• “Back Off”

    September 28, 2012

    Murphy is seriously obsessed with chicken. I was on grill duty for dinner last night, so he didn’t leave me alone the entire time.



    On the menu: Roasted Chicken & Veggies with Maple Mustard Sauce. I did my own thing and cooked the chicken on the grill and veggies separately in the oven. It was probably a little more work this way, but it still turned out well. I also added cauliflower to the mix. I’m lovin’ it lately.

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    Ok, so let’s talk a little more about Murphy’s chicken obsession. This dog goes mental when chicken is around (as witnessed here and here). He acts like such a little diva. He cries, whines, and spins in circles. It’s absolutely ridiculous.


    Anyway, Murphy has gotten sort of really annoying with his love for chicken, so Mal taught him how to “back off” when we’re eating. At first, Murphy gets a little confused and gets closer, but then remembers how to “back off” and is appropriately rewarded.

    I love this dog so much.

    For dessert, I enjoyed a small handful of candy corn—my first of the season!

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    Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio September 28, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Our puppy is just realizing that we have food on our plates. He went crazy when we were eating breakfast this morning. Too funny Murphy!


    Erica { EricaDHouse.com } September 28, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    I thought about doing this adorable thing of filling glass vases with candy corn to use as decor or candle holders.

    Then I realized I’d just eat pounds of candy corn with candle wax dripped all over them and decided it wasn’t that good of an idea.


    Sherry (BTLover2) September 28, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    I love your dog too!! I could just steal him (but I won’t). My Boston has a habit of resting his head on your arm while you eat (if we are not at our table but eating on TV trays). It’s hilarious! He doesn’t try to take anything but wants to make sure you know he’s there. They melt your heart don’t they? Smoosh-faced dogs rule!


    Tina September 28, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    Totally! Love them! 🙂


    Sana September 28, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    I would be obsessed with human food if I were a dog. It’s so good!


    Tina September 28, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Ha! So true! 🙂


    Danielle@cleanfoodcreativefitness September 28, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    Hahaha that video is too funny! My puppy goes crazy over turkey and apples! So healthy! I love candy corn but it’s dangerous! I haven’t had any yet!


    Ashlee September 28, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Have you tried the peanuts and candy corn combo?! It’s SO good and totally addicting!!


    Patti September 28, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Oh man, he’s too cute! My dog will spend an entire meal on her back, since “roll over” is her least favorite way to earn a treat, and thus she thinks if she does it, she has totally earned whatever she wants. :p


    Ellen Renee October 1, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    That is soooo funny! I sure hope she gets something after spending all that time in a submissive position!


    Kate September 28, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    so cute! and I totally didn’t expect Mal to have a Boston accent for some reason.


    Tina September 28, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Does he have one?


    Annette@FitnessPerks September 28, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Haha! Love this. I love chicken too! 🙂


    Ellen @ Wannabe Health Nut September 28, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    Murphy is awesome! Too cute. I wish my vice was chicken…not ice cream. 🙂


    Ed September 28, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    Heheh what a cute pup…Buoy our english bulldog would love to play with Murphy!


    Erica September 28, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    He is SO cute. I adore Murphy 🙂 The grilled chicken looks perfect. I had candy corn last weekend- addictive!


    Amanda September 28, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    Murphy is so cute!


    Life's a Bowl September 28, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    I totally wanna teach our puppy “back off”! We’ve taught him all of the basic commands and recently just added in “roll over” but I’m not sure he’ll ever learn “stay” haha 😛 If he sees something he wants, he can’t be stopped!


    Kristen @ notsodomesticated September 28, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    Aww poor Murphy! He’s just so deprived! 😉 Haha! Very cute video!


    j3nn September 28, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    Our Chiweenie stalks me in the kitchen and looks at us at the table when we’re eating, but he’s usually pretty disciplined. Although, every grocery bag we bring through the door just HAS to be for HIM. All him. Must be. Why else would we go out and come back with so many tempting scents and not share? lol


    Natalie September 28, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    Ohhhh! I love candy corn. No control around it though. I definitely bought a small bag and had it devoured in a weekend! If only they sold single serving packs!


