Grandma and Grandpa’s Report Card – St. Louis

Grandma and Grandpa's Report Card - St. Louis 1As many of you know, Mommy went to St. Louis for 2 nights to see the New York Rangers play the St. Louis Blues in their season opener. I was bummed that I couldn’t go with her and I know that Mommy was, too. I could have used a little getaway!

While Mommy was gone, Grandma and Grandpa watched me. Mommy wanted to make sure that they knew everything about taking care of me so she typed up lots of information and tips. She taped the pages to the cabinets and also emailed a copy to both my grandparents. The pages were divided into topics so now that Mommy is back, had a conversation with Grandma about how I did, and assessed the entire situation, I’m ready to issue Grandma and Grandpa their report card. Their grades are based on each topic in the document that Mommy prepared.

Food: B-

  • I got all my meals (or so we believe) and ate very well. On the instruction sheet, Mommy said that I could have 2 gelatin square per day. She pre-cut them so they were ready to go. As you may know, I emphasize over and over again in my YouTube videos that if you take gelatin for possible positive effects for the skin, coat, and joints, you should check with your vet first, get approval, AND find out what dosage you should take. Well, I know exactly how much I’m supposed to take because of what my vet told Mommy and that’s why Mommy told Grandma and Grandpa that I could have 2 squares per day. Even though Mommy was only gone for 2 days, she left me enough squares for about 8 days. Ummmm, Grandma gave me ALL the squares over the 2 days!!!! That is DEFINITELY too much of the supplement so that’s why I can’t give a grade of any higher than a B-. I wasn’t given any treats, which is OK but Mommy left a special bag of my favorites and she would have rather I had some of those than the gelatin overdose!! I was forced to be a HYPOCRITE and do the exact opposite of what I preach in every single video!

Water: C

  • Mommy made a list of where she keeps bowls of fresh water for me. Water was refreshed in all locations except…my room!! I played in there a lot so by the time Mommy got home, the water was filthy. Yuck! Fresh water is one of the most important things so the water in my room is why this category received a C.

Medications: B

  • I was given all my medications but, strangely enough, tonight’s dose was missing, even though the last dose that was supposed to be administered was this morning. Mommy thought maybe Grandma AND Grandpa gave me a dose, resulting in the missing dose but that wasn’t the case. Grandpa didn’t give me any meds. Mommy asked Grandma if maybe she was being forgetful and actually gave me my morning dose twice. Grandma was sure she didn’t. We’re not quite sure where the mystery dose went so, to be on the safe side, Mommy skipped tonight’s dose and I’ll resume, as usual, tomorrow morning.

Walks: A

  • I was taken out a lot and had plenty of opportunities to be outside. Thank goodness! This was a big one for Mommy! She takes me out quite a bit throughout the day so we wanted to make sure that I continued to be taken out every few hours in her absence. This was important. Good job, Grandma and Grandpa!

Stressors: A

  • Since I have Cushing’s Disease, it’s not good when I get stressed out. Mommy listed my most frequent stressors and ways to keep my stress low. Grandma said she was very attentive to how I was feeling and behaving and, when Mommy got home, she was happy to see that I looked good and wasn’t stressed. This is great because the last time Mommy went away, I got quite stressed.

Rules: B-

  • Mommy left a list of rules and I think most of them were followed pretty well! Mommy asked Grandma if Aunt Molly Belle bullied me and Grandma pretty much said that she did. So…2 rules were violated (No running on the stairs. No roughhousing.). Those were 2 of 3 rules that could have been dangerous for meGrandma and Grandpa's Report Card - St. Louis 2 so that’s why this gets a B-.

Photos: F

  • Oh, you guys! Mommy LOVES seeing photos of me and they only take a second to take. Mommy asked Grandma for cute pics of me. She sent 3 photos the ENTIRE TIME Mommy was away. Mommy was totally having Raegan-withdrawal and it’s not like she was in a court-ordered Raegan-detox program so there was no reason for her not to receive pics!!!! I posted 1 of the photos on Instagram and Facebook after editing it quite a bit. The other 2 photos are in this post. 1 of them is so dark and my eyes are practically closed. In the other one, I’m looking away from the camera and you can see the bald patch from my hot spot. My goodness! What the heck?!

