Sep 242013


Several weeks ago I made one of my two favorite quick, healthy breakfasts. Little did I know that I would not be enjoying a single bite of it.

One of my favorites is an egg white, potato and turkey sausage scramble seasoned with garlic pepper. A glass of orange juice to wash it down with and I’m set to start the day. The other one I will put together in a few minutes is a stacked delight working from top to bottom: a whole grain waffle, turkey sausage, hash brown and egg white mini-omelet that I posted about here.

I often add Cholula sauce but didn’t on this morning thank goodness…

Egg Whites, Potato and Turkey Sausage Scramble

My Golden Retriever, Phoenix, has never been allowed to have people food and I will write about that in a non-food post. He gets an expensive dry salmon based food and salmon treats for fun and rewards. There have been a few times that one thing or another has accidentally dropped off of the counter and if I haven’t been quick enough then he wins. His favorite food observation time is watching me eat my one serving of popcorn while we watch television teogether after work. Just in case one might tumble to the ground.

So, instead of eating at the table on this particular morning I decided to take the above plate, orange juice and utensils to the couch. Phoenix followed me, jumped on the couch and laid down next to me on my left side but not too close.
He’s hysterically funny (for many reasons) because he will watch every single motion of the utensil on the plate, grabbing a bite of food and having it arrive in my mouth. Repeat. Just like some sort of food tennis match.

He said, staring at the plate of food, “Today is the day…”
I was looking at him and giggled, “Sweetie, in your dreams because it’s never gonna happen.”


I reached over with my right hand (intending to go across the plate) to grab the remote control and accidentally flipped the entire plate of food onto the carpet!
Phoenix went on full ALERT, immediately sat up, ears perked, pupils dilated and said, “Jackpot!”
I glared at him. He hadn’t moved but his entire body was trembling. He knows that people food is a no-no.

Time went into slow motion.

Phoenix and I just stared at each other. Neither of us knowing what to do. He has never drooled much for the most part like many Goldens do. He just doesn’t but this moment it was pouring out of his apparently (starving) mouth. He had been fed an hour prior to this.

This picture below perfectly duplicates his look at that moment.

Phoenix Dad Post3

We continued to stare at each other. Ok, now I was staring at him but he was staring at the feast spread out on the carpet at my feet. There was no way I was going to be able to get into the kitchen to grab some paper towels and get back in time.

The funniest thing occured next as he would not budge with me sitting there. I had conceded and said, “Go ahead, Phoenix!”
He would not move an inch.
I set the empty plate on the coffee table and got down on the ground and grab a peice of sausage and palmed in my hand pretending to eat it, “C’mon, Phoenix…yummy….”
He tilted his head to the side, ears still perked up and said,”It’s in your hand you idiot.”

So, I got up off the floor to walk to the kitchen and he leaped down off the couch and dovoured the food in under ten seconds.

I brought him back an Immodium and it was another happy day.

This post is a part of Inside Journeys Foodie Tuesday so check out it!

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Mike Vogler

I have been told (many times) that I really need to write a book about my life. The past 50+ years have been an exciting ride, and these days I find myself with a great many passions. However, I feel that this website is a much more personal way with which to share my musings, stories and commentary.

  30 Responses to “My Golden Retriever, Phoenix, His Dream Come True Meal”

  1. Funny! I can picture you two having a stare down like two gun fighters waiting for the other to draw!
    Very cool on this being on Inside Journeys Foodie Tuesday!

    • Oh thank you Tony on noticing that part on Inside Journeys. I’ve been doing these and mentioning them at the end of each post since August now. Marcia is fantastic and her blog hop really opened up a whole new world to me along with some others! 🙂

  2. Hahahaha, I never tire to hear Phoenix stories. What a great dog, Mike. Actually, sometimes, like today, he’s more man than dog.

    • Haha thank you, Marcia! I don’t know what it’s inside of those some days but there is always Love 🙂

  3. Oh, thanks for linking up this week, Mike!

  4. My dog loves people food but she’s what we call a Caribbean Cocktail – a mutt from the island of St. Maartens so her digestive system can handle anything.

    Loved this story – and wonder if you ended up with a bowl of cereal instead.

    • Phoenix would so jealous of your pup only in regards to diet, Leigh! Very nice to not have to worry about it. I actually had a banana and moved on the next meal of the day later 🙂

  5. Well, he was just doing as he was trained, right?! He knows he’s not supposed to take food from you, so he waited until you were gone so you wouldn’t know he ate it. Fooled you, huh?

  6. Hahahaha. Oh the games we play. Great tale of a day in the life of Phoenix.

  7. Yet another great morning wake up story Mike! I glad he won yet another round with you!! You are such a great dad!

  8. Love your stories about sweet Phoenix. He is So beautiful. Xx WooF

  9. Haha – love this post! I can just picture him watching you eat like a tennis match – so funny! He’s just so ridiculously precious.

    • Oh thank you so much that means alot to me on the “precious” comment, Dana! And yes he is. He is such a smart, very focused pup on all things in life. I love it 🙂

  10. Phoenix is so adorable! I can imagine him staring at you, holding himself in check from gobbling the food in your presence.

    • Thank you Freya and that is funny. Yes, he was totally focused on that moment! 🙂 We hope you are well!

  11. Looks like his dream come true….

    My husband once was making a turkey sandwich and went to answer the phone.When he got back only the bread remained. The cat ate all the turkey. After that point, he started nibbling on people food – he was partial to lamb chops and ceasar salad

  12. Great story , Mike. Phoenix is a sweetie, and I can only imagine how much control it took for him to sit there, and wait you to say it was okay!

  13. My cat hovers around me all the time when i have people food or when i am cooking. I think he deliberately stays near or under foot to see what i will drop or to see if he can trip me. I can understand why you gave in…not worth the battle and you would have lost by the time you got the paper towels.

    • That is very cute with Casper, Jenn! Cats can be even more stealthy that dogs too when it comes to food watch 🙂

  14. Your breakfast looks so lovely! I love eggs and often make high protein pancakes for my breakfast with some fruits and honey. I also love scrambled eggs with veggies on the side. Your dog looks so cute 🙂

    • Those pancakes sound fantastic, Agness! We must be on a food wavelength today because I was just looking at a pumpkin pancake recipe. Thank you for stopping by! 🙂

  15. with his big beautiful eyes…who could so no to that! He sure is gorgeous – and so very smart 🙂

    • Oh thank you so much, Lisa! He’s such a good boy and yes he’s beautiful….10 times more so in his heart. Thank you again 🙂

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