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wonton’s gluten-free dog treats

this was adapted from a recipe found online. some ingredients were changed and added, and the amounts were also changed so this makes just one half-sheet baking pan of treats. wonton loves these.

¾ cup bob’s red mill gluten-free all-purpose baking flour*
½ cup rolled oats
¼ cup potato starch
⅛ cup flax seed
¾ cup hot water
⅛ cup natural peanut butter (just peanuts, no added ingredients)

pre-heat the oven to 200°F.

combine dry ingredients. mix hot water and peanut butter. add to dry ingredients and mix into dough.

roll out to ¼" thick, cut into bite-sized treats (or use a bone-shaped cookie cutter). you may need to use more potato starch or flour to prevent sticking.

bake for two hours on parchment paper on baking sheet.

turn off the oven, and let the treats cool and dehydrate more thoroughly in the oven overnight.

* the original recipe called for chickpea (garbanzo bean) flour, but i’ve never tried using it. the gluten-free all-purpose flour contains chickpea flour and some other ingredients, and seems more readily available.

a very dorky sunday

today i upgraded the (virtual) machine that hosts this site and some others to karmic koala. in the process, i discovered that linode’s user-mode linux kernel is not up-to-date enough for that, so i had to migrate to one of their xen hosts (totally painless, and probably long overdue).

i also wrote the beginnings of an endpoint for tweetie 2’s new support for a custom image server, which explains the earlier picture of wonton. a custom url shortener will be next to come.

oh, and i made banana bread.

wonton under a blanket

wonton under blanket

wonton under cover

wonton at rest

wonton at rest

wonton looking forlorn

wonton looks forlorn

we haven’t made it over to the loftydog academy for a while, and wonton is definitely starved for some playtime with other dogs. he seeks out other dogs during his walks, but a few seconds or minutes playing on the sidewalk doesn’t compare to a day-long romp at the (indoor) park.

wonton eats watermelon

wonton speaks!

wonton speaks! is one of the first little video snippets i shot with my new flip mino. wonton has a reputation as a mild-mannered dog, but i managed to capture him actually barking. one of these days i’ll get him when he’s speaking chinese. this was right after he finished drinking, which is why he has water dripping from his chin.

dramatic wonton

this video of wonton by the door to a bathroom was my first little test shot with the video camera that angel let celia borrow some time ago. it is no flip mino, but it is fun to play around with.

our dog is so vain


he was feeling a little self-conscious after his grooming today, and gave the combover look a try.

wonton had a birthday

the cake

the photo set shows the cake, the eating, and the aftermath. a good time was had by all.


a picture that i took of wonton is one of the top photos on purina pet charts for today. you can vote for him. i don’t know what happens if he wins.


wonton and his bandana

the city of los angeles passed a mandatory spay/neuter law recently. we have held off getting wonton “fixed” because most everything i read seemed to suggest that it was better to wait until after six months or so, and then there was just the time crunch of the holidays. but he has his appointment for friday, and then he will no longer be firing live ammunition.

what it means

wonton and celia check out the schedule

you may have heard that sun has agreed to acquire mysql. what does that mean for me? that i still really wish i wasn’t in orlando, and was at home with my wife and puppy.

one of a kind?

213dog.com bag we had this bag made as a sort of test-run for plans to try selling some 213dog-branded gear, and as a birthday gift for my mom.

i tried to set up an online shop where you could order your own, but the place that printed the bag will no longer let me add custom graphics to the canvas bags.

so you will have to go buy a t-shirt instead.

too hot for fun

i’m not laughing

wonton has been acting very serious all day. i think it is the heat.

i am not a number, i am a free dog

very close-up

actually, wonton is a number (091-514-094). we got him chipped at the vet’s office yesterday, along with getting the last of his shots until next year.

he’s getting groomed at the lofty dog now, and he’ll be hanging out with his brother and other cohorts at tonight’s yappy hour.

wonton meets the neighbors

tank and wonton

dog day afternoon was a wonderful event at the cathedral of los angeles for neighborhood dogs, their owners, and other downtown residents. this was the first time that wonton really got to meet a lot of other dogs (including some downtown celebrities), and he had a blast. he was totally fearless, even with dogs that were twenty times his size.

ed and don were both there taking lots of pictures (i only took a few). i’m not sure they were on the same page as to which of them was the dog.

next on wonton’s social calendar is a birthday party with the relatives (his first people party!), and then yappy hour at the lofty dog next week during the artwalk.

maybe we should have named him mao

maybe we should have named him mao sometimes i wonder how adorable wonton will still be when he is an adult dog. but most of the time, i just live in the moment, and marvel at how cute he can be now. (that is also a good way to forget the less-adorable moments.)

i love his pose in this shot. it looks like something out of a chinese propaganda poster.

not claustrophobic

wonton napping under a chair

one of wonton’s favorite places to nap is under celia’s chair. and sometimes when he chases me around our place, he’ll try to take a short-cut under our couch.

(if you are reading this, you are reading this site from its new server.)

cheap date

cheap date

before we brought wonton home, we picked up a few dog toys. and we’ve added a few more since then. but his new favorite toy is wadded-up pieces of packing paper from amazon. he almost knows how to play fetch with them.

and the first time he chased one down, but kept kicking away with his paws before he could snatch it up in his mouth, was one of the most adorable puppy moments you could have ever seen.

caged cute

wonton caged

we left wonton home alone in his crate for the first time today while we went to lunch. we tried to go to langer’s deli, but it was closed so the employees could attend the memorial for the restaurant’s founder. we ended up at mama’s hot tamales instead. the tamales were delicious, although they screwed up our order.

since we got back, wonton has been expressing his disappointment at being left home alone. he’s been barking to get out of his enclosure, and before we caught on to what he was doing, we actually fell for it a few times.

the puppy-training books should have arrived today, but i didn’t make it downstairs to catch the ups truck. the call-box for our building is still out-of-service.

trained puppy (sort of)

wonton in his crate

when we got wonton, we were told that he slept through the night and was trained to go to the bathroom on housebreaking pads. both of which were generally true, but they forgot to mention the training we would need to recognize when he needs to go. we’re training him to go outside on the rooftop to use the pads, rather than just leaving the pad somewhere he can always get at it, which has resulted in a few accidents.

we haven’t really been shutting him into the crate during the day, which may or may not turn out to be a mistake. it has been a bit of a relief to see him going into the crate during the day (like this picture), which shows he’s getting more comfortable with the crate and doesn’t just see it as some place we lock him in at night. he doesn’t roam free during the day — we got an enclosure that we’ve used to fence off an area around the crate and his food and water dishes. we only take him out to go to the bathroom and play with us.

i am sure that there are greater life lessons in all of this, but i think i would rather go play with the puppy than try to connect those dots.

and so the puppyblogging begins

wonton chewing a (fake) bone