For being half lab, my dog’s still half wimp when it comes to water.
She was just four days from the pound when she and 50 other dogs scampered into a local pool that opens up for pooches when it closes for people. When someone threw her in, she threw herself out of the water and onto the safe-looking lap of an unsuspecting stranger. Once. Twice. And then once more.
Later, she was invited to swim with just two dogs. Determined to avoid the water, she hid in the surrounding bushes, up-ending a nest of yellow jackets. YOUCH.
But she’s progressed in three years, thanks to regular romps in shallow water at the park and a little stick-fetching at a nearby lake. She even swims now, and happily, especially with a frisbee or tennis ball in sight.
At last year’s dog swim, my goal was to teach her to leap into the water from the side. Time and again, she threw herself into a shallow, cloudy pool with no sign of a bottom. But when it came to the deeper, clear-as-tap-water pool, off she ran, seeking the safety of some lap.
There’s a lesson there, don’t you think, when a dog unable to see the bottom leaps with abandon but turns timid, afraid even, when she can?
End-of-season dog swims are back on the calendar. Who knows this year’s lesson from a water-wimpy but life-smart dog?
HERBED GOAT CHEESE
Time-to-table: 45 minutes
Makes about 3 cups
- 8 ounces goat cheese, softened (inexpensive logs are perfect here)
- 2 tablespoons butter, softened
- 1 cup low-fat cottage cheese
- 3 egg yolks
- Zest of ½ a lemon
- ¼ cup flour
- Salt & pepper to taste
- About ½ cup of color and texture, maybe roasted red pepper, green onion, capers, chopped spinach or even a combination
- About ¼ cup of minced fresh herbs, maybe rosemary or basil or dill or lavender or tarragon or chive or even a combination
NOW GET CREATIVE
Preheat oven to 350F.
Combine goat cheese, butter, cottage cheese, egg yolks, zest, flour and seasonings with a hand mixer (or by hand though the mixture will be heavier). Stir in your choices for color, texture and herb flavor. Transfer to a well-greased quiche pan.
Bake 20 – 30 minutes until just set. Serve warm or at room temperature with crackers or bread. If you like, make in advance and refrigerate, then reheat or return to room temperature.
MEET LADY KOIRA
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