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  1. Karen
    Karen November 24, 2011 6:16 pm

    Poor kiddo in front looks actually pained at the wait. Can you come to my house and teach my furbabies to do that? The wait, not the pained look.

  2. Bulucanagria
    Bulucanagria November 24, 2011 6:20 pm

    I would give thanks for the gift of free will, which allows us to set aside our self-imposed regimens and pick them back up as it suits our needs and desires.
    I’d also give thanks for those who give form and structure to inchoate ideas such as freedom so that I can better grasp my own feelings on the subject and perhaps share them more effectively with others.
    (Synopsis: It’s your life and Thank you, Clare)

  3. Carl-Bear
    Carl-Bear November 24, 2011 7:38 pm

    Ah… Cured ham and cheese are primal?

  4. naturegirl
    naturegirl November 24, 2011 8:18 pm

    Aww, how cute…Arrfy Thanksgiving to them, looks like the day was drool worthy……

  5. Beth
    Beth November 24, 2011 10:32 pm

    Hi, dawgs! ;^) Claire, I hope they and you had a happy Thanskgiving.

  6. Water Lily
    Water Lily November 25, 2011 4:42 am

    Great shot! Hope you had a wonderful day!

  7. bumperwack
    bumperwack November 25, 2011 9:23 am

    Amazing…how did you manage that

  8. Scott
    Scott November 25, 2011 10:26 am

    My cat, Sir Louie,got his plate of food(scalloped potatoes, turkey, gravy,green beans,and ham),but didn’t wait for a photo..he just started chowing down. So I’m not the only one that gives their pet(s) a Thanksgiving dish.

  9. Claire
    Claire November 25, 2011 12:00 pm

    Either I have really good dogs, I’m getting really good at “Nothing in Life is Free” dog training (, or I was lucky. You be the judge.

    As to critters and Thanksgiving: My vet, who reads the blog, read me the email riot act this morning for giving the kids fatty foods. She predicted they’d either have pancreatitis or at the very least a case of the runs & offered her services today in case I needed them. She also suggested giving them all yogurt this morning to replace the good gut bugs they might have lost from a fat attack.

    Then she told me that her dog scarfed down an entire pan full of rising yeast rolls yesterday and she had to take her to the clinic to induce vomiting in the middle of fixing Thanksgiving dinner. (Rising yeast bread or rolls are really dangerous.) So things happen to the best of us.

    FWIW, I gave the dogs only the bit you saw on their plates and all of them (even the one who’s always had a rocky digestive system) are fine. But of course she’s right about the hazards of holiday meals and pets.

    The yogurt is a really good idea in general, too. And they love the stuff.

  10. Claire
    Claire November 25, 2011 12:04 pm

    Bulucanagria — Yeah, what you said about free will. And thank you.

    Carl-Bear — Ya got a point there (though I rather suspect that cured meats and cheese, if not exactly paleolithic, might have some neolithic credentials and at least be older than agriculture). In any case, I strive to be only about 80 percent primal, which works for me. And on Thanksgiving, the only question is: Is it more primal than a Big Mac?

    And since everything is more primal than a Big Mac, I’m good. 🙂

  11. Claire
    Claire November 25, 2011 12:08 pm

    And happy post-Thanksgiving to you! I hope you all (and your critters) are happy and well-fed today.

  12. Joel
    Joel November 26, 2011 9:56 am

    I can’t believe you got that photograph.

  13. Claire
    Claire November 26, 2011 1:03 pm

    I hate to admit it, but it was a lot easier than I thought it would be. The two older dogs, Robbie (brindle) and Nadja (brown) never even made a move, not even a hint of a move, once I told them, “Wait!” The only one who finally ruined the chance of a second shot was Ava (the spooked-looking one). And she didn’t dive into the food. She’s a huge people pleaser and the change in routine and my admonition made her think she might be doing something that displeased me in some way. So she actually jumped away from the food just in case and wouldn’t go near it again as long as I was pointing that funny machine at her (she’s always been scared of the camera).

    I’m so proud. Not one went for the dish of goodies until I gave the okay.

  14. Carl-Bear
    Carl-Bear November 26, 2011 7:46 pm

    Not criticizing the primal “fail”, Claire; just having a little fun.

    My cat had to make do with a bit of tuna, some squeezy cheese, and an extra helping of “kitty kandy” (the cat treats in pouches) for Thanksgiving.

    As to whether cured meats and cheese would be primal… I guess it depends on how one defines that, and a quick check of the Internet show about eleventy-googly-gajillion different (and conflicting) definitions. Most seem fairly sure that it should approximate a pre-agricultural diet (whatever that is: temperate plains-dwelling nomads? seashore fishermen? tropical tribesmen? termite scarfing hominids?) . Allowing for early herding, cheese is possible, as are dried meats. I’d be surprised if _cured_ meats pre-date agriculture, but I’ve been wrong before.

    I suspect the “raw-primal” types shooting for the proto-human diet of a quarter million years ago would be horrified at your whole dinner. But I’d invite _them_ to adopt the ENTIRE “healthy” proto-human lifestyle (modern life clearly being an abomination [grin]) and die off, leaving us in peace.

  15. Tom McFall
    Tom McFall November 29, 2011 5:07 am

    I can’t believe the three of them sat for that photo!!!! Claire Wolfe, dog whisperer????

  16. JS
    JS December 2, 2011 5:53 am

    What a wonderful photo. Pure, unconditional love! And appetites!

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