrats on your new family member.
Feb. 9, 2011 9:18 pm
What a lil fuzzball!!! Puppa has chow in him but you can't tell it by looking at his pictures...I'll tell you a story about "Bane" sometime when we talk on the phone...suffice it to say that you and I are connected in more ways than one...enjoy that lil furball, he's cute!!!
Feb. 10, 2011 1:08 am
Wonderful to meet Bane at last, I have been waiting to see him. What a gorgeous little boy he is, give hime a cuddle from Brie and I. Loved the blog and can't wait to meet you and Bane in Sept!
Feb. 10, 2011 6:39 am
I'm sure the cats don't feel threatened by the puppy- just disgusted with their staff for allowing such a thing. Be sure to write of their further antics!
Feb. 10, 2011 7:52 am
Candice, more like open Kitty claws. Bane is an old word and means injury or the death of. I had my German friend translate this sentence for me-Das der Verderbeen der Katzenhexe (The Bane of the Catwitch) to use on the transom above my bathroom door after my bathroom remodel that I'd waited forever for was totally screwed up. My Bane is a blue Chow so he is silvery in color and I was idly thinking of names and Wolfsbane came to mind because to me Chow puppies look like wolves. Wolfsbane(monkshood/aconite) is an herb one of the few I don't have in my extensive collection. So Katzen's Bane it is. Poor Houston is sure it's the right name too :) Thanks for stopping in!
Feb. 10, 2011 7:56 am
WW, I found the phone and it's charging so I can't wait to hear your story! One of my favorite pictures of yours is your kids running down that road with those beautiful hills on either side. Hopefully someday Bane & Puppa get to meet :)
Feb. 10, 2011 7:59 am
apple.strudel, thank you. I think he is pretty cute too. Although, those pre-morning coffee necessary walks are a little harsh are the puppy Mom. LOL I'll let you know more about our itinerary when I know it :)
Feb. 10, 2011 8:03 am
Mike Harvey, if you could see Houston's expressions you'd know he is indeed disgusted by his staff! The blasted puppy is sleeping and dining in the room Houston considers his! He likes to nap in the sun on the desk there. I was going to have Bane do his own blog but the little tyke is either bouncing around or asleep. No time to type :)
Feb. 10, 2011 10:36 am
I have to admit I didn't have time to read though, but that puppy is SO darn cute! Just look at that face!
Feb. 10, 2011 10:38 am
A fluffy cutie!!
Feb. 10, 2011 10:42 am
Skoo, thanks for dropping by. The story about Bane's arrival is kinda cute if you have time for a reread :) But I gotta agree with you on the face, it is too cute!
Feb. 10, 2011 10:43 am
LindaT, if only the cats saw it that way! LOL Poor little guy keeps asking them to play. Thanks for stopping in!
Feb. 10, 2011 10:51 am
No worries it will happen! We brought a pup home and about six months later they were playing tag in the house. I'm talking about our cat and the pup just to be clear!
Feb. 10, 2011 10:54 am
Oh my goodness!! That is one serious little furball!! He is just adorable, Cat Hill!! Here's to MANY more tall "tail" blogs about his antics, especially with the queen shebas and king tuts in the house!! Enjoy!
Feb. 10, 2011 11:02 am
Dog Fish Head aka Fabius, LOL I knew what you meant! The felines are older but they did like our old dog. Bane just has a little too much get up and go for them! Plus, those sharp little baby teeth. I believe he has figured out now a cat tail is not the same as a chew toy :)
Feb. 10, 2011 11:06 am
Mrs.RPM, I wanted a Chow since they seem to understand cats a little better. Right now all of mine(cats) are napping up high or lurking in the basement. Poor Bane has to settle with the head Cat for playing. I hope he doesn't mind cause I'm sure having fun!
Feb. 10, 2011 11:31 am
I am head over heels in love with Bane! What an adorable and beautiful creature he is. Gosh, Cat, he'll be totally rotten before you know it and calling the shots. Once he "joins the Pepsi Generation" (when he wakes up) he'll talk his sillly head off. Give him a hug for me!!
