For the pup

Three years ago, I made the decision to adopt a puppy after moving to a small town in southern Mississippi.

Three years ago, I visited the local animal shelter multiple times to choose my new furry friend. I knew that Lucy was the one, but she wasn’t so sure of me at first, so I went back time and time again agonizing over which pup I would bring home as my own.

Three years ago, my sorority family was visiting, and we went together to fill out the paperwork. I made them guess which dog was mine, and they knew immediately that Lucy was the pup for me.

For the Pup // The Speckled PalateTaken the day we went to sign her paperwork, June 2008

And three years ago today, I picked up Lucy Belle, a border collie mix, from the animal shelter and drove straight to my mother’s home in Memphis for the weekend. We bonded on the five-hour car ride and that weekend, and Lucy has been my constant companion ever since.

Three years ago, my life changed for the better, and it was all because of a hair-brained idea to adopt a pet when I moved to a small town. Sure, we’ve had rough spots. Lucy was a little wild when she was younger, but we’ve overcome obstacles together. We took obedience training. We’ve traveled all over the South via car. We even bonded while taking agility lessons in Nashville.

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    For the Pup // The Speckled PalateSitting on the couch at our home in Nashville, summer 2011

    In celebration of Lucy’s Adoption Day, I’m baking some dog-friendly carrot cupcakes. Since these cupcakes call for carrots, oats AND applesauce, I’m positive Lucy will be over the moon about them. Yes, I know. If you aren’t a dog/animal person, I realize that y’all probably think I have LOST my mind. I haven’t. I just really, really love my dog and think she deserves something like homemade treats because she is pretty damn special. And hilarious. And super cute. I mean, LOOK at those eyes, ears and that smile!

    … And if I have extra energy, I’m going to bake some people-friendly cupcakes… even though that the dog-friendly ones are OK for us to eat.

    For the Pup // The Speckled Palate
    Snapped while playing in my mom’s backyard, spring 2011

    Happy Adoption Day, sweet Lucy Belle!

    Have you ever baked something for your pet?

    If so, what did you make? If not, would you ever consider this?

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    Erin Parker is a Southern gal living in Texas with her husband and two daughters. She started The Speckled Palate to share what she was cooking as a newlywed… and over the years, it’s evolved to capture her love for hosting. Specifically, the EASIEST, lowest key entertaining because everyone deserves to see their people and connect over good food. Learn more about her

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    1. I love dogs and your Lucy looks like such a sweet girl. I belong to the “I bake for my dog” club. Sandy’s favorite are peanut butter banana muffins. I should send you the recipe!

      1. Thank you! She is a sweet girl… though she’s still a little wild. 😉

        Hooray for you belonging to the same club! And please do send the recipe… I bet Lucy would love, love, love those!

      1. I can’t wait to hear how they turn out! And if y’all want to test them before making them, we’ve got some extras here. The recipe is HUGE. We halfed it and still came out with 24 mini cupcakes.

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