Counter-surfing: A Dog Burglar Sport!

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Licking the pumpkin can

Tiamo was taught early on not to beg.  We were especially carefully not to feed her table craps or human food.  She knew the rules and she obeyed them, or so we thought….

As soon as we left the room or our backs were turned, mischief happened. Leave something tasty on the counter and she’d be waiting in the wings.  Tiamo had an alarmingly keen sense of timing, so specialized and perfected, she could lift a whole loaf of pumpkin bread off the counter without dropping a crumb and be out the dog door before you returned.  She could transport a filled glass creamer 20 yards to the doggy door and out to the pen without spilling a drop of evidence.  Her specialty was cookies.  Since she only took one, most times I didn’t realize there was one less of a dozen.  And, if I suspected a thief, all I had to do was look to my husband – a likely culprit.

Tiamo was wise.  She knew not to look suspicious. No guilty look, no “if-I-can’t-see-you-you-can’t-see-me” covering of the eyes, no hiding in the corner.  She hid her crimes in the open.  Or, if she knew she might get busted, she would lay down on the goods, hiding them under her belly and poise innocently.  Her Oscar performances usually led me to scold Amore and Dolce.  Oh, she was good!  So good, she knew to paw the canisters back into position after shoving them out of the way to grab the hidden treasure.  We learned not to thaw out steaks on the counter, leave bread out or wait to wash the dishes until later.  Later meant the dinner menu needed to be changed.

A while back, I had asked my husband to pull out some hamburger from the freezer to thaw for dinner.  He placed the meat in the back of the counter well out of reach from sniffing noses and searching paws.  Unfortunately, he forgot to move the step-stool used to reach for items on the top shelf in the cabinets.  No surprise here.  Tiamo had climbed on the stool and was licking the frozen hamburger.  When she realized she was busted, she grabbed the frozen block of meat  in her jaws and ran through the dog door.  By the time, we had gone around the pen, she had gulped down the hamburger and was licking off the left-overs.

Her favorite was Pumpkin Bread.  Time and time again, she found ways to snarf the loaf off the counter.  The below recipe is in honor of Tiamo.


“yummm, pummmpkinnn, our favorite!” – Tiamo, Amore and Dolce

  • 2 cups Bisquick mix
  • 2 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. allspice
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 – 12oz. can evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup solid packed canned pumpkin
  • 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs

In a large mixing bowl, combine all the above ingredients and mix well.  Lightly grease a non-stick griddle and heat to a medium heat, about 375 degrees.  Pour 1/4 to 1/2 cup of pancake mix onto griddle.

Cook until top surface is bubbly and edges are lightly browned.  Flip over and cook other side the same.  Remove from griddle and serve with honey butter and/or warm maple syrup.