Feb. 10, 2011 11:31 am
OMG, that ball of fur is adorable!!! Enjoy your new addition.
Feb. 10, 2011 11:48 am
Oh, how cute!! I have to tell you, you are the first person I have ever encountered who also has a cat who drags socks around the house. Does yours MEOW quite loudly while doing it? Our cat that does this is 16 years old. I had never seen this or heard of this before. We have 2 other cats who have no inclination to do that whatsoever!! ANYWAY,,,,,,, such a cute puppy. They are such fun! We lost our greyhound a year ago tomorrow, and adopted 2 new greys in June of this past year. They are couch potatoes, but such fun. The cats are still a bit wary of them... small furry creatures running past the greyhounds can make for some lively moments in our house. Thanks for sharing your story! Oh, and how proud of your son you must be!
Feb. 10, 2011 12:10 pm
He is so cute!! Our Cleo is chow/lab mix and she's great with our son. We just got a cat in October and she and Cleo are the best of friends. Our other dog, Sassy, gets along with her okay, but she'd rather the cat disappeared. Anyway, congratulations on your new addition!
Feb. 10, 2011 12:23 pm
Bane is so adorable! So glad he picked you for his human!! Enjoy...
Feb. 10, 2011 1:27 pm
Congratulations! We also got a puppy and had him shipped by air from Minnesota. It's been 2 months and it's so much fun taking him out in the frigid cold. Oh well. I had to laugh about your cats. Our cats are also a little less than thrilled whenever he is out. You can just see they're thinking, "Oh look, Pookie's out." Good luck.
Feb. 10, 2011 2:21 pm
SouthernGma, thanks! That's how I feel about the little bugger. And thank you for your kind words of wisdom, they really helped! It is offical now he belongs to the Navy! Bane and his antics are so appreciated right now just when I need them most! :) Houston would like me to note I'm speaking only for myself!
Feb. 10, 2011 2:23 pm
jabberwokky, ah thanks, I think he is pretty darn cute and thanks for stopping by!
Feb. 10, 2011 2:29 pm
chris K, Josie bellows her sock retrivals. When I first heard her years ago I thought something was wrong but I think she was bringing the socks up and pretending they were "kills" for her kittens to learn from. It surprised me she is doing it for Bane. Josie is trying awfully hard to like Bane but he caught her tail and she isn't so sure about his intentions now but I'm still finding socks everywhere :) Ah the animals that share our lives!
Feb. 10, 2011 2:34 pm
Bj's Ellie, our old girl, Spot, thought it her duty to inform on our son. If she thought he was where he shouldn't be she'd bark till I looked to see what was the matter. Even in her later years she would follow him while he was riding. She loved our cats even if they didn't like her. Thanks for stopping in!
Feb. 10, 2011 2:37 pm
Hi Mother Ann, I saw you posted a corned goose blog. I've got to go check that out! Bane is a sweety and I'm so glad he got to live with me!
Feb. 10, 2011 2:42 pm
CHRISSOLO, thanks I need it! The DH is yelling at Houston for yelling at Bane right this minute. Aye, those early morning potty walks before my first cup of coffee are a little harsh especially when it's in the negative digits. I just got back in from a walk it's up to 20 degrees here. Almost a heat wave. Maybe the snow suit can come off soon :)
Feb. 10, 2011 3:08 pm
What a cutie patutie, (hope I spelled that correctly). Your cats are beautiful as well, but that little ball of fuzz is absolutely adorable. The cats will have to eventually adjust, please keep us informed with updates.