Overall grade: B

  • I’m alive!!!! Mommy says that I can’t have gelatin for a few days since I ate the amount that a dog that weighs 90-120 lbs. should have received. I’m not taking my medication for tonight because we’re not sure if I took my meds twice at some point. Other than that, Grandma and Grandpa did very well. 

Mommy’s grade: A-

  • Mommy now knows what she needs to change with my care notes and that she needs to highlight certain information or give reasons for providing certain instructions. That’s easy enough, though!

I don’t think Mommy is going away for a while. Actually, I don’t think she has ANY trips planned right now. While I was fine while Mommy was away, I’m wondering if there are any ways to prevent her from leaving again!

XO- RH

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Ashton and Mila

Ashton and Mila 1By now, everyone pretty much knows that Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis welcomed their daughter into the world on Tuesday. What you DON’T know about is what happened after. I truly believed that Ash and Mil would keep my identity a secret, at least for now, but they just couldn’t keep quiet.

Yesterday, Daddy-o spilled the beans. He put up a post on his website announcing the birth and the very first photo of his baby girl. Click here to see the article. Please scroll all the way down. They TOTALLYAshton and Mila 2 blew my cover! What were they thinking!?!? Didn’t they know that I wanted to keep a low profile?I feel like my personal life has been completely violated!

For the past day, I’ve had ZERO privacy! I’ve been featured on The Insider, ET, TMZ, Us Weekly, and many more media sources that will contribute to the breakdown of my private life. I wouldn’t even be surprised if I appeared on the cover of In Touch magazine or Ashton and Mila 3something like that.

Mommy keeps looking at me! In fact, she stares at me. She’s taken many photos of me today. I can’t escape the camera. Heck, I can’t crawl under the bed without being followed, even though all I want is a moment alone. I can’t even walk into the BATHROOM without being followed. People are starting to recognize me on Instagram! I’m scared to check Twitter and Pinterest!

I know that the announcement that I’m Ashton and Mila’s daughter is shocking but I would kindly like to request privacy and understanding during this time of adjustment. As you can imagine, this is a very stressful situation and I need some time to digest it all.

Way to go, Ashton and Mila. Oh, and congrats on parenthood!! ;)

XO- RH

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A Perfect Ten

Yesterday was my 10th birthday party! Mommy hosted my bash a little early because, even though my birthday isn’t until October 26, the weather at the end of September is usually great for outdoor partying. Aunt Molly Belle and Cousin Maggy, family dogs, were there. I also had canine friends, both old and new, attend. My entire human family was there. Some people from Millburn Veterinary Hospital came, which was REALLY sweet since they have been my fabulous veterinary professionals for my entire life. Everyone got along soooo well and had a nice afternoon playing, celebrating, and posing for photos! I hope you like this photo blog of some special moments from my 10th birthday party!

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XO- RH

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Unflavored Gelatin with Sweet Potatoes Recipe (for Dogs)

Unflavored Gelatin with Sweet Potatoes Recipe (for Dogs)This is a gooooood recipe! I’m REALLY not kidding. It’s so good that Mommy won’t stop eating it even though I told her that the snacks are mine. We made them about 2 days ago and they’re almost already gone. We’re going to have to make a new gelatin recipe tomorrow because Mommy is eating my food! I never knew that she was a gelatin crook!

In the video, Mommy says that 3/4 sweet potato should be used. That’s what we used for our recipe but that was actually a bit too much potato. I think it would have turned out a speck more…”gel-like”…if we’d used a little less potato. I’m going to write up the recipe in here using 1/2 a sweet potato.

Ingredients:

1/4 cup cold water

1 package of unflavored gelatin

1/2 mashed sweet potato

3/4 cup boiling water

Directions: Peel 1/2 of a sweet potato. Boil 1/2 of a sweet potato so it can be pierced with a fork. Mash the sweet potato well. Pour 1/4 cup of cold or room temperature water into a Pyrex dish. Sprinkle the package of unflavored gelatin on top of the water. Pour 3/4 cup of boiling water on top of the gelatin and cold water. Mix the ingredients until the gelatin powder has dissolved. Add the 1/2 mashed sweet potato to the mix and make sure it is evenly distributed throughout the dish. Put the dish into the refrigerator for about 3 hours. Cut the gelatin into veterinarian-recommended sizes and doses. Enjoy!

