My new puppy Lola’s green smoothie mustache!

big-book-green-smoothies-350x350When I published Big Book of Green Smoothies a few years ago, I ended up putting 50 photos of Green Smoothie Kids with their green mustaches in the book. That was inspired by a brainstorm that I had when Tennyson came home from school one day and, in a fit of pique likely related to a bad day at school, stormed into my office with his pint-o-green from the fridge. He yelled,

“WHY AM I AM THE ONLY KID IN AMERICA WHO HAS TO DRINK THIS STUFF!”

I jumped on the blog and asked readers for their kids’ green-smoothie mustache photos. Promised the first 50 a free book. I hoped that other parents in America who had the book would be able to respond to their child’s wail, “I AM THE ONLY KID IN AMERICA…..” with the calm comment, “No, honey, look: there are 50 more!”

I also threw in photos of a green smoothie dog, guinea pig, horse, and bunny,that I was sent.

Lola with Greensmoothie 'Stache
Lola with Green Smoothie ‘Stache

Meet Lola. She’s the purebred Maltese puppy we brought home, just two weeks ago. She’s a naked bribe, to get my two youngest kids to change schools later this year, when we move to Daybreak in South Jordan, Utah. Thirty minutes north.

Tennyson and Libby are learning what it’s like to be a parent: getting up all night to take her out, fretting over her every move.

No, we’re not moving to build the Green Smoothie Mansion. We’re downsizing a little, actually, and building a house no more expensive than the giant place we built 10 years ago, which is about to go on the market.

I have two college students this fall! Theoretically, 40% of us are leaving. I’ll also be 15 minutes from the airport, which is helpful since I’m on the road 1/3 to 1/2 of the time. I have wanted to be in Salt Lake County for a long time. And, Daybreak is the only major planned development in this state–trails, beaches, river with kayaks, green space, outdoor pools, tennis and volleyball and soccer. Mixed-use, cool architecture everywhere–hands-down, the hottest community in Utah.

Puppies Love Greensmoothies too!
Puppies Love Green Smoothies too!

This is a photo of Lola having her green smoothie. (Do you have any idea how many shots you have to take, to get ONE decent one, of a Maltese puppy’s green smoothie mustache? Turns out, PUPPIES DON’T POSE.)

Today in the office, Kristin and I have both of our puppies playing together. It’s hard to get anything done. We watch them play constantly. A minute ago, I was just lying on my stomach, on my desk, to watch them play-fighting on the other side of it. Kristin got a Maltese/Shih-tzu at the same time I got a Maltese. They are both girls, the same age, and they’re being forced to be BFF’s.

Do you feed your pet green smoothies? Please tell me about it, because I’m a puppy novice! But Lola’s a green smoothie fan! We feed her whole-foods dog food only.

I’m not going to make the mistake I did with our last dog, whom we fed cheap dog food full of ash and bad stuff. I didn’t know any better. But at 4 years old, she had crippling arthritis.

Tell me your cool story of green-smoothie pets!

7 thoughts on “My new puppy Lola’s green smoothie mustache!

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  1. Hmm…
    I get it that you want your dog to be healthy and think is great that you feed her only the best dog food. BUT there are some fruits and veggies that are actually really bad for dogs to have. Please research it because grapes can cause liver failure and acidic foods like tomatoes and strawberries can cause bladder and kidney stones. I know from first hand experience because our Shih Tzu LOVED tomatoes…to the point of sneaking into them while we were away or eating them off the tomato plant. But they caused her to get the stones that eventually killed her. In the end, dogs evolved eating meat, so even though you don’t. It IS best for your dog to eat meat. Raw meat.

    1. Cherilyn, yes, they import organic soil into the community gardens. I’m told they aren’t building more because people don’t use them! You can always use your own soil. You wouldn’t want to use the Kennecott mine’s dirt.

  2. We rescued a miniature schnauzer and she is the boss of the house! Her favorite thing to do is eat, we can’t leave anything unattended. 🙂 About a week after getting our AMAZING new Blendtec blender we had just got done enjoying a nice green smoothie and had put our cups to the side of the couch and continued watching our show. When I hear some licking sounds… Our dog had knocked over the smoothie cup and was happily enjoying the leftovers! It was pretty funny as it was all over her beard… But she didn’t care, she just had a tasty treat!

  3. My dogs get smoothies sometimes. I agree, you must know what they can’t have….grapes, garlic, onions, avocados and limit things like tomatoes and other acidic fruits and limit the sugary fruits ;).
    As far as green smoothies, it’s every once that I give them a taste if they are able to consume all that is in there. I more so give them veggies and other things to crunch off. Carrots, lettuce, celery, ice… lots of ice. One of my dogs actually love cabbage and the other loves tomatoes which I do limit.
    They otherwise receive a healthy doggie diet. I never give them cooked meat or cooked bones -those are supposed to be terrible for them and their bodies have a hard time digesting them. There is a raw meat doggie diet out there where you treat the meat with things like yogurt. Dog’s diet should be mainly meat. Find an excellent vet and I know a lot of owners/pet parents begin them on a fish oil regiment after they are a few years old.
    Very excited for your newest family member!!!!!!

  4. We have a Green Smoothie loving, Siamese kitty named Chewy. He usually seems to appear when the blender starts up. While I’m putting the ingredients in, he LOVES snacking on spinach or Romaine leaves. If I take him outside he will eat the dandelion leaves in the grass too! Even at almost a year old now, when the kids get their smoothies in the morning, Chewy is always happy to have a little in his dish.

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