Pumpkin Oat Bran and a Doggie Introduction

Happy Sunday!  I am so grateful for gaining an hour of sleep last night!

Taking a page out of Allison‘s Crazy Dog Lady handbook (love ya, girl!), I wanted to take a moment and introduce you all to my fur babies, Lucy and Rambo!

Rambo is the brown one, and he’s a chihuahua/dachshund mix, and Lucy is a rescued mutt.  I got Rambo first, in October 2001, from a guy selling puppies off the side of the road.  He was marketed as a chihuahua, and I have papers somewhere to prove it.  He didn’t look like his brothers and sisters though, and within a month he had grown into his dachshund long body!  He was the first dog that was truly mine, not a family pet.  His nicknames include, but are not limited to, Baby Rambo, Ramboroni, Steak Finger, Rambo Man, Brown Dog, Turbo Torpedo Rambo, Turd Farmer, etc.


Shortly after Rambo came home with me, I realized he needed a playmate.  I started looking in April 2002 for another dog.  Ideally I was going to get another Rambo-sized dog, but I fell in love with this face at a local pound.


Granted, she didn’t look that happy when I found her.  She was abused by her previous owner, and she was a mess at the pound.  When I met her, she cowered in the corner from me.  I sat on the ground and gave her time and space to warm up to me, at which point she leapt into my lap, promptly peed all over me, and then went back to cowering in the corner. She also had an oozing mass close to the tip of her tail which turned out to be a rubber band that had been looped around tight and left there to the point that the skin was growing over it.  (The vet was able to excise it, and now she has a cute crook in her tail.)  Despite what I knew might be a difficult road as she relearned to trust humans, she had so much soul in her eyes, and I knew that I had to have her.  Lucy’s nicknames include Lucy Goose, Lucy Noodle, Goose Noodle, simply Goose or Noodle, Kitty Dog (for her propensity to lay on the back of the couch), Predator (for her propensity to kill birds and other furry woodland critters), White Dog, Opposite Deer (for her white with brown spots coloring, vs a brown deer with white spots… yep), etc.

They have been with me through seven moves and a LOT of life changes. I’m just glad that I’m able to provide them with a stable, loving environment in which their true characters can shine through.

Lasers. Pew, pew.

Lucy and Rambo are my heart and soul.  My life is extremely enhanced by their presence within it.  I am definitely a self-proclaimed crazy dog lady, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Thanks for letting me introduce my babies!

Now onto breakfast.  Because this morning’s breakfast was all like DAAAAAAAAANG.  It all started with this little bag.

I love Bob’s Red Mill products (cornbread, anyone?), and their oat bran is no exception. It cooks up so creamy and smooth. I brought 1 cup of unsweetened vanilla Almond Breese and a splash of vanilla extract to a boil on the stove, and then stirred in a 1/2 cup of oat bran, briskly stirring for about 2 minutes until the mixture thickened.  I then brought the heat down on the stove to very low and added a heaping spoonful of canned pumpkin and some cinnamon.  Once everything was well combined and heated through, I poured it in a bowl and topped it with the almighty Mighty Maple peanut butter and some Confituras salted caramel pear butter.  Ultimate foodgasm.

Now that’s some proper food porn, if I do say so myself.

I am off to do homework and practice massage.  Have a great rest of the weekend!


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5 Responses to Pumpkin Oat Bran and a Doggie Introduction

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  2. Rachel says:

    This looks fantastic! I will have to try stirring some pureed pumpkin into my next bowl of hot cereal. I really like BRM’s Mighty Tasty cereal. Have you tried that one yet?


  3. Brittney says:

    Awwww, your dogs are cute and I love all your nicknames for them both!

  4. spabettie says:


    BLESS YOU for taking the time and patience for Lucy… it breaks my heart that anyone can abuse a poor animal… Basil was very similar when we rescued him.

    Such sweeties – and they give SO much for just a little love. ❤

    yours are both so super sweet and awesome. thanks for giving them a proper blog intro! 🙂

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