As we all know, Sam has an overactive imagination. He’s pretty sure bad guys, or bad squirrels, will show up in our backyard at any moment. Because of this, he’s on guard whenever he goes outside…which is a lot.
But actually guarding our yard isn’t enough for Sam. He feels the need to guard the sidewalk across the street…..you never know when those sneaky bad squirrels might show up, so it pays to watch the entire neighborhood. Perched high on his box, he’s able to view his world, sort of like a king on this throne overseeing his kingdom.
King Sam rules his domain very seriously. He’s no respecter of persons or animals. He barks at joggers and walkers. And of course, he barks at squirrels and anything that moves.
Don’t tell Sam I told you this, but I’m not sure whether he’s barking to warn us or because he’s afraid. I won’t ask him. Whatever the reason, Sam feels important….so we’re encouraging his sense of responsibility. Because who wants an irresponsible dog around the house?
Good boy, Sam!
Is it any surprise that Sam likes Paw Patrol? Paw Patrol is a popular kids’ show about five rescue dogs that work together to protect their community. Each of the five heroic dogs have special skills that help them in the rescues.
Sam is pretty sure he could be a heroic dog too if his humans would let him. He thinks his humans underestimate his special skills.
Sam demonstrated one of his “special” skills recently when he broke out of his fenced in back yard. He thought it was a pretty cool skill, but his humans were unimpressed.
Now Sam must stay on his leash every time he goes outside. His humans are all grumbly about this….
And so is Sam….
So, he’s decided to use his special skills for good, not evil. Sam now plays Paw Patrol with his Grandpup. Of course, he knows that, “no pup is too small” to play with. Good boy, Sam!
Sam has a job. This past week Blue Dog Bakery asked Sam to taste test their Pumpkin and Gingerbread dog treats. Sam’s motto in life is “T-R-E-A-T-S” so it was no huge surprise that he took the job. When the Blue Dog Bakery box arrives…Sam is on the job.
The Pumpkin biscuits are made with real pumpkin for sensitive stomachs, whole wheat flour, and cane molasses for that wonderful fresh-baked smell.
The Gingerbread treats are packed with extra hygiene benefits, made to clean your dog’s teeth and freshen their breath.
Sam is surrounded by Blue Dog Bakery treats…he’s a happy taste tester. Sam decides to invite his cousin, Mason, to try Blue Dog Treats. Of course, Mason comes over right away.
Sam says share with relatives…even if they’re cuter than you.
Definitely cuter than Sam, Mason likes the Blue Dog Bakery treats.
Mason especially likes the Blue Dog Bakery Gingerbread treats, no grains involved. Sam loves Blue Dog Bakery treats….and he also loves his new job.
Sam, you dog.
Sam has a fascination with the world outside his backyard. Everything outside his fence looks more fun than everything inside his fence.
In the past, when Sam got bored, he ran up the playhouse ladder to the wooden landing on top. Like a giant bird, he gazed down on the world below barking occasionally just to let everyone know he was guarding the yard.
Sam also loafed on picnic table looking for crumbs left over from the latest cookout. Sitting up there on the picnic table made it easier for him guard the backyard with little effort. Needless to say, Sam has an “elevated” view of himself.
But he took his boredom to a new level recently when he opened the gate and escaped to the world beyond his fence.
Sam’s humans weren’t sure how he’d done it…they speculated that he’d jumped the fence, but Sam would never try to scale a four foot fence. Sam says he’s smarter than that!
It wasn’t until one of his humans actually watched him hit the lock with his paw and pull the gate open that they knew how he’d done it.
Of course, they commented how smart he was, but Sam didn’t get any credit for being smart. He got scolded and sent inside. Sam thinks humans are hard to please.
So, Sam’s human moved the lock so Sam can’t open the gate anymore. Sam hopes his humans are happy. He’s safely in the backyard….bored to tears, but safe.
Sam just got his nails clipped at the vet. The technician said something about him doing gator rolls and screaming when she tried to clip his front paws. Sam thinks she must be exaggerating. He’s never seen an alligator much less rolled like one, well not until today.
Sam says it was a natural defense mechanism that kicked in when he saw the nail clippers in her hand headed towards his front paws. He just lost it.
So Sam’s human got him some pills to help him relax before the next nail clipping session. The pills will help him forget how much he hates getting his nails clipped. The pills will also help him forget everything else…which his human thinks will be entertaining.
Sam thinks humans tend to over react.
Sam doesn’t like salsa. But his humans do and we’ve taken over this blog to share one of our favorite salsa recipes with you. Why did we do this today? Because summer 2017 is just weeks away and what is summer without salsa? Not much fun in our opinion!
Salsa is a staple at Sam’s house. Although Sam has never eaten it, but he has eaten half a tennis ball (Half A Tennis Ball Can Kill You).
Sam’s humans eat it all the time on tortilla chips or rice or salad. We’re as obsessed with salsa as Sam is with playing catch with the tennis ball.
Enjoy the salsa, but sh-sh don’t tell Sam!
Authentic Mexican Salsa
1 can of diced tomatoes
½ red onion-cut into quarters
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1-2 Tablespoons dried red pepper flakes
1-2 teaspoons black pepper
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon Mexican oregano
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/4 cup canola oil
3-4 Tablespoons of dried cilantro
Place all ingredients into blender. Blend until chopped and mixed.
Chill and serve.
Sam has always lived his life on the edge. Recently, he took this to a new level when he ate half a tennis ball. Whether it was from real hunger or boredom, it was a dangerous choice. After several hours, his human owner knew he was in trouble and rushed him to the vet.
Long story short…it all came out in the end.
Sam has been recuperating nicely. He’s getting lots of teary hugs from his humans who thought they’d lost him for good. Sam is enjoying his celebrity.
He plays up his near death experience with deep sighs and distance contemplative stares into space. He’s thinking of writing his memoirs.
Basically, he’s “eating up” the attention. That’s okay with his humans, as long as he isn’t eating up tennis balls.