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10 Reasons Dogs Are A Girl’s Best Friend

 10 Reasons Dogs Are A Girl's Best Friend - The Palmetto Peaches

“Whoever said diamonds are a girl’s best friend never owned a dog.”*

When I was little I wanted a pet rabbit. Instead my parents got me a few goldfish…one of which my dad stepped on. The sight of his/her fishy guts on our living room floor traumatized me for life. R.I.P Buggy.  Yes, I named it Buggy the fish.

My next stop into pet ownership was brief. I bought two hermit crabs with the coolest painted shells – Shrimp and Biggie. Hermit crabs are not cuddly at all and I realized they actually kind of creeped me out.

Fast forward to September 2014 I’m in Columbia for a football game (Go Gamecocks) and my mom let’s me know she’s in town as well. I go to say hello and am greeted by the cutest little pup. Yup, my mom ambushed surprised me with a dog. That’s how I became a fur mama.

On Tuesday, my fur baby, Sgt. Pepper, turned two. So in honor of my little muffin’s birthday I’m sharing 10 reasons dogs are a girl’s best friend.

 

10 Reasons Dogs Are a Girl’s Best Friend

  1. Cuddling is always on the table. Usually there is no persuasion necessary, but a little treat can convince Sgt. Pepper to come cuddle on the couch with me for the duration of whatever movie or bingewatch session I’m completing.  And not only are they willing to cuddle with you…
  2. The are always down to nap with you. Fur mamas (or daddies), raise your hands if your dog has fallen asleep right on top of you and you try not to move because you don’t want to disturb their little sweet puppy dreams. Besides that, dogs are always down for a nap- some can sleep up to 18 hours a day. What a fantastic life!
  3. They are always so excited to see you. Sgt. Pepper gets so unbelievably excited every time I walk through the front door. I could have been gone for 60 seconds to grab that one grocery bag that I couldn’t manage to bring in the first trip and you would have thought I had left for hours. His joy can make me forget a miserable day at work or at least temporarily make it seem like it wasn’t a big deal.
  4. They are your ride or die. As soon as I grab the leash, Sgt. Pepper is ready to go. Whether or it’s a quick drive to run an errand or a 4.5 hour road trip to Charleston, he’s happy to go wherever I’m going.
  5. They won’t bawk at your nicknames. I don’t have pet names for most people. You’ll get a boo or boo boo from me, but that’s about it. Because of my fur baby I finally have a use for all these nicknames I’ve been holding on to: Little monkey, little monster, boo boo, love bug, munch munch, puppy baby…
  6. Unconditional love. Dogs hand out pure unconditional love and ask absolutely nothing in return – although food and water are a part of the deal. They won’t hold a grudge against you. I’ve accidentally kicked Sgt. Pepper off of the bed and he just snuggled up next to my face as if nothing happened. Boyfriends and girlfriends will go, but your dog will always happily be by your side. 
  7. Built in vacuum. You just can’t stay mad when they make a mess and perhaps it’s because they will help you clean up. When I mean help, it’s more of a mad scavenge for any morsel of meal that you may drop, but still it’s helpful.
  8. Built in dinner date. Ok, albeit, your dog just wants a bite of your food, but you will never ever have to eat alone again. Sgt. Pepper will stare at me (sometimes until he falls asleep), or curl up on my feet while I dine. I’ve realized I will never eat alone whenever he’s around. P.S. I’ve got a super simple recipe for some homemade doggie treats you can throw your fur baby so they’ll leave your plate alone.
  9. Deals with your mood swings. I’m a fairly happy person, but then I’ll watch three episodes of Parenthood or a Grey’s Anatomy season finale and fall into an emotional black hole (Damn you, Shonda). Sgt. Pepper will come and put his head on my lap and get extra snuggly. The same goes for when I’m sick. He just knows and loves on me just the required amount. Dogs can sense these things and will adjust their behavior accordingly.
  10.  They will never cease to amuse you. My dogs makes even the most mundane chores interesting. Sgt. Pepper has an affinity to roll around in my piles of dirty laundry. He also is obsessed with my slippers (because none of his toys is good enough for him apparently). He sometimes plays with his food and it’s hilarious. And who doesn’t love a good dog chases his tail session? Cat owners probably, but cat people are a topic for another day.

