The Dating Game – Bachelor #1

Hey It’s Jet Here.

When Mom was young, she watched The Dating Game with her babysitters.  The premise:

A bachelor or bachelorette sat sequestered (vocab builder) behind a wall with three bachelorettes or bachelors sitting behind another wall.  The bachelor/bachelorette asked questions and the Host facilitated the answers.  At the end, the bachelor/bachelorette selected one of the contestants and they went on a swanky date, paid for by the show.  Many of the questions involved double entendres, jokes, funny voices and such.

Ever since JJ had her surgery last month, she’s become quite the cougar!  So, Mom and I decided to create our own dating game and see who you would select.  Today we start with Bachelor #1 – Austin W.

Austin W. – Man of Mystery

  • JJ has not met him, Mom has.
  • Slightly younger, probably 5 to JJ’s 6 ish.
  • Lives the life of a comfortable suburban K9.
  • Loves to catch Frisbees.
  • Loves playing in the backyard.
  • Does not enjoy social engagements with fellow K9s, loves attention from humans.
  • Only K9, shares family with outdoor feline.  Previously shared house with two other female K9s.
  •  Wears a Georgetown collar.
  • Likes treats, not that fond of his kibble.
  • Likes belly rubs.

Stay tuned for Bachelor #2, Simba.

Another great, match made in heaven, day.

P.S.  Speaking of Bachelors, when JJ visited Dr. Shaffer’s this week, Judy asked Mom if she had any good ideas for Champ.  Champ, an American bulldog mix, has camped out at the Paradise Animal Center B & B for over 5 months.  We don’t know the whole sad story yet, however, he’s one step from going to Animal Services and you know what that could mean.  Here’s his picture, let us know if you have any ideas… we will see if our area has a bulldog rescue.

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Bits and Pieces – JJ Update

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Remember last Saturday when Mom cancelled JJ’s checkup due to inclement (vocab builder) weather?  Well, she went to see Dr. Shaffer yesterday.  Along with JJ, Mom carted an extra item to Dr. Shaffer – double wrapped solid waste provided by yours truly!  EWWWWW!  Well, better the waste than ol’ Jetty boy having a certain long item stuck into the back part of said K9 looking for hookworms!  (Great news: No wigglers lurking … I’m WORM FREE!)

According to Mom, the office hopped with K9s and felines entering the Paradise Animal Center B & B, allowing their humans to gallivant (vocab builder) on vacation.  A few semi-emergency cases popped in added to the regular schedule of appointments.

Good News/Bad News on Little Miss Waxy Ear:  Good NewsNO HOOKWORMS – Yippee!  Bad News: That darned half a waxy plug is still lodged against JJ’s eardrum.  No infection, however, Dr. Shaffer said eventually, two bad possibilities can arise and we HAVE TO get that blob OUT.  JJ endured another ear flush session and medicine insertion with courage and patience.  She returns on Tuesday for a final decision: plug removal via flush or via sedation and mechanical scooper.  Cross your paws for the first option!

Jet’s note to ear wax plug:

  • Wax belongs in candles.
  • Wax gets rubbed on cars.
  • Wax seals old fashioned envelopes.
  • Wax protects vegetables.
  • SCRAM and leave my sister’s ear ALONE!

Another great, scram ear wax, day.

He looked mostly like this.

P.S. Way back in November, when we were young bloggers, Mom and I shared an incident with a peacock.  Last night, Miss Mary Ann, Dixie, JJ, Mom and yours truly took a newish evening route which includes the reverse order of a section of our weekend route.  Their in the EXACT same spot almost 7 months later was a peacock, tail down.  I didn’t want to frighten Dixie, so, I stared down that colorful guy and left him with tail down – Jet 2, Peacock 1/2 (gave him credit for not running away!)

Sunshine Thursday – Mango Style

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Boy are we LATE!  Yup, my blogosphere little sister, Poppy, from Fluffy Popcorn bestowed the Sunshine award on her Big Bro a few weeks ago  and what happened??? Life!  Since we’ve focused on mangoes this week, and the sun shines brightly on our mango tree as Mom and I prepare this post, we will catch up and gratefully accept the award and pass it on.  Oh, you know what’s the funniest?  Poppy and I bestowed the same award to each other on the same day!  Goes to show you even virtual siblings have that “sibling intuition!”