Feb. 10, 2011 3:21 pm
Awwwww! Can we schedule a play date so I can come over? HOW CUTE is Bane??? Look at him in that dog bed! So soft and cuddly! That Pip cracks me up hanging out in the rafters! LOL They will make friends soon enough, I'm sure! The doggie treats look pretty good too Cat... just make some of ShoreCooks pretzel dip and pass them right on over here! Yum! Congratulations on the new furry kid! He found himself a wonderful home! ♥
Feb. 10, 2011 6:15 pm
OH! What a doll baby! Talk about fluff! With that coat, he's having NO problem going out in the snow! I think this is the perfect time for his arrival. You have more time to spend with him now, and by the time the gardens are ready for you, he'll be your well behaved companion!
Feb. 10, 2011 9:16 pm
Thanks Cat. I love it when a name is thoughtfully chosen. Names DO seem to fit people. And, our pets too! I love Bane's name. And, now that I know how you came to choose it, I love it even more.
Feb. 11, 2011 6:36 am
Look like the CPE (cutest puppy ever)!! But what I enjoyed even more was the pictures of your cats, all giving him the stink eye- Too funny!House breaking in the winter is harsh! It will be spring soon. Have fun with the new baby!
Feb. 11, 2011 7:19 am
This is too wonderful! As I also live in a rural home, I almost dropped my teeth when I read about your unannounced visitor. Yes, you need a dog, and Bane sounds perfect for you! Loved the bit about the "sock conga line". My sweet ranch kitty leaves dead rodent "gifts" by the front door for my DH and I, then yells until we come acknowledge her amazing skill as a huntress. LOL Wishing you many wonderful walks with Bane. :)
Feb. 11, 2011 7:44 am
What an adorable little fur baby! Great blog as always Cat. I love all of the pictures and I've said it before but I'll say it again, you have amazing talent in writing. I am still snowed in here and have been with water for 2 days now. Thankfully my time off of work was already planned in advance but I am in desperate need of a shower not to mention I am having cooking withdrawals.
Feb. 11, 2011 8:13 am
I love this! Your new puppy is precious! We have an extremely eccentric Siamese cat (a rescue, long story,) and a 9 yr. old Basset hound. We got her a couple of years after our previous Basset hound had died at age 14. Like you, I was not the least bit enthusiastic about starting all over again with a puppy, but my husband wanted one so badly that I couldn't refuse. And, as I knew would be the case, she was a lot of work during her puppyhood, but she was so worth it! Enjoy your new family member! By the way, one of my sons is an Intelligence Officer who has served our country for 16 years, most recently in Iraq. He & my oldest son both served in the USMC during Desert Storm.I can surely empathize. Your son will make you proud, but being a military Mom takes courage. You can do this!
Feb. 11, 2011 10:19 am
Hi Janet, I think it was you that noted how much alike Pip and another cat were in markings and it was said at the time they were "just" tabbies. I thought about letting Pip do his own blog since he is positive he is not "just" a cat. LOL Now maybe I'll have to let Bane & him do one:) Maybe later when those sharp puppy teeth aren't sinking into so many things! LOL Thanks for stopping in!
Feb. 11, 2011 10:24 am
Hello, WFDM? If I make it to your neck of the woods Bane will come with me. He is a great litle guy. Funny you should say that about the pretzel dip. I told DH if they had a little more shortening, they'd make great human crackers. Terrie thought they were good! So'd her dogs!
Feb. 11, 2011 10:27 am
Good EatNZ, we are already working on bathing and brushing cause that coat is going to be something. Everything has worked out at just the right time with Bane. Now if the snows will recede so I can get a jump on the weeding. I want a beautiful yard and gardens this year!
Feb. 11, 2011 10:33 am
Candice, thank you. All my animals get a name that I think is special and seems to fit. Unless they came pre named. Like Josie or Joe the horse. Or in the case of Spot, the child was only 4 when he named her and she didn't care :)
Feb. 11, 2011 10:33 am
Cat, you new furr baby is too cute! What a big soft powder puff! Soon one or more of the cats will decide that Bane is his belonging and all will be well! We had a big old tabby male when we adopted two little poodles. It was not long until he decided he owned them just like he owned us. They were so funny together. Give your son hugs and thank you for his service to our country. He will make you proud! Ginny
Feb. 11, 2011 10:35 am
maddysmom, some of the cats are doing more than glaring. Houston has declared war despite Bane's best efforts. I think Houston is forgetting Bane is going to get bigger! LOL I'm working on peace treaties so all works out well. Thanks for stopping by!
