I can get lost in cute internet videos for an unhealthy amount of time. Some may think that watching cute animals videos on the internet – or soldier homecomings, or pregnancy announcements, or deaf people hearing for the first time – is a huge waste of time. I think it’s an important and necessary part of your daily self-care. There is nothing better for the body and soul than a good, healthy cry or laugh. It keeps me in touch with my humanity. I’m nostalgic for the days of Bob Saget’s America’s Funniest Home Videos. Todays internet is where the best home videos are – random moments of genuine human interaction. There is something about watching Sammich look at the television and think it’s a window that softens me. It brings me back down to earth. Something about the way she desperately wants in on the action that fills my heart up. Life is fullest in these small moments.
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This song should have been the National Anthem.
I caught Sammich looking out at the world with wonder in her eyes. I love these photos. The way she finds her light in the sun. The seeking curiosity as she leans closer to the window. The flop of those big, droopy ears. Her balance and coordination surprise me daily. She’s always getting in to (or on to) something – that is the beagle way after all.
Look at that face – I mean, seriously. That face gets her out of most the trouble she causes, especially with her dad. She is definitely a daddy’s girl. For good reason – he spoils her rotten. This morning she had to wait a little longer for breakfast because Ben needed to make her a puppy sweet potato souffle. He insists it’s why her coat is so soft and silky. She just knows it’s better when it’s cold.
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Ben’s Kitchen recipe – Puppy Sweet Potato Souffle
2 lbs sweet potatoes (peeled & cut up)
Coconut oil (generous 1/4 cup)
4 tablespoon tumeric
2 tablespoons black pepper
Steam the potatoes for about 20 minutes until the thickest pieces are fork tender. Mash the potatoes and mix everything in with a fork. Add this as a supplement to your dog’s regular meal. Voila!
The coconut oil is good for her coat and skin and is a good source of quick energy from the fat. (If your dog has a weight problem, you may want to skip the coconut oil.) The sweet potatoes are loaded with fiber and vitamin B6, vitamin C, and manganese. The turmeric is anti-imflammatory – especially good for dogs with stiff joints. The black pepper is good for her digestive system.