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Vinny – 1 Year

Vinny – 1 Year

As I’m sure you know I love my dogs and any dogs for that matter. A little over a year ago I started volunteering at a local animal shelter, Grosse Pointe Animal Adoption Society. One of the best things about this shelter is that they are  no-kill and they work really hard to find home for all the animals they take in. All of my fellow volunteers are great people and we all love animals, especially dogs. About a year ago I saw this pictured:


This is Vinny, formally Trooper. They found Vinny abandoned in a vacant home around the 4th of July last year. It’s estimated he was left alone without food or water for about 4 days during one of the hottest weeks of the summer. Grosse Pointe Animal Adoption Society took him in right away. It was found that Vinny had parvovirus.  Parvovirus is a highly contagious viral disease that can produce life-threatening illness. The virus attacks rapidly dividing cells in a dog’s body, mostly the intestinal tract and white blood cells. If not treated right away the dog can die. Vinny was diagnosed pretty quickly and he was a real ‘trooper’ while he was in the animal hospital. 


As you can see he was severely under weight at the time, he was approximately 14-16 weeks old when the shelter took him in. 1 year ago today I brought Vinny home:



David and I pretty much fell in love with him right away. We knew we wanted to get a second dog and a brother/sister for Hank while he was still young. Hank and Vinny took to each other right away.



This is Hank and Vinny together just after meeting….I can’t believe this was a year ago. Vinny was so tiny.




Even a year later these two are best friends and they are attached by the hip…or rather Vinny sitting on Hank. 



Another reason why Vinny is so special to us and another reason why his anniversary is so special to us is that today is also mark’s my late father’s birthday. I like to think that he brought Vinny to us on this special day. Happy Birthday Vinny and Dad.


You can read more about parvovirus here. I think any pet owner should be aware of this virus and as always, vaccinate your pets. 

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Homemade Dog-Bone Treats

Homemade Dog-Bone Treats

This weekend we celebrated Hank’s second birthday. For those who don’t know, Hank is my English Mastiff that I just absolutely love. He was my wedding gift from my husband and it just so happens that Hank and I share a birthday together too. This year instead of having a cake made, I made dog-bone treats. 













Homemade dog-bone Treats
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
50 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
50 min
  1. 2 cups whole wheat flour
  2. 1 cup rolled oats (gluten free)
  3. 1 tablespoon parsley
  4. 2 large eggs
  5. 1/2 water
  6. 1 cup peanut butter
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. In large bowl, whisk together all the dry ingredients.
  3. In a smaller bowl, beat eggs lightly. Add water and peanut butter.
  4. Gently combine the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients.
  5. Knead with your hands until you have a smooth ball of dough. Add more water if your dough is too dry.
  6. Take a rolling pin and flatten out the dough. Use a cookie cutter (dog bone shape) and cut out your dough.
  7. Make sure you use a non-stick baking sheet or spray with oil.
  8. Bake treats for 30 minutes or until golden brown.
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