In case you were wondering Sgt. Pepper enjoyed a trip to Bruster’s for a “doggie sundae” for his special day and demolished it. He wasn’t a fan of the bone though.

10 Reasons Dogs Are A Girl's Best Friend - The Palmetto Peaches

*To be clear, I am still very open to diamonds.

Do you have a furry BFF? Share some stories and pictures with me!

Donni Siggy--The Palmetto Peaches

Fur Mama Adventures: Homemade Dog Treats

Fur Mama Adventures: Homemade Dog Treats- The Palmetto Peaches

Photo Credit: Rachel Neal

If you’ve been around the blog for awhile you’ve probably seen a mention or two about my fur baby, Sgt. Pepper. The end of September marked a full year this little character has been in my life. Prior to becoming Sgt. Pepper’s furever mama, I was of the Ron Swanson persuasion that little dogs are kinda pointless.

Fur Mama Adventures: Homemade Dog Treats - The Palmetto Peaches

I’ve obviously changed my tune and can’t imagine life without my favorite little guy. No matter what type of day I’ve had, he’s always so happy to see me when I walk in the door. He’s the best form of entertainment. He constantly keeps me smiling and laughing. And yes, I’m the crazy fur mama that sends Snapchats of him chasing his tail or doing some of the very weird things he does as he pounces on his treats.

When Ace and I first started the blog, I said I would write some specific fur mama posts and did not follow through with that at all. Although, I think he did make an appearance in my May beauty unboxing video.  So in my first fur mama adventures blog, I’m going to share one of my favorite recipes for simple homemade dog treats.

 Homemade Dog Treats – Ingredients

  • 2 cups rolled oats — you can also use 100% organic whole wheat flour, wheat germ, or some combination of these). If your pooch is sensitive to grains you can try chickpea flour or buckwheat. I’ve also seen other fur parents use coconut flour.
  • ~8 oz of baby food — Some of my favorites to use are banana, blueberry, chicken, and sweet potato.
    • Please remember to make sure there are no toxic items included in the ingredients or anything your fur baby is allergic to.
  • Optional – Cookie Cutters

For this batch – I used these 2.5 oz containers of Gerber baby food I purchased from Big Lots for $0.30 (two come in each package). I picked up five packages so Sgt. Pepper is getting treats for daysssss. My plan was to use three containers (as shown in the picture below), but I used two containers and thickened the “dough” with about two and half tablespoons of peanut butter.

Directions

Homemade Dog Treats using baby food and rolled oats - The Palmetto Peaches

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Mix ingredients together to form a stiff dough. You may need to add water or more oats/flour.
  3. I  pressed out the “dough” on a flexible cutting mat. If you don’t have one I would use a slightly floured surface. Use cookie cutters to cut into desired shape or a knife pizza cutter to make cubes. 2 cups of oats should give you 30-35 treats depending on the size you cut them.
  4. Place the cut treats on a cookie sheet and bake for 20 minutes.
  5. Allow to cool completely before giving you fur baby a simple yummy homemade treat.

In case you needed proof – Sgt. Pepper completely approved. He was sniffing around the kitchen as I was mixing up these homemade dog treats and devoured one as soon as they cooled down. I thought he was going to take my finger off grabbing it.   P.S. How photogenic is this guy?

Homemade Dog Treats - Sgt. Pepper Approved - The Palmetto Peaches

 

Do you have any recipes for homemade dog treats? I’d love to hear what your fur baby loves in the comments below.

Donni Siggy--The Palmetto Peaches