I know the way to my dog’s heart.  Peanut butter and bananas.  Well, I guess bacon too.  But this is a veggie show.  So Peanut Butter Banana Cake it is for Frankie’s “birthday” this year.  I can’t believe it’s been 4 years since we took him in.

He’s brought so much joy into our lives that I’m forever grateful to the two teachers who found him while we were all living in Korea.  I’m grateful that they decided, for whatever reason, to go for a walk on Yudalsan that day.  That they decided not to chalk it up to one of many unfortunate cases of strays living in Korea and turn a blind eye to the tick-infested, sickly little thing who wouldn’t leave them alone.  That they decided instead to give him a chance and find him a good home.  You never know when one simple act of kindness will change a person’s (or animal’s) life forever.

While they were doing this, it happened as coincidence that I wanted to save a dog at the same time.  I visited the foreign-run adoption site and saw one, and only one, goofy little face listed in my area staring right back at me from the screen.  When these two worlds intersected, we all agreed to meet and take him for a “trial weekend”.  But the minute he stepped into our apartment, Steve and I knew he was our travel buddy for life.

It might not be his actual birthday, but May 17th will always be his birthday as a member of the Rudolph family!

Celebrate your dog too with this recipe:
1 cup oats, ground into flour
1 banana
1/2 cup peanut butter (only ingredient: peanuts!)
1/4 cup olive oil
water as needed
*Mix all, pour into pan of choice, bake for 20 min, and cut into bone shape (if you didn’t already have a bone-shaped pan).  Serve in small pieces throughout the next week or so.  Either keep refrigerated or let sit out uncovered overnight to harden up.  Watch for cuddles and slobbers of approval!