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For The Love of Dogs, Part II

If you spend any time here on the farm with us, you will undoubtedly notice this twice daily call emanating from the kitchen.

"Vit-ee-Yums!!"  "Who wants vit-ee-yums?"

The tradition started with our first farm dogs, Sadie (a quirky Bernese Mountain Dog),

 Maddie (our 170 pound Newfoundland),

and Hickory, our elder Norwich Terrier.  At the time they were taking glucosamine and arthritis medication.

 The "Vit-ee-yums" call was Hubbs' way of signaling to our older dogs that it was time for their medicine.    The word, itself, came from Hubbs' grandmother who referred to vitamins as vit-ee-yums.

In those days, vit-ee-yums were dispensed in a little peanut butter, usually with a hardboiled egg chaser.

Hickory's favorite thing was to lick the empty peanut butter container.

Which would then result in this...

and ultimately, this...

Over the years, vit-ee-yum time became a tradition.  Today, none of our three dogs needs medications, but they sure look forward to the treat attached to the "vit-ee-yum" call.

Even Ivy cat has climbed aboard the Vit-ee-yum train and joins the dogs in the kitchen when the call goes out.  The typical fare is a piece of hard-boiled egg, but can include the random...

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