After reading about what goes in the making of kibble, I decided that it’d be best to feed Alex a combination of human food and kibble with the former making up most of her diet. In Ecuador, where I am originally from, when I was a kid our pets were fed scraps and I don’t ever remember anybody saying, “My dog has allergies,” but that is a topic for another post.
Anyway, tonight I cooked some chicken in the oven for us. I did season my portion, 1 chicken leg with Adobo, while leaving Alex’s portion unseasoned.
I mixed 1/4 cup of kibble, white rice, mashed potatoes, and chicken with no bones. The mashed potatoes did have a little bit of salt. When she saw me putting this together she was in the kitchen with me as if asking, “Is that for me?” Yes, this is for you Alex.
Once all the ingredients were mixed, I served it to Alex. She, to my delight, inhaled the food. I love when she eats. Once she finished, she did what she does every single night.
She waited for me to finish doing dishes so I can brush her teeth, which is followed by Alex getting a dental treat. Between you and me, I think she hangs around the kitchen just so she can get that treat. The good thing about this routine of hers is that it reminds me that I have to brush her teeth. Smart girl.
Yummy! Let’s eat.
This was the first year that I did not see Cynthia cook for hours on end. For a change, this Thanksgiving day she decided to cook less things and take a nap. That is something unprecedented for her, but I was glad. Every year she asks me, “Why do you think my feet and legs hurt me?” To what I respond, “Because you’ve been on your feet cooking for hours.” And then she says, “Oh,” as if she has not asked me the same question year after year.
Anyway, one tradition for sure we have in our family/pack is to take pictures every year. Why? Aside from the memories we are able to immortalize, the year we didn’t take pictures we had a yucky year to say the least. Alex, of course, even after 12 years with us has not learned how to pose. But you know what? That’s ok. At least we get to laugh at the pictures we “tried” to take of all of us.
After we all ate, yes Alex got to eat turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy and veggies, we went out for a walk to see if we could burn some of those calories.
We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. For those traveling back home, have a safe and uneventful trip, and for those already at home, take a nap, you earned it.