Feb. 11, 2011 10:42 am
Hi grannygigi! Bane is something else. Josie thought she'd adopt him till he grabbed her tail. Rather put a damper on her enthusiasm! I will tell my son. I am proud of him. I keep telling myself, I raised him to make his own choices. He has made good ones as a teen and now as a young man this is his choice. Thanks for reading the blog!
Feb. 11, 2011 10:50 am
SKYEYES aka Cookiesinthejar, Pip does the rodent thing too. The angel brought a live bird in the house for me once :) You know what got me the worst about the visitor? I'd assumed the gate would keep people from coming to the house. At first, when she spent 20 minutes in the bathroom, I wondered at her nerve to walk into a stranger's home. Afterwards, it hit me that she could have been anyone walking in for any reason then I freaked out. I know I will appreciate the sense of security Bane will give me but right now I'm really just enjoying him! Glad you stopped by!
Feb. 11, 2011 10:54 am
Soup Loving Nicole, you are sweet to say that! No water! I'll stop grousing about the very early morning walks then, we haven't lost electricity or anything due to the snow. Did you get ice? You poor thing, I hope life gets back to normal for you soon! Spring is coming so the calendar says! :)
Feb. 11, 2011 11:06 am
Barb K., thank you for your words of encouragement. The decision to join blindsided me but I've told him I'm proud of him for the decision he has made. I imagine it will be awhile before my eyes stop tearing & I stop biting my lip. I'm glad you stopped by and liked the story. I know Bane & I will have many stories to tell:)!
Feb. 11, 2011 11:34 am
Feb. 11, 2011 11:46 am
Pam-3boysMama, Thanks!! He is pretty cute :)
Feb. 11, 2011 11:59 am
Super cute!
Feb. 11, 2011 1:52 pm
panini goddess, thanks for stopping by! Houston is pretty sure we are all wrong about him being cute LOL
Feb. 11, 2011 10:07 pm
Your puppy is absolutely precious! More of a cat person myself, but I am rooting for Bane to become great friends with your cats. How could they not love such a face? The Loo story is unreal though and you've taken it way better than I think I would. Some of the things people do...
Feb. 12, 2011 6:36 am
Lemonese, thanks for stopping by. That is another reason I chose the Chow breed, they think like cats and cats I understand. LOL! I'm hoping my kids come around so is Bane! As to the Loo story, my neighbors are still floored that it happened. I got a lot of "Are you serious?!". I swear I may have an imagination but it isn't that good :)
Feb. 12, 2011 1:01 pm
What a fluffy little sweetie, enjoy your new puppy! So cute! :)
Feb. 12, 2011 2:06 pm
Ah thanks, Abbey! We've had fun outside all day today. It actually got to 50 degrees! YEAH!
Feb. 12, 2011 3:22 pm
He's absolutely gorgeous!
Feb. 12, 2011 5:28 pm
awwww too cute. You won't lose that one in the snow;)
Feb. 13, 2011 5:56 am
figgy, thanks for stopping in and I think he's pretty cute!!
Feb. 13, 2011 5:59 am
mauigirl, I was just thinking about you, I have some stuff to send you! Nah, you can't miss Bane bouncing in the snow! I swear someone poured Miracle Gro on him. He's growing like a weed!
Feb. 13, 2011 8:14 am
Adorable fur baby! I love Chows! Yours is beautiful!
Feb. 13, 2011 12:14 pm
Your new baby is adorable. Thank you for sharing with us.
Feb. 13, 2011 3:34 pm
KBSMITH57, thanks for stopping by! Bane is doing so great! He just went for a visit to the stables to see the horses and did so well with all the other animals.
