Sedi, our little German Shepherd suffers from occasional (daily) incontinence.
Well, actually, she doesn't suffer in the least.
She could give a rat's ass if she pees all over the place.
I'm the one who suffers.
I'm the one who wipes up and mops the puddles if we (the royal 'we') forget to take her out on a regular basis.
That regular basis is about every 2 hours….. Day and night.
Mon mari refuses to participate in this at night, saying he'd rather just clean it up in the morning.
HE'D rather just clean it up.
I buy bed pads that I put on her bed, so when she wets, at least she doesn't soak her bed.
Now if I could only get her to understand the importance of sleeping with the tail end on the pad.
Apparently it's soft, because she often treats it like a pillow, somewhat defeating the purpose.
Someone, who shall remain nameless but is a stateside member of my immediate family, suggested doggie diapers.
Nappies for nipper….
We don't have 'Dogs R Us' here.
For the most part, dogs and cats are considered animals (don't tell) and treated as such. When there useful life is over, well….. You get the picture.
But, from a practical standpoint….
Just think about putting a diaper on a German Shepherd…..
Then think about:
a. Changing it every few hours
b. Taking it off every 2 hours so she can go outside and pee like a real dog.
I'll take the mop – and tile floors.
Strangely enough, her incontinence disappeared for the entire spring and summer. We both got to sleep right through the night.
Now, that's it's winter, and cold, we're back to every 2 hours.
Amazing, isn't it, what we do for the 4-legged members of our families?
The alternative isn't acceptable.
Time to go….
Her new nickname is Sweetpea…. after the flower…..
On another front, I learned something new the other day.
Cabbage, the kind one uses to make cole slaw, is known as white cabbage here.
The looser leaf variety, known as Savoy cabbage, is called green cabbage.
I have a new favorite winter vegetable….
Warm Savoy Cabbage and Leek Salad
To trim Savoy cabbage, break off and discard the bright green outer leaves.
1 medium leek, about 3oz (75gr) sliced
2 cups shredded Savoy cabbage, about 8oz (225gr)
2 – 3 strips bacon, 2oz (55gr)
1/4 cup dry-cured, Greek olives, 12, pitted
2 tsp olive oil
1 tbs Balsamic vinegar
1 tsp truffle oil or good olive oil
Trim leek. Cut in half the long way and rinse well. Thinly slice.
Remove dark green outer leaves from cabbage. Cut off a thick slice, avoiding the core. Lay flat, cut into 3 or 4 wedges, then thinly slice the wedges.
Pit olives if needed and roughly chop.
Sauté bacon in a medium skillet over medium heat. When brown and crisp, remove and drain. Pour off bacon fat.
Add olive oil, leeks and sauté, stirring frequently, until tender, 5 – 7 minutes. Add cabbage and sauté, stirring frequently, until it wilts and starts to brown. Add vinegar and Greek olives; stir well to combine. Crumble bacon and add. Reduce heat and let heat through, 3 – 4 minutes. Divide onto two plates, drizzle with truffle oil, garnish with a few more olives and serve.
In addition to this, for the weekly menu for December 11 we have Shrimp Creole, Coq au Vin Blanc with Morels, Pulled Pork Stew, Turkey with Lemon and Honey and more ways with green cabbage….
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