Monday, June 27, 2011

Bad Dog!

Oy. It has been so long since I last posted. I am SOOO sorry! Especially since this is ICLW week and I have had such lovely visitors! 

Tonight I am going to share some drama from today and then some specifics from our lovely evening!

So we have been trying desperately on and off for the last few months to get Guiness to the point where we can give him the whole house while we are away at work. The last time that we did this, he ended up chewing up some books and papers - so we took the house away. 

Now we are DETERMINED to let him have the whole house. He is almost 2.5 years old and I am so sick of the gates in the house. It is definitely time.  

So yesterday I cleaned the whole house. I 'Guiness-proofed' and got rid of all books that he could get his teeth on. I even put the gates that used to keep him in the kitchen, in front of our two book cases so he didn't get tempted to go for those anymore. 

I left him with ALL of his toys this morning, and his favorite antler chew. 

And THIS is what I came home to. 
*all photos taken with my iPhone*

~First I saw my sneaker in the middle of the living room, and then realized all these flowers were scattered around~

~Yup. He pulled my dried wedding bouquet from our living room and pulled it into pieces. Thankfully  he didn't eat any of the pins, but half of my bouquet is missing now (if you look in the background you will see where the rest of the flowers went)~

I honestly cannot believe that he did this. He left his antler chew in the EXACT same spot that it was this morning. Grrrrrr.

Thankfully, he is a cute puppy.

*picture taken yesterday*

So my question is.... 
how did you all get your dogs to behave during the day? 
I am just at my wits end here. When we came home we showed him the mess and yelled, and he knew as soon as I walked in, but I am not sure what else I can do. We are going to just keep trying and trying but I would love some input.

Now after that, I decided it was time to get dinner cooking. When I went grocery shopping this weekend I decided to try a few new things. 

First, I made Kale Chips. 


So you preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Put some foil or parchment paper on a cookie sheet. Cut the kale stems off and take just the leaves and cut into bite sized pieces (I just used kitchen shears). Then put all the kale on the cookie sheet and drizzle with olive oil, salt and a bit of chili powder (all to taste). We ATE those babies UP!!! hahaha! Rob was like - these taste ALMOST like potato chips. Mmmmm they were sooo good!

Then I made stir fry to go with the Salmon we were having for dinner. We actually decided to try those cedar planks for the salmon and it was mmm mmm good. 

I put baby bok choy, garlic, onion, and yellow & green zucchini into the stir fry. I would have added peppers too but I am doing a gut cleanse with my nutritionist right now and I can't have peppers. 

More pictures:


~Oil, Garlic, Onion, Zucchini~
*in that order - about 2 minutes in between each*

~Baby BokChoy Stems~

~Added the stems, then 2 minutes later, the Baby BokChoy Leaves~

~My Favorite Taste Tester~

It was all absolutely delicious. We also shared a yam with a pat of butter and some cinnamon and that just was mmm mmm the perfect end to the meal. 

Deliciousness all around! 



Dragon's Blossom said...

Ha your puppy sounds like my dog! It is a form of separation anxiety and most "professionals" say crate training is the way to go. I didn't want any part in that, so I just "dog proof" the kitchen when we go away. She just goes through the trash and eats whatever food is on the counters. So we remove all food and put the trash up high and close off the food cabinets with a chair and so far so good. Your dinner looked soo yummy! It is making me hungry! Good luck with the puppy!

Anonymous said...

He is adorable! We have the same issue with our Luna. She was abused as a puppy and we've been told the reason she does this is because she gets nervous and thinks she needs to guard the entire house. We actually have a little crate for her, filled with toys, and we put her there when we're out of the house. She just goes to sleep, because she understands that she only needs to guard her little space. So yeah - I would suggest crate training. Just get a big enough crate so that he's nice and comfy with plenty of space to move around. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

your dinner sounds so yummy. No help with the puppy, as I don't have any pets!

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