I know a lot of the country is getting hammered with winter storms, but in our neck of the Utah woods it’s been beautiful. Our flowers have been coming up the past couple weeks and the weather has reached the mid 60s a few times. On the one hand I like the warm weather, but on the other hand I think we’re facing a heck of a drought this summer.
Many times in the morning Ezra goes upstairs and plays before we’re fully up and about. A few days ago (and this has happened twice now) he opened the fridge and took out the Babybel cheese and fed them to the dogs.
In case you are unaware, they look like this:
Now, Ezra really likes the Babybel cheese but he also likes to share so most likely he thought he was doing a good deed. Except he was feeding the cheese to the dogs whole, wax wrapper and all. I’m grateful they didn’t have any blockages from this.
As an aside, we do have a child lock on the fridge, but Ezra can now drag a chair over to the refrigerator and unlock the sliding lock. Good times. We’ve explained to him that he’s not supposed to feed the dogs people food but I don’t know how much really sticks with him. This morning Jesse went upstairs to find Ezra had been throwing our eggs on the kitchen floor for the dogs to eat. I told Jess we are quickly running out of elevated spaces to put things. *sigh*
We are kind of thinking about doing a small hydroponic system for some of our gardening this year. It’s more of an initial cost but it sounds like it is less work and requires less water overall. We really don’t like the idea of watering grass which is one of the reasons we’ve left our yard kind of a gardening dirt pit, but having no grass means we get a ton of dirt and dust in the house, mainly dragged in with the dogs. If we had grass it would really cut down on that. So we are considering getting some grass growing, but I don’t know if we’d do the whole yard or just part of it, or what. And then we have to decide to do seed or sod. Growing a lawn from seed is much less expensive but sounds like more time intensive, whereas getting sod going mainly sounds like a bunch of watering but a higher initial cost. And if we do go for a lawn we’d kind of like to install a watering system of some sort, so that’s another added expense.
Did you know that a whole cow liver is frickin’ huge?! We bought the liver and kidneys from a local butcher, Dale T Smith and Sons, to cut up for the dogs’ nightly meals. We bought about 20 lbs. of each organ and while there were multiple kidneys included in the one bag, there were two bags for the liver, one whole and one to make up the rest of the 20 lbs. I had to chunk up the whole liver before I could start paring it down into the proper meal size but left whole probably would have taken up one side of my counter. Huge! I was actually pretty impressed with the prices at the meat place; they had ribeye steaks for $5.39/lb and we bought a brisket for $3.59/lb. We may go back just for regular cuts instead of hitting up Costco….
My original plan was to dehydrate some liver to make into dog treats but that didn’t happen. Maybe next time but I got to thinking and you’re not supposed to overfeed liver to dogs because it make them have cannon butt, so I guess I’ll just stick to non-organ training treats. I did just buy another order of treats from Best Bully Sticks. They are a little pricey but have a great selection of nominally processed chews. Those should be coming in a couple days and then we’ll be stocked up once again.