OUR ANGEL ~ SWEET WHISKEY

I’m still trying to get a grip on losing my Whiskey girl.  Today would have been her 15th birthday and the grief is still overwhelming even 2 months later.

We knew when we rushed her to the emergency vet on Memorial Day that the decision we had been grappling with for a few months had made itself that day and that we would be saying goodbye to our sweet girl.  The emergency doctor laid out our options as I’m sure she’s required by law to do, but in the end was sure to let us know she agreed with the decision we made and thought it was best.

 

I have so many favorite pictures of her, but these were some of the last ones I had taken. I will ALWAYS miss the best dog in the world.

 

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DEEP CLEANER PROTESTER

I  decided I would do a SERIOUS deep clean of the floors as I won’t be able to do much after surgery.  I literally moved out all the furniture so I could vacuum and then mop.

Unfortunately, my Gunner companion for the day had other ideas.  After I moved all the furniture and turned my back for just a minute, he decided to literally sprawl across the floor blocking my way.  He was like an old hound dog and REFUSED to budge.

I even tried sucking his tail into the vacuum that he used to hate, but apparently loves now LOL.

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Sweet WHISKEY Sour ~ August 2, 2002 to May 29, 2017

Almost 15 years ago hubby got me the BEST birthday present ever, the golden retriever puppy I had always wanted. We wanted a buddy for our 6 month old black lab, Gunner.

It was difficult to find a female puppy and eventually we found one, but there were a couple catches.  She was two hours away and had to be named before we ever even saw her because they had to file the paperwork immediately. Oh and hubby had just had knee surgery, was on crutches and had National Guard Duty the weekend she HAD to be picked up.

We were at the VFW and trying to think of names.  I knew her mom’s name was Ruby so we started thinking about drink names that used alcohols that were amber or ruby in color.  I started browsing through a Mr. Boston cocktail book and that is when we decided on SWEET WHISKEY SOUR.  Since we had never met her we figured the name covered EVERY possible aspect of personality. We sure didn’t need to include the sour part.  Whiskey was the sweetest, most perfect dog ever.

Since hubby couldn’t take me to get her, my brother did.  We were NOT prepared the amount of cuteness we were going to encounter when we arrived.  She was one of 12 puppies and I think 10 of them had some form of alcohol name… Amaretto, Brandy, Cognac … Turned out she was the runt of the litter. Teeny tiny really, fit in the palm of your hand size, wear my scrunchy for a collar size.

For all these years I can only truly think of maybe two times she ever got in trouble. Our plan for her to be a buddy to our black lab, Gunner didn’t work out immediately.  She was so tiny that she couldn’t be left alone with Gunny. So, she started commuting to work with me and keeping the customers company at the Auto Repair shop I managed. She became a seasoned traveler and loved to climb into the package shelf of my Camry so she could see everything.  I had a LONG drive (65 miles each way) so she really got to see A LOT of things that she thought were really cool. Eventually she grew into her breed size and she and Gunny became best buds.

This past weekend was one of the saddest and hardest ever with the air conditioning going out and NO ONE available until tomorrow to fix it and then waking up on Memorial day today to the fact that we were going to be saying goodbye to the sweetest dog ever and with no warning! 

Her breed has a life span of 10-12 years and we had been battling with seizures and chronic ear infections for years, and then more recently hip dysplasia and multiple tumors the past few months so knew we had been on borrowed time for quite awhile. We have been having to help her up and down for a couple months now and then today she had some form of Inner Ear Infarction and could not stand or walk. The vet says it happens all of a sudden, but that doesn’t mean we’re not kicking ourselves for not finding a way to prevent it.  Making this decision killed us, but ultimately her quality of life (or lack of) was the most important thing to us. She was hanging on for us, we knew that and it made it even harder to make the decision, but her sweet face in agony made the decision for us. Our vet has been in awe of her making it to 14 3/4, actually all our animals being so old for quite some time. We lost a 21 year old cat, Dickens a few years ago as she died in my arms and still have Gunny the black lab at 15 1/4 and Sady the cat at 19 later this week.

She wanted to go out with hubby so bad and stood at the back door waiting until he returned. There is so much more I could write, but honestly I am still so torn up emotionally that I just need some down time to mourn her.

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MOVING ON UP…

I guess I’m just a kid of the 70’s. LOL Every time I move I get the Jefferson’s theme song stuck in my head. I’ve been busy packing, painting, cleaning etc… around here getting ready for the BIG move. I’ll be back to regular blogging at the end of the week.

In the meantime her’s a couple of pictures of my favorite fur children.

