Breakfast for James

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I was craving French toast this morning (Autumn Grilled Banana Sandwich, anyone?), but James asked for yogurt.


After his near-death experience in October 2009, the vet told us that we should feed him organic yogurt (preferably plain) whenever his tummy is upset.  Organic has more probiotic cultures than regular!  So, I had to eat yogurt for breakfast so I could share with the little man.  Hope his tummy feels better soon! 

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My version of a yogurt-y breakfast:


We are out of bananas ๐Ÿ™ so I subbed into cinnamon-y apples.  It was a nice change รขโ‚ฌโ€œ just not the same as bananas!


In the mix:


  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup raw oatmeal
  • Canned Pumpkin
  • 1/2 apple, cinnamoned
  • Coconut


Off to squeeze in a small amount of work and then a run!



  • Jackie @ Baking Charms December 30, 2010, 9:10 am

    Aw I hope James feels better! I will keep that yogurt trick in mind next time Evolet gets sick.

  • Mama Zen December 30, 2010, 9:19 am

    That looks yummy!

  • Dione December 30, 2010, 9:22 am

    Hey Caitlin, for the past few weeks I’ve started eating raw rolled oats in my yogurt (half plain and half vanilla) and banana in the morning instead of my usual cereals. I’m addicted:) It really is delicious. Thanks for the idea! Now I don’t have to choose between oatmeal or a yogurt bowl.

    • Caitlin December 30, 2010, 10:56 am

      Glad you like it, Dione!

  • Teri December 30, 2010, 9:22 am

    I think it’s hilarious every time you post pictures of James b/c we have a dog (Greta) that looks EXACTLY like him… even sits the same way with that back leg splayed out. We think she’s got some min-pin/jack russell genes with a bit of dachsund thrown in ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Caitlin December 30, 2010, 9:24 am

      Did you send me a pic of Greta before? If not, I’d love to see his twinnie!

      • Teri December 30, 2010, 8:45 pm

        I just sent you some pics ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Sarah Keffer December 30, 2010, 9:23 am

    Have you considered switching your dogs to a raw diet or a grain-free kibble? Unless you are feeding a grain-free kibble, it may be irritating his system and causing his tummy troubles. I could go on and on about the benefits of a raw diet… ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Caitlin December 30, 2010, 9:24 am

      I think it’s Holistic Select? Is that grain free?? I know it doesnt have corn.

      • Sarah Keffer December 30, 2010, 9:39 am

        No, it doesn’t appear to be grain free. When I buy kibble (easier than raw for travel) I buy Taste of the Wild for my dogs and also feed it to my cats daily. It is a very good, moderately priced kibble that I can buy locally at Tractor Supply. But there are lots of others too…Evo, Natures Variety Instinct, Orijen and Before Grain. Some specialty pet stores sell these foods or of course, you can order online. You can also buy ready made, frozen raw food by Instinct or Bravo, which has meat, bones & veggies. All you have to do is thaw and feed. My dog’s diet consists mainly of raw beef heart and turkey necks or chicken wings. And btw, I do know vegetarians who feed raw ๐Ÿ˜‰ Google raw or BARF diet(bones and raw food) if you are interested in learning more.

        • Caitlin December 30, 2010, 10:57 am

          Thanks for this awesome comment!!!

        • Tiffany @ Conor & Bella December 30, 2010, 1:14 pm

          I feed my dog Taste of the Wild usually. He does great on it!

          My cat has a very sensitive stomach, and I have tried many, many different types of food for him. He seems to do better with food that has (good, no corn/soy) grain it it, though. Just my observations, however.

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) December 30, 2010, 9:28 am

    Oh no, I hope his belly gets better soon! Breakfast looks delicious!

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday December 30, 2010, 9:29 am

    How do you know is stomach is upset?

  • Michele @ Healthy Cultivations December 30, 2010, 9:33 am

    I didn’t realize organic yogurt had more probiotics than regular yogurt. So often I prefer Fage or Chobani over the Oikos even though Oikos is organic. Perhaps I should stick with the Oikos more often. Intestinal health is something at the top of my priority list… not kidding. I think about it often.

  • Kailey @ Caffienated Nut December 30, 2010, 9:33 am

    wow that is SO cool that probiotics also work in dogs ๐Ÿ™‚ good to know!!
    i totally agree – apples may be delicious but they just aren’t the same as bananas!

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey December 30, 2010, 9:34 am

    Poor puppy! I hope his tummy feel better soon. You’re such a good momma for eating yogurt just for him!

  • Stacy @ Every Little Thing December 30, 2010, 9:34 am

    We feed our dog good quality food too, and she’d die for some yogurt haha. We give her a wide variety of foods with her kibble though, so she eats good stuff ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a good day!

  • gabriella @ embracement December 30, 2010, 9:39 am

    My mom cooks for my dog almost everyday! After he had bloat, she treats him like a King.

    • Caitlin December 30, 2010, 10:59 am

      Bloat is sooo scurry!

  • Kris December 30, 2010, 9:48 am

    Aw, poor James and poor Mom on the cleanup. My sweetie gets yogurt too. Hope things are back to normal soon!

  • Katy (The Singing Runner) December 30, 2010, 10:00 am

    Awww! I hope he feels better soon!!!

    Have a great day Caitlin! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Nikki December 30, 2010, 10:05 am

    Awww poor James. Feel better soon, puppy face!

  • Camille December 30, 2010, 10:09 am

    Aww, I didn’t know about James’s near death experience! I hope he feels better!

  • Brittney December 30, 2010, 10:09 am

    Awww, that’s such a cute picture of James. I sometimes feed Clyde a spoonful of yogurt to keep him regular. Someone told us that was a good idea when we first got him!

