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Angel… Our Mama Turns 10-Years-Old Today

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Our Angel, a half-long-haired, half short-haired, light red and white, fawn-face Chihuahua stole our hearts and literally saved my life, or at least my sanity, during a very dark time for me.  Angel is the mama and the alpha dog at our house and of our little pack of Chihuahuas and Chiweenies.

According to her papers, Angel was born in Oklahoma on May 3rd and ten weeks later had made her way to our home and into our hearts.

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Baby Angel

My husband was allergic to everything with fur and feathers.   But when our daughter was young we gave in starting with hamsters, mice, rats, geckos, lizards, fish, turtles… and then birds.  Then our daughter came home with a dog, Angel, while she was working part-time at a pet store, the summer after her first year of college.  She was supposed to be earning a little pocket money for the next year. Instead she pretty much spent all she earned and came home with a papered Chihuahua at the height of the Chihuahua craze… who became our Angel.

My husband said, “no way… absolutely not!” Our daughter was going back to the dorms and he was allergic, so he took Angel right back to the store.  They wouldn’t take her back because our daughter had signed the contract and they had given up a full paying customer to let her buy Angel at the employee discount, less than half of what they had had an actual customer for.  And of course, our daughter went back to school and the dorms about a month later with Angel in tow insisting she could sneak her in and keep her there. Less than an hour after her arrival at school with her 4-legged roommate, we were on our way to pick Angel up.  My husband went through 18-months of allergy shots after that so we could keep her.

A year later our daughter was off sailing around the world with the Semester at Sea program.  When she got back mid-year, she was assigned a lulu-bell for a roommate and bargained with us to get an off-campus apartment a semester early. She wasn’t there a month… when she brought home a Chiweenie puppy, Apachi, who was being given away outside the pet store, near school, where she had just gotten a part-time job after returning from her sail.  A pet store job is never a good idea for her.  Major Problem… it was a no pet apartment and we had signed a year’s lease.

Not long after getting Apachi, our daughter’s colitis flared up to an extreme level (I tend to think some vaccines that they got overseas might have exacerbated her condition adding to some stress in her life at the time and too much partying during that period and trip). After a stint at an alternative care facility, in an attempt to avoid radical surgery, she unfortunately ended up having to have 2 major surgeries and I spent a total of 54-days (24/7) in the hospital sleeping on a cot in her room, with her.  My husband, who was home with Angel and Apachi, visited daily.  With all that was going on we really didn’t think about the fact that neither 6 month old Apachi nor Angel had been fixed.  Angel was the best tempered Chihuahua with a really easy going disposition and everyone had said, if we could breed her with a like-type male, they’d love to have a puppy.  So I was looking for a mate for her and Apachi was just a baby,  and taking him in to be neutered just got lost in all the goings on.

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Next thing we knew… we had 4 puppies: Goji Angelina, Magnum, and Princess (As Pictured Below)

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Angel was a natural and terrific Mom who took great care of her little brood and Apachi watched over them from somewhat of a distance… until they were weaned, at which point he took over.

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Angel Has Always Loved Riding in the Car and Going for Walks… Before and After the Rest of the Family Arrived.

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Heading to Dana Point, CA for a Walk

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Walks in Wyoming

The Gang Moving Back to CA  12-2012

Traveling From Texas to CA

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Walking in Texas

The boy pups (Magnum and Goji) and Angelina went to new homes at 10-weeks of age and we decided to keep Princess, our ADHD girl…  Then a few weeks later Angelina came back to us, because her new family couldn’t keep her and we had requested that if anyone who took a puppy had problems that we would get them back.  Long story short… we kept Angelina too and that is how we went from birds, turtles and rats, at the time, to 4-dogs and a fish who survived being fed to our turtles.

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Angel at Age 8

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Angel (9) and Neighbor MaryAnn Playing

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Angel’s 2nd Birthday

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Angel’s 5th Birthday… USC Party

Our pups are now 7, 8 and 10-years old… We have always had separate birthday parties for everybody, but this year we are going to have a combined party next week, including for Rocky, our in-laws’ aging Cocker Spaniel.  But we had a mini-celebration today, on Angel’s actual 10th B-day.

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Our Christmas Card the Past Couple of Years (Below)… Featuring our Furkids Singing.  The Rule Within the Pack Appears to be That Nobody Can Start Singing Until Angel Starts.

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The New Breed of Baker

 

 

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Homemade Dog Breed Cookies

Who doesn’t love a homemade cookie? Nobody, that’s who. Not your mail carrier, not your groomer, not your dog walker, not your dog sitter, not your vet and these people all deserve them too. So we thought it was high time we indulge the people in your pampered pooches’ lives. So dust off your cookie sheets…  Here is a recession-ready gift idea including (including recipes) fresh from your kitchen.

