Weekend Recap + This Week’s Meal Plan

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Oh boy, did we have a crazy weekend.

Saturday morning was rough. After Bessie’s morning walk she ate her food like normal and then about one hour later she started acting really strangely. She was sitting up in her bed and rocking from side to side, when all of a sudden she scrambled out of her bed, but was only moving with her two front legs. It was as though her hind legs were limp. She started hiding underneath one of our dining room chairs until we scooped her out to see what was wrong.

At first we thought that her legs had fallen asleep (we Googled it and apparently that can happen to dogs just like humans), but we knew things were bad when Bessie started vomiting. I’ll leave it at that and spare you the gory details, but just know that it was bad.

Travis recalled she may have eaten something off the ground on their morning walk. This isn’t anything new for us though, because Bessie tries to eat everything off the ground, but we’re usually quick to pull her away or grab whatever is in her mouth.

After she threw up, we decided to call the vet because she was still acting very strange. They told us to come in immediately. We hopped in the car and I put Bessie on my lap because at that point she still wasn’t moving on her own.

Bessie at the Vet l www.littlechefbigappetite.com

When we arrived (luckily, the vet is only a 5 minute drive from our apartment), they told us they thought we would be better treated at the emergency hospital, so we left to go there.

Not going to lie, when the vet tells you that you’d be better treated elsewhere, it’s concerning. Obviously, Bessie couldn’t tell us what was wrong or how she was feeling, so Travis and I were really worried. I’ll admit it, I cried. I’m very sensitive when it comes to Bessie and her health. Since she’s a rescue, we don’t really know how old she is or much about her medical history, so when anything goes wrong, I worry. (Man, how the heck am I going to be when I have kids one day!?)

Luckily, the vet at the emergency hospital could see us right away, and she told us that she thought Bessie picked up a tiny marijuana bud off the ground on her walk. UGH! Marijuana is very toxic to dogs. I was very quick to tell the vet that neither of us smoke, and she said that sadly, she’s seen many cases of this in Santa Monica and Venice. We never would have guessed this because we consider Santa Monica to be so clean.

Man, no wonder Bessie was acting so strangely! The vet said she wanted to keep Bessie there for the rest of the day to detox her and monitor her behavior in case of a seizure (which can happen in these cases).

Bessie at the Hospital l www.littlechefbigappetite.com

Thankfully, Bessie had a good recovery and we were able to pick her up around 10PM on Saturday night. She was still a little out of it, but we knew she’d be okay when she went crazy for her favorite treats.

She gave us such a scare and now we are 10x more cautious when we walk her.  I normally wouldn’t write such a long post about my dog’s health, but I wanted to let any of you pet-owners know that this can happen. Be careful out there!

This Week's Meal Plan l www.littlechefbigappetite.com

Now onto happier things! Food.

I’ve been pretty spotty with meal planning the last few weeks, but this week I made sure to plan at least 5 healthy dinners for us.

Here is this week’s meal plan:

Monday: Turkey Paninis on Dave’s Killer Bread

Tuesday: Picadillo Tacos with Beyond Meat Beefy Crumbles

Wednesday: Korean BBQ Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Gochujang

Thursday: Arugula Salad with Balsamic Chicken, Farro, Apples, and Gouda

Friday: Dinner out (Meredith is in town!)

Saturday: Turkey Meatballs (because we’re obsessed)


I hope you guys have a great Monday!


  • Rich Huhn
    February 22, 2016 - 11:43 am | Permalink

    I am so glad she is going to be okay!

    • Rachel (littlechefbigappetite)
      February 22, 2016 - 3:18 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Rich! Us too!

  • Dani @ Dani California Cooks
    February 22, 2016 - 3:31 pm | Permalink

    What a story! I had no idea but I’m not surprised in Santa Monica and Venice given all of the dispenseries..!

    • Rachel (littlechefbigappetite)
      February 22, 2016 - 4:18 pm | Permalink

      Riiiiight!? Ugh, so frustrating, but so glad it’s over 🙂 Thanks Dani!

  • February 22, 2016 - 4:39 pm | Permalink

    Oh gosh I’m so glad Bessie is okay!! I’m right there with you – I freak out when my dog gets the weird snort-cough. Now that she’s recovered – time to tease her for her drug habit! 😛

    • Rachel (littlechefbigappetite)
      February 22, 2016 - 9:19 pm | Permalink

      Haha, I love that Jen!! Bessie definitely needs some teasing!

  • GlassesShop
    February 23, 2016 - 7:56 pm | Permalink

    Great post, thank you for the share

  • Sarah Grace Spann
    February 23, 2016 - 9:52 pm | Permalink

    awh I’m so sorry to hear that! That’s crazy it happens often there! But on a lighter, yummy note..I LOVE my turkey meatballs to, make them every week!

    Sarah Grace

    • Rachel (littlechefbigappetite)
      February 23, 2016 - 10:16 pm | Permalink

      Awww, thanks Sarah Grace! We are obsessed with Turkey Meatballs around here. Not sure how we haven’t gotten sick of them yet!

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