Thundershirt to the rescue?

After the great tragedy of Monday night, my bestie Brandy suggested I try the Thundershirt for Guinn and Chloe girl. I of course, had no idea what that was so I Googled it and then instantly bought one. Willpower-0,  Impulse buying- 1.

Basically it is a shirt/harness type thing that “hugs” your dog in all the right pressure points and Blammo! magic occurs and they become less anxious and less well, naughty.

and look, it comes in sylish navy blue rugby. Guinness would settle for nothing less.

It’s supposed to help with all sorts of things including separation anxiety, barking, and nervousness caused by (who would have guessed???) thunder.

I don’t know that separation anxiety necessarily causes Guinness’s love of tearing apart trash, BUT he does do a LOT of barking when the door rings or he hears anything at all that resembles a knock on the door. (Pizza commercials included). He also HATES 4th of July with a fiery passion.  He is nervous and shaking the whole night (and also the following two weeks b/c of all the leftovers). Chloe girl has severe anxiety in the car and constantly shakes and pants the entire time we are driving. Every. Time. This includes the 3 day trip we took to drive from Albuquerque to Seattle. THREE days of panting and shaking. Poor lil thang.

The Thundershirt website makes it sound like this is the greatest thing since sliced dog biscuits, so to make sure I had an unbiased info, I checked it out on Amazon and read the reviews there. Overall they are very positive with the main theme being that this is NOT a end all cure, but it does in a lot of cases “take the edge off.” So I take it to mean that this shirt has basically the same effect as a whisky shooter with a water back?

So I am anxiously (wait…what?) awaiting the arrival of our new Thundershirt to see what if anything this does to curb some naughty-ness around the Wolfe residence! Stay tuned. But don’t be too anxious or I will have to buy you a thundershirt too.

DNF, freezer meals and rubber band love

Welp, it happened. Our first DNF (did not finish). I guess technically its really a DNS (did not start) b/c we didn’t even go to the race.

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I woke up around 6 hacking and coughing up all the fun stuff that clogs up in your face when you sleep at night while getting over a cold. Lovely huh? Paul was still feeling feverish and achy. And to top all that off with a cherry, it was snowing this morning. Seriously? In March. Oh yeah right, we live in Seattle. I almost forgot. So we decided to ditch the crowds and snow and stay in bed warm and cozy and coughing.

When we finally did get up, I decided since I had the time, I was going to whip up some meals to freeze. I ended up making 5 meals in around an hour in a half and have about three more to make but I ran out of containers. I’m going to finish up tomorrow. There is nothing better than knowing I have yummy frozen meals that just need 30 min in the oven. Makes nights when getting off work late or having an extra long time in traffic almost a pinch more bearable.

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Here is what I made:

Spaghetti Pie (one large container and then I split up the other batch into two smaller containers)

8 oz. spaghetti, broken in 2” pieces

2 Tbsp. soft butter

½ C. grated Parmesan cheese

½ tsp. salt

½ tsp. pepper

1 egg, well beaten

1 pound cottage cheese


Cook and drain spaghetti and mix with above ingredients.  Set aside.


Brown:

1 pound ground beef

1 medium onion, chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

Drain above, then add 1 jar spaghetti sauce.

Layer noodle mixture in greased 9×13 pan, then top with meat sauce. Top with 12 oz grated mozzarella cheese. Freeze.

When you are ready to eat, thaw and then bake at 350 for 30 min or until warmed through and cheese on top is melty and bubbly.

Tuna Noodle casserole (split into two containers)
  • 1 (16 ounce) package egg noodles
  • 1 (10 ounce) package frozen green peas, thawed
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 (6 ounce) can tuna, drained
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook pasta in boiling water until al dente, adding peas for the final 3 minutes of cooking; drain.
  2. Melt the butter in the same pot over medium heat. Add the mushroom soup, tuna, milk, and Cheddar cheese. Stir until cheese is melted, and the mixture is smooth. Stir in the pasta and peas until evenly coated.
After I was done being all Martha Stewart in the kitchen we went to go check out a couple houses and then ran some errands. Then we ran into some little girls who beat us up and forced us to buy girl scout cookies. And open them and eat them immediately in the car. Have you seen those girls? They are intimidating, you don’t’ want to tell them no. They will hurt you.

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Last night Guinness had a brief love affair with a rubber band. We can’t give him real dog toys b/c well….he ends up “loving” them. Doesn’t matter what it is, a ball, a rope, whatever…somehow he will end up being inappropriate with it. So since he doesn’t get regular toys, he plays with random things he finds around the house. Last night it was a rubber band.

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Please don’t mind my heart shorts. Somehow the rubber band landed in them and so he proceeded to play with those too. Who needs cable when you have this kind of entertainment around?

(btw’s….apologies for my crazy formatting in this post. I tried forever for like 20 min to fix it and I couldn’t figure it out. I’m tech savvy to a certain point and then I just give up. Better luck next time I guess.)