I have some exciting news! Meredith (my roommate) and I have decided to foster a puppy from PAWS for 2 weeks. We have fostered a dog before from PAWS but last time we didn’t have a puppy but a four year old dog named Hamper. Hamper was a great dog to foster because he was old enough that he was potty trained and very well mannered with the exception of walking on a leash which he wasn’t very good at. What it was a good experience for was opening my eyes to how much work having a dog is, especially in the city without a fenced in yard. For Hamper, it was great that we had him so he wasn’t in a tiny cage all day, but it really wasn’t ideal living with us because he needed a lot more room and exercise than our apartment and lifestyle gave him. Both of my roommates at the time thought I was mean and heartless and didn’t like dogs, but in reality I was (and am) just trying to be realistic and know that it isn’t fair to have a dog in a small apartment when we generally aren’t home often enough especially for a lab type dog who needs a ton of exercise.
All that being said, I have been bombarded with emails lately from PAWS because they have a huge overflow of dogs leading up to a big adoption event they are having in about 3 weeks. SO, I thought about it and thought some more and decided it was only 2 weeks and it would be really fun to have a dog for a short period of time. Don’t get me wrong—eventually I want a dog forever, but for now it just doesn’t seem like a good option. This would be a good way to help out while also getting to have a dog for a little bit. And on top of everything else:
So we pick him up today!! Get ready for some dog related posts in the coming few days. His name isLoop and he is a lab/hound mix (my favorite kind!). Here is a pic:
And just because it is funny and typical, here is the email conversation between me and Mer:
Katie: do you think it would be stupid to foster a dog that wasn’t fully potty trained for 2 weeks? probably? reason i ask and BEFORE you think i want a full time dog (because I do NOT), and before you pee yourself, is because i am literally getting bombarded with paws emails bc they have an overload of dogs up until their adoption thing in 2 weeks and i just feel so bad .
Mer: adhs faklsdf askljdskdfh asljaldkfjad kajsdasf gaskdf gadjahdsfkjadaslkfhalfasdkfalgjhadslkgjwlekuf
too late, i just peed myself.
let’s do it. we have wood and laminate floors so im sure it’s fine.
when can we pick him up?
Katie: i can’t decide though since neither of us are home all day. aren’t you supposed to be home more often for that aged dog? we would have to somehow keep him in the kitchen during the day too.
Mer: ya, it’ll be fine. i can come home at lunch and play with him for 1/2 hour. oh my god. can we get him today?
Katie: haha i’ll ask. i didn’t even show you the pic yet!!
Mer: aged dogs sleep all day anyways. and wouldnt you rather he be at home with us than in a cage alllll day. oh poor little dog, we really should foster him.
Katie: yeah thats why i suggested it bc they have such an overflow of dogs. i emailed the lady to ask her about it, i’ll let you know what she says.
Mer: let me know AS SOON as they email you back. i won’t be able to think about anything else until then.
On a slightly less exciting note, I do have a new and delicious recipe too. We had a work potluck breakfast this morning and I wasn’t sure what to make. I had a ton of bananas that were going bad so I knew I wanted to incorporate those, and I also had some leftover ricotta cheese from the asparagus puree I made last week. I searched around and found some ideas and decided to just go from there. I made a banana ricotta coffee cake and used a combination of at least 4 different recipes I found, so I like to think I winged it. I really was unsure if it was going to turn out at all but it actually tastes really good. The ricotta+bananas really gave it a moistness and great taste without resorting to using a ton of butter (most recipes I looked at called for at least 2 sticks).
Banana Ricotta Coffee Cake
1 stick (1/2 cup) butter
1 cup sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs (I used flax eggs)
2 large very ripe bananas
2 tsp. baking soda
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. salt
2 cups (16 oz.) Ricotta cheese (I used light)
2 Tbsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup chopped almonds
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl mash bananas with sugar, vanilla, butter. Add eggs. In another bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt. Add ricotta and sugar mixture into the flour mixture. Mix until batter is smooth. In a bowl mix cinnamon, nuts and brown sugar. You could make these into muffins or a bread, I made both! The recipe above made 1 loaf and 12 cupcakes. Spoon the batter into whichever kind of pan you are using and sprinkle with the cinammon mix (cinammon, brown sugar, chopped almonds). Bake 30 minutes and cool for about 10 minutes before removing from pan.
They were a hit at work and were eaten up in about 15 minutes.
We are on our way to get Loop. Do you guys have any advice for us? I think this is the youngest dog I have had!