When I returned home that afternoon, the basket was on the deck floor and all the suet was gone. I could hardly imagine that it could have been eaten that quickly by the birds, or even a gang of squirrels. The Becka and I dug through the snow to see if we could find even a trace of it, but there was nothing left at all.
This morning dawned bright and sunny. I went out in the yard with our dog and checked the feeders which were covered in a few inches of new fluffy snow. The dog had his constitutional and when I went to clean it up…well, it consisted of…birdseed.
We have been trying to watch our eight year old mixed breed’s weight, limiting his treats and making sure he has regular walks. And to think he gobbled down at least one cup of lard and peanut butter, along with a lot of fiber!
He knew he was in “the doghouse”, but likely didn’t relate our scolding to his indulgence two days ago. It was also fortunate that he digested it, rather than throwing it up on a rug. I really have to find a better way to put out the suet so it cannot be tipped by the squirrels or the dog.
I have copied the recipe onto my recipe blog just in case I ever lose the link to The Egret's Nest. The peanut butter is really popular with all kinds of feathered and furry critters, and with a few modifications, I think I could serve it to my friends as well!
He does look rather guilty in that pic!ReplyDelete
It must have been the peanut butter that attracted his interest.
Can you hear me laughing down here? I once had a cocker spaniel who would scope out and eat every breadcrumb, sunflower seed and nut on top of the snow and ice. She wasn't guilty at all - showed no remorse! Your dog looks very comfortable in the sun. Let's hear more about him. I'm looking forward to making the suet when I have something to hang it in :) Good photos, Ruth.ReplyDelete
Bless his heart, he does look a bit sheepish...lol! Great recipe!ReplyDelete
Laura- I could smell the PB when I went outside, so I am not surprised that the dog's nose led him into trouble.ReplyDelete
Mary- We have had 3 spaniels, and while lovable, they have had their brains bred down to pea-size. Yes, this dog loves the sun and the space heater.
Jayne- When we picked him from the pound, he looked so forlorn we couldn't resist him. He can look very sheepish, but it is only an act!