Just a day in the kitchen baking some batches of our delicious dog treats.
Pictures from our very first event with Ellwood Thompson’s!
Coming up with your own recipes to bake that are healthy, fresh, delicious, no gluten, no added sugars or always so much FUN. Being creative and original brings out your best! Sometimes they don’t come out perfectly on the first try though. I Baked, baked and baked this recipe in the making on and off for a year until I finally found our perfect recipe to save and write down. I’m excited to say our baked goods will be ready to sell to stores and available for purchase for you this coming fall! Now we will have pup pups and baked goods for your precious pups! 🐾🐶❤️
I wanted to connect with dog owners in our area and have them share with you there stories of how they ended up with their precious pups.
So, here’s our first pups story.
Written By His Owner:Katherine Coleman
Mack-a-doodle, Mack Attack, Mack-a-licious, Macky-whacky Mackity-Mack-Mack…whatever tickles your fancy; he lives up to the name. He’s a goofball from nose to tail with a million-dollar smile that will melt your heart.
A few things to know about Mack:
Mack is a one-year-old boxer-mix (I think he might also be part Ridgeback) who I fostered through Blue Ridge Boxer Rescue, a small, foster-only, boxer rescue based out of North Carolina.
I met Mack on December 1st, 2018 in the parking lot of a Cracker Barrel in South Hill, VA. He was a bit road weary and uncertain; he had just completed the 4th leg in his journey from South Carolina to Virginia and I was the 5th stranger he would meet and the 5th and final car he would get in that day.
He was my second foster dog and I would be his second foster home. He was only about 9 months old when he was relinquished to the Pickens County, SC Animal Shelter. The story is that his owner was terminally ill, but I’m not so sure that’s the full story. He was underweight and uncertain of the world and came to me with a warning label, “needs slow introductions” (with other dogs) as he had not adjusted well to his first foster home.
When I brought Mack home I followed the standard protocols for “slow introductions” to my 10-year-old boxer Ozzy. We were met on arrival by another local volunteer from the rescue, walked the neighborhood and slowly introduced the two dogs. I was somewhat apprehensive but grateful to have the support of other volunteers. Mack adjusted well. He was quiet, somewhat reserved, and very well mannered, surprising to me for such a young boxer pup, and he seemed to respect his new home and new roommate Ozzy.
As the days passed and he got comfortable in his new home, his personality began to shine. He was a total goofball, but sweet as could be and I quickly found myself smitten with his snaggle-toothed grin and sweet nature. He had yet to grow into his legs and would get them tangled when he ran, but I was impressed with how he could compact and contort himself into the tiniest of spaces to sleep.
He attended my family Christmas on South Side where he won everyone over, even my step-dad who suggested I ought to snatch him up and adopt him quick because he was so well behaved. But I was intent on my role as a foster and on finding him a forever home. I continued to promote him for adoption and entertained several potential adopters, but for one reason or another I was finding reasons why they were not a good fit.
I think I knew early on that Mack was meant for me, but it wasn’t until March when my other dog Ozzy was diagnosed with a serious heart condition that I decided that this foster home would be Mack’s forever home.
Ozzy, was fairly anxious by nature and had always had a canine companion. With this new diagnosis and after losing his best canine companion of 9 years, Millie, to a brain tumor in September and then the adoption of our first foster dog Aurora in November, I knew I didn’t want to introduce yet another loss or the stress of another new foster introduction. Plus I knew Ozzy had bonded with and grown fairly attached to Mack, although he would have been the last to admit it. So it was decided, the paperwork was signed, and Mack was officially in his forever home. Some call it a “foster-failure” but I like to call Mack my “foster-now-forever dog.” I don’t see it as a failure at all.
It’s funny how things work in rescue and how the universe sometimes sends you exactly what you need when you least expect it. We had to say our goodbyes to Ozzy last week and while Mack and I are both heartbroken, I believe we have an even deeper bond. Not only was he a special dog friend to Ozzy, but Mack has also been a tremendous amount of support and comfort for me. Dog friends are special friends. Mack adored and looked up to Ozzy, and Mack provided a comfort to Ozzy in his final days. I will always have the memories of their playful antics and dog-pile snuggles to look back on and smile.
Mack and I are looking forward the many adventures ahead of us.
Follow Mack on Instagram: @wigglesandkisses
Where did WigglesandKisses come from?
I started fostering in October after we lost Millie. I wanted a way to share my foster dogs personality to help promote and market them for adoption, so I created the WigglesandKisses IG account. The name “Wiggles and Kisses” was in honor of Millie’s memory. She was all wiggles and all kisses all of the time, even to her very last day. It’s been an honor to share our story and the dogs’ stories and I look forward to continuing to use it as a platform to support rescue efforts in whatever way possible.
We have three dogs all ranging in different sizes. Small, medium and large. Here they are pictured together begging for their dinner!
I served them steak tonight. Their meal menu varies everyday. They get a well balanced diet through some good old home cooking, made with lots of love. I really do just love our dogs from the bottom of my heart, not only do I hold a very special place in my heart…..I consider them my family that I got to choose each through completely different circumstances. Do you cook for your dogs? We will be doing a recipe series coming up in the next week. I will be covering everything I feed our dogs for one entire week & showing you my food preparations for the days that I wouldn’t have the time to prepare and or cook a meal for my dogs due to my schedule. We can’t trust the dog food sold on the shelves no matter what brand or how pricey it is. Many dog owners/handlers think they simply can’t or just don’t have the time to invest in preparing fresh healthy meals for your dogs when in reality it’s very simple. You just need to take 15 minutes out of your week for meal preparations for your pup. Over the past couple of years I found myself really looking forward to days where I could cook for my dogs. The more I got interested in it, I found myself taking the time researching and getting lost in time through learning about advanced dog nutrition. That’s why I ultimately started my dog treat business. I have come to that point in life where I feel very confident to say the dog food industry needs to step up their game!
Spent a four day getaway at Ware River. My dog tagged along for the adventure. Took her on a little kayaking trip on the river. Y’all we had so much fun! Here are some awesome memories I got to share with my dog, Ariel.
We are in Ware River & decided to take baby Ariel!
My little nugget enjoying the pool life! 4 days of adventure for this pup!
If you see two cats…
If you see a dog…
Being the center of attention doesn’t scare you one bit, but you are also humble, down-to-earth, and very capable of sensitive conversation. Your friends trust you; they value your loyalty and your opinions.
“Dog people” are fun-loving folk. You want to have them around. So, chances are, if you saw a dog in this picture, then you are a popular sort. Your friendly, positive attitude is highly valued by the people around you.
* Read the entire article Pooch Times
Not doing anything during the day today? Not in the mood to cook and you just want to relax on a restaurant patio with your pup while you sip on something refreshing.
Here is a list of dog friendly patios that ARE OPEN today.
- The Butterbean Market & Cafe
- The Savory Grain
- Home Team Grill
- Casa Del Barco
- Carytown Burgers & Fries
- Citizen Burger Bar
- Jack Brown’s Beer & Burger Joint
- En Su Boca
- Can Can Brasserie
- River City Roll
- Ellwood Thompson’s
- Poe’s Pub
Please remember if you are out staying to watch the fireworks with your dog, it’s best not to. Some dogs don’t like it. It’s better not to chance it and risk your dog getting scared and running away. You never want to put your precious pup in any harms way! ￼
Happy 4th! Be safe and have so much fun!