Mediterranean Chicken Alfredo

Mediterranean Chicken Alfredo
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
6 oz. jar artichoke hearts, drained and rinsed
2 tablespoons Classico sun-dried tomato pesto
4 tablespoons + 2 tablespoons sweet butter
2 tablespoons flour
2 teaspoons minced garlic, jar
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/3 cup grated Mozzarella cheese
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon basil leaves
1/2 teaspoon oregano
pasta of your choice

  • Drain and rinse artichoke hearts, cut into small pieces
  • Cut chicken into bite sized pieces
  • Melt 3 tablespoons of butter in skillet over medium heat
  • Saute’ chicken pieces and garlic until cooked through and tender
  • While chicken is cooking melt 2 tablespoons of butter in sauce pan
  • Whisk in flour until smooth and golden
  • Gradually add whipping cream, bring to a SLOW simmer, stirring frequently
  • In a mortar and pestle rejuvenate your herbs and add to the sauce pan, whisking in well
  • Simmer 8-10 minutes until sauce reaches desired thickness and is smooth
  • Add tomato pesto & Mozzarella cheese and stir until smooth
  • Drain chicken mixture and add to the sauce mixture.
  • Pour over prepared pasta, top with Parmesan cheese and serve hot.
On a side note – this is what a dejected face looks like. She wasn’t happy about being relegated outside while I cooked.

A funny thing happened on the way to the Lemon Custard Cup ~ Tuesdays With Dorie

I used to participate in the baking group Tuesday’s with Dorie.  I bring this post over from my old blog more for the cute story about my dog and the recipe review than any value in the recipe itself. Bridget of The Way the Cookie Crumbles had chosen the recipe for Lemon Cup Custard on page 387.
We love lemon here so I was pretty excited about this recipe. Instead of making individual custard cups I made it as a full pie and it was going to have a whipped cream top (hubby’s request). We both tasted it before it went into the oven and thought there wasn’t enough lemon flavor for us and it was just too sweet. We like a really tart lemon. But, we were anxiously waiting to see if the baking would enhance the lemon flavor. Fortunately I took a picture as soon as it came out of the oven. 
I turned my back for 2 seconds while it was cooling and Gunner, our black lab decided the custard shouldn’t wait to cool, but be eaten immediately. About the time I heard SPLAT it was too late, the custard was face down on the kitchen floor and shortly thereafter the dog was in the snow, his puppy dog eyes and wistful so sorry looks didn’t work on me (he was only in the snow long enough for me to clean up the mess and cool off). 
I did throw together a lemon Bundt cake with a lemon butter cream frosting to replace it. I guess we’ll never know if more lemon flavor comes out as it bakes.

CUTE as a DICKENS

Our beloved cat died in my arms this morning.  It’s never easy, even when you know it’s inevitable, but when a pet dies you lose a a piece of the family.  We will miss her, but are glad she went with very little pain. She lived a very long life for a cat and was always so sweet.

THE ICE WON!

Life has been crazy.  I know, I know it’s the holiday season and we’re all busy.  BUT, the storm that hit yesterday really made me take stock since hubby is home fresh from the hospital recuperating from foot surgery and ACTUALLY NEEDS a nurse so I’ve been sticking close to home and reevaluating my TO DO lists.  There was a craft fair I wanted to go to at the local fairgrounds though and I thought I’d give it a couple hours.
I got him all settled with plenty of snacks, a phone, etc… and decided to head out.  After all, the storm was over and the sun was HUGE in the sky and bright.  That was the good news and the bad!  The sun was melting the snow, but the temperature was only beginning its climb to 25 which was short lived to begin with and felt like 10 with the wind chill so the slush was fleeting as it became ice.
I thought the freeway would be better since they had supposedly cleared it for the truckers, but that was a bust too. I got off on the first off ramp and headed back home which I know was the right choice since I encountered a broken down snow plow, 2 vehicles in ditches and several others who had NO idea to drive on the ice and were in the wrong vehicles, or at least the wrong tires to do so.
I did however get a great picture of the duck pond behind my house and it’s one of my favorite shots of the season.  There are still several ducks in it despite the fact that the ice and snow are winning the war on covering the surface.

A-Z Challenge ~ F ~ FRIENDLY

It’s A-Z challenge time again!  This year in celebration of 2 years cancer free I’m devoting my A-Z’s to positive attributes and characteristics. Today is FRIENDLY.  My golden retriever, Whiskey is the friendliest person I know, she’s also one of the smartest.

It’s always a great time and a wonderful way to meet new bloggers.
Glad to see you here!
Whiskey-friendly