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  • January 29th, 2009 | 7:43 PM
Thankful Thursday

Today I am thankful for peanut butter.

Now this might seem like a silly thing to be thankful for but if you knew my dog Cassie better, you would understand.

Cassie is still a puppy which means she's like having a 70pound toddler running around the house. When she's awake, it's all about play, all the time. She doesn't play fetch so I can't tire her out that way. Sometimes I have to find a way to get her to give me a little quiet time so I can work. If she was a baby, I'd put her in a playpen. If she was a toddler I'd open the Tupperware drawer and the pots and pans cabinet and let her have a field day.

But she's a dog. A very smart dog who needs to be constantly challenged.

She is also a very spoiled dog. She has a lot of bones. As in, oh, 20 or so. She gets a new one once a week and the old ones stick around until they crack from playing bone hockey (she bats them around to slide on the tile floor.) Every so often I gather them up and boil them in hot water to make sure nothing icky is growing in them.

When I need to get some work done I gather up all her bones and put a dab of peanut butter inside each one. Then I take her into the hall bathroom and put her into a stay while I run all over the house and hide the bones. I release her and she spends the next hour looking for bones and licking out the peanut butter.

Yes, peanut butter is my friend.

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January 30th, 2009 04:40 am (UTC)
I love it!
January 30th, 2009 04:52 am (UTC)
It comes in very handy!
January 30th, 2009 06:36 am (UTC)
Heehee! Echo loves peanut butter but he has a sensitive stomach and can only eat his special hypoallergenic food.

February 2nd, 2009 06:55 am (UTC)
oh now that's a bummer. Is his special food a dry food? Because another thing I do is just take a handful of kibble for her mid-day snack and hide it inside bones a few pieces in each. Takes her a long time to find it all.

Cassie has to work for EVERYTHING.
January 30th, 2009 11:59 am (UTC)
That's a great idea! I have to use kong balls for Griffin if he's being pesty. I just say the word "kong" and he dashes off to the kitchen to get it.
February 2nd, 2009 06:56 am (UTC)
Oh cute. Cassie likes her Kong too but I really have to stuff it well or she is done in seconds. I make her work for EVERYTHING.
January 30th, 2009 12:02 pm (UTC)
very busy

keep her very busy
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