Roscoe the Wonder Dogs High Priced Diet

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When making reservations to board Roscoe the Wonder Dog while we were out of town last week, the kind gentleman who runs the place brought up an interesting question.

Roscoe the Wonder Puppy

“How often does he eat and how much?”

I feel like I’m supposed to reply with exactly what’s written on the dog food bag, “one cup twice a day”, but then I got to thinking, he might just starve on that kind of diet.

So instead, my inner monologue said this…

Roscoe eats a bowl full of his no grain high priced dog food in the morning a little while after the girls run in screaming “Roscoe’s awake” and he stretches and wags, says Good Morning then lays for another 20 minutes in my favorite chair.

Roscoe’s job here is done

Then he eats usually a full piece of toast thats be thrown directly at him.

Next he will eat any cereal or eggs that are on the floor and lick any and all yogurt off of any children’s tiny hands.

For lunch he likes grapes, carrots, bananas  and cheese that Hazel was trying to eat at the kids table.  He may also choose to drink from the bottle she has thrown to the ground or from any juice boxes that he can find.

Snack time is much the same at Lunchtime, he very much like raisins still in the tiny box, goldfish crackers, muffins or string cheese ( the plastic wrap being optional).

For Dinner, Roscoe will comfortably eat most any vegetable that is thrown at me, Daddy, or even himself. After this course he again will eat a full bowl of high priced no grain dog food.

For a before bedtime snack he likes cookies. Animal crackers and Oreos are his favorites, he doesn’t seem to have any natural aversion to chocolate.

Roscoe waiting for his lunch

Since, little hands have a penchant for dumping out his water dish he is very comfortable and skilled at drinking out of a toilet bowl and leaving lots of water on the floor.

Quickly though, before my inner monologue could spew truth and embarrassment all over the kind gentleman on the phone I simply said “yes, a bowl full twice a day will be fine”

When I picked up Roscoe the Wonder Dog yesterday, I was glad to see that he had not in fact starved to death, he’d simply lost some weight….

Nobody tell my Vet…Or my breeder, for that matter, Downs Lake Kennels.

Stuffed.

Obituary for a Chicken

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Henrietta the Chicken

Born probably about 4 years ago- Died August 26th 2012

Henrietta, at least I think your name was Henrietta. I can’t really remember what I named you all when we moved in last year. But I’m pretty sure you were my favorite and I would have clearly named my favorite chicken Henrietta.

She was a loving chicken. If a chicken can be loving. She was the most vocal, anyway, when the 4 of them accidentally got locked out of their coop on their weekly afternoons in the yard. She was always the most friendly of the ladies, and would walk up to a child sitting on the ground and peck at their sweet little hands sending some of them running to their mothers in tears.

Henrietta passed away at the hands of our bird dog, Roscoe. While staying the weekend, my Well Intentioned Mother In Law let Henrietta out  of her coop at the same time as Roscoe Dog was out in the yard. Roscoe, being a born bird dog and a well bread English Springer Spaniel took her life somehow. I don’t know, I wasn’t even home.

She was found by my Well Intentioned Mother In Law and laid to rest under a cardboard box in the yard until my husband got home to move her to her final resting place, the garbage can. Luckily for her, it had recently been trash day so the garbage can was empty and clean.

Henrietta gave us months worth of delicious farm fresh eggs in the year we have known her. At least I’m pretty sure she did. They all lay their eggs in the same nesting box ,but I’m sure she contributed. She was my favorite after all.

Our first Eggs & Hazel in her Spica
Summer 2011

Henrietta is survived by the other three chickens out in the coop, all whom have names that I can’t remember.

RIP Henrietta.