Sunday, July 19, 2009

Summer treats for dogs and their people

Stella barked at a little boy on a tricycle a couple of days ago. I should say she barked at the tricycle. The little boy who was all of about three years old said: "Hush you dog" and despite my giggling, she did. We went for a ride to Percy Priest Lake where there appears to be a good place to swim a dog. At least Stella thought so even though we weren't exactly prepared for such activity. Not sure if she was trying to make up for the swimming pool debacle or not but she walked into the lake, just ankle deep (for her) and laid down in it to survey the landscape. It wasn't fifteen seconds before she got up and walked us about eight feet off to the side and had a squat pee right in the water; took two steps and got herself a drink.

"Dogs are gross," I said.

Then she walked back to where she started at the edge of the lake and again laid down in the water, presumably staking some claim on the entire panorama.

In the spirit of summer and lake water in general, here's a recipe for Lemon Shake-Ups that comes straight off the midway.

Lemon Shake-Ups
2 C sugar
1 C water
1 C fresh squeezed lemon juice
Combine sugar and water in a pan and boil 5 minutes. Cool the (sugar/water) to room temperature and add lemon juice. Refrigerate any unused portion. Add 2 Tbs. of this mixture to each glass of ice water put a second glass over top and and shake it up

Here's another single-serving take on it.
1/4 C sugar
16 oz cold water
half a lemon (squeezed and dropped into the glass)
Let the sugar have a minute to dissolve, add ice and then turn a glass over the top and shake it up.
Street value: $4.00 (We're thinking of opening a stand).


Elizabeth Westmark said...

We used to take Maggie's predecessor, (several back), Amanda, out to the beach. That was before dogs were totally banned. She would do charming things like leave large gifts on the sugar white sand. My favorite was when she would dig so furiously for sand crabs that only her wagging rear end was visible, and then at last emerge, showing her teeth, her black lab face all covered in wet white sand. We called it her "devil dog from hell" look.

Woodrow, Sweetie, MJ Campanella said...

looks like a great place to swim and i am sure she was just taking her time getting into the water for a nice swim

Woodrow, Sweetie & MJ

Susan Rose said...

Wow! I go out of town for a few days and return home to find 4 new Stella stories! Sounds like she had fun at the lake without getting too rambunctious.