Musings on Food and Life

Musings on Food & Life

Food is my passion. I create, read, write, breath, eat, photograph, love and live food. As a chef and culinary instructor, each day is a quest to learn something new about a food ingredient, recipe, history, or fact about all things edible. Three silly dogs share my passion for eating and I'm blessed to be married to my best friend Tracy. Tune in for my thoughts on food, recipes, dogs, travel, music and life.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Doggie Love

Those of you who know me are well aware that I absolutely love dogs. It's one of those things where size doesn't matter - big, small, medium, and in between are all great. I'm partial to small dogs and that's probably so I can have more of them at one time. Currently we are at capacity with three. My heart dies just a little when I hear about dogs being mistreated or hurt, lonely or unloved. If I could have more, I would. So many dogs in Georgia alone are euthanized each day.

Let me introduce the critters I fondly call the "goobers". First there's Curly, the pom mix. Big attitude in a small, cute, red package with a curly tail. Curly is the alpha dog and he really rules the roost. He came from the local pound and is both very smart and very stubborn. The whole neighborhood is his oyster and he thinks everyone should listen to him when he talks. He's my little watchdog and loves to pose for the camera. Walks are high up on his list of favorite things. There's a cute story behind how we found out what Curly's name was and although it's too long to list here, it has to do with the Three Stooges. It makes me smile.

Next there is Elsa. She's a black and white rat terrier and truly is my sweetheart dog. Elsa was unloved at a young age, found starving, neglected, and left to fend for herself in the freezing cold with four starving, half-dead puppies. She is still a little scared of men but has come a long way in the past 6 years since she found her forever home with us. Elsa is truly the sweetest, most loving dog I have ever met. Like me, she is very food focused. Unlike me, she will eat anything that remotely looks edible. Food quanity is way more important to her than quality.

Our newest addition is Petey and don't ask me what breed he is. No clue, with his shepherd face and wiry red and white fur. He is without a doubt the most fun dog I know! Petey sings, purrs, smiles, loves his toys, and is obsessed with chasing squirrels. This little guy is so adorable and I think it was love at first sight for me. He had been almost 2 years without a forever home and I asked my honey if we could foster him. Well, we tried, but call us the "failed fosters". Probably the first time in history that being a failure was a GREAT thing. I am writing a book about Petey. With his antics, it could be a series of books. He can gut a stuffed toy in two minutes.

We just ordered a photo from Leesia Teh, a talented and very patient animal photograher. She did this photo of Elsa and Peter and her work is amazing. Leesia came to Small Dog Rescue's alumni picnic last month and took photos of the pups. (Petey and Elsa are Small Dog alumni - see adoptables at So cute! See samples of her work at She also does photos for the local county animal shelter, which probably helps the dogs get adopted faster. Dogs are pure unconditional love - got Dog?

1 comment:

  1. I love all three. I keep wanting to type "Curly has my heart!" then I want to type "Elsa has my heart!" then of course "Petey-Dog has my heart!" They're all great pets!!! (just like kids, it's the parent that turns out the pooch! - meaning you are super wonderful too!)