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So Many Recipes, So Little Time...

A Dog Blog 
Feb. 28, 2010 9:24 pm 
Updated: Jan. 3, 2013 8:35 am

In early June 2007 we adopted an adorable puppy from a rescue organization in Ohio. We found the little guy on Petfinder.com and drove about 100 mile each way. I have to say, we had seen pictures of a different puppy, but when the boys saw this one they picked him. Actually HE picked THEM. There was no turning back. It was puppy love.

Look at that face. The boys named their new buddy "MAX". Now Max is the number one dog name in the U.S.A., but they picked it and they actually AGREED on it, so it stuck. Max has always been a great dog. He has never chewed a shoe or even a sock. Although earlier today he brought one of my son's dirty socks outside and played catch with it - by himself, in the snow. It was quite a game of "Keep Away" to get it back. He was in a playful mood. Max has his own toys and he somehow knows he can chew them to bits and that's okay. There he is, above, when he was just a little guy. He could still fit on one of the boys' video chairs.
The toys in the picture are long gone now.


Another toy bites the dust. In one picture my middle son is holding his best buddy. Max outweighs him by at least 15 pounds now. I'm so glad my kids didn't grow as fast as this dog.


Max has several reasons to hold grudges. Two of them are pictured just above. Fortunately for him, he no longer fits into any of the doggy duds that Target sells. If only he were a chihuahua. But then he wouldn't be Max.


It must be nice to just hang around and sleep - whenever, wherever.
Of course if you sleep through the Super Bowl you may be decorated for
your efforts (or lack of). Literally.


Max love these Flossy Chews. They have saved my shoes and furniture!

Does he look guilty? He's not supposed to be on the furniture.


Sometimes the posed shots work, sometimes they don't. I like the second one better.


Love the snow pictures.

One more...

Max and I head outside on summer mornings before the rest of the family wakes up. He just likes to hang out on the lawn. I miss summer.


Saturday night my kids were excited. They saw cookie cutters and thought they were getting a treat. Nope! (Oh alright - I did bake peanut butter cookies for them.) Click the pictures for the recipe links for the treats above. Max is a little picky - he'd rather starve than eat a Milk Bone. I found this out after I bought the GIANT box from Sam's Club. Live and learn.

These ones are my own recipe. I did submit it to Allrecipes, but it hasn't been published yet. Click on the picture for the link.

