The Write Pet: Spoiled Salukis by Mona Karel #MFRW_Org #amwriting

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Five Pounds of Liver and Cookies for the Salukis…

That would be dog cookies, of course. I still make cookies for me but they’re low carb and time intensive. Plus way too tasty so I try to curtail. But the dogs get cookies: turmeric with various extras to disguise the taste, and salmon oatmeal yummies.

The mass quantities of liver are layered in a dehydrator and dried for an unconscionableIMG_1545 length of time, during which the house smells of, well, drying liver. Not the most appetizing odor but they will do pretty much anything for liver. Or chicken breast.

What, you think my dogs are spoiled? Well, maybe just a bit. But they fill my days and soothe my heart so a little spoiling’s not a bad thing. They also have patience with me when I take them to games, like Agility, Coursing, and that left turn game of Dog Shows…where we trot around the ring together, always turning to the left. Since my pockets are generally filled with goodies we tend to be very popular around other dogs.

What’s it like having one breed of dog for more than forty years? I could be snarky (me?) and point out I’ve had them longer than many people stay married. But I’ll be nice and say in my fifth generation it’s wonderful to see the faces of dogs from the mid 70s in the dogs surrounding me today.

I just made a batch of those oatmeal cookies, here’s the recipe for your best buddies:

4 cups oatmeal (I get the best I can find)

1 can salmon (or mackerel but salmon’s tastier)

4 eggs

Sometimes grated Parmesan cheese

maybe some water

Put the oatmeal in your food processor first, making a fine powder. If you’re going to indulge in the Parmesan cheese, add it now and pulse a couple times. Add eggs (shell and all) and the salmon, all at once. Process until it’s blended; if it’s too thick, add water.

Smooth out onto a cookie sheet or two depending on the size. You can either use oil or parchment paper on the pans. Bake at 350F. After about fifteen minutes, check to see if the cookies have started to dry a bit. Cut them into bite size pieces with a pizza roller or big knife. You don’t want to wait too long to cut them, cause…well, that is the way those cookies crumble. Then keep cooking them to your desired crispness. I like to bake for a while, then separate the cut cookies, and let them all get extra crunchy.


We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.

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Title: Teach Me To Forget

Publisher: Black Opal Books

Date Published: May 2012

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Word Count: 65,000


Available from Amazon


No Salukis in this book, Bethany needed more of a clown for her traveling buddy, so I gave her an Irish Setter. She needs the comic relief after she meets J Phillip Merritt


Her past was behind her…or so she’d thought.

Bethany Acton has come a long way from the day she was an abused child-bride of a dissolute jet setter. Now divorced and single, she writes for a lifestyles magazine, lives out of her motor home, and answers only to her boss—when he can find her. She has overcome her horrendous past and taken control of her own life. But when Jonathan Merritt, a rising star in wildlife photography, enters her world, she learns that control is a tenuous thing.

His past was despicable, but it hasn’t affected his future…until now.

Jonathan Merritt knows he’s met the woman with whom he wants to spend his future, but first he must admit his role in her past. Afraid the truth will turn her against him, he tries to gain her trust and affection before confessing. But the longer he hesitates, the harder it becomes to tell her. Can Jonathan gain enough of her love and trust for her to forgive what he did—or will his past indiscretions destroy his only chance for happiness?


There’s a happy ending, and Baron the Irish Setter does his doggonedest to make it so.


Author Bio:

I wrote in High School, mostly overly dramatic epistles my teachers seemed to like. It wasn’t until 1985, when I traded in grooming shears for an office, that I began to fulfill my lifetime dream of writing, hoping to emulate Mary Stewart and Helen MacInnes. If you’re going to dream, dream HUGE. Black Opal Books took me on as one of their first authors in 2011. Not quite an overnight success but an accomplishment all the same. We moved to the high plains of New Mexico when my husband retired and he had five good years here before he was lost to cancer.

When not writing or messing about with the Salukis I’m gardening or taking pictures or judging dogs or working with writing clubs or just enjoying the open spaces


Author Links:
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11 thoughts on “The Write Pet: Spoiled Salukis by Mona Karel #MFRW_Org #amwriting


    Hi Mona,
    Welcome to the Snarkology. Thank you so much for participating in The Write Pet. Your Salukis look like such pretty dogs. 🙂

  2. Thanks Mellissa and thanks for the invitation. I think they’re lovely dogs but there’s sometimes tooooo much brain at work between those ears

  3. This is wonderful. Thanks.

  4. I thought my pets were spoiled, but drying liver? lol! That’s spoilage! Fun post and your book sounds intriguing.

  5. I’m with Mary — I thought my golden retrievers were spoiled! But there’s no way I’m drying liver for them. My father was renowned for his chopped liver, which he made with a meat grinder and rendered chicken fat, and I’d never touch it. Still won’t– not even for my beloved beasties!

  6. I’m sure the dogs will be asking to lick the bowl if I made those cookies. What do eggshells do for a dog?

  7. HI all sorry I wasn’t around. I had a two hour trip come up to pick up some trim for the dogs then did the monthly dog food co-op run. By the time I was done I was dragging badly. Of course the dogs wanted to play play play.
    I just put the liver in a dehydrator for about 24 hours. Piece of cake. Low carb of course
    Thanks for stopping in
    Eggshells provide extra calcium.

  8. Hi Mona, always love your posts.

  9. We did this with whole ground rabbit for Rena when she was on the exclusion diet and couldn’t have anything else. I bet it smelled better, though!

  10. thanks again to everyone who stopped by and especially thanks to Melissa for sponsoring this event. Seems like sometimes our pets are pretty much our lives!

  11. Stunning quest there. What happened after? Good luck!

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