Bacon-Wrapped Stuffing Bites

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Gah! Sorry I’ve been so MIA. Between my own doctor, the vet and outside deadlines before le bebes arrives, it’s straight up whack-a-doodleville over here.

But I’m showing you bacon today, so that makes up for it, right?

. . . R  . . . right?

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But first, the deal with my dog:

Charlie girl. You know Charlie. She’s 6 years old, a rat terrier/black lab mix. Basically looks like a lab that’s been left in the dryer a little too long. Girl be tiny. Well, a few weeks ago she started vomiting and coughing, eyes watering, completely out of sorts. A few grueling visits to the vet and this is what we know. She’s been unofficially diagnosed with a neuromuscular, degenerative muscle fatigue disease called Myasthenia Gravis, which makes it hard for her to blink her eyes, swallow her food (megaesophagus), and even walk. The walking part has basically destroyed me. To see her little legs waddle (we look the same!) and collapse just after a few steps? No thanks. Can’t deal.

So, she’s on a couple of medications – one that keeps her food down and keeps her blinking, and another that gives her muscles strength so she can walk, play, jump off the bed/couch, etc. It’s definitely a new routine, shoving pills in her mouth all day, keeping her food and water elevated, and keeping her upright for a few minutes after she eats, but I’ll do it. She needs to be here for these babies. The end.

They say it’s not necessarily the MG that takes her life, but the possibility of aspiration pneumonia, due to inhaling food particles into her lungs. So far the meds seem to be working, and she seems happy, playful and semi-normal. I’ll take it.

Needless to say, the last few weeks have been b.r.u.t.a.l. AND on top of that I’m supposed to be all blissful and calm and tranquil for my belly babes during these last few weeks of pregnancy. HA. HA. I am feeling much better after finding a dosage that hopefully works for her, and my stiffy B-Hickers have chilled a bit.

So that’s what’s going on with her. Sorry to be such a wah-fest.

Did you see the bacon wrapped around these stuffing bites?

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Because there’s bacon wrapped around these stuffing bites. And you need to see and eat it.

Thanksgiving appie? Yes.

Breakfast right now? Obviously.

Bacon-Wrapped Stuffing Bites, feeeeerrrr yer face.

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35 Responses to Bacon-Wrapped Stuffing Bites

  1. Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps November 19, 2013 at 9:01 am #

    So so sorry to hear about your doggie. Seeing your pet suffer is one of the worst feelings ever, they are our children after all! Sending good thoughts your way!

  2. Ashley November 19, 2013 at 9:13 am #

    My sisters dog has megaesophagus. My dad built a small podium where they could put the bowl at the top and he eats standing up. That way the food goes down the right way. I can send you a picture if you’d like. I hope the meds are helping Charlie!

    • Bev Weidner November 19, 2013 at 9:17 am #

      I’d love a picture! We have her food and water elevated as well, and she stands while she eats. But I’d love to see what other people do!

  3. Shaina November 19, 2013 at 9:24 am #

    I’m so sorry to hear about your dog, and I’m glad to hear the meds seem to be working. xo

  4. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie November 19, 2013 at 9:28 am #

    I am going to purposely make sure I have stuffing leftover to make this. Except that I am not cooking Thanksgiving dinner which means I either have to steal some or make my own at home just for this. Both are perfectly acceptable, right?

  5. Erin | The Law Student's Wife November 19, 2013 at 9:37 am #

    I’m so sorry to hear about Charlie! Poor thing. I’m not advocating for feeding her this since i wouldn’t help the whole health situation, but she sure would enjoy every bite…as would I. Yum!

  6. Stacey I November 19, 2013 at 9:46 am #

    I sure hope Charlie starts to feel better!! Our dogs are our babies as well :)

  7. Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking November 19, 2013 at 10:34 am #

    My dog is six too. I just had to deal with some eye issues with him and it was not fun. I hate seeing our little fur babies get old. Hopefully the meds work and Charlie gets better. Try not to stress too much!

  8. Virginia Beach Roofing Company November 19, 2013 at 10:38 am #

    Man the bacon is making me extra hungry

  9. Erin L November 19, 2013 at 11:04 am #

    I am so very sorry to hear about your doggie. We lost our 9 year old cat Grace this June to heart failure. She was diagnosed & died 2 weeks after we found out I was pregnant with our first child. I would have given anything to have her here to meet the new baby– I know how you are feeling. I will send prayers & wishes that Charlie continues to respond to her meds, & goes on to live a long & comfortable life with you.

  10. Arthur in the Garden! November 19, 2013 at 11:47 am #

    Everything is better with bacon!

