- Lesson from Sugi: Dogs love fun food!
- Sugi says, “I just have to give Julie the stare and she knows I want mochi!”
When Sugi was being picky about his food a few months ago, I searched for alternative treats that would be nutritious for him. I came across this product called Mochi by a vegetarian restaurant in Victoria called Green Cuisine. It is based on the Japanese food used for mochi deserts. The Green Cuisine mochi is made from organic brown rice only. It comes as a hard slab, and you can buy it from Capers or Whole Foods. You can freeze it if you need to. You prepare the mochi treats this way:
Preheat your oven to 375 F. Cut the slab into 1″ cubes and spread them out on a cookie tray (I use a pizza stone). Cook the pieces for about 10 min or until they puff up and brown a bit. Let cool before giving to your dog.
I eat them dipped in salted olive oil! They are puffy and crispy with a delicious softness on the inside. A nice gluten-free alternative to bread.
- Lesson from Tom: Dogs like to have jobs
- Tom says, “It gives me a sense of purpose”
The air is warm with a slight cooling breeze and the sun shines down on us warming our backs. Tom trots beside me while I leisurely ride my bike along a low-traffic route that is easy, flat, and enjoyable. During the summer months, Tom and I bike ride to the Main Street Station Farmers’ Market every Wednesday afternoon. Tom loves these outings. Knowing him, it’s for a number of reasons. Foremost, Tom likes to feel that he has a job. He enjoys the discipline of trotting at a constant speed and distance beside me. He feels useful when we get to the market because he can guard the bags of purchased vegetables that I leave on the lawn beside him when I go into the stalls for more shopping. He especially likes the treats that I give him after coming out from the stalls, rewarding him for a job well done: blueberries, carrots, cauliflower…
For the ride, I use a longer than normal lease in order to give him slack. We don’t want to accidentally bump into each other, so the longer lease gives him room to move around if he needs to. Because the trip is about 3 km each way, we take rest stops and I let him roam around off-leash in Strathcona Park which we cut through en route. I carry water with me and give him some when we arrive at the market, and again before setting off for the trip home. He’s a black dog, so in the summer months he does get warm in the sun.