Before we met, Greg fell in love with a cocker spaniel mix at a local animal shelter. He adopted him and named him Lucky because he would have otherwise been euthanized. Before we had kids, Lucky had lots of attention. He enjoyed daily walks when I was pregnant so that we could both get our exercise
Once the babies arrived, Lucky was forced to play second fiddle. The babies needed us twenty-four hours a day and their apnea monitors prevented us from going on walks for a while. (Though we eventually figured out how to take the babies, the monitors and Lucky on walks together). Exercise for Lucky transitioned to solo play in the backyard. The amount of attention he received was reduced. He also lost his dog friend, our Pomeranian, how passed away due to age while I was pregnant.
Lucky feeling unlucky
Poor Lucky has not been feeling very lucky. Recently, in the middle of the night, I thought about Lucky and how much his quality of life has changed. His main advantage in this new situation is that I am home and he is able to go outside more frequently. His other plus is that the babies are messy eaters and drop food on the floor. He has enjoyed his new role as resident vacuum cleaner.
While we cannot promote him to his previous role in the family, we can make more of an effort to make him feel special. Greg often makes pancakes for the babies on Saturdays and Lucky will get his own pancake as his weekend treat. In a spark of inspiration in my middle of the night contemplation, I decided that, the next day, I would make him his own batch of pancake treats. A few minutes before the babies’ nap time, I started to make Lucky’s treats.
Doggy Pancake Treats:
Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
You will need:
2 cups of baking mix (I used Bisquick)
One can of low sodium broth
Mix all ingredients and make pancakes on an electric frying pan or a skillet on the stove. Once the pancakes cool, cut them into treat sized pieces, depending on the size of your dog. Place them on cookie sheets and bake them in the oven for 1.5 hours or until very crispy. Once cool, place them in a canister or treat jar.
I had just gotten into my cooking groove, when all four babies appeared at the gate. Oops. I had forgotten about nap time. Their inner clocks remembered. I left some pancakes to cook in the electric fry pan and took a break to change diapers and put the babies down for a nap. They were glad I got their message and happily went down for their naps.
Their message was loud and clear.
Lucky enjoyed the extra attention and specially baked treats. He happily wagged his tail, feeling like first fiddle, lucky once again.
Lucky treats ready to bake
Lucky happily waiting for a treat… The Doggy Pancake Treats were a big hit!