Phoebe Girl is Two

Remember our dog, Phoebe?
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She graduated from training classes a little while back. She’s learning more each and every day.

We adopted her last November, and it’s hard to believe she’s only been a part of our family for eight months. It feels like she’s always been here.

I wouldn’t have considered myself a dog person before we got her. Sure I liked dogs, and I was the one who led the push to adopt a dog, but I never really thought I would have gotten so attached a canine. I had friends warn me this would happen. In my defense, we don’t refer to her as our baby, we’re not Mom and Dad, and our parents aren’t Grandma and Grandpa to Phoebe. But, we do love her.

Her birthday was a couple weeks ago, and I was at a loss for what to do. Are you supposed to celebrate? I am not crazy enough to throw a party for her, but I still thought we should do a little something. We gave her a gift on Christmas (some bones she likes), so why not for her birthday?

I decided to try my hand at baking her some treats. I am really good at baking for humans, so why not try bake for a dog? I found a recipe that featured her favorite – bacon.
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Here’s what I needed:

3 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup milk
1 egg
1/4 cup vegetable oil or bacon grease
1 tsp garlic powder
4 cooked, crumbled slices of bacon 
1/2 cup cold water

It was actually really simple. Just combine all the ingredients and roll the dough out. I used a bone shaped cookie cutter ($2.99 for a set of three different sizes from Homegoods) and laid the cut out treats on some parchment paper in a baking sheet. I baked the treats at 325 degrees for about 40 minutes.
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She really liked them.
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I also found the Occupi Treat Dispensing Chew Toy at Target on clearance for less than $2. It’s supposed to work the dog’s mind and keep the dog busy so they don’t get bored and destroy things when you’re not home. Phoebe’s never had a destruction problem, but we thought she’d enjoy the supply of treats that she could have throughout the day.

We also wanted to do something to give back to the shelter that took in Phoebe before she became our pet. We got her from Orphans of the Storm, located in Riverwoods. I thought they would be glad to hear that Phoebe is in a loving and caring home, so I made a little card with a photo of her on it.
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We sent the card to the shelter with a small donation so they can continue to provide for these dogs until they find their forever homes. The second chance shelters give pets like The Phoebs is a real blessing to the animals they save, and to the people who adopt them. It’s worth more than what little they ask for an adoption fee (the low cost is one more reason to adopt from a shelter).

Finally, we started a pile of newspapers that we will bring to the shelter when we have a good amount stacked up. If anyone wants to save their old newspapers, I would be glad to take them to the shelter when we go.

Happy birthday, Phoebe! We’re so happy to have you in our lives.

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