Exactly one year ago today, we brought home our sweet little Cairn Terrier/Schnauzer, Izzy. I can’t believe an entire year has passed (time flies when you’re trying your best to keep up with a hyperactive dog and loving every minute of it!)- we have all had such an amazing year!

Joel with Izzy, the day we adopted her

Goodness knows it hasn’t exactly been the easiest year – there have been many times I’ve been ready to pull my hair out- including the time she went outside in the rain, got her paws insanely muddy, and as soon as I opened the door, decided dart all over my living room and jump on every single couch cushion and up every single stair; or the time she snatched the Mozart Chocolates I was planning to mail to Jennifer from off our dining room table, dragged them all the way into the living room and ate all but 3 of them – luckily, she was ok ($400 and an overnight hospital stay later…); what can I say, apparently my girl loves chocolate… ;-) Sure, we’ve had some…ahem, interesting times, but we wouldn’t trade a single second of it!

Just after bringing her home...

In honor of our little Izzy-Bear’s One Year “Adoptiversary”, I made her favorite treat – frozen yogurt bites with bananas. This dog looooves bananas! I can’t peel one without her running into the kitchen to beg for a taste – I almost always end up sharing my banana with her. So what better treat to make for her than these?

Izzy’s Frozen Yogurt Bites

1/2 cup plain, non-fat yogurt
1 banana
2 or 3 crushed all-natural dog biscuits

In a small bowl, mash the banana, then add in the yogurt and crushed dog biscuits. Mix well and spoon into ice cube trays. Freeze for 3-6 hours, or overnight. Serve when frozen – great for summer!

For those of you who plan on someday getting a dog – let me just take a second to highly recommend adopting. There is no way to even begin to describe the joy that comes along with saving a dog’s life. It’s such a wonderful, fulfilling feeling, knowing that you’ve given a sweet dog a loving home. There are millions and millions of homeless dogs out there who need someone to take care of them and love them. So before you go out and spend a fortune on a brand new puppy, please consider adopting – I promise you’ll be so very glad you did – and the dog who’s life you just saved will too. Who knows, you may just end up with a little sweetheart like Izzy!

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  1. How sweet. I bet the dog loves the treats.

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    Comment by Dave -nibbleanibble — February 20, 2010 @ 5:45 PM

  2. She is so cute and those treats look yummy! Lucky dog :)

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    Comment by Tracey — February 20, 2010 @ 6:59 PM

  3. What a great way to celebrate! We adopted our puppy last June and we have loved having her! It really is a great feeling to adopt a pet :)

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    Comment by Erin — February 20, 2010 @ 8:11 PM

  4. Hi, Amy! This is Rachel (formerly DeBusk)… just wanted to let you know that I love your blog! My husband and I adopted our dog also, and we couldn’t be happier. We often say that it will be hard to ever have a different dog because this one is just absolutely amazing. We love him so much!

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    Comment by Rachel — February 20, 2010 @ 9:01 PM

  5. Very, very cute dog, and wonderful post. Happy Adoptiversary! We adopted two cats when our dogs of 15 and 17 years passed on. My memories of them are worth all the trouble.

    Our two recently adopted cats keep us pretty busy. After adopting, we don’t allow them to be outdoor cats, but they escape at any given opportunity, so we are always chasing them through the neighborhood. Our neighbors think we’re crazy! :)

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    Comment by Kristi Rimkus — February 21, 2010 @ 12:55 AM

  6. Izzy is so cute!!!!

    I still am just so relieved that Izzy is okay after the chocodebacle. Poor thing.

    I don’t know that we’ll ever have pets, but adopting I’ve heard is the way to go-here’s wishing you and Joel lots of happy memories with your beloved Izzy-Bear!!!

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    Comment by Jennifer — February 21, 2010 @ 10:39 AM

  7. You really did it. You are creating gourmet food for pups. Just so long as those “all natural doggie biscuits” don’t find their way into your everyday recipes. ;-)

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    Comment by Courtney — February 23, 2010 @ 2:11 PM

  8. we adopted our dog about the same time! we brought her home on Feb 13th! Happ Adoptiversary to y’all! :-)

    Great idea!

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    amy Reply:

    That’s awesome, Ashley! Happy One Year Adoptiversary to you, too, then! :-)

    -Amy

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    Comment by ashley — February 26, 2010 @ 12:09 PM

  9. I love these! What a great idea. I always make my “babies” doggie cakes on their birthday, but I bet they would love these even more. And we have two adopted Mini-Schnauzers – I can see it in Izzy for sure! :) Thank you for the all the recipes and Gig ‘em Ags in the Cotton Bowl!

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    amy Reply:

    Alisha- Thank you!! I might just have to make Izzy a cake this year! :) Have a good recipe?

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    Comment by Valium online — March 26, 2012 @ 1:23 AM

  11. Found your website via another recipe link. Was sooooo happy to read you had adopted/saved a furry angel! We have six rescued/adopted mini-dachshunds, we totally advocate on FaceBook and any other media for everyone to “Opt to Adopt” and volunteer for Rescue organizations. Thank you for being the Gift of Love for your Izzy — please continue to spread the word as thousands of innocents die daily after being abandoned/neglected/abused.
    Dying to try your recipe for these Frozen Yogurt Bites – maybe tonight!
    Furry Hugs to Izzy from
    Rudy Toots, Charlie Brown, Solly-No-Tooth, Slinky the Insane, Justin “Little One” and Dora Lee Scarlett

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    Comment by Sharon W. — March 16, 2013 @ 4:42 PM

  12. And I though dogs eating bananas was a Chihuahua thing. LOL My wife and I have always had Chihuahuas and everything I even break off a banana from the rest of the bunch, they start whining and looking towards the kitchen. The only other time I get such a response is when I’m making a PBJ. They love it when I give them a taste of the organic peanut butter we use. As soon as they hear me taking the bread out of the cabinet, they won’t leave me alone until I give them some peanut butter. LOL

    We’ve adopted our 2 dogs too and know what you mean about the joy the bring you. These treats sound delicious.

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    Comment by James — July 2, 2013 @ 3:46 PM

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