For several days now, my mind has been on dogs.

Granddaughter Jade has a Newfoundland, an amazing animal who has long outlived its expected age.

I was at Jade’s for the weekend and worry about Pearl. If she gets sick at home, would 911 take her? She’s a very big dog.

What got me really going was Tracy. She has Gunther, a big dog, some kind of terrier, but he’s as big as Daisy, a golden retriever. Then there’s Dexter, the cat.

Tracy never says no. Dex was a feral cat, Gunther was a rescue dog who was found wandering in a field. As a result, Gunther has separation issues, along with barking.

Daisy is the only one who was not a stray: she was to be trained as an emotional therapy dog to visit the elderly. But she is so full of energy, I don’t know.

One of Tracy’s employees moved and could no longer keep her French bulldog. What to do? Call Tracy and send her a picture of Stella. But none of her pets liked Stella. I don’t know why, but when I saw her video, she was mine. Strange, considering I hadn’t had a dog since childhood and when the kids said I needed a dog, well, I won’t tell you what I answered.

I love Stella. She sleeps at my feet. She is spoiled more than any dog I know. Because of me.

Tracy asked me if I wanted two dogs. “Stella would love it,” she said.

“Are you kidding me? No way.” So Tracy has another dog, Finnegan-Finn. He has short legs and is a Corgi.

Tracy has always loved animals. Her dream is to own a ranch with horses, llamas, goats, etc, to help children and adults with issues. And of course, dogs without a home. When dogs like Stella get people food, it doesn’t take long for them to learn to beg. Stella eats everything and anything, including this casserole.

Amanda’s Casserole

You will need a 9-inch by 12inch baking pan.

Ingredients: one regular package of frozen riced cauliflower, one jar of Alfredo sauce, broccoli, cut with the flowerettes, 2 cups diced chicken, 1/2-1 cup milk (if needed), salt and pepper to taste.

Directions: cover bottom with half Alfredo sauce, Spread cauliflower in pan (do not cook first), put chicken over cauliflower, put broccoli evenly over chicken, cover with rest of Alfredo sauce, bake at 350 degrees 20-30 minutes or until bubbly, Optional: bacon pieces on top.


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