Poppy and her Mommy write the most joyous blog, their sunny hue of the world becomes evident upon your first reading.  They creatively comment, post wonderful videos, construct great photos with and for their furiends and share their infectious positivism. (vocab builder)  Look what Poppy and her Mom made for us to celebrate our awards…

So here are the rules:

Answer the questions that come with it.  Since I’m a kind brother in my own home, too, I pass the question portion on to JJ.  If you want to see my answers from last time, go here.

Pass it along to 10 people and let them know they have received it..

Here are the questions and JJ’s answers:

  • Favorite number: 14, the day Mom, Rachel, Jet, and Pluffy adopted me.
  • Favorite Non-alcoholic drink:  Water – Mom thinks I need etiquette (vocab builder) lessons because I slurp and drip!.
  • Facebook or Twitter: Mom can’t keep up with my energy level now; she can’t imagine adding either of these activities to my already busy schedule..
  • My Passion: Fetching, chewing, and counter surfing (only as a means to see what Mom’s up to and to let her know I’m ready and willing to participate!).
  • Favorite pattern: The pattern my kibbles takes as I scarf it down in milliseconds..
  • Favorite Day of the Week:  Any day I spend more time with humans!.
  • Favorite Flower:  hmmmm…. Mom might need to help me with this… Jetty enjoys sniffing flowers more than I do… I will say pink hibiscus and hot pink bougainvillea because they match my accessory color!

We’re going to pass on the award to newer pals we’ve been commenting with…

  • Urban Hounds – Miss Kate and the hounds visit wonderful places and… Miss Kate likes foodie stuff like Mom!
  • Dogs n Pawz – for their sunny disposition and good sportsmanship during the NBA finals.
  • Long Life Cats and Dogs – Miss Susan burst on the scene recently and already thinks in posts like the rest of us.  She shares great stories, information and musings from South Africa.
  • Paws to Talk – Follow the lives of Bella and Didi, standard poodles who are smart and witty.
  • My Life with Flyball Dogs – We love following the adventures of Koira and Pallo.  Their human writes great comments on their behalf!
  • Raising Daisy – Little Miss Havachon writes really enteraining posts.
  • It’s a Weinerful Life – These human Moms know how to provide adventures for their doxies and chihuaha, Sally Ann, Luna and Charlie.
  • Joke Puppy – We usually stop by on Saturdays for a visit.  Joke puppy always leaves us with a smile on our faces.
  • My GBGV Life – You MUST check out Emma’s Tasty Tuesday posts, she’s a riot, reminiscent of Julia Child!
  • House Full of Dogs – Angel, a 3 year old Pomeranian, and Chaos, a 3 year old Chihuaha, share their adventures.

Another great sunny day!

Tasty Tuesday – Mango Bread Pudding

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Thanks to Sugar and Kol for initiating Tasty Tuesdays, today is our twelfth  participating post!

Yesterday, when many of you commented on how delicious the mango in JJ’s mouth looked, we let you know a few things Mom planned on making.  If we constructed a poll, bread pudding would have been the top vote getter.

See those mango cubes? JJ and I received 1 from each mango used – Quality control!

As Mom’s Kitchen K9s, we dedicate ourselves to protecting the ingredients, performing QC (quality control) and evaluating the finished product.  Yesterday, Mom made her annual mango ketchup for gift giving and mango bread pudding with chai spices.  Since the family that shared their gorgeous orbs practice a vegetarian lifestyle, Mom substituted almond milk for the cow’s milk in the recipe.  We think (and hope) they eat eggs; we left that part alone.

Mom will post a more thorough selection of pictures on her Kitchen Counselor FB.  Here’s the recipe with some pictures to whet (vocab builder) your appetite.

Mango Bread Pudding with Chai Spices
*We doubled recipe and used a 9 x 13 nonstick baking pan.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups stale (but not dry) white bread slices, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 2 large ripe mangoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes (3 cups)
  • 2 cups fat-free milk (we used almond milk)
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons light or dark rum, (optional) (we used frangelico)
  • 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black peppercorns (we used multicolored)
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Preparation
1. Position rack in the center of the oven; preheat to 350ºF. Coat an 8-inch square baking dish with cooking spray.
2. Toss bread cubes and mangoes together in the baking dish.
3. Whisk milk, eggs, rum (if using), brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, ginger, pepper and salt in
a medium bowl. Pour over the bread and mangoes; allow the mixture to soak for about 5 minutes.
4. Bake the pudding until it is set and a knife inserted in the center comes out clean, about 1 1/4 hours. Serve warm for best flavor.

