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Ever look at your dog, like really really look at your dog?

Black Lab SadfaceYeah, it sounds so wonderful to be a dog–no work, no stress, no responsibilities…But if you take a deep gander into their furry souls, often times you’ll see a lot of boredom pent up in there. They can go stir-crazy too, ya know.

Insert “Homemade” busy bones!!!!

These are the easiest dog treats that will keep ’em occupied for a little while, or at least until you have a moment to get them out for some fresh air. You do walk them every day, right?

PB Bone 2All you need is a few 2″-4″ Beef Marrow Bones and some all-natural peanut butter.

Simply give your pups the bones to chew/slurp the marrow out of, then fill ’em up again and again with peanut butter for them to eat and repeat. I use peanut butter that is just peanuts. There is no need for added salts and oils, especially when my boys get high-quality salts and oils in their homemade dog food that I prepare for them. <-Post to come soon!

PB Bone 3I like to throw these into the freezer for a few hours so the peanut butter hardens,  making it extra challenging (i.e. time-consuming) for them to enjoy.

Bear Hike 10-16 008That’s better!

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King- Awkward Lab Sleep PositionI can’t imagine how on Earth this was even a remotely comfortable sleeping position for King.

Most of the time, especially in low light settings, it’s hard to get a good shot of this pup. His blackness is just so black that the camera can hardly catch his features.

How ’bout those chompers though? You can’t miss ’em!

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Just Peekin’ In

photoJust peekin’ in to say I hope you had a fantastic weekend!

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Snowy Leap

I’m leaping right back into things for this new year, including making a reappearance to the land of blogging.

Bear Hike January '14Yes, leaping that is.

Bear Hike January '14 -2I certainly couldn’t have asked for a better way to kick-start the new year than with a heavy blanket of powdery snow to break free of the exercise rut that invariably sets in this time of year. Snow allows for a myriad of new activities to be re-introduced into the rotation. Move over running. See you later living room yoga. Hellooooooo snow hiking! (Snow shoes aren’t always necessary.)

Bear Hike January '14 -3When you live in this corner of the world snow only ever lasts a day or so before the temps spike and the rain falls, leaving a slushy or crusty mess in its wake. There’s no room for excuses to stay inside. You have to get right out there and make as many tracks as possible before it all melts away.

Bear Hike January '14 -4And that’s just what Evan and I did this weekend. We wasted no time at all after Friday’s big storm. Denali and King were wrangled up and we drove straightaway to the nearest hiking trails to let both pups off-leash to romp around to their hearts content.

Bear Hike January '14 -9How cute is this hiney!?

Bear Hike January '14 -8I’m pretty sure he just realized here that I took a shot of his backside. What a face!

Bear Hike January '14 -10“King, back up a little.”

Bear Hike January '14 -19“You’re in my space.”

Bear Hike January '14 -11“That’s better.”

Bear Hike January '14 -12“Sorry, I’m not sorry.”

Bear Hike January '14 -13Efficient glove removal + double leash action.

Bear Hike January '14 -14Reaching for the camera…

Bear Hike January '14 -7…’Cuz I prefer not to take selfies.

Bear Hike January '14 -15“Did someone say selfie!?!”

Bear Hike January '14 -18Denali’s face sums up how we all felt after our snow hike–perhaps a few icicles were hanging from our chins, but we couldn’t have felt more alive.

It’s truly remarkable how therapeutic a trudge through the woods can be. I find that once my heart rate elevates, so too does the quality of my thoughts. Tired and toxic brooding slowly slips away and is ever-so-subtly replaced with a climbing charge of positivity. My battery is replenished even quicker with the addition of beautiful weather and even more so with good company. This hike included all of these elements. 🙂

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As many of you know over the weekend The Lehigh Valley, along with most of the East coast, was hit with a freakishly early snowstorm. Of course, most of us around here have been so disenchanted lately with the weatherman’s recent string of wolf cries that we were ill-prepared for the foot or so of snow that got dumped on Fall’s foliage.

The wet, heavy snow was no match for the leaved trees and a raining of limbs onto power lines ensued. The inevitable loss of power wacked my day-to-day routine way out of sorts with the inability to mindlessly waste away inordinate amounts of time browsing the internet. However, I found myself in a moment thinking how extremely grateful I am for knowing how to entertain myself whilst being “unplugged.” Despite the lure of whirring/flashing/stimulating “devices” I still own and often choose to enjoy simpler leisure activities that don’t require power cords, usb cables, batteries, remotes, and the constant nuisance of remembering to recharge said devices.

When the power went out I simply relocated myself to the family room in front of the only operating heat source and resumed reading my library book. Other activities included yoga, tidying/organizing, clipping coupons, perusing the newspaper, thumbing through magazines, and walking the dogs.

Although our little stroll through the neighborhood was not really a “walk,” but more like a “frolic.”

These pooches were overjoyed by the snows premature arrival as demonstrated by this stupidly giddy, temporarily crazed husky!


I also found myself extremely thankful for having a gas stove, matches, a french press, and a tea kettle–because one should never have to be without coffee…

French Pressed Pumpkin Pie

Or oats!

Apple Crisp Oats

To make one serving of crisp mix 1 Tbsp oat bran, 1 Tbsp ground flax, 1/4 Tbsp canola oil & 1/4 Tbsp (maple) agave nectar.

Having just gone without power and realizing how still-dependent I am on it I’m hoping to make some changes immediately in the wake. Reevaluating how I spend my time is certainly high on the list (perhaps less Facebook so to speak) and using “found” time for more important things like taking inventory of non-perishable foods, batteries, candles, matches…and better preparing myself for a future scenario. How has this past weekend’s storm affected you?

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Just a Walk

…because some days that’s all I’ve got in me. Just a walk. Nothing more, nothing less.

And there are two furry beings in my life who are just fine with that!

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So let’s pretend I haven’t been absent from this space forever and ever….

Okay, now that we’ve made a nice little transition–Good morning October (6th)!

Cool crisp air &  steaming hot coffee.

With cinnamon-maple-apple-walnut oats.

And a Black Lab shadow who thinks his sole purpose in life is to follow me around everywhere and stare at me with his Momma-Loving/Swooning eyes.

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