Thanks for dropping by!
Max the Wonder Mutt
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Treats for Max
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Get yer nose in there...
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Play Ball!
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Max in Motion
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Puppy Dog Eyes
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Feb. 28, 2010 9:25 pm
Well, hit publish and watch the whole layout change. Oh well. You're smart - I know you'll figure it out!
Feb. 28, 2010 9:38 pm
That pup is probably the best thing you will ever give your kids :) I love seeing boys with their dog, it's a very nostalgic sight! Cutest. Puppy. Photos. Ever! We brought home a pug puppy not to long ago and she's been a bit of a terror :) I can't wait till she can concentrate on one thought long enough to stay sitting...
Feb. 28, 2010 9:39 pm
Oh My....How big he got....You have my heart!
Feb. 28, 2010 9:39 pm
Great blog...I love dogs and I love Max. What a great guy! Hey, at least your pictures show up! Mine sometimes don't! Keep pimping your blog....everyone needs a smile these days and dogs & kids make me smile!
Feb. 28, 2010 9:41 pm
He is so cute! Very cool blog, I have a cat so I am not sure if the treats would be good for her lol =]
Feb. 28, 2010 9:42 pm
What a beautiful dog and what happy looking boys! I love kid and dog pictures! Great blog!
Feb. 28, 2010 9:46 pm
I too have a Max Pam. Great blog! Question for you, I don't bake whatsover so I'm sure this is a silly question to you but can I get wheat germ it a regular grocery store and how big of a container/bag am I looking for? Any main brands/colors that will pop out at me? I'm serious when I say I am lost in that aisle. I honestly don't have a clue. I know where the sugar is at (hubby drinks it in coffee) and that is IT!
Feb. 28, 2010 9:49 pm
What a cutie Max is, thanks for the smile!! Love it:-)
Feb. 28, 2010 9:51 pm
Hi Pam, Thnaks for sharing your pictures and the recipe. You've got a nice family and a cute dog. I've made a couple of different dog treats but not in a long time. My boys would really like it if I did. I also have cat treat recipes although I've never tried them. My cats seem a little fussy. Of course if the cats didn't like them, the dogs would, LOL. Have a great week.
Feb. 28, 2010 10:04 pm
Adorable doggy, Pam. :) And an adorable family to match.
Feb. 28, 2010 10:51 pm
Great Blog - I'm a dog lover too, as you can see by my profile picture - that's Jackson - thanks for the links!
Feb. 28, 2010 11:45 pm
Dog lover too. Great blog.
Feb. 28, 2010 11:50 pm
I LOVED reading about Max, and enjoyed all the pictures. You all look so happy together! Yup, I am a dog lover too!
Mar. 1, 2010 12:21 am
Thanks for sharing about Max, the beloved.
Mar. 1, 2010 2:47 am
Great blog! Just what I needed before I head off to work. I am a HUGE dog lover and kid lover. :-) I have 2 of each and I can't imagine life without them, though one of my kids is married and the other is away at college. Max is super, he's lucky to have such fine boys to play with. When my son comes home from school I tell our dogs "Your boy is home!" They get so excited I don't think their feet touch one step on their way to the door to greet him! Thanks for sharing, and I love when people pimp their blogs - I maybe wouldn't have found this one!
Mar. 1, 2010 2:59 am
Hey, Pam! What a heart-warming blog! You Rock! (Oh, you have the "Hit-Publish-and-Mutate-Blog" going on, too? I am so glad it's not just me! :D ) It's so cool the way animals pick their pets. All of mine have picked me -- except the last one, Harley (my Avatar) picked my Hubby. *lol* Love your blogs! :D
Mar. 1, 2010 3:51 am
Soup Loving Nicole - The wheat germ I buy comes in a glass jar. The weight is 12 oz, brand name *Kretschmer* with a red lid and label. It's usually on a high shelf. You can also buy it in bulk at some stores (like Whole Foods). :)
Mar. 1, 2010 3:53 am
Thanks for all the great comments! You all have made my day! :) I think I'll go hug my dog... (maybe the kids, too.)
Mar. 1, 2010 4:17 am
Absolutely loved your blog! Dogs and kids - what a wonderful household...what a dog provides a child defies description.
Mar. 1, 2010 5:37 am
Great blog, I also love dogs, have 2. I printed the dog treat recipe and will make them for my furry kids this week.
