My poor little lady Kaylee was brutalized at the vet’s yesterday. She went in for a dental cleaning and ended up having two teeth extracted. To be fair, this was no real surprise, what with her past dental issues. But her one remaining fang, GONE! The horror and injustice of it all!
Kaylee circa 2007, after her second round of dental surgery. If you look closely (or click through to flickr for the notes!), you can see how her mouth is lopsided: many of the teeth on the left side of her mouth were removed, making her look adorably silly, but also kinda sad. As of yesterday, the “fang” on the right side of her mouth is now history, too.
At our request, the vet also removed some rather large fatty deposits – which had been growing progressively larger over the past few years – from her left shoulder and right side. The one near her rib cage was especially stubborn coming out, and she’s got the 2″-long, ragged, angry red incision to prove it. Her shoulder looks even worse: because she had two lumps there (don’t worry, all benign, thank dog!), he had to make two separate incisions, which kind of meld together visually for an especially horrifying effect. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!
She’s half shaved, all carved up, and on painkillers and a soft food diet for the next few days. Shane joked that I don’t even need to dress her in a costume for Halloween; just photograph as is and call her a frankendog. Hmmm, that sounded more amusing when said aloud. Only marginally, though. Sad emoticon, I is one.
Because Kaylee’s barred from kibble for a few days, I decided to make a special pot of oatmeal, just for her! (Always express your love through food, yo! Nourishment for the body and the soul!) Given this week’s Iron Chef ingredients, I thought it might be fun to experiment with carrot oatmeal for a change. In addition to the standard dried cranberries, I mixed in pulverized bits of carrot (easy to eat!), blackstrap molasses (good for you!), and a pinch of cinnamon and brown sugar (sweetness and spice for the sweetest, spiciest lady I know!).
It’s Iron Chef, Doggie Edition!
Kaylee – seen here sunbathing in happier days – approves!
Initially I’d only planned on posting a photo, sans recipe, but this dish turned out so well that I just have to share. (Cinnamon Cranberry Carrot Oatmeal, suitable for humans and canines alike!) As skeptical as I was of the “carrots in your morning oatmeal” concept, they actually taste pretty yummy! Along with the cranberries and spices, I boiled them in the water for a bit before adding the oats – mostly so that they’d be tender for Kaylee’s equally tender mouth – but this also allowed them to flavor the water a bit beforehand, lending the subtle hint of carrots to the oats. This is mostly overpowered by the molasses though, so if you’re making this dish for humans, you might want to scale back a bit. And if your tooth is sweet like mine, double the amount of sugar used. Other than this, few adjustments are necessary. Heat and eat!
Kaylee, licking her bowl…
Cinnamon Cranberry Carrot Oatmeal (for dogs and their peoples!)
(Makes approximately four to six adult, human servings.)
7 cups water
2 large carrots
1 cup dried cranberries
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons blackstrap molasses
3 cups quick oats
1. Wash, peel and dice the carrots. In a food processor, process them until they’re finely chopped. Set aside.
2. In a large pot, bring the water to a boil. Add the carrots and cook on medium for several minutes. Add the cranberries and spices and continue to cook for another five to ten minutes, stirring every few minutes.
3. Add the quick oats and cook for another five minutes, or until the oats are tender and the consistency of the oatmeal is to your liking. If the oatmeal’s too thick, don’t be afraid to add a little extra water or soy milk. Mix well and serve warm!
…and everyone else’s. Twice!
What can I say, the lady loves to eat.
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