Monday, August 22, 2016

4 Things to Make Summer Walks with your Dog Cool and Easy

I have a lot of friends who are getting new puppies and adopting dogs... They ask me Rob, what do we need to walk the dog... While not being a dog whisperer or anything, I give them the following advice:

1. A good leash- While I appreciate Dollar Tree for inexpensive items for the dogs, Their leashes are at best temporary as well as their collars. I personally use a Fozzy Dog leash, as it is sturdy and has a convenient pouch built in to carry poop bags, treats. There are other brands out there just as good, FozzyDog is my preference. And the have a great double leash That allows two dogs to walk comfortably, as well as mini leashes for the little guys. A bit expensive, but well worth it as it  seems to last forever. But look for a leash that is sturdy, has good snaps and not too long, so you can control your dog- 48" seems to be about the right length. And please stay away from thoseretractable leashes, especially if your dog is apt to bolt suddenly.

2- A good Collar or Harness- This does not need to be expensive. Just look for collars that , if they are adorned, like with jewels or studs, don't have protrusions on the inside of the collar, (it can rub and irritate the pooch) I usually buy mine at the Burien Farmers Market, there is a lady that sells collars there. But most pet stores should have them in stock, and should be able to help you with sizing.

3. Stainless steel water bottle Face it. not every destination is going to have water for your pooch. I find that having a Stainless Steel water bottle is a good answer. There are a lot of plastic water bottles for dogs, and I like a lot of them, but find the leak or get destroyed.

4. Collapsible Dog Bowl- A great thing to put your water for Fido in! Cheap, easy to fit into a pant pocket or on a leash sometimes I take two- one for water, one for food

Monday, May 9, 2016

My Movie!!!

I made a little movie for the BURIEN UFO FESTIVAL/BURIEN FILM FESTIVAL, so now I can say I have something in common with George Clooney (My film did win shit either, George). So, without further ado, May I present: "X-FILE: PLAN K9 FROM OUTERSPACE"

I must mention this film couldn't be done without my "bitch"/assistant director, Kellie Bassen, nor my editor who performed magic working with very raw materiel, Matt Wendland. Also I must mention my love of the movies of Ed Woods, whom without his inspiration Plan K9 would be but a passing thought!

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Romeo's Birthday

Romeo, my older pup turned 11 today. I threw him a birthday party at the local dog park, the BuTCh,, I think he and his pup friends had a great time playing doggy games and eatin pupcakes, which are what I call the meat cakes in cupcake form.
Turkey, Chicken and Beef Pupcakes

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Doggy Meat Cake

Romeo's Birthday is coming up on Thursday and he will be 11. So I am going to throw him a party at the BuTCh dog park!I needed a cake recipe for it so I adapted my puppy meat loaf recipe:

Doggy Meat Cake
1 lb, ground beef Or Chicken or Lamb (depending on your dog's dietary needs)
1 cup of cooked brown rice
1 cup of finely diced carrots or  mixed peas and carrots (frozen is just fine)
2 eggs

Mix all together and mold into a shape or use a baking pan*, bake at 350 for 45 minutes, remove from oven, let cool

Frost with Mashed potatoes!

*I used a cupcake pan, make sure you spray pan with cooking spray (PAM) Then put the cup cake in the papers when they were cool and frosted!

Friday, March 11, 2016

Modern Victory Garden Challenge, Month 1

The first month of the Modern Victory Garden Challenge saw not a whole lot going on... Blame the wet weather, or just plain laziness, but still got some things done:

1- Grow your own- Planted some beet seeds, chard seeds, kale seeds, radish seeds and pea seeds. Started some tomatoes and fennel. Radishes are sprouting. Started some lentil sprouts. Started some Cauliflower and Thinking about corn...
2-Repair your own –Repaired a broken shovel handle
3- Learn something NEW! Nothing…Yet
4-Eat It! Nothing to harvest yet. Did make a cola pot roast and bagged up the leftovers to use for sandwiches, ate it for about a week! 
5- PRESERVE IT! – Nothing to preserve yet

Tuesday, February 16, 2016


What??? I thought I was through with these things. I mean over the years I have taken prt in buy nothing new challenges, freezing my ass off challenges, saving my urine challenges, etc.- Most of these put on by the Crunchy Chicken. But I was perusing my blog the other day and grew reminiscent (and add the fact I am retired now and need a project) for the Independence Day Challenge, put on by Sharon Astyk. It was such a great tool to use to learn more about self sufficiency, and preparing one's self to become more independent. The trouble is it seems to have vanished over the years, so I thought "Rob we need to bring this back". So here it is, The Modern Victory Garden Challenge!
1- Grow your own- means grow your own food be it from a huge multi-acre farm/garden, or a backyard garden or even a few pots. Maybe just some sprouts grown indoors. Just grow something!

2-Repair your own - from a brken shovel handle to rebuilding a tractor, repair it yourself and share

3- Learn something NEW! learning a new technique or something to help your garden grow. Could include but not limited to learning seed starting, recipe to cook something or new way to preserve food

4-Eat It! Share how you eat your homegrown food!

5- PRESERVE IT! Share how you are preserving your home grown food. Could include home cannin freezing or dehydrating

There you have it. Sounds pretty easy? I will post monthly and hope you all will join in!

Rob's Independence Day Posts from the past!

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Burien Toyota-Burien Chevrolet off leash Dog Park

A video of our "almost completed" dog park in Burien, WA

Posted by Rob Johnson on Saturday, January 2, 2016