Note: Once you put the sweet potato into the Pyrex dish, it might look (and feel) a little runny. That is completely fine and just as it should be! It won’t have the texture of a solid food.

I hope you enjoy this recipe! Please feel free to let me know what you think!

XO- RH

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Unflavored Gelatin with Strawberries Recipe (for Dogs)

I’m not biased because I’m the chef. Really, I’m not! This gelatin snack turned out to be DELICIOUS! Even Mommy agrees. I had this throughout the week and the smell of fresh strawberries filled the air every time Mommy took the lid off the Pyrex dish. It was truly delicious and definitely nutritious!

This recipe actually made Mommy wonder why artificially flavored jello even exists when making this was SO easy and extremely yummy!

Ingredients:

1/4 cup cold water

1 package of unflavored gelatin

4-5 finely chopped strawberries

3/4 cup boiling water

Directions: Pour 1/4 cup of cold or room temperature water into a Pyrex dish. Sprinkle the package of gelatin on top of the water. Pour 3/4 cup of boiling water on top of the gelatin and cold water. Mix the ingredients until the gelatin powder has dissolved. Add the chopped strawberries and make sure they are evenly distributed throughout the dish. Put the dish into the refrigerator for about 3 hours. Cut the gelatin into veterinarian-recommended sizes and doses. Enjoy!

NOTE: I AM NOT A VETERINARY PROFESSIONAL. CHECK WITH YOUR VET BEFORE FEEDING GELATIN TO YOUR DOG. CHECK WITH YOUR VET TO DETERMINE HOW MUCH GELATIN YOUR DOG SHOULD EAT PER DAY. 

I hope you enjoy this recipe! Let me know what you think. I’d love to hear feedback.

XO- RH

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Raewatch

Mommy has been my Mommy, protector, provider, guardian, advocate, best friend, exercise partner, shopping gal pal, photographer, nap buddy, fashion assistant, and many other roles since I was born. She loves watching me grow and evolve and she calls that “Raewatch.” Mommy has been on Raewatch since the day I arrived in her arms. In addition, when I run in slow-motion, it reminds her of the opening credits to the TV show Baywatch, which sounds just like Raewatch. Therefore, the theme of my 10th birthday is Raewatch. Everything related to my party and big day is going to be beachy and surfer-esque. Mommy made this video so we can relive our best memories and so you, too, can catch a glimpse of my first 10 years!

Since my birthday isn’t actually until October 26, I’m sure I’ll be writing a lot more about it!

XO- RH

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Unflavored Gelatin with Coconut Water Recipe (for Dogs)

Unflavored Gelatin with Coconut Water Recipe (for Dogs)It seems like fall is right around the corner but we’re still in summer mode here, listening to the Beach Boys and drinking coconut water! When I do that, it’s just like I’m on the beach…sort of.

This recipe has a different twist from the first two recipes that I posted. Instead of using water as the liquid in the gelatin, we used…COCONUT WATER to add flavor! It makes me feel like I’m vacationing in paradise!

I helped make the gelatin AND I taste-tested it. It’s extremely good and very easy to prepare!

Ingredients:

1/4 cup cold coconut water

1 package of unflavored gelatin

3/4 cup of boiling coconut water

Directions: Pour 1/4 cup of cold or room temperature coconut water into a Pyrex dish. Sprinkle the package of gelatin on top of the coconut water. Pour 3/4 cup of boiling coconut water on top of the gelatin and cold coconut water. Mix the ingredients until the gelatin powder has dissolved. Put the dish into the refrigerator for about 3 hours. Cut the gelatin into veterinarian-recommended sizes and doses. Enjoy!

NOTE: I AM NOT A VETERINARY PROFESSIONAL. CHECK WITH YOUR VET BEFORE FEEDING GELATIN TO YOUR DOG. CHECK WITH YOUR VET TO DETERMINE HOW MUCH GELATIN YOUR DOG SHOULD EAT PER DAY. 

