Guess who is having a birthday today???
Sammy! One thing people don’t get about Sammy is that he is not your typical chihuahua. He is not a barker, a heel biter, or a shaking scared little puppy. He is very calm and friendly; he has converted chihuahua haters to love him!
Doesn’t he look like a vicious killer???
It was about 3 years ago that Sammy found me. He was in a pretty bad situation, and I rescued him. But then, I was in a pretty bad situation too, and I certainly would never have guessed a little dog with a big personality is what I needed! So really, I’m not sure who rescued who.
I come from a family of big dogs – we had border collies growing up, and I would never have seen myself with a little dog! So glad I gave Sammy a chance!
When I first got him, they told me he was not eating, or drinking any water. He wouldn’t even take drops of water from a medicine dropper. So, I put out a bowl of water, and he started drinking bowl after bowl of water! I truly believe animals can see into our souls, and know who is a good person, and who they can trust. Sammy trusted me right away.
When I met Rob, I told him – Sammy are I are a team, and we come together. Love me, love my dog
Did you know that dogs can have problems digesting gluten too? Not just humans? Sammy has always had a very sensitive stomach. In the beginning, Sammy was super scared I was going to be mad at him for making messes. I came home from work one day, and there were messes from him throwing up all over the apartment – probably 10-15 spots on the carpet. And he was so scared he hid under a chair! Poor dude – I tried to reassure him I was not mad at him. And still today – we have to do that every time his tummy gets messed up. Little clues that he gives us that tells us he didn’t have such a great past.
Sammy mainly eats the same food we do – so he is a gluten free dog! His food problems are so random – I am still trying to figure them out. He will be fine, and then all the sudden he will be throwing up from something he ate. Lots of blankets are necessary for him to feel safe and warm. Kinda like me!
He really is such a good dog though – he is small enough we can take him practically anywhere. He has been hiking, fishing, biking, to Alaska, and in our wedding! I got a backpack that we call the “Sammy-pack”, and he fits perfectly inside it with his blanket!
I made these gluten free dog cookies for him as treats – he loves them! What dog doesn’t like peanut butter? And all the ingredients are things I would eat!
Sammy Approved Gluten Free Peanut Butter Dog Cookies
Adapted from my friend Nora, and here
Print this recipe!
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup flour (I used garbanzo-fava)
1/2 cup water
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Mix together all ingredients. It should come together in an easy to work with ball of dough.
Place on a floured surface, and roll out, about 1/4 inch thick.
Cut into shapes – either just circles, or use a bone cookie cutter.
Place on a greased baking sheet, and bake for 10 minutes – depending on size. My cookies were about 1 3/4 inch long. If you cut yours out bigger, they may need to bake longer. They should be lightly browned.
Remove from oven, and place on a wire rack to cool. Store these treats in a covered container in the fridge. The last time I made these was 2 years ago, and I still have some left over! They last a long time!
This is what Sammy did the whole time I was making his treats – take a nap!
Happy 3rd birthday, baby!
Of course, I really don’t know how old Sammy is, or when he was born. It has been about 3 years since I got him, and I chose March 15th as his birthday, because it is 10 days before mine! I’ll let you figure that out!
Sammy is such a cuddler. He has many favorite things to do – one is sitting in front of the fire:
With the other yellow dog, of course.
His next favorite thing to do is to cuddle up and go to sleep!
Of course, I don’t mind!
Question: Are you a dog lover? I am an animal lover in general, but dogs do have a special place in my heart, especially one little guy. Can you tell??