Most of the dogs have collars with tags and phone numbers, so we’ve been able to directly call their owners and that was the case with the sweet dog Sadie and I found on our walk today.
I noticed her when Sadie started pulling on her leash as she slowly army-crawled toward the lost dog. I was pretty sure I recognized her as a neighbor’s dog and Sadie and I sat down in the grass as I called to her with my hand outstretched for her to sniff.
The lost dog was rather timid, but her tail wagged when I called to her and after about 10 minutes of baby talk, I was able to get her to come close enough for me to read the name and number on her collar. Now she’s safe and sound!
I had to laugh at one point during the whole incident when Sadie’s princess tendencies came out to play. Sadie got a little jealous of the new dog and tried her best to wedge herself between me and the lost dog at all times.
(Check out how well her surgery scar is healing!)
Sadie is all about being face-to-face under normal circumstances, but if you put another dog in the picture, she becomes extra needy. It’s intense.
Once we made it back home, it was time for lunch. I prepped a large batch of chicken, figuring I could have it for lunch and dinner since I have a Junior League meeting tonight and will be heading out early this evening.
When I was in Sanibel, I snacked on some leftover chicken that my mom and grandma had late last week and raved about the delicious flavor. Apparently they got the recipe for the chicken from a woman at the condo pool and I was shocked to hear that the sauce only included two ingredients: Orange marmalade and Catalina dressing! (If you want to make your own Catalina dressing, I found a recipe for it on Cheri’s blog.)
My sister and I agreed that it tasted like orange chicken, so that’s what I’ll call it!
Easy Orange Chicken
- 1.5 – 2 pounds chicken (breasts, drumsticks, thighs – anything will work)
- 1/2 cup orange marmalade
- 1/2 cup Catalina dressing
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8×8 baking dish with cooking spray.
- Combine marmalade and dressing in a bowl.
- Place chicken in baking dish and cover with marmalade mixture.
- Bake for 50 minutes, flipping the chicken halfway through. (If you’re cooking chicken breasts, they may need a full hour in the oven.)
- Serve and enjoy!
I paired my orange chicken with roasted cauliflower and an apple. Quite a satisfying lunch!
Question of the Afternoon
- Have you ever stumbled upon a lost pet? What did you do?
The first lost dog I ever found in Orlando was an adorable maltese. He was such a sweetie and Ryan and I brought him to the Humane Society. I followed up and found out that he was adopted very quickly!
To learn more about what you should do if you find a stray animal, please check out The Humane Society’s article: What To Do If You Find a Stray Pet.