happy birthday penelope jane! + giveaway time!

by Janetha on August 18, 2009

in meals,moves


ok first off, the majority of you also hate the sound of chewing.. how ironic, since we love eating so much!  basically all the pet peeves you guys named made me cringe!!

i am in a great mood today because it is miss penelope jane’s birthday!  she is one :D

warning: dog photo overload in this post!

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hahahahaha. such a good photo.

dude.. i never thought there could be a 22 pound bundle of so much love.  penelope is such a lover. when my dog, mable, died almost two years ago i was heart broken.  devastated.  she was struck by a car when with my ex (who i shared her with) and my whole world shattered.  you may have seen her name tattooed on my wrist.  i was in rough shape for a very long time, still cry about it to this day.  i had marshall’s basset hound, randy, i could love on.. but no dog to call my own.

it took awhile for me to decide that i was ready for a dog again.  i knew wanted an entlebucher.  an entlebucher is the smallest of the 4 swiss mountain dog breeds.  they are $1200 and hard to find.  i found a breeder in utah and she was due to have puppies in spring of 09.  well, in october of 2008 my roommate called me and told me she saw some entlebucher mixes online that were in pennsylvania.  they were mixed with a cavalier, which is a fairly small dog.  the mother was an entle and the father was a cavalier.  how those puppies were conceived is beyond me!  but they were only $680 total with shipping and shots and all that.. and they were available in october.  i couldn’t pass up the chance!  so i picked out this little sweetie from the photos online~

before she arrived my mom bought me the biggest crate at the pet store and i bought a medium sized collar. entles get to be 65 lbs so i was expecting a larger dog.  the bean arrived on october 22~

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she was a runt!  haha, i had to go back to the store and buy the tiniest collar.  and she never did like her crate, she slept in my bed.  so much for all that, eh?
i thought penelope would grow to be somewhere between the size of a cavalier (20 lb) and an entle (65 lb) but she is now one year old and clocks in at 22 pounds, the vet said she is done growing.  i usually like having big dogs, but i wouldn’t trade my little penny bean for the world!  happy birthday to her!! 

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keep reading, there is giveaway in her honor at the end of this post!

okay, onto the details about today~


breakfast was a bit of a fiasco.  i came to work all ready to devour my usual protein oats when i ran into a slight speed bump, i didn’t have any vanilla protein powder on hand!  actually the only protein powder i had was half a scoop of chocolate.  ugh.  so i turned into an improvisation station!

meal 1: protein oats+greek yogurt+PB2 @ 8:30 AM

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i made the usual 1/3 cup of oats, stirred in the little protein powder i had and then added 1/2 cup of fage 0% which added 10g of protein and 3.5g carbs to the bowl.  to make it taste better i added 1 TB of PB2.  this resulted in an ultra creamy and oaty bowl of love.  i was pleasantly surprised!

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i worked my little heart out for quite some time, when it came time to eat i realized i didn’t have anything in the work fridge.  i have GOT to get to the store asap.  i had to do some birthday shopping for PJ anyway so after a run to petco i stopped by whole foods for some lunch supplies…

meal 2: 0.66 LBs WF salad bar salad + scoop of low fat cottage cheese + rosemary chicken breast (also from WF) @ 1:00 PM <—way too late, i was hangry

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haha, i checked the receipt to see how much salad i got.  even that much was $5. pricey salad bar. the chicken breast as $3.  the cottage cheese i had at work.. so my lunch ended up being $8.  um yeah, i need to go grocery shopping.. i don’t like forking over that much moolah for a meal, especially when i eat 5 times a day!!

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BUT it was freaking amazing.. so it was worth the moolah i suppose. 

before leaving the office i had

meal 3: apple + oikos @ 4:00 PM

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after work i had big plans for the pupperooni’s birthday!  i made some banana carob chip pupcakes using this recipe and figured something crazy out!  i used this recipe page for randy’s birthday cake in july and thought nothing of it.  but then the other day caitlin posted a happy birthday post to her maggie and the photo she posted looked eeirly familiar… and then when i went back to the recipe page today to find something to make for penny i saw the photo again, IT’S MAGGIE!  she is famous!  and a big huge sweetie no doubt.  anyway, thought that was a fun small world experience.

pre baked

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post baked

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the pupcakes were a hit…

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pupcakes for all!

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and then she got some gifts…

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she was ecstatic!

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and then i went to the gym!


HIIT on the treadmill

20 minutes of intervals~

  • 2 min @ 6 mph
  • 1 min @ 6.5 mph
  • 1 min @ 7.0 mph
  • 1 min @ 7.5 mph
  • 1 min @ 8.0 mph
  • 1 min @ 6.5 mph
  • 1 min @ 7.0 mph
  • 1 min @ 7.5 mph
  • 1 min @ 8.0 mph
  • 1 min @ 6.5 mph
  • 1 min @ 7.0 mph
  • 1 min @ 7.5 mph
  • 1 min @ 8.0 mph
  • 1 min @ 6.5 mph
  • 1 min @ 7.0 mph
  • 1 min @ 7.5 mph
  • 1 min @ 8.0 mph
  • 1 min @ 9.5 mph
  • 1 min @ 2.5 mph

stats: distance=2.23 miles, time=20 min, max HR=181, average HR=157, calories burned=157.

this was a good workout but i didn’t hit 10 mph because i had a gnarly side ache… and then the side ache traveled up into my right shoulder, this happens from time to time.  why??? i wonder.


i got home at 7:45 and was starving so dinner was the biggest cop out.. i went to the easiest methods available!


