Pets Do The Darnest Things & Homemade Doggy Biscuits


While grow­ing up my sis­ters and I raised ‘bum­mer lambs’ (the orphaned or aban­doned lambs), I had a horse, my sis­ter had chick­ens and we had 3 dogs.

When the lambs were a bit older and strong I would let them out of their pen and as I rode my horse through the streets of the small town, the lambs would fol­low. If they started to stray, I would call and they would come back in line. Great times!

Cur­rently I have a cat, which I have a busi­ness rela­tion­ship with. She catches mice, she can stay.

Pretty much all of our mar­ried life we have had a cat.  A funny inci­dent hap­pened when all 5 kids were young, prob­a­bly 12 and under, our cat had kit­tens.  One day, the momma cat meowed at the door, I opened it and she came in with a live mouse in her mouth!  My kids had friends over, so there were about a dozen kids who screamed when they saw the mouse wrig­gling to get away, the cat dropped it with all the com­mo­tion.  Finally I man­aged to get the kids to stand still, allow­ing the cat could catch the mouse, which she was tak­ing to her kit­tens to teach them to ‘mouse’.  AAHHH!!

Pets are very dear to their own­ers and a great source of com­fort and com­pan­ion­ship. There are funny expe­ri­ences that come with pet ownership.

My son Devin and daughter-in-law Ash­ley have a Ger­man Shep­herd that laughs when tickled!

In fact,  Ash­ley and her fam­ily LLLOOOVVVEEEE their dogs and I believe have always had a few at a time. They have quite a few humor­ous sto­ries, and were kind enough to share a cou­ple with us.

Ashley’s fam­ily pur­chased a Great Dane puppy (remem­ber here folks that pup­pies gggr­rooww) for her brother, and repeat­edly told the boy in very plain lan­guage, do not, under any cir­cum­stances let the puppy, named Char­lie, sleep with him in bed.

The son ignored the warn­ing, and Char­lie grew to be 165 pounds, becom­ing too large to share the lit­tle twin sized bed with the 11 year old boy. The par­ents had to pur­chase a queen-sized bed, with hopes it would give the boy some space in his own bed… was fruit­less. Char­lie loved the extra space and would com­pletely spread out, leav­ing the boy crammed in the cor­ner and prac­ti­cally unable to move in the night.

For my son Devin and Ashley’s wed­ding, they first planned on mak­ing all five large dogs part of the reception…..until that is…Charlie struck again.

Remem­ber Char­lie was large, so much so that he stood at eye level with the kitchen counter.

charlie & cakeThe wed­ding cake was on the counter until time to be trans­ported to the loca­tion of the recep­tion. Char­lie leaned in, took a bit out of the cake. ALL dogs were imme­di­ately unin­vited to the reception.

Ash­ley has worked as a vet­eri­nar­ian tech­ni­cian and occa­sion­ally has a run in with an unruly dog. One day she helped the vet­eri­nar­ian with a very large dog that needed med­ical atten­tion. This par­tic­u­lar dog did not like his feet touched but needed his nails trimmed as part of the procedure.

Ash­ley, being about 7 months preg­nant, had to posi­tion her body on top of the dog, prac­ti­cally lying spread eagle to keep the large dog some­what under con­trol. As the vet­eri­nar­ian worked, the dog became more deter­mined to get away and kicked his back leg, which unfor­tu­nately caught the waist band on Ashley’s scrubs.  As the dog retracted his leg, the pants with it a bit! She couldn’t let go of the dog  for the safety of the dog as the vet­eri­nar­ian worked; so Ash­ley did her best to keep the dog still while wig­gling to get her pants back up.IMG_2207My son Devin and daughter-in-law Ash­ley had two very large dogs, Darko and Rowdy. When Rowdy heard the bath run­ning he ran full bore into the tub, despite who is in there.

I called Ash­ley one day to see how she was doing and oh my!!!

Because Ash is very kind hearted, she was watch­ing my sister’s dog as a trial run to see if she and Dev wanted to keep her, along with her dog-sitting 2 other of her sister’s 2 dogs, her dog Darko all in addi­tion to a another dog she was babysit­ting until a good home could be found.

Well, her sister’s dog escaped, so Ash­ley called to her son, my grand­son, and kinda dragging/holding the 3 year old boy, started run­ning after the escapee, call­ing to the oth­ers dogs to follow.

Just imag­ine the noisy pro­ces­sion of a run-away dog, fol­lowed by a gal and her son call­ing ‘stop’ to the dog in front and ‘come, hurry’ to the 4 dogs fol­low­ing her. What a site!!

 What are your pet stories?

 How about thank­ing your pet with a home­made treat!

Basic Dog Biscuits

From Healthy-Homeade-Dog-Treats


2 ½ cups whole wheat flour (sub­sti­tute reg­u­lar flour or oats if your dog is sen­si­tive to wheat)

1 tsp. salt ( or less)

1 egg

1 tsp. beef or chicken bouil­lon granules

½ cup hot water

Optional add ins — bacon or chicken broth for water and bouil­lon, liver pow­der, wheat germ, shred­ded cheese, bacon bits


Pre­heat oven to 350 degrees.

Dis­solve bouil­lon in hot water.

Add remain­ing ingredients.

Knead the dough until it forms ball (approx. 3 minutes)

Roll or pat dough to about ½” thickness.

Cut into slices or bone shape (you can pur­chase a bone shaped cookie cut­ter to make shapes)

Place dough pieces on cookie sheet lightly coated with spray release.

Cook for 30 minutes.


If you are able, please con­tact your local ani­mal shel­ter and donate a cou­ple of needed items.


Copy­right Car­rie Grone­man, A Mother’s Shadow

Rec­og­nize a bless­ing and be a bless­ing today.


8 thoughts on “Pets Do The Darnest Things & Homemade Doggy Biscuits

  1. Won­der­ful web­site. Plenty of use­ful infor­ma­tion here. I am send­ing it to a few bud­dies ans also shar­ing in deli­cious. And of course, thank you in your effort!

  2. I keep get­ting told y look­ing at our puppy’s paws she is going to be huge. I know it deep down, but still am try­ing my best not to think about it until I have to. But still I am sure I will have some inter­est­ing sto­ries to share as we too go along. Thanks for shar­ing and mak­ing me smile this morn­ing, too!! :)

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