  • Amalfi Girl (EatRunHaveFun.blogspot) December 30, 2010, 10:12 am

    Did you like that breakfast–will you repeat it on purpose, or was it not repeat-worthy? It looks yummy!

    • Caitlin December 30, 2010, 11:01 am

      I don’t know if I’ll repeat the apple but the rest was good!

  • Amanda (Eating Up) December 30, 2010, 10:13 am

    Poor puppy! Hope James feels better soon and can get a handle on his exploding poop situation.

  • Hope December 30, 2010, 10:19 am

    Your breakfast looks so good! I hope James feels better!! I love that picture of him. He looks so cute ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Ashley @ thefitacademic December 30, 2010, 10:33 am

    Poor little James! Just saw the post about his near-death experience! What a trooper! Hope his tummy is feeling better after the yogurt!

  • Kelly December 30, 2010, 10:36 am

    Aww poor James, hope he feels better!

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg December 30, 2010, 10:37 am

    My mom has been feeding our standard poodle yogurt too, after she had a scary stomach issue about a month ago– those probiotics really do work!

  • Ellen@FirednFabulous December 30, 2010, 10:41 am

    I tend to favor Maggie (unintetionally, of course), but James is just too cute for words here. I hope he’s feeling better soon!

    • Caitlin December 30, 2010, 11:01 am

      hahah I love that you have a favorite ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Ann @ Day by Day December 30, 2010, 10:46 am

    Yuck, sorry for you and James about the tummy problems. My dog eats Holistic Select too! She got sick a couple times last week. I’m glad to know about giving organic yogurt for dogs when they get sick. Thanks for the tip!

  • Katie December 30, 2010, 10:48 am

    I am seriously getting a little dog like James…or a Corgi…next summer. He’s so cute! ๐Ÿ™‚ I guess I have a pull towards those short-legged, long-bodies dogs; I used to have a basset hound. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Caitlin December 30, 2010, 11:01 am

      I wish I could clone James!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat December 30, 2010, 10:49 am

    I had no idea yogurt was good for dogs!! I hope he’s feeling better soon. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Deanna (PRetty in Pittsburgh) December 30, 2010, 11:07 am

    Aww, hope the little guy feels better!

  • Sarah for Real December 30, 2010, 11:18 am

    Oh no! I hope he’s feeling better soon. I think of James a little like doggie Indiana Jones… Indiana James! Maybe its his coloring or how much more outgoing than Maggie he is. If he were a person I think he’d be a smart, sophisticated, sexy archeologist.

    Ok, that was a weird comment. What can I say, I love all dogs!

    • Caitlin December 30, 2010, 12:01 pm

      I already play this game when I meet pets!!

      I like your description of James. I think of his as a smart, sophisticated, sexy secret agent. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Maggie is a blonde Valley Girl. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jennifer December 30, 2010, 11:22 am

    What a lucky pup you have to give him the food his body deserves. Not all pups are so lucky. ๐Ÿ™‚ I am sorry you had such a scary time with him back in 09.
    I didn’t realize that dogs could have yogurt.

  • Kristina @ life as kristina December 30, 2010, 11:28 am

    That’s interesting about the organic yogurt. My dog was having a horrible cough, took him to the vet, fed him his pills in his yogurt-cough remained the same. Finally stopped giving him yogurt and the cough went away-I felt horrible that I was causing it the whole time. Needless to say he doesn’t get any yogurt anymore but it would be interesting to know if he could handle organic!

    • Caitlin December 30, 2010, 12:02 pm

      He could’ve been dairy sensitive. A lot of people are, I bet its the same for pups!

  • Linz @ Beyond Destination 26.2 December 30, 2010, 11:40 am

    I’ve been seeing you adding in chocolate chips to your meals lately and decided to throw a handful on my yogurt this morning..OMG it was epic. Vanilla greek yogurt, sliced peach, chia seeds, oats and chocolate chips. I seriously died!

    • Caitlin December 30, 2010, 12:02 pm

      SO GOOD.

  • Sarah December 30, 2010, 11:41 am

    Aww, the dog food bowl is adorable! Your breakfast combo looks delish!

  • bakingnbooks December 30, 2010, 11:52 am

    Coconut? Such a good idea!

  • Tiffany @ Conor & Bella December 30, 2010, 1:08 pm

    Aw, sometimes my dog has a upset stomach, but nothing like that! (I went back to read your post from last year) He does love yogurt, though. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kacy December 30, 2010, 1:18 pm

    Aw, poor pup! Hope he feels better ๐Ÿ™

    I actually have been starting to dislike bananas in my yogurt after years of eating it that way. Odd. The apples look like a great idea.

  • Amber K December 30, 2010, 1:37 pm

    Bananas are definitely the best with yogurt.

  • Vicky @ eat live spin December 30, 2010, 1:45 pm

    My vet also suggests raw pumpkin for dogs with bad stomachs… it works wonders!!!!

  • Sana December 30, 2010, 2:24 pm

    Omg I was not reading your blog in 2009 but I just read abt what happened to James and omg! I am so glad your fur baby is ok!

  • Ashley @ Ashley's Adventures in Alaska December 30, 2010, 4:40 pm

    Our Australian cattle dog had the same problem that James did back in 2009, and our vet recommended yogurt as well. She also had us switch to a grain free diet, and told us to break up a Culturelle (probiotic tablet for humans) into her food every once in a while to keep things on track. Before the incident she had an upset stomach often, but now does great! Glad James is doing better. It’s so scary to watch your dog go through all of that!

  • Kelly December 30, 2010, 4:48 pm

    Rascal likes yogurt too. In fact, Rascal likes everything except raw lettuce. He will literally lick flour off the floor. Anything that falls in the kitchen is food to him.

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