Happy 9th Birthday to Windy Spot’s Homemade 𝗛𝗼𝗼𝗰𝗵!
HOWWWWW is it possible that you are NINE?! It seems like it was yesterday when we brought you home at 8 weeks old!! With not a gray hair to be seen (any white you see are original markings) and your never ending energy, you are our forever puppy! You may not be fond of most other dogs, but you are so lovable to every human you meet. You keep us laughing each and every day with your silliness! You have taken me on so many grand adventures with dock diving…. And I look forward to many more memories and adventures with you! We love you, Hooooooooooch! Happy birthday, buddy!
𝐁𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐤𝐟𝐚𝐬𝐭: Egg Cups with a side of cheesy sweet potato hash browns (pictured separately because I forgot to include them in original photo), strawberries and clementines
1/2 box (8 ounces) organic whole wheat spaghetti (can also use organic buckwheat or chick pea spaghetti)
1 firmly packed cup of finely chopped organic spinach leaves
1/4 cup grated Parmesan
2 tablespoons organic extra-virgin olive oil
1/3 cup grated Parmesan
2 tablespoons organic whole milk
1 large organic egg
Organic olive oil, for drizzling
Organic baby spinach (fresh)
Fresh mozzarella balls
Preheat the oven to 350℉ . Spray the bottom and sides of four 4-inch-diameter springform pans with non-stick cooking spray.
Cook pasta until slightly tender but still firm, stirring occasionally, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain the pasta and place in a large bowl. Add the spinach, cheese, and oil. Toss well until the spinach is wilted. Set aside to cool.
For assembly: Beat the Parmesan, milk, and egg together in a large bowl until smooth. Pour the sauce over the spaghetti mixture until well combined. Twirl 1/2 cupfuls of the spaghetti mixture around tongs or a large fork and transfer to the prepared pans. Make an indentation in the middle of each nest of pasta and drizzle with olive oil. Bake 15 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes before removing the sides from the pans. Remove the bottoms of the pans from the nests using a thin spatula.
Place a bed of spinach leaves on a small plate. Place the spaghetti nests on the spinach leaves. Place 3 balls of fresh mozzarella in each nest and serve.
1/3 cup organic all-natural creamy peanut butter (no salt/sugar added and xylitol free) at room temperature
1/2 cup organic shredded carrots
1 Tablespoon organic honey
(1) Potato- 7 ounces – peeled, and boiled until very soft – then cooled
3.5 ounces organic cauliflower florets – steamed or boiled until very soft, and then drained and cooled
3-5 tablespoons organic unsweetened coconut milk
(1) container (5.3 oz) of plain yogurt (unsweetened)
Organic shredded carrots
Preheat the oven to 350°F.
Grease a small round springform pan. Set aside.
In a bowl, mix the eggs, peanut butter, honey, and shredded carrots. Add baking powder
Pour the batter into the pan and bake on the center rack of the oven for 15-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Keep the cake in the springform pan and let cool for 20 mins on a wire rack. Then remove from springform pan and allow to cool completely.
Cut cake lengthwise into two layers
In a food processor, blend the potatoes, cauliflower, and yogurt. Add the milk gradually. Continue to add more milk in order to make the icing creamy and spreadable. After I finished with the food processor, I used a fork to mash any remaining solid pieces and to whip the frosting.
Assembling the Cake:
Spread half the frosting on the top of the bottom layer
Add the second cake layer on top, and then frost the top of the cake
Decorate the cake with shredded carrots and your dog’s kibble
Whiskey definitely had a tougher time with her left knee compared to the surgery and recovery of her right knee. Prior to the appointment I had been in touch with her surgical team to let them know that she was still favoring her left knee at times and that the lymph node in her rear left leg was enlarged. Whiskey also still needed to be on Gabapentin twice a day to minimize the limping on her left side. On May 4th, Dr. Morris examined Whiskey and felt that overall she looked great. Whiskey was using both of her back legs without hesitation during the appointment, but still had some swelling along her left incision. The lymph node behind her left knee was still enlarged, but Dr. Morris said she is hopeful this will resolve on its own as the swelling continues to improve. Whiskey also had X-rays done which did not display any sign of infection, and showed that her bone has completely and appropriately healed.
Home Care Instructions:
Unlimited leash walking- allow off leash for about 5 minutes after each walk
Figure 8 Circles, to the left and the right, trotting/ running speed
Trotting or running in a straight line- no sharp cuts or turns
Whiskey can return to her normal activity level at the end of 2-3 weeks of gradual increases.
May 8, 2023
Despite how well Whiskey’s final check-up went, swelling at the incision suddenly seemed to have increased, a sore had formed, and Whiskey was limping a bit more.
Left knee (left) in comparison to the right knee (right):
View of both knees:
I shared my observations with Whiskey’s surgical team, who was very responsive and extremely supportive. After reviewing the photos and videos that I had shared, Dr. Morris decided to put Whiskey on a round of antibiotics. If the swelling, sore, and limping does not improve upon the completion of the antibiotics in two weeks, Whiskey will have to return to Dr. Morris for a re-examination.
Whiskey began taking Cefpodoxime Proxetil on May 8th. We are hopeful that by at the end of her antibiotic regimen, the overall condition of Whiskey’s left knee will have improved. The conclusion of Whiskey’s antibiotic schedule happens tofall on the Feast Day of Saint Rita! (Saint Rita of Cascia (Born Margherita Lotti) is the patron Saint of impossible causes and bodily ills). I will be praying to Saint Rita for relief and healing for Whiskey.