Have a great mango bread pudding day.

P.S. To stay authentic, Mom gave us tidbits of the finished product, usually she would not, so THANKS BLOGOSPHERE!



Mischief Monday – Mango Madness

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Boy did we have another post in mind for you. Yup, sure did, until Mom decided to make Tropical Mango Chutney for the family that gave her a bunch of mangos on Friday night. While the chutney cooked, she prepared mangos for Mango Bread pudding and a batch of her annual Mango Ketchup. (More on these items on Tasty Tuesday!)

Anyway, working with mangos can be a messy business. Mango juice squirts everywhere, peels slip out of human hands, Mom occasionally misses the garbage when she throws the pits away and mangos stain everything. Did I mention we have a predominantly (vocab builder) white kitchen?

Mom selected the mangos to break down for the bread pudding last. She needed four, however, sometimes you need an extra to make up for some over ripe insides, so, she took five. Apparently, five mangos cannot balance in Mom’s arms and one fell and rolled somewhere on the floor. She placed the four on the counter and returned to the fridge area to retrieve number five.

Where did the mango go? Mom could not find it anywhere. Since I remained firm in my Kitchen K-9, guarding blocking the fridge area, she kind of poked underneath and around my soft, clean, handsome smelling fur (this morning was spa day!) with no success.

Case solved.

Another great mango day.

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Constitutional Aborted


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Sorry for the late post, however, we arrived home completely waterlogged this morning and have not felt quite right all day.  We had good intentions.  We let Mom sleep a bit extra today since we stayed up late waiting to join today’s blog hop at midnight. Mom then feels the need to write some comments.  This stuff called adrenaline shoots into her system and she cannot go to sleep, so, nice K9s that we are, we keep her company as she reads in bed.  Well, actually, JJ kept her company until she began to snore as Mom petted her to sleep!

Anyway, I digress.  Since the forecasters said rain all weekend, we sucked it up, geared up and braved the light rain for our morning walk because Mom and JJ needed to go to an early appt. at Dr. Shaffer’s for another ear/worm check.  Remember, this is the visit Mom needed to bring my solid waste sample to see if I had the creepy crawlies, too. EWWWWW!

Well, we went on our exit left, cross the big street weekend route dealing with the strengthening rain band.  About one third through our journey, the sky opened up and the rain pounded on our backs and head.  We looked like a soggy duck, superboy and purple thing making our way.  I froze and Mom realized I would not continue forward.  Luckily, we had a choice of a shorter version of the route, made a right and traipsed through the deepening puddles and flooding streets.  You can guess that solid waste elimination was absolutely out of the question; no sample for Mom!

The sound of the garage opening caused JJ and I to race for the kitchen door faster than Mom could keep up so she dropped the waterlogged leashes.  As soon as she entered the garage, she clicked the remote to close the door to keep out the pelting rain.  Mom had a lightbulb moment, realizing while her phone rested in the kitchen, her camera resided in the car.  She grabbed the camera, finally taking pictures of our sorry, soggy selves for you to see.

She cancelled Dr. Shaffer because his area floods worse than ours.  Mom dried us with the huge green towel, laughing at how wet all three of us were.  She told JJ and I we should have gone outside with a bar of soap, our shampoo and had spa day in nature!  I needed major recovery (nap) time after that adventure, yessirree!

Another great, waterlogged, day.

Thanks to Life With DogsConfessions of the Plume and Two Little Cavaliers for hosting the Saturday Blog Hop.

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On Role Players and Rings

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Guess what?  Last night, JJ and I played our roles for the Miami Heat and they WON THE 2012 NBA CHAMPIONSHIP!

Before going any further, all of us here at Casa Jet salute and honor what OKC, (the Oklahoma City Thunder),  brought to the finals: talent aplenty, great coaching by Mr. Scott, and best of all, awesome sportsmanship.  Our K9 pals and their Mom over at Dogs n Pawz have demonstrated an elite level of sportsmanship over the series, wishing us luck and respecting the play of our team as we have  theirs.  OKC retains a bright future bringing back a young team with a deeper perspective next season.  They honored themselves, their team, their owners, their fans and their city. 

