Lessons from the dog - Love Unconditionally


All emotions stem from either love or fear.  We know fear all too well…sadness, anger, anxiety and stress are some ways we feel it. Choosing to love is easy to say, yet hard to do. But it is without a doubt one of the biggest reasons we love our dogs. Their capacity to love unconditionally is something the world needs more of.

If you’ve been away all day, or even for the weekend, they are always happy to see us when we come home. They don’t care if we’ve been wearing the same clothes day after day or if we’re wearing our nicest dress. They don’t keep track of all the wrongs we’ve done and throw it in our faces whenever they think we need a reminder. If you live in the best house in the neighborhood or a tent, they could care less. And it doesn’t matter to them if you have a million bucks in the bank or just $100, they still love us. 

With the upcoming holidays, it’s a great time to be reminded of this lesson. As we gather with siblings, cousins, aunts, uncles, parents, grandparents, nieces and nephews, let us remember we all want the same thing - to be loved. Unconditionally. Leave all the fears and negative feelings at the door and be more like your dog. Even if no one notices or appreciates it, I bet you’ll feel better for having done so!


Lessons from the dog - love unconditionally

Gingerbread treats

With bad weather in the area over the weekend, it was a good time to stay home and knock some things off my to do list before Christmas gets here. It's hard to believe we're down to less than a week to go! I was in the mood to bake Christmas cookies and when I asked Izzy if I should start baking (not expecting her to reply), she responded by marching over to her cookie jar and looking up at me! She knows where her cookies are kept! 

Now, the kind of cookies I was planning to bake are not for dogs. But as I watched Izzy look at me with a hopeful look that I might allow her to taste test every step of the way, I couldn't help but think, I need to make a Christmas treat for the girls.

Gingerbread is always popular this time of the year, so I dug around for a recipe and found this one. Easy enough! The easier and less time to bake, the better for me! I don't know how bakers keep at it hour after hour. I get bored after just 1 hour, then I start testing my finished goods even though I swear I won't so I don't spoil my dinner! So here we go:


1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

1 tsp ground ginger

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp ground cloves

1/4 cup molasses

1/4 cup water

2 T vegetable oil

1. Preheat over to 325 and line baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Mix dry ingredients together in a medium bowl.

3. In a small bowl, mix molasses, water and oil. Using a wooden spoon, slowly mix wet ingredients into the flour mixture. You may need to use your hands to mix thoroughly. 

4. Roll dough out to 1/4" thick and cut out shapes. Bake for 20 minutes. Allow cookies to cool before serving. 

Easy peasy, right? 

What are your dog's favorite recipes around the holidays?