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By now, you all know I’m about cooking with ease-this week is a true testament to that!

Between our very sick dog, a lot of articles and interviews to get done and needing to change menu plans in the blink of an eye-this has truly been a week of “The Great Shake-up” for me.

Our beloved old gal kept me very busy picking up prescription foods, hiding 3 different medications and then both giving it all back to me and refusing to eat it at all.

Here’s a case of the “blink of an eye“:

On Monday, I tried hiding the meds in the expensive prescribed food.  Ignored.  We both thought-hey, maybe she’s feeling better and wants something with a bit more texture and flavor.  Per the vet, we stirred in some dry food.  


Out of desperation-warmed up a couple of tablespoons of low sodium chicken broth and stirred that in.  Success!

At least until dinner time.  She refused it.  All.

Tuesday I got desparate again and the vet said to poach some chicken breast and white rice.  Must have been karma, because I was planning on serving up those foods for dinner.

At 2:30, I cooked our dinner up for the dog (sans the mediterranean tomatoes, sliced mushrooms, kalamata olives, raisins, capers, balsamic vinegar and red wine-of course).

My personal re-vamped menu became:  DH’s beloved Costco hotdogs (yes, he was worse than one of our grandsons while pleading with me to buy those darned things-ew, but for Sunshine, I ate one)on the grill, cole slaw with dried cranberries and raisins and quinoa pilaf.  

I must say-considering my first menu-this wasn’t so bad, except that I haven’t actually eaten a hot dog since I have no idea what year.

And what’s this about?  It’s about the importance of always having a back-up plan as well as a great pantry.

Now I really don’t think I’m alone in the love and devotion I treat my furkids with-but if you had to change meals on behalf of a sick pet, what would you have on hand to create a tasty, easy and healthy meal quickly so that your family wouldn’t notice?

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