Mar. 1, 2010 6:30 am
PattyD - I often refer to Max as "Fur Boy". lol
Mar. 1, 2010 8:21 am
What a cutie! Scratch him on his beak for me, ok?
Mar. 1, 2010 9:43 am
What a great blog!! I am a dog lover as well, especially recused dogs, I have one of those as well. Your dog is a great gift to your boys and vice versa. Thank you for sharing,
Mar. 1, 2010 1:19 pm
What an adorable dog! The rest of your family is good looking, too!
Mar. 2, 2010 5:55 am
Max is a lucky dog, and so are your kids. I have a "princess" named Izzy that we rescued and grew into a 130 large baby girl. Love them and they will return the love, my year old sofa found that out too.
Mar. 2, 2010 9:44 am
Ack! 130 lbs? That is a big baby girl! More to love! Max weighs about 84.
Mar. 3, 2010 1:55 pm
Geat pics -- you can just see his personality -- smart, noble but a great sense of humor and playfulness. Bessie Cocker loves her home-made Barkolicious Bites, too.
Mar. 4, 2010 7:35 am
Great blog! We are dog lovers and rescued our dog about 7 years ago. We adore him and he's a huge part of our family. On an unrelated subject, I am interested in trying your Creamy Potato, Leek, and Spinach Soup, but I noticed that the spinach isn't listed in the ingredient listing. Would love to make it if you can tell me if it should be fresh or frozen and how much to use. Any prep of the spinach before adding? Thx!
Mar. 4, 2010 12:15 pm
Thanks for your blog about Max. I actually had to surrended our rescued dog today. And while it was very hard to do, your blog re-enforced I did the right thing. Boden is a great dog just not the right dog for my little ones. Thanks for making a hard day a little easier.
Mar. 4, 2010 6:27 pm
bellepepper - thanks for bringing the oversight to my attention. I updated the recipe. I really made that one up on the fly, using up ingredients I had on hand. I used about a cup of chopped, fresh spinach leaves. I might have actually added more if I'd had them. I hope you like it!
Mar. 4, 2010 6:29 pm
sugarbean - I'm sorry about Boden. It is so important that a pet be right for the little ones, though. You did do the right thing. I hope you find the right dog soon!
Mar. 5, 2010 5:26 am
Max is really stunning! Either he's really photogenic or you captured some really beautiful shots. I imagine it's both. He looks so happy to be part of the family. :)
Mar. 5, 2010 6:18 am
Mar. 5, 2010 6:33 am
Love your story! ou're a great photographer! At one time or another, every member of our family has had a 'Max'. My sister-in-law's Max is a poodle something or other. Now we have a Tucker & Sandy, both rescues. Shelters need more people like everyone who has posted these great comments!
Mar. 5, 2010 6:53 am
Both of my dogs are shelter dogs, one I found on Petfinder. I have this belief that rescused dogs are grateful. No matter how bad my day has gone (and it's not often) when I open that door and am hit with their pure joy for life and happiness that I'm home, how can I be in a bad mood?? My dogs get home made treats and home cooked dog food. Of course I take better care of them than I do myself. Love the picture of Max in the snow!
Mar. 5, 2010 8:12 am
What a great blog. I love dogs, and I've had my chocolate lab, Jay, since he was 8 weeks old (he's 10 1/2 now). And he's asleep on MY bed as I write this! What a pampered pooch he is, and it give me great joy to pamper him. I'll have to try the treats...Jay gets home-cooked meals made especially for him.
Mar. 5, 2010 8:45 am
That is a precious story. Max looks SO similar to our Jasmin, who my daughter rescued from the SPCA about 2 1/2 years ago. Do you know what breed he is? She just got a DNA kit so that we can know for sure what breed Jasmin is. We do enjoy making treats and will have to try your recipes!!
Mar. 5, 2010 10:54 am
Love the blog! Thanks for sharing all the great pix of Max and the boys! Boys and their dogs are always a sight to see! We recently got a Golden Retriever and my son loves her to pieces. He can't wait for her to (as he says it) "grow up" and in all honesty neither can we!
Mar. 5, 2010 11:09 am
Love the dog blog!! Max is absolutely adorable! These are my girls, almost 3 year old Lab sisters, Bear and Bones.
Mar. 5, 2010 3:46 pm
Thanks for the treat recipes, can't wait to try them. I have quite a zoo's worth so I'm sure this will save a bundle and I love knowing they are getting wholesome treats.
Mar. 5, 2010 9:36 pm




