When a puppy finds you, what do you do? I had wanted a dog eventually, but one Jesse and I would go pick out together. Is it possible that a dog picked us instead?
Well, I was supposed to right about split pea soup. Yummy, economical, and perfect for winter! However, recent turns of events have me thinking about other things. It has been a month, and I have found two stray dogs. The first dog, Missy Elliot, was spied, mature, and very skinny and cold when I found her. Jameson, on the other hand, was a rambunctious non-neutered bundle of flea bitten fluff. Missy Elliot (also known as Ellie) quickly found a home with Kai. Jameson might be harder to house, needed a little more tutoring in the manners department. Both I think were members of a homeless family, who moved on and maybe had to leave them behind.
Jameson is learning fast. He knows what cars are, and no longer gets tangled up in his leash constantly. He can be a good running buddy for two miles, and today we are going to try for three. He knows not to bury his greenies in the couch, and knows that it is not play time all the time. He knows which toys are his toys, and which blanket is his blanket. He likes vegan dog food better than meat dog food; what a conscientious puppy! He can ride on the back of my bike, though he doesn’t like it, and he behaved as well as can be expected when I took him to work for duty. Furthermore, he is no longer scared when I “disappear” to take a shower. Each day brings new improvements in behavior and our relationship. As he is learning that he is in a stable environment, his energy is getting more manageable and his appetite is improving.
Still, there is the off chance that no one at work will be interested, in that case, do Jesse and I have a new puppy for the holidays? What are we going to do? The Sacramento humane society is overflowing with dogs. Currently 155, and plenty just as cute, and small, and scruffy, as Jameson. I certainly do not want to take him there. However, there is the problem of supposed no pets in my current apartment, a completely not thrilled roommate, and all my moving plans. There is also the problem of a three year goal of being debt free, so close to realization, and yet possibly unable to take the hit from both a sick cat in Wisconsin, and an amorous dog who needs to be, er, fixed. Furthermore, it will be tumultuous for a few months when I get into Portland. All in all, not the best time, little boy.
But he is really, really cute. And obviously just a baby. Quite the parenting challenge, and maybe someone to cut Jesse’s and my parental teeth on. Sometimes you don’t find life, life finds you. I’ve always maintained that you do the best you can by everyone you can. I’m still hoping we will be able to find Jameson a home. If not, it is going to take a lot of help from friends and family, to get this little puppy situated in Portland.
In whatever event, I do think this puppy needs a Hanukkah sweater…. don’t you?
This Week in Updates: Can’t say, it’s a surprise
That’s just it…. It’s a surprise…. So you can’t see!!!! I’ll post double receipts next week.
The Recipe: Split Pea Soup
For economic purposes, you can't beat split pea soup. The essential ingredients are split peas (3 cups go for about $2.50) and homemade vegetable stock (free). Thus, you can make 10 servings worth of filling and healthy soup for the price of a Starbucks Latte. To spice it up, add an onion, carrots, celery, and spices. That adds about $3 to the mix. With some homemade bread ($2 a loaf) it makes for the best comforting, filling, and holiday present saving meals ever !
- 1 onion, diced
- 2 celery stalks, chopped
- 1 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
- 2 tsp curry powder
- 3 cups dried split peas
- 8 cups homemade vegetable stock
- 2 cups chopped carrots
- salt and pepper
- Put all ingredients in a crock pot.
- Cook for 10 hours on high.
- Blend if you desire.