Sunday, February 7, 2016

Chocolate-Orange Cookie Cups and a Visitor


Yesterday I awoke with a terrible sinus headache which plagued me most of the day (I've been dealing with sinus issues a few weeks, but a visit to the doctor confirmed I don't have a sinus infection, thank goodness). As the afternoon progressed and the headache finally subsided, I felt well enough to do some baking. In light of our upcoming Valentine's Day holiday, I made these little chocolate-orange cookie cups. They are gluten free and are baked in a muffin tin. They come out like a thin brownie-cookie, flavored with orange zest and studded with chopped almonds. I adore the combination of chocolate and orange. They're moist, chewy and delightful!


Switching topics, we had a houseguest yesterday. It was this handsome boy. Isn't he something! He and three other adult dogs (beagles/beagle mixes) were abandoned in a crate in the parking lot of our neighborhood park. Passersby called the authorities and the dogs were picked up by animal control. They were tested for heartworms and unfortunately two of the dogs tested positive -- this guy being one of them -- and are now in the shelter's medical foster program to begin treatment. The other two dogs, a male and a female, are up for adoption.

 
Our friends across the street (who already have three dogs) agreed to foster this boy, who they're calling Scout, and asked if we'd be willing to watch him occasionally when they have to be out of town. Yesterday was his first visit at our house. They estimate his age to be five years, but he's a very timid, skittish dog. It appears he's never lived inside a house. He's so curious about everything, but also so very frightened. He was a lovely houseguest with very good manners. He spent much of the day exploring our house and sleeping on a spare dog bed in the sun (it seems all dogs love to nap in the sun!). When I needed to put him in his crate, he went in nicely and didn't whine or bark. He's very sweet-natured. He has long legs and a long body and is much larger than a beagle. To me, he resembles a harrier, which is a hound that looks like a beagle, only larger. The harrier is a very rare breed though, so it's more likely Scout is some sort of beagle mix -- and a very handsome one indeed! 

It was fun having a new dog in the house yesterday. Henry seemed happy to have the company of another boy. Ella ... well, she was less enthusiastic. For the most part she ignored him, but she did snap at him twice when he sniffed around her face. She put him in his place, by golly! Poor Scout, he's nearly three times Ella's size, but he took off like a shot!


For those of you who have dogs and are not familiar with heartworms, or those who are considering adopting a dog for the first time, I would like to share some information. Dogs cannot get heartworms through contact with other dogs. Heartworms are transmitted through mosquitoes. At one time, heartworms were mainly a problem in areas where mosquitoes are prevalent, like in the South, where we live. But heartworms are now a concern nationwide.

Heartworms are easy to prevent with a monthly pill, but difficult and expensive to treat once a dog is infected. If you're a dog owner or thinking about becoming one, it's important to understand prevention of this deadly parasite. Please read this WebMD site for more information about heartworms. 

And remember, "Adopt, don't shop" for your next pet! There are thousands and thousands of wonderful dogs like Scout (and our dogs Henry and Ella) in shelters across the country waiting for their forever homes. You can find puppies, adults and seniors, mixed breeds and pure breeds. Every single day too many dogs and cats are euthanized -- I can't even bear to think of the numbers! Spaying and neutering your dog or cat is very important to control the number of unwanted pets who end up on the streets and in shelters. So please, when you're ready to take in a new pet or add to your pack, please visit your local shelter and adopt your next best friend.

Saving one dog may not change the world, but for that dog, the world will be changed forever.

7 comments:

  1. I agree wholeheartedly: adopt your next pet from the local shelter! We have had purebred cats before, but they were expensive and temperamental. Now we have three cats and one gorgeous dog who love us very much. Two of the cats came from the local shelter, our dog from a wonderful dog shelter, and the last cat found us in a field when we were walking our dog, Poppy. Sometimes love just finds you, and you'd be silly to walk away.

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    1. Amen, Sheila! Thank you for sharing your story and for adopting from the shelter. So happy for you and your pets!!
      Claudia

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  2. Thank you for the reminder to adopt! It almost seems like these animals are especially appreciative and make wonderful pets. We adopted our cat from a rescue group and couldn't ask for a sweeter personality. Bless those who foster these animals as they wait for their forever homes.

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    1. I agree with you, Cindy. Pets from shelters do seem to be extra appreciative. Fostering is a unique talent and a gift. I think I'd get too attached and want to keep every dog I foster. If we lived in a larger house, we'd have more dogs, probably. Thank you for adopting your cat from a rescue group. And thanks for reading and commenting!
      Claudia

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  3. How awesome that you can foster for just a little while. It's such an incredible gift. He looks like a sweetheart!

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    1. Hi Kara! Thank you for your comment. I visited your blog, Living in the Moment, and see that you are a dog mom and foster dogs as well. Your pack is beautiful! I scanned your blog, taking in all the photos, and look forward to going back to read them in their entirety. I see you are a Capricorn as well. My birthday is closer to mid-January, but I know what you mean about being close the holidays. Thanks for visiting My Little Bungalow.
      Claudia

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  4. Ooooh...orange and chocolate. One of my favorite combos!

    How is the pooch doing? He looks like he could be a Walker Hound mix like I think Odie is...your neighbours are good people...and you too, for helping them out. So sad that someone abandoned those poor dogs like that. We have a no-kill shelter nearby and it's amazing just how many people think it's OK to dump dogs out hoping they'll find their way.

    Our most recent foundling, Mitaine, is the nicest cat I've ever had, and I've had a few. It just confounds me how people treat their animals, cats and dogs alike. I hope these doggies get the treatment they need, and above all find their forever homes quickly.

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