  11. Sharon November 19, 2013 at 12:23 pm #

    I hope the medicine works like a charm for Charlie. That’s such a tough one. Question about the bites…can you do this with leftover stuffing that’s already been cooked, or will it dry out do you think? I can definitely see this for breakfast the next day withs some waffles…

    • Bev Weidner November 19, 2013 at 3:38 pm #

      That’s a goooood question, Sharon! I wish I could say the stuffing wouldn’t dry out, but I’m thinking it might a little. What about saving just a couple of cups of the uncooked mix for breakfast the next morning? Or try it fully cooked and let me know how it turns out!

  12. Megan {Country Cleaver} November 19, 2013 at 12:52 pm #

    BIGGEST puppy hugs to Charlie. Bless her furry face. Someone give me a puppy to snuggle with STAT.

  13. Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health November 19, 2013 at 1:24 pm #

    im sorry sorry Bev. I hope things will calm down at your end. love to your puppy.

  14. Tracy | Peanut Butter And Onion November 19, 2013 at 1:25 pm #

    I am no stranger to the dog whoas… My best friend passed away last year, but before he did, we dealt with cancer, hemophilia, and pancreatic. GOd bless you for caring enough to shove those pills down… and bacon always makes it better!

  15. Katie November 19, 2013 at 2:53 pm #

    stuffing is the ultimate…and then you wrapped bacon around it. Lordie

    And Charrrlie girl. I’m glad you found a dosage that’s working for her! Big hugs to you both.

  16. Michelle November 19, 2013 at 3:57 pm #

    That is an awful disease. I am so sorry. Charlie is so lucky to have such a wonderful mother like you!

  17. Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg November 19, 2013 at 3:59 pm #

    Stuffing is the best Thanksgiving side dish, in my opinion. And to wrap it in bacon – ultimate.

  18. Erika November 19, 2013 at 4:31 pm #

    I read your blog posts every week and this one spurred me on to comment. So sorry to hear about your dog! My 10 month old german shorthaired pointer had a scary incident last weekend and we almost lost him so I know the fear and pain you feel for your dog. Dogs are the best and always to ready to love. Prayers for your dog and your babies!

  19. Katriel November 19, 2013 at 6:26 pm #

    Get better soon, Charlie!!!! The babies need their puppy sister!!

  20. Amy @Very Culinary November 19, 2013 at 8:13 pm #

    I still cry when I think about losing Ebi 4 months ago. I can’t deal with sad dog stories. I can’t. Pass the bacon, please.

  21. Sarah November 20, 2013 at 9:32 am #

    Oh Bev, I can only imagine all of the emotions you have been going through. I lost my pup of ten years earlier this year to cancer and it was the hardest thing I’ve ever dealt with. She was literally a piece of my soul.

    I can tell you love Charlie the same with all that you are doing for her. I’m so happy to hear the medication is helping. I hope the day to day gets easier/more normal soon. I’m sure she will love those babies more than her own. Hang in there girl!

  22. Kathryn November 20, 2013 at 11:56 am #

    So sorry to hear about the troubles you and Charlie have been having. Fingers crossed the meds keep doing their thing xo

  23. Sarah November 20, 2013 at 2:34 pm #

    My dad has MG – I never knew that dogs could get it too.

  24. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking November 20, 2013 at 3:13 pm #

    Aww, poor Charlie. Thinking of her and hoping she gets a little (or big) piece of bacon for the troubles she’s facing. These look incredible, Bev.

  25. Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective November 21, 2013 at 6:28 am #

    So sorry to hear about your dog! Glad that the meds are helping, though! Just hang in there – those little ones will be here before you know it! :)

  26. Rachel Cooks November 21, 2013 at 7:52 am #

    Poor Charlie! Hope she’s feeling better soon. I’ve treated people with MG — I never knew dogs could also get it!

    PS: These little bites? OMG. Need!

  27. christy November 26, 2013 at 7:34 pm #

    do you think stove top could be used in this recipe?

    • Bev Weidner November 27, 2013 at 8:16 am #

      Ya know, if the stuffing is already cooked and you’re just wanting to crisp up the bacon, I bet the stove top would be just fine! Is that what you meant?

  28. Nutmeg Nanny November 28, 2013 at 10:33 pm #

    um…these look fantastic! I love this idea, I bet they went fast!

  29. Kevin (Closet Cooking) December 3, 2013 at 8:07 pm #

    What a great idea!

  30. Daniela December 10, 2013 at 9:23 am #

    You should contact susanandgigi on Instagram, she has a foundation who makes Bailey chairs for dogs with megaesophagus. As you will see, she is amazing!

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