I sent a shout out to you earlier but you didn't see it. PLEASE let me know if any of these offend you and I will delete them with no questions asked. I used the chicken and he LOVED them. I couldn't get a good pic because he was afraid to get to close to the "human" plate. I guess all of my discipline over the years has paid off. He is 12 going on 13 but is still pretty active. He got tired of waiting on me, grabbed one, and jumped from the counter (somewhere he had never been) to the floor (long jump) and took off like a maniac with one. I'm going to leave the review now...
Mar. 6, 2010 12:50 am
I really enjoyed your story and happy that Max has brought you all joy; Dogs are pretty consistent at that given a chance and understanding.
Mar. 6, 2010 5:59 am
Thanks, Pam. Someday we'll have the right dog for us. I think the relationship between children and their dogs can be so special. And I'm so happy so see all the comments about rescued dogs! Great blog.
Mar. 6, 2010 7:28 am
Beautiful dog I love dogs too. Have a sweet baby too she is an old one, I almost lost her last week to to a dog attack but she pulled through.
Mar. 6, 2010 11:15 am
Wow! Looks like you adopted a very sweet dog! We have an adopted dog also!
Mar. 6, 2010 1:11 pm
Wow! I'm just astounded at all the great comments here. Thank you all so much! I hadn't expected this outpouring when I posted this blog, I just thought "I'm gonna go show off my dog now." lol Never underestimate dog lovers, right?
Mar. 6, 2010 1:17 pm
Max's breed is a bit of a mystery. When we went to adopt we were told he was a German Shepherd and Border Collie mix. We see a lot of other breeds in him. We jokingly call him a "Rhodesian golden-border-labra-shepherd." He has a fur pattern on his back like a Rhodesian Ridgeback, coloring and personality traits of a golden retriever, the build and personlity traits of a labrador retriever, and tail and watch dog tendencies of a shepherd. He also loves to herd things with wheels (border collie, anyone?) which has caused him a few injuries in the past. (He doesn't chase cars, just the John Deere Gator, motorcycles, bicycles, scooters...
Mar. 6, 2010 1:23 pm
Soup Loving Nicole - I love your photos! I'd never be offended by them at all. Your little Max is adorable and I'm glad he liked the treats. Thanks for the great review!
Mar. 6, 2010 1:27 pm
love love love your blog!!!!! Max is ADORABLE!!!! LOL. i have two small dogs. the first one i got 3yrs ago, and the second was given to me about a yr and half ago. i often wonder why i waited so long to have a dog! they are such great company with not to mention the entertainment value (priceless) i was soooo happy to see your recipe for the doggy treats. it just so happens that i was looking at another recipe (stealhippie's i think) for treats and was thinking of adding bacon and/or drippings to it. now you taken the guess work of measurements out of it for me! thank you. Jake and Stella thanks you too:D
Mar. 7, 2010 2:26 am
Love the blog! My Beagle is named Maxwell Smart, but we call him Max! He cut his sharp little teeth on my husband's toes! We have no matching socks because Max loves to hide them all around the yard. Right now he's on the last 4 treatments for cancer. Through it all he's been a champ. If you believe in prayer, please say one for our beloved DogChild. Thanks. Keep the pictures coming, they brighten up the day!
Mar. 7, 2010 4:39 am
Agent99 (Is 86 in the house?) Prayers going up for Maxwell Smart! It's so hard when pets are ill or injured - they can't really tell us what hurts. My Max injured his back recently requiring X-rays and steroid treatments. So glad it was something treatable. I hope your Max is feeling better soon. My oldest son really wants a beagle - I think they're adorable, but don't know that Max would agree. Give your furboy a hug for me! :)
Mar. 7, 2010 4:41 am
Weeble - If you make the treats I hope Jake and Stella enjoy them. I'm sure they are a great entertainment factor. :)
Mar. 7, 2010 9:03 am
Loved this! Made my Sunday. Truly a beautiful read and encouraging to know that a wonderful family has rescued yet another innocent pet and given it so much love! We are planning to do the same.
Mar. 7, 2010 11:32 am
What an ADORABLE dog! How weird I should be reading this right now- I have doggie treats in the oven!!! LOL
Mar. 7, 2010 1:52 pm
I'm amazed that AR doesn't have more dog treat recipes published since so many of us bake for our fur children.
Mar. 7, 2010 2:11 pm
He is too cute! You can see the love in your boys' eyes (and Max's too). We have our own "Max", but he's a Sarge - we adopted him from the German Sheperd(sp?) Rescue of Wisconsin in February of 2006; he was 7 months old and weighed about 60 pounds - NOW he's 115 pounds of solid dog muscle! Everyday he lets us know how greatful he is to have us as his forever home! My daughter makes homemade biscuits for our 2 sheperds - they don't like the "brand name" ones either! Thanks for the recipes.
Mar. 7, 2010 5:07 pm
Sugarbear4 - Max had a "brother" named Sarge. I do believe that rescue dogs are grateful. Max is our second rescue. Our Bandit was also a wonderful dog. :)
Apr. 26, 2010 10:14 am
I loved reading this... Ive got no kids other than my two with tails.. Best of luck to you and your family! <3
Apr. 26, 2010 12:10 pm
Max looks like a very loved and happy puppy! Good Job!
Jan. 3, 2013 8:21 am
I was reminded of my old rottweiler snoopy. Really amusing story!
Jan. 3, 2013 8:35 am
I miss snoopy a lot. He was very popular in the area where we live-I realized this fact after he was gone. We still celebrate his birthday by donating food for the rescue dogs. Other pet lovers can also join this noble cause just by getting food for their dogs from this place: FreeHand dog Food
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I have three teenage sons who are picky eaters (especially the middle one). I try to cook things that they might enjoy trying, but they're not always willing to try new things. My husband started out a picky eater when we met back in 1986, but he's gotten much better and is willing to try ALMOST anything I make. In my spare time I teach second grade. I have introduced my students to cooking and/or new foods over the years.
My favorite things to cook
I love to try all sorts of new recipes, so I don't really have a favorite thing to cook. I enjoy using fresh ingredients from the garden and canning those ingredients to use year-round. I also enjoy baking treats for my second grade class. I'll try almost anything if I think my family will eat it. Of course, I've been known to try a recipe because I want to, whether they'll eat it or not.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I love making the pumpkin pies and other desserts for Thanksgiving. I always like to try one new dessert for each holiday. Baking Christmas cookies is a tradition that goes back as long as I can remember.
My cooking triumphs
I've made some pretty cool cakes for my boys' birthdays. They include a firetruck, baseball, football, and Pokeball. I've also used shaped pans to decorate everything from Barney and Elmo, Power Ranger, Jeff Gordon's #24 racecar, football helmet, a dog and dog house, a monkey, a giant cupcake, and a penguin. Some recent cakes have been a pizza, chef's hat, and Topsy-Turvy (Mad Hatter Cake.) The last one didn't collapse - that was a real triumph! One of my best triumphs has been teaching my boys to cook. They'll never go hungry.
My cooking tragedies
The first time I cooked a turkey I relied on my thermometer to tell when it was done. It wasn't.
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