Saturday, May 3, 2008

Sophie the Kitchen Assistant

It turned out to be a pretty nice day. After a rainy start, the sun finally came out and even though it was windy and not too warm, the sun shining and birds singing made it feel like spring. I even got the chance to mow the lawn for the first time this year. Since I figured I might be outside most of the day, I pulled a beef roast out of the freezer this morning to put in the crock pot so supper would be ready when I came in.

When supper was finished and all the leftover meat cut up and mixed with the broth for soup one night next week, Sophie (my faithful kitchen assistant) was ready to go to work.
She usually stands right next to me with her head smashed between my leg and the cupboards (just in case something falls off the counter top).

I was able to get my camera out and took this little movie (sorry it's kind of dark). There's nothing (well, maybe the doorbell....) that can pull this dog away from licking out a pan.

People have asked us whether Sophie missed Daisy or had a hard time getting used to Daisy being gone, but we haven't really noticed any changes in her behavior. I think she enjoys being the only dog now and getting to lick off ALL of the dirty dishes.

P.S. For those of your who are interested in the peanut wreath, I purchased mine at Wild Birds Unlimited so if you have a WBU nearby, you may be able to find one there, or most certainly they could order one for you. If you don't have a WBU nearby, here's a link to order one directly from Wild Birds Unlimited. It's truly one of my favorite bird feeders--especially if you enjoy watching bluejays because they just can't resist those peanuts!


Meggie said...

I have a similar kitchen assistant, Ruthie. She's always looking for any little morsel that may fall her way. My doggie doesn't hear very well anymore so even the sound of the doorbell wouldn't pry her away from kitchen food.

Jayne said...

LOL... that's one busy girl! :c) Glad she is doing well as an only child now.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Sophie is doing a good job on the prewash. Luna is our first "crumb" dog. She is like Sophie in that she is at attention during any and all kitchen activities.

Anonymous said...

Dogs sure like people food, but when we had a dog I sure thought their food smelled good but I never tried any. Don't spoil Sophie too much, that's what grandparents are for.

Anonymous said...

Well condolences on the dog. I feel as if that dogs do feel some sort of loss. Maybe Sophie is just "one of those people," who bury their feelings.

Herci said...

Sophie is beautiful! I long for a furry friend. My husband and I lost our canine child over a year ago... but I'm not sure we're quite ready to move on yet (he definitely isn't). Maybe by the end of the year. :)

Also, your post makes me wonder why people spend their hard earned money on vacuum robots!

Trixie said...

Sophie! She is so sweet. I love her spots. Nice knitting meez there, too, Ms. J.

jan m said...

My husband always felt that we should just be able to put the dish away after our dog, Martha, got done with it:) They are super cleaners!

Hedgewitch said...

what an excellent service your assistant provides, lol!

we put our scraps in a container in the freezer for our friend's dog, Jenny

BTW love your knitting avatar :-)

Julie said...

Hello Ruth! I've got pictures to share, lots of them, but I haven't had time to send them yet. They include pictures of the Brown Thrasher. He's been in my parents yard several times. I'll try to get an email off to you soon.
Do you have a shelled peanut feeder? My parents have one and its our favorite feeder.
Take Care, Julie (KS -

RuthieJ said...

Hi Meggie,
It's nice to know the pots are always cleaned out and there aren't any leftover morsels on the floor, isn't it?

Hi Jayne,
This dog makes me laugh every day--she's SO enthusiastic about food of any kind!

Hi Lisa,
I think those dogs have us figured out as soon as they move into our houses, don't they?

Hi Mom,
Sophie's dry food doesn't smell too good, that must be why she's always so eager to lick the plates off!

Thank you Science Guy. It's been about 6 weeks now since we lost Daisy. Actually the cat seemed to miss Daisy much more--they used to sleep next to one another.

Thank you Herci. I think she's a pretty special doggy myself. It is a lot of work and expense to have pets (especially a dog), but every day when I come home and she greets me so enthusiastically, it's all worth it.

Hi Trixie,
I like all of Sophie's spots too.
I saw the knitting MEEZ on Herci's blog and decided to update mine too--my only question is: where is her ball of yarn??

Hi Jan,
Too husband will pick up a plate from the floor and say the same thing! Someday I should just say "OK," and put it back in the cupboard to see what he does!!

Hi Steph,
She's been a kitchen assistant for many years! She used to stand on the dishwasher door while I was putting in the dirty dishes--hated to miss any crumbs.

Hi Julie,
I'm glad you've got some pictures to share--I'll look forward to seeing them.
I do have a shelled peanut feeder, but have taken it down for the summer because the dang starlings and grackles are always trying to get the peanuts.

mon@rch said...

I just love this time of the year with being busy but sometimes we need a break!

KGMom said...

You answered two questions I had--how is Sophie. I am glad to hear she is doing well, what with helping around the kitchen and all.
And I wondered about the peanut wreath--in fact, I headed for our local bird feed store the other day, but got way-laid. I will try again and see if they have any. Thanks for the link, otherwise.