(something i buy every time i am in california at a TJ’s!)

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plus some of these:

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in a pot together with some chicken:

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plus some of this:

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equals dinner!

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meal 4: chicken & veggie curry with whole wheat naan @ 8:00 PM8-18-09 100  

so easy, so quick, so delicious (TWSS)

and now marshall and i are watching season 3 of dexter which came out on dvd today! not sure if i will eat again, it is late and i am full.

okay, sorry to drag this post on so long, but it is now time to announce penelope’s birthday giveaway!!

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this one is for the fellow dog owners!  the loot:

picture frame~

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newman’s own PB treats~

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foodie stuffed toys! (that penny wishes were hers!)~

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and some amazing grass products for good measure~

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how to enter:

  1. send a photo of your pooch to janethabenson at gmail dot com.
  2. include your pup’s name, breed and one thing about him/her. this could be a silly thing they do, something fun you do together, a trick or talent the possess… anything you want to share!
  3. one entry per dog so if you have two pups, send me an entry for both! three? send em in!
  4. entries accepted until midnight on friday, august 21!
  5. the winner will be selected at random this weekend.

there you have it! no chances for extra entries or any of that fancy shtuff, but if you would like to link back to this to share the dog lovin’ please do!


1. if you have a pet, do you celebrate his/her birthday? i don’t have human kids but i consider my pets my kids.. definitely calls for a celebration! some people think i am strange or over do it…

2. do you get side aches? do they ever travel up to your shoulder or neck? anyone know more about why we get side aches? what do you do to get rid of yours? i have heard it is from water consumption while running, i have heard to prevent them by running at a certain tempo, i really don’t know the rhyme or reason to them though…if you know, please talk about it!

xo. janetha b.

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hayleycepeda August 19, 2009 at 6:58 pm

Awww…penelope is such a cutie!! She was cute as a puppy and she’s still adorable as ever. Happy Birthday P! :) I wish I was a dog owner just to vie for that loot! How FUN!!

I do have a cat, but we’ve never actually celebrated her birthday. Partially because we don’t know when it is! We adopted her from a couple on Valentein’s Day in 2003 and she was 9 months old at the time. The owners didn’t know when she was born though because they took her in as a stray kitten. Now when May rolls around I just pick a day that sounds good and give her extra treats. :)

Thank you for your awesome comment on my blog, btw. I need to respond to those! I’m never sure if the best way to do it is on my blog or via email?

Alison August 19, 2009 at 7:17 pm

I am just now seeing this post and am laughing that I had an indian dish with naan tonight! Classic!

And O-M-G those pupcakes are so awesome and little PJ is so sweet, loved all the pics! Happy 1st Birthday to Penelope Jane – the first birthday is so special!

No dogs but we do have two cats that drive me berserk. That said, no, we don’t celebrate their birthdays. I would consider making a human cake and pretending it was their birthday though.

Meredith August 19, 2009 at 7:53 pm

Penelope Jane is too cute! When we had a dog we would buy Frosty Paws ice cream for dogs to celebrate bdays!

Emily August 19, 2009 at 7:53 pm

ooooh, I wish I had a pup to spoil with those goodies! we’ve been wanting one for-EVAH, but don’t know what to get! I love big dogs, but we live in a small city apartment (close to lots of parks and the beach, though, for running around).

1. I would totes spoil a pet. if only!

2. hm, you are the mad genius at hydrating, so maybe just pay close attention to when/what you eat compared to when you workout? and maybe google exercise related transient abdominal pain (etap).

hope you had a great hot and spicy day! this is a day I am celebrating fo sho!

Tay August 19, 2009 at 8:43 pm

Happy Birthday puppy!!!! How ADORABLE was/is she?!?! OMG I want to hug that little puppy so tight!

WholeBodyLove August 19, 2009 at 11:06 pm

My dog was brought to me at random because he had been abused and I was a vegan animal lover. Mallard’s dog was from a pound. So, we don’t know their birthdays and don’t really celebrate but they do get gifts for Christmas, Halloween and Easter!

Lara (Thinspired) August 20, 2009 at 3:39 am

I am not even a dog lover but Penelope is adorable. Happy Birthday to her :)

Sarah August 20, 2009 at 8:39 am

AAAAH! AWWWW! I love all the puppy pictures! Penelope is so freakin cute. I hope she had a very happy birthday.

1. We celebrate my dog’s birthday at my dad’s house, but not the cats’. My doesn’t celebrate her pets’ birthdays. I think they deserve celebration!

2. I get the side-aches, but I get wicked bad shoulder cramps when I run. Not while doing anything else, ever! I have no idea why it starts, but I want to know how to make it stop. It sure messes up a workout!

Lori August 20, 2009 at 6:50 pm

Your dog is adorable! I’ve never heard of a Entlebucher and I didn’t know there were 4 breeds of Swiss mountain dogs. I’ve always wanted a Greater Swiss Mountain Dog.

Erin August 21, 2009 at 2:59 pm

Emailing you now!

Happy Happy (belated) Birthday pretty Penelope!!!!!

I love her birthday cuppy cakes. LOVE!

Elliott August 18, 2010 at 10:25 pm

My baby bulldog, Lilly, isn’t a year old yet, but you can bet she’s going to have a smashing birthday party! She has crazy food allergies (gluten, eggs, beef, kelp, etc…) so we’re going to make lots of pupsicles out of peanut butter and yogurt!

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