I was over my sister's house Saturday, when the phone rang there, she came running into the living room, asked me if I could watch her dogs, Millie and Marble, I said, yes, what was going on, she burst into tears, I don't know, Benny is dying. I looked at her with disbelief, and muttered out a "what?" she was on the other side the front gate by then crying, saying, "I don't, know, I don't know." I held her asked her if she wanted me to drive over to our parents house. I didn't have my car there I rode over with her when she was there earlier. When comes to medical emergency stuff, I am the one keeps together, the rock. I think it because I been a phlebotomist for 15 years and used to it? I don't know. I know when we went through everything with my mom and her health and near death. I was the one kept it together. I can see my sister was really upset, so was I, but she didn't look like she could drive.
|Benny, the life guard in our pool|
She said no, and off she went, Millie and Marble were on her porch with me, I broke down a bit, while they licked my face. I went inside her house with them and texted a few friends and asked for prayers for him. I found Benny 11 years earlier, he was 3 weeks old on the side the road. His brother was hit by a car, he was sitting next to him. I was passing by and stopped when I saw the puppy. It was a country road, I knew it wasn't right, scooped him up, put in my car and went home. Called my mom down to the car showed him Benny, she picked him up and said to me, "Oh Dee Dee, you did the right thing we just didn't need another dog." You see he made 5 dogs at that point. She took inside and I parked my car better. I literally landed the car at the house. I heard my mom yell, "Take it easy guys, he is just a baby." The other dogs were excited to see this new baby.
There was something special about Benny, he looked like a teddy bear, he had Newfoundland in him, but whatever was mixed with kept him small. We would call him the mini newf. You could not help but fall in love with the teddy bear face he had.
An hour later the phone rang at my sister's. I knew it was my mom and she was calling to say Benny passed away. She said when they got to the vet, he was like a rag doll, the vet walked in and said, this isn't a virus, something is wrong his neurological is gone. They x-rayed him, when the lights were out and he was showing my mom the X-ray, they heard him gasp, turned the lights on, went over and Benny took his last breath. The X-ray showed something was near his spleen/liver. Vet said it could been a few things, but more likely it was an aneurysm.
So my family has been in morning over this, and I admit I really have not felt like writing this week, not even for The Lovely Pink Diva. Pets are like family, so sometimes it very hard when you lose one. Benny was fine the day before, was running, acting normal. There was no alarm. The next day he got sick, it was quick, there was no warning really. I do apologize this post is kind of a sad post.
When your sad the last thing wanted to do was make an elaborated dish. I wanted to make something quick. for you guys. I saw a recipe for Ranch Flavored pretzels, when I was at the store I saw Webber has dry marinade packets, that was when an inspiration hit me, using the dry BBQ marinade from Webber and the ranch recipe as a base, I betcha it would make for a great flavored pretzel. It would be a great recipe fro Benny's memory because BBQ Pretzel has a sweet tangy taste with a a bit a crunch, just like Benny was. He was sweet personality, but can have a bit a tang to it every once in a while. Sometimes he did things made you laugh, which is what pretzels are a good party food.
1 bag of pretzels (sour dough, thick kind, not thin or sticks)
1 packet of Webber BBQ marinade or dry rub seasonings
1 cup of vegetable oil
1 gallon ziploc bag