But wait, it gets better: Dog Breed Cookie Cutters! We couldn’t resist them. Positively baker’s bliss, choose from over 80 stainless steel dog breed cutters and other pup-centric shapes like bones, paws, doghouses and fire hydrants that make the baking part seem well, boring. And for those of you who are not bakers or are just time tapped, you can roll out the pre-made cookie dough and get to work with the cutters? We’ve even got a tasty icing recipe to top them off.  Yum!

Here’s what you need:

  • An assortment of doggie cookie cutters.
  • Sugar cookie dough. Make it yourself or purchase pre-made cookie dough.
  • Icing. Find pre-made icing in tubes from Williams-Sonoma or baking supply shops (the tips should be the thinnest you can find) or experienced bakers, whip up Royal Icing and use #2 and #3 tips with your pastry bag.
  • Optional jimmies, colored sugar and other “fur” candy decorations.

Bake Your Cookies
Roll dough to desired thickness and cut into shapes with your cookie cutters. Bake on an ungreased baking sheet at 350° for 8 to 10 minutes or until the cookies are just beginning to turn brown around the edges.

Decorate
Once your cookies have cooled, it’s time to decorate. Keep it simple and just outline your dog shapes with a fine line: Touch the tip of the icing tube or pastry bag to the cookie and gently squeeze, raising the tip a bit and outlining the entire edge of the cookie. To seal the seam and make it disappear, dip a paintbrush in some water, dab it on a paper towel to release some water and then gently touch the seam. Allow the outline to dry. Then add your pup’s eyes, nose, a smile and maybe a collar too for color.

Take it up a notch by filling in the outline with frosting and adding decorative “fur.” Use Royal Icing or for easy icing, take a few spoonfuls of pre-made vanilla frosting, microwave it until it’s runny and add a few drops of food color. Then choose to add jimmies or colored sugar decorations before the icing dries.

Allow the icing to dry completely before packaging your cookies to give as a gift or eat them with wild abandon.

The Scoop:

Dog Breed Cookie Cutters
Over 80 breeds, plus other fun shapes, $2 each.
www.thelittlefoxfactory.com

 

And for those of you who would rather pay than bake and play:  Elenis    www.elenis.com

Cookie Decorating Supplies and Tools 
www.kitchengifts.com

Thank you to ArtGirlCookies.com for the photo and your inspiration!.

 

 

NO FAIL SUGAR COOKIES

This recipe is GREAT when using complex cookie cutters.  The dough holds its’ shape and won’t spread during baking.  Make sure you let your oven preheat for at least 1/2 hour before baking these or any other cookies.

6 cups flour 
3 tsp. baking powder 
2 cups butter 
2 cups sugar 
2 eggs 
2 tsp. vanilla extract or desired flavoring (I like almond myself)
1 tsp. salt

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add eggs and vanilla.  Mix well. Mix dry ingredients and add a little at a time to butter mixture.  Mix until flour is completely incorporated and the dough comes together.             

Chill for 1 to 2 hours (or see Hint below) 

Roll to desired thickness and cut into desired shapes.  Bake on ungreased baking sheet at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes or until just beginning to turn brown around the edges.  This recipe can make up to 5-dozen 3” cookies. 

HINT: Rolling Out Dough Without the Mess — Rather than wait for your cookie dough to chill, take the freshly made dough and place a glob between two sheets of parchment paper.  

 

 

 

Roll it out to the desired thickness then place the dough and paper on a cookie sheet and pop it into the refrigerator.  Continue rolling out your dough between sheets of paper until you have used it all.  By the time you are finished, the first batch will be completely chilled and ready to cut.  Reroll leftover dough and repeat the process!  An added bonus is that you are not adding any additional flour to your cookies.

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Lick the Bowl

What better way to say “I love you” then homebaked treats. Spoil your pooch with a little fresh-baked love from your kitchen. These peanut butter goodies are fun to make (get out the cookie cutters) and so adorable you’ll want to share them with your other doggie friends.

Peanut Butter Dog Treats

2 tbsp corn oil
1/2 cup peanut butter (make sure you are using organic or non-tainted peanut butter)
1 cup water
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 cups white flour

Preheat oven to 350F. Combine oil, peanut butter, and water. Add flour 1 cup at a time, then knead into firm dough. Roll dough to 1/4 inch thickness and cut with small bone shaped cookie cutter. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes. For hard and crunchy treats, leave them in the oven for a few hours after baking.  Makes about 3 dozen. 

Photo of Kaweah courtesy of Jennifer Yu. Recipe from http://www.dogaware.com.

 

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