Saturday, October 8, 2011

Buddy's Bath Time and Hambob's Old-Fashiioned Molasses Cookies

Buddy the Boston is just like most little boys...he doesn't like a bath! Oh, he is well behaved once you get him in the tub, and even lets me dry him with the hair dryer, but catching him is the trick!

Buddy will always follow me in the bathroom unless one of two things is going on:
1. If I am undressing and he can tell I have the shower on, he will avoid the bath
2. If I get the dog shampoo and move toward him!

The little dog lays his ears flat against his head and begins to look for furniture to hide behind. He is too funny. I only bathe Buddy about every 4 to 6 weeks, because he has, like many Bostons, very dry skin. We use a special gentle shampoo made for dogs with sensitive skin. I also have a spray which I use in between baths.
Buddy is allergic to GRASS...not a great thing for a dog. So he is not allowed to roll in the grass whenever he wants or he will get a runny nose, swollen eyes and other itchy areas. Then he must take and antihistamine.

Isn't it interesting how much dogs have in common with people? Even personality wise, each dog has his own distinct personality. Buddy is extremely mellow. My oldest son calls him "screen saver" because sometimes he will just stand in the middle of the room completely quiet and staring off into space. I am convinced he is thinking about what he wants to do next. Usually that is taking a nap!

Buddy SNORES like no other dog I have ever had. It is really his only fault, and actually I have gotten so used to it that I find it soothing! Buddy is a rescue dog, and I have never had an animal who was sweeter or more well-behaved.

If you are considering getting a pet, please consider getting a rescue animal. These are some of the most wonderful animals. Many have been abandoned, and they seem to be aware of the value of being rescued and reward their new owners with so much love.

Be sure to spend some time researching what type of dog or cat would be the best fit for your family before you adopt any animal. High energy dogs like Jack Russells will need lots of play time and exercise. Consider how much time you will actually have to spend on training your animal. Animals are just like children, they need lots of love and attention, and they need to be TAUGHT to behave.

So, take my advice, and get a little "buddy" of your own to enjoy! They are capable of giving you more pleasure than you can imagine.



Let your kids or grandkids help you make these easy and delicious cookies...

1 Cup Shortening
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 cup molasses
4 cups all purpose flour
4 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ginger
Granulated or turbinado sugar, for dipping

1. Preheat oven to 350F
2. Cream shortening and sugar.
Add eggs and molasses. Sift flour with cinnamon, baking soda, salt and
and ginger. Add to sugar mixture and mix well.
3. Roll into balls the size of walnuts and coat with granulated or turbinado sugar
4. Place on ungreased cookie sheets 2 inches apart.
5. Bake 12-15 minutes.

Makes three dozen...delicious cookies your children will love!
Per cookie: Calories 160, 6 g fat, 10mg chol, 2g protein, 25g carb,
0g fiber, 210g sodium.

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