Feb. 13, 2011 3:37 pm
clk103197, thanks for reading the blog! Poor kid had a big day and now is passed out. The bath will have to wait for tomorrow :)
Feb. 14, 2011 2:50 am
Great blog! Cute story and adorable puppy!
Feb. 14, 2011 2:53 am
Awww...... He's sooooo CUTE!!!! I so wish I could get a puppy too.. It's the first time i have seen this breed.. very sweet.. congrats on ur new kid.. :)
Feb. 14, 2011 5:47 am
LOBSTER, thanks and thanks for stopping in!
Feb. 14, 2011 5:53 am
cuppycake, the first time I saw a Chow, a very long time ago, I was blown away by his bear/lion like looks and then he opened his mouth. I'd never seen a dog with a black tongue. Their temperament & exercise requirments are perfect for me! Glad you stopped by for a look!
Feb. 15, 2011 1:08 pm
Cat, how's everyone settling in? How all the furbabies getting along? :o)
Feb. 15, 2011 2:26 pm
OYE! I can say with a totally positive note the biscuit recipe has gone over splendidly!!!! :) I still love the little tyke but the cats not so much!
Feb. 15, 2011 6:20 pm
AW! what a lil' cutie... i'm absolutely in love with him already,CH!! ;) I've never tried making dog biscuits of any kind but i think i'll try my hand at it soon since yours look so great.
Feb. 16, 2011 8:30 am
Hi, Cozycook and thanks. The furchild is wearing me out :) I told my husband that if I added some more oil and a little salt the biscuits would make great human crackers LOL They'd even be good for you! Bane sure loves them!
Feb. 16, 2011 11:43 am
Hey Cat - I was telling my hubby about your new fur baby and he reminded my that it was the cats that trained one of our dogs to stay on her bed. She was a lab mix and really smart - smart enough to know not to argue with those cats. :)
Feb. 16, 2011 3:47 pm
Oh Baking Nana! Houston HATES Bane! Puppy enthusiasm is overwhelming for the cats but they are all trying:)
Feb. 16, 2011 4:38 pm
How were the doggie treats, did he like them?
Feb. 16, 2011 10:29 pm
Oh CatHill, what an adorable little bundle of fur you have there! The cats will soon adjust to their new roomie. Animals have a way of worming their way into our hearts and staying there.:) Good for you for making healthy treats for them, now stop eating them! You get chocolate! LOL. Thank You!
Feb. 17, 2011 8:03 am
motoclown, all the dogs that have had them seem to really like them! Thanks for stopping by!
Feb. 17, 2011 8:07 am
Patty Cakes, so far the only cat that isn't too angry at the puppy intrusion is Pip, the youngest. Bane loves Josie but the feeling is NOT returned:) THAT'S IT! I need chocolate instead of carrot doggie biscuits LOL!!! Thanks for stopping in!
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Cat Hill

Home Town
Kansas City, Missouri, USA

Member Since
Aug. 2009

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Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Gourmet

Gardening, Camping, Walking, Reading Books, Wine Tasting

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About Me
I live in the middle of the U.S. in a farming communtiy. Gardening, reading and cooking are the things you'll mostly find me doing. I also enjoy horseback riding & my many pets. A husband & teen, I have 1 of each.
My favorite things to cook
Bread & BBQ are 2 of my favorite things to cook. I do enjoy a food challenge. Last year it was curing my own brisket for Corned beef & pastrami & porkloin for Canadian bacon. This year sausages & scratch cakes.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Bread and brittle. I learned to bake bread with my Mom. It was her favorite thing to make. My Aunt made the best peanut brittle ever. She'd stopped making it in the later years but when I told her how much I enjoyed her brittle, she opened the vault ,gave me the recipe & handed over the brittle torch to me.
My cooking triumphs
Anything that turns out the way I wanted it to or exceeds my expectations! Like my homemade bratwurst.
My cooking tragedies
Let's not go there! I prefer not to think about my kitchen disasters besides my child can gleefully recount all of them.
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