Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!! This Thanksgiving saw the dogs and I doing what is now becoming our Thanksgiving morning ritual. We headed out to Hagg Lake for some romping and burning off of energy before the feasting began. I love this time of year at the lake because the boat ramps are closed and the lake in general is closed to any watercraft. Which means that there are less people around and that we don't have to pay the day use fee!:o) Due to the holiday today agility classes are cancelled for the week. We still have league practice tomorrow night, but that's it. As such, the dogs have just been getting the usual running with me for Heffner and biking with me for Bess. It's been roughly a week since they've had any off leash romping. They tend to get a little zoomie happy when they've had "too much" organised exercise. So today, when I let them out of the truck, they were giddy with freedom!lol I did manage to nab a few video clips of them playing around with each other. Thankfully most of their zoomies were played out at a safe distance from me.;o)

It did manage to sprinkle on us the whole roughly two hours that we were out there, but it wasn't all that bad. Neither of the dogs seemed to really care at all.

We saw a lot of different tracks while we were out there. Some deer, some elk, and this critter:
I should really bone up on my track identification skills. It'd be more interesting to try and identify the different tracks and scat that we come across so that I can have a better idea of what animals are in the areas that we're going through and what will potentially attract the dogs' interests. I'm wondering if the above tracks are maybe raccoons? We also saw quite a few salamanders.
Once again, Blogger won't let me display the picture in the rotation that I want, so I'm just going to leave it. I can never figure out why it sometimes does that to pictures. Even when I try to rotate my original picture the way I think that Blogger wants it, it still never shows up correctly. ARG! Anyhow, the dogs also had some fun chasing some Canadian geese! How do I know they're Canadian? They keep saying "eh" after their honks. Yuck, yuck, yuck! I know, I'm hilarious!;o)

After the much needed romping we headed home so that hubby and I could head down to my parents' in Silverton for Thanksgiving dinner!! We alternate families for Thanksgiving and this year it was my parents'. It was a wonderful dinner and I naturally ate until I was stuffed! So much yummy food!! Thank goodness we don't eat like that all the time!

When we got home it was time to give the dogs their Thanksgiving dinners! Each year I get them a Cornish game hen. Bess isn't really big on the denser bone in the turkey parts, so I just skip it all together. My mom was also super awesome and saved the turkey neck and the giblets for the dogs from our turkey that we had for dinner. Heffner got the neck and Bess got the rest of the stuff. I also got them some butternut squash baby food to add a little something extra. I wasn't in the mood to use the food processor, so I figured that baby food would be the next best thing.
Heffner gets his whole because he has a grand time gnawing away at the whole thing. I cut Bess' up into segments otherwise she just won't touch it. Even so, she really wasn't impressed with it tonight and I'm thinking that she'll just get something different from now on.


Life With Dogs said...

My goodness our Thanksgiving was utterly lazy by comparison! And if our dogs see this menu they will go on strike. :)

MurphyDog said...

oh boy. That's quite a gourmet meal your guys got! Mom says I should expect my meals to start lookin like that soon too. She's switchin me to raw food in the next week or so (as soon as the last of my kibble runs out)

Im kinda excited about it, cuz I sure do love the raw meaty bones she gives me once a week!

wags, wiggles & slobbers

Wild Dingo said...

I don't feed raw NEARLY as well as you do ... tho we do feed raw. Right now due to Juno's unknown infection, we're feeding cooked meat. tho she loves raw. Loki was really freaked by the turkey neck and wouldn't eat it the night before juno got sick. she ate hers (which was half of his). i sitll wonder if that had something to do w/it. Doc's say no way. I love feeding them raw. it's so wonderful to see them enjoy food and have WHITE teeth. Juno's teeth were coated in tarter whe we adopted her (she was only 1!) now they look fabulous. Until we're really certain her immune system and bacteria are gone, we are keeping her on cooked meat (no bones)... sigh. she doesn't seem to mind if it's cooked or not.

what a fun romp! mine have been couped up and are anxious for some fun too. Neat tracks.

M.T. said...

Wow, those are HUGE portions of raw! That's enough for three days of feeding my guys lol

brooke said...

EWWW salamander! Gross!
Thats a lot of meat for the dogs! We don't feed Darwin a RAW diet, but every so often we give her raw meat as a treat. This thanksgiving she got steak!