Very few observers in the media or on the streets believed the HEATcould pull off this victory.  For those unfamiliar with basketball in this millennium, many professional teams amass two to three stars (like our big three: the King – Mr. Lebron (James), Flash or DWade – Mr. Dwayne (Wade) and CB – Mr.Chris (Bosh)) and then fill in their rosters with “role players.”  Role players sacrifice personal glory (scoring, star designations) and take on the jobs the team needs.  Last night, Mr. Mike (Miller), Mr. Mario (Chalmers), Mr. Shane (Battier) and Mr. Norris (Cole) executed their roles flawlessly.

Now, just for the record, in case you are unaware, JJ and I have executed our roles flawlessly too.  We:

  • Stayed awake for all the games during the playoff season, (ok, mostly…)
  • Held our “empty the tank requests” until after the game or until Mom felt comfortable “pausing” the action,
  • We barked in agreement with Mom’s cheering,
  • We gave Mom support on the couch when she worried about the close games,
  • We showed up on time and wearing colors, (on time being a BIG DEAL in Miami!)
  • During time outs or between quarters, we listened to Mom’s coaching (send the team your best good luck, guys, they need your help, you can do it, kiss, kiss, kiss, hug, hug, hug) and carried out her tasks.
  • Cuddled with Mom during close fourth quarters,
  • Let her bury her head in our fur and peak through to see how the team was doing.
  • Let Mom sleep a little later the morning after the games.

Mom, for playing our roles in superior fashion, like the guys on the team, do we get a championship ring, huh? Huh? A championship hat? A t-shirt? Something?  I’m working on it, Jetty, I’m working on it.

Another great, Congratulations to the Miami Heat, day.

Progress in Harmonious Living

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Ever since JJ arrived, Puffy, (former head of the fur family), dragged his paws on the subject of harmonious living.  Puffy vacillates (vocab builder) between hissing at, fleeing, and avoiding JJ’s presence.  JJ, who thinks the felines belong in the toy basket, only wants to “play”.

When my golden sister, Koko, may she be frolicking over the Rainbow Bridge, was alive, all four of us shared Mom’s bed each night.  Each of us laid an unspoken claim on our section of the bed:

  • Koko – either Mom’s right shoulder/upper torso or if I took that spot then right leg/thigh,
  • Fluffy – Mom’s tummy in such a way he could peer over her reading material,
  • Puffy – Mom’s feet, usually with tail facing Mom’s face and head facing the tv. (I know, I mentioned the non-functional box again!)
  • Me – Mom’s right shoulder/upper torso or parallel to Mom’s head sharing her pillow.

These days, typically JJ visits Mom at bedtime, and usually not for the whole night. Sometimes, when Mom reads on her bed during the afternoon, if JJ is otherwise engaged, Puffy will visit and curl up with Mom.  Over the last month or so, we’ve noticed Puffy coming out from under the bed more frequently to visit Mom. (Could it be after JJ’s surgery??)  He’s even jumped up when Little Miss “What Have I Done” rests beside Mom.  If JJ’s still, Puffy may even stay for a chin rub.  The second she flinches the Puffster is OUT OF THERE!  Mom tries to show Puffy that both he and JJ can coexist on her bed by petting them simultaneously and speaking to Puffy in her calm, sweet voice.

So this morning, you can imagine her surprise when she saw the following:

Another great, step toward family harmony, day.

P.S.  For those of you attending the Blogpaws Conference, hope you have a great day, wish we were there!

Wordless Wednesday – Mom’s Desperate!

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For those long time readers, you know that I have ahem, a fear, strong dislike, panic attack with each and every storm. We originally thought that Little Miss Perfect was immune, however, poor petunia, she’s turning out to have the same issues as me! Instead of scratching/climbing walls, JJ turns into Little Miss Barkarooni/shiver girl! Can’t recall exactly when, however, over the last few days, Mom came across the following and may seriously contemplate using up some biscuit $ to purchase…Mutt Muffs!

Hmmm…

JJ can maintain her accessory color!

could it really help in this situation???

Mom could do the mutt muff/thundershirt combo…

JJ could cuddle with her toys…

and… I could know doubt rock them out like this guy! I have the red raincoat, all I need are the red doggles to become Super Jetty!

Thoughts????

Another great, maybe soundproof, day.

Thanks to blogpaws for hosting the Wordless Wednesday Hop.  To all our anipals attending the conference, have a PAWESOME time, wish we were there.