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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My Photo Challenge for Mommy

dark & sad?

dark & sad?

A few days ago, I gave Mommy a challenge. Since we take a LOT of pictures, we use Instagram a lot. Our Instagram photos are taken with Mommy’s iPhone. Since we use her iPhone so much, she has been using her Canon 7D a lot less often than she should be using it and a lot less often than she wants to be using it.

When I really thought about this, I decided that I was going to challenge Mommy to post 1 photo of me on Instagram per day for the next 30 days using her DSLR. You can see more information about the challenge here.

dark and crooked mouth?

dark and crooked mouth?

When I challenged Mommy, I didn’t really know what I was doing. I kind of thought that I would just be encouraging her to use her 7D more. I didn’t realize that she TOTALLY forgot all of its function and settings! I don’t know if she realized that either. As such, I’ve been doing quite a lot of modeling.

Let’s take tonight, for example. Mommy and I went outside so she could take a photo for day 4 of 30. Can you guess how many photos she took before she got one that she wanted to post to Instagram? 6? 17? 29? 41? 52? 61? 70? Yes. She took 70 photos.

dark and...GREEN?

dark and…GREEN?

I figured I’d let this post serve as a bit of a “behind the scenes” glimpse into what really goes into each photo that Mommy posts as part of this challenge. The photos in this post are the “OMIGOD MOMMY WHAT ARE YOU DOING?” photos. The somewhat decent photos are the ones that I post to Instagram. The ones that are part of the photo challenge are labeled as such.

If you’d like to join us on this photo challenge, feel free. My username on Instagram is @raeganhuston and you can find my account by clicking this link.

XO- RH

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Life with an Instagram Addicted Brother, by Max

Hi everybody, my name is Max. You probably don’t know me, and that’s because this is my very first time writing a blog…actually, it’s my first time on a computer! If I have any typos, I’m sorry…my paws are slowly adjusting to these tiny keys.

You probably know my little brother, Koa. He borrows Mommy and Daddy’s phone to use this thing called Instagram, where he has apparently made thousands of new friends across the world in a few months. I have no idea how that’s possible. I can’t even make a friend at the dog park.

Anyway, Mommy and Daddy adopted me from the cold, terrible shelter last October. They decided my new birthday would be that day, October 25th.

So basically… I’ve been on this Earth for almost seven years now. Back when I was born, I didn’t have anything called Instagram or Facebook to keep track of cool pictures and videos of myself as I grew up. But nowadays, that’s what all these kids are doing!  I always see my little brother taking selfies, or Mommy taking boring videos of him playing with a toy. Who would want to see that?! Well, apparently a lot of people…

Koa always bothers me to take pictures with him. I don’t really know why…I mean, I live with him and he sees me every second of the day (if I leave the room for just a second, he starts barking…ugh, little brothers are such a pain), so why does he need so many photos!?

I’m an easygoing dog. I don’t even like toys. Mommy bought me one toy for Easter. She thought maybe I would play with it one day, so she bought it for me just in case. It was a blue rubber bunny, shaped like those candy Peeps you see all over Target (I’ve never been in Target, but Mommy says they are literally everywhere during Easter time).  I really did like my toy, but I didn’t show it by playing with it…I showed it by hiding it and always keeping it in my bed, because that’s the one place my little brother is NOT allowed to go!  Then one day that little guy stole my blue toy and kept it as his own… I didn’t mind it, but a couple months later, he ended up chewing on it too much and breaking it, so Mommy threw it away. Darn little brothers.

My point is, I don’t get why everyone needs to take pictures of everything and then post them! I mean, I live a great life without this Instagram thing. I was in a shelter for so long, stuck in a cage all day surrounded by noisy dogs. Now, I’m in my wonderful air-conditioned forever home, and I spend my days relaxing in bed and enjoying long walks outside. Now THAT’S living the life!

Your friend, Max

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