I hope you enjoy this recipe! Let me know what you think. I’d love to hear feedback.

XO- RH

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Unflavored Gelatin with Cheese Recipe (for Dogs)

Unflavored Gelatin with Cheese Recipe (for Dogs)I couldn’t wait a full week to make more gelatin and I’m so excited to share this with you guys! Just a few days after my last YouTube video and blog post, I tried another recipe.

Mommy and I included cheese this time and, boy oh boy, do I love cheese! I’ve been eating this over the last few days and it is soooo good!

Ingredients:

1/4 cup cold water

1 package of unflavored gelatin

3/4 cup of boiling water

2 slices cheddar cheese, 2 slices Gouda cheese, 2 slices Swiss cheese

Directions: Pour 1/4 cup of cold water into a Pyrex dish. Sprinkle the package of gelatin on top of the water. Pour 3/4 cup of boiling water on top of the gelatin and cold water. Mix the ingredients until the gelatin powder has dissolved. Take the cheese slices and cut them into tiny bits. Stir the cheese into the gelatin mix until the pieces are evenly distributed. Put the dish into the refrigerator for about 3 hours. Cut the gelatin into veterinarian-recommended sizes and doses. Enjoy!

NOTE: I AM NOT A VETERINARY PROFESSIONAL. CHECK WITH YOUR VET BEFORE FEEDING GELATIN TO YOUR DOG. CHECK WITH YOUR VET TO DETERMINE HOW MUCH GELATIN YOUR DOG SHOULD EAT PER DAY. 

Visit my blog within the next day or 2 because I already have my next gelatin video ready to be uploaded! You won’t want to miss it!

XO- RH

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Unflavored Gelatin with Blueberries Recipe (for Dogs)

Unflavored Gelatin with Blueberries Recipe (for Dogs)I posted a few photos on Instagram and Facebook that have to do with making and snacking on gelatin because of the benefits that gelatin may provide for animal wellness. I promised to post a video and share the recipe with all of you. It was soooo good and I’m looking forward to having some more tomorrow!

In this video, I…I mean, my YouTube Production Assistant, describes how we made our gelatin this week. Don’t worry! It’s easy!

Ingredients:

1/4 cup cold water

1 package of gelatin

3/4 cup of boiling water

12-15 blueberries

Directions: Pour 1/4 cup of cold water into a Pyrex dish. Sprinkle the package of gelatin on top of the water. Pour 3/4 cup of boiling water on top of the gelatin and cold water. Mix the ingredients until the gelatin powder has dissolved. Take 12-15 blueberries and mush them until they are the consistency of baby food. Stir the blueberries into the gelatin mix until the blueberries are evenly distributed. Put the dish into the refrigerator for about 3 hours. Cut the gelatin into veterinarian-recommended sizes and doses. Enjoy!

NOTE: I AM NOT A VETERINARY PROFESSIONAL. CHECK WITH YOUR VET BEFORE FEEDING GELATIN TO YOUR DOG. CHECK WITH YOUR VET TO DETERMINE HOW MUCH GELATIN YOUR DOG SHOULD EAT PER DAY. 

I’m going to be sharing new recipes each week so stay tuned here AND subscribe to my YouTube channel. I hope you like my first video and recipe!

XO- RH

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National Dog Day 2014

Today is August 26, National Dog Day 2014. It also happens to my 9 year and 10 month birthday but that’s a different topic. National Dog Day is a really fun day because I’ve seen more photos of my friends today than on most days.

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However, just like many holidays, National Dog Day really shouldn’t be different from any other day of the year. I’m celebrated 365 (or 366!) days per year. Mommy loves having the responsibility and honor of making sure that I feel special EVERY single day. She can be in a sad mood. She can be sick. She can be extremely busy. None of those things (or anything, for that matter) interfere with the way she cares for me. That said, she did get me a special little something to acknowledge today. She got me a Puppuccino from Starbucks and it was yum in the tum!

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On this day and every day, I wish you a very happy, loving, and fulfilling DOG DAY!

XO- RH (& Mommy, too!)

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