Someone to Watch Over Me

I never set out to have a protective dog, but soon after I adopted Chowder, my  orange* Chow, I realized that I had one nonetheless. He had certain behaviors that revealed this. He would become extremely agitated on a walk if we encountered another dog and I was closer to the dog than he was. When tradesmen (and it was always men, since Chowder was a unrepentant sexist who rarely viewed women as threats) came to the house and were showing me diagrams or estimates, Chowder would wedge himself between us, no matter how little space there was. Considering that Chowder didn’t like a lot of proximity to humans, this was telling.  When we fostered dogs, Chowder was the meanest to the ones that I liked the most and ignored the ones I could barely tolerate. Read More Someone to Watch Over Me

Soup of the Day: Northwest Chowder

Seattle is known for a lot of things, including grunge, the Space Needle, Death Cab for Cutie. We should be known for our chowder. Pike’s Place Chowder has won international chowder competitions, beating out those east coast chowderheads. We have plenty of amazing fish and shellfish in the Northwest. It inspired me to make a cheapish and quick Northwest Chowder.  Read More Soup of the Day: Northwest Chowder