    Katie @ Peace Love & Oats September 28, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    Haha I love that it’s specifically chicken and not all meat, he is so cute!


    Megan@funsizedfitness September 28, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    Murphy’s so cute! Our cats go nuts for turkey….they jump on the counter and in the trash looking for extra pieces!


    Lauren September 28, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    Wow, I need to teach my little guy that one. He is WAY too close for comfort during dinner time. Last night, he jumped on my lap and face planted head first on the table. I’m not sure he would ever understand “back off” but it’s worth a try. 🙂


    Jessica@SweatIsMySanity September 28, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    Our dog ‘Johnny Cash’ goes by Cash is nuts about chicken and any lunch meat. I however don’t go crazy for candy corns…but clearly I heart Swedish Fish. 🙂 Have a fab weekend Tina. I think I’ll call you Tiny Tina. MmmK?


    Tina September 28, 2012 at 8:22 pm



    Jenica September 28, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    Oh my gosh, I know I’m getting repetitive on every post, but I just can’t get over the look of pure desperation and and neediness Murphy always has. He’s so cute.


    Stef September 28, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    This is completely random, but I love that napkin!


    Heather September 28, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    Murphy has won my heart over! So cute.


    Sam @ Better With Sprinkles September 28, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    Definitely need some candy corn in my life soon. 🙂


    Ellie@Fit for the Soul September 29, 2012 at 12:04 am

    awwww! hahahah that was too cute! He’s a smart lil guy, isn’t he? It’s always interesting to hear the voice of the blogger or their loved ones too, hehe.


    Aly September 29, 2012 at 1:39 am

    Too funny! We used to tell my dog to “Beat it” during dinner. Never responded to go away, but beat it worked.


    Christina @ The Beautiful Balance September 29, 2012 at 2:15 am

    Murphy is so cute!! My dogs are usually pretty good about backing off. I try to feed them before I eat, that way they’re not starving at my feet.


    Kelly @ My Love Affair With Running September 29, 2012 at 3:45 am

    Dogs and their obsessions! Mine is also a chicken lover ha.


    Alex September 29, 2012 at 6:27 am

    Murphy’s soooo cute! 😀 I loved the video.


    Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance September 29, 2012 at 7:24 am

    HAHA! Too much. I’ve taught Popcorn (my pup, not the food) to “get in his crate” when he wants a treat. It’s a nice way to distract him away from the dinner table 😉


    Karen @ Runner Girl Eats September 29, 2012 at 8:21 am

    Yum! Haven’t had any candy corn yet! I need to fix that this weekend:)


    Megan @ Megan's Munchies September 29, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    My dog is the same, especially with rotisserie chicken! He goes nuts as soon as I walk in the house with it!


    mary @ minutespermile September 29, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    candy corn! good plain, but best when dipped into a bowl of frosting. sugar overload.


    Cher @ Weddicted September 29, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    My chihuahua used to go crazy like this, too! It definitely got annoying.
    Also, I gotta get me some candy corn! Mmm!


    michelle kim September 30, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    Love how cute Murphy is!!! I would be obsessed with that chicken too, though. Looks delicious!


    Fizz September 30, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    Awww that video is so cute and funny. My dog can sit… and that’s it, but she’s very good at it! ha!


    Jolynn October 2, 2012 at 11:14 am

    haha too cute! As least he’s little 🙂 Our weim will come straight up to your face if he has too.


    Evan October 8, 2012 at 10:30 am

    We have a Mini Schnauzer that goes crazy for carrots. I think he knows what they sound like when you cut a carrot. He will run from another room and sit on your feet while you’re cutting carrots.


    Merel March 29, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    Merrell, thats close to my name, Merel (it’s dutch for blackbird)! My mom used to have Merrell shoes!


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