Okay – this might be weird… But does anyone really love the smell of hot dog?  Not the kind that go in buns.  But hot dogs.  As in, toasty pets. 


James smells like Fritos when he gets hot.  When I get hot, I smell l like old socks.  No fair! 


(And yes – James needs a nail trim.  But a nail trim involves lots of screaming, hollering, and thrashing – so I put it off as long as possible.  Looks sweet as pie.  Becomes vicious when the clippers come out.)


On that delicious note… LUNCH.


I’m lovin’ refried beans on toast.  Especially with creamy goat cheese on top.


With steamed greens and leftover mashed potatoes:

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Time for Girls on the Run!  But first… I wanted to pass on Molly Barker’s (the founder of Girls on the Run) blog, www.MollyBarker.com.  I really love reading Molly’s thoughts and adventures – she travels all over the country very frequently for GOTR events.


And I also wanted to link to this great movie, which Molly and many others have recently blogged about.

I haven’t had an opportunity to catch the entire movie yet, but I hope to soon – the trailer is so intriguing and inspiring.  Anyone gotten a chance to watch it?  Thoughts?



  • kathleen @ the daily crumb October 27, 2011, 2:21 pm

    our pup goes absolutely bat crazy when we bring out the clippers. nail trims are few and far between as a result… only when absolutely necessary!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat October 27, 2011, 2:22 pm

    Lol the comment about Frito feet trumps all other posts in randomness!! I haven’t had a chance to watch the whole video yet either, but Jean Kilbourne was recently giving a talk in my area and I’m so annoyed that I missed it! I am planning to watch this when I get home tonight!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) October 27, 2011, 2:22 pm

    YES! I swear, my dog’s feet used to smell just like Fritos! (used to because she isn’t here any more). It’s gross, but comforting in a strange way. Lunch looks delicious!

  • Mela October 27, 2011, 2:23 pm

    This post made me laugh! My fiancé always says that our dog’s paws smell like popcorn 🙂

    • CaitlinHTP October 27, 2011, 4:28 pm

      Yeah – cheesy popcorn!!! LOL

  • Marissa October 27, 2011, 2:23 pm

    The other day my boyfriend and I were talking about our favorite smells and one of mine is cats when they come inside from being in the snow. He thought I was crazy…ok most people probably think I am, but I think hot dogs is right in line with snowy cats, so I feel a little more normal now 🙂

  • Alice October 27, 2011, 2:24 pm

    My husband didn’t believe me that our boxer’s feet smell like delicious fritos…but I made him smell his yummy feet. Now we agree and Slim has someone sniffing his toes every day.

  • Nikki T October 27, 2011, 2:25 pm

    Totally with ya on the warm/hot dogs…I always think more Doritos, which maybe smell similar to Fritos?!
    Have you ever tried a dremel (sp??) to do James’ nails??

    • CaitlinHTP October 27, 2011, 4:29 pm


  • Laura October 27, 2011, 2:26 pm

    I try not to smell my dogs. They are stinky little beasts.

    With you on the nail trims. We take our monsters to Petsmart to get them done. I’m too afraid of hurting them. Biscuit sits like a princess getting a manicure and Leland freaks out as soon as he sees the door.

  • Anna October 27, 2011, 2:29 pm

    Yes!! Our dog’s feet totally smell like fritos! We call him frito feet occasionally. I love it. 🙂

  • Amanda October 27, 2011, 2:32 pm

    yes! I doggie-sit a little sweet dog and when she sleeps next to me I swear she smells just like Fritos!!!

  • Amanda October 27, 2011, 2:33 pm

    I haven’t noticed the “Frito feet” on my dog, but you can bet I’m going to check! haha

    Trimming a dog’s nails is so stressful. My dog is very well-behaved (we bribe her with treats), but there have been a couple of times where either the vet tech or my husband has cut too far! The last time it happened there was quite a bit of blood, but she didn’t seem to notice. I just about hyperventilated though – I can’t handle it when anything even remotely traumatic happens to her.

  • Meredith October 27, 2011, 2:34 pm

    I always said that my dog’s feet smelled like Frito’s and no one believed me!!

  • Candice October 27, 2011, 2:34 pm

    I haven’t gotten a chance to watch it, but the trailer makes it look really intriguing. My boyfriend used to be a high school teacher in Chicago, and he suggested that this documentary be played in every high school classroom.

    A similar documentary that covers these issues is Dreamworlds (with sequels 2 & 3) which involves music video images and language. It’s so interesting to see what media images are played every day for young people and the possible consequences of them internalizing these messages.

  • Katie @ Peace Love and Oats October 27, 2011, 2:37 pm

    lol, I can’t say I’ve ever smelled a hot dog… and not sure I want to. My brother and sister-in-law had to trim their golden retriever puppy’s nails and hated doing it! I would too!

  • Sonia (the Mexigarian) October 27, 2011, 2:45 pm

    My dog just smells. He needs a bath. Lol. And he HATES getting his nails cut. Last two times we attempted to get them cut, the groomer drew blood! And then the terrified ‘hell no get me out of here!’ actions began. Luckily, they managed to clip his nails when he was under for his neutering surgery. Yay!

  • Becca @ Smile, Run, Eat.....A LOT October 27, 2011, 2:50 pm

    LOL! My dog smells different when he’s hot too and I thought I was crazy for noticing it! Awww, and I just love the way they look when they are soaking up the sunlight…..so content and happy.

  • Paige (Running Around Normal) October 27, 2011, 2:52 pm

    Aww, poor James! I’m glad the groomer takes care of Niko’s nails. I can only imagine the pitiful noises she would make! Makes me sad just thinking about it 🙁 lol

  • Marci October 27, 2011, 2:55 pm

    my mom always used to say our childhood dog smelled like fritos when it was time for a bath.

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen October 27, 2011, 2:57 pm

    I think I may have the only dog in the world that doesn’t mind her nails being cut! We actually dremel them more than cut them now. I’m shocked the sound of it doesn’t freak her out but she’s so good about it 🙂

  • Lindsay Loves Veggies October 27, 2011, 2:59 pm

    I refuse to clip my dog’s toenails! He’s too much of a brat, so we just take him to the groomer when he gets to that point. Luckily, my bf’s brother’s gf works at the Petsmart groomers, so she does an extra good job. She even used a grinder on them last time to get them extra short and dull!

  • Jennifer October 27, 2011, 3:08 pm

    I have a basset and she ALWAYS smells like Fritos. Hot or not… And I love it 🙂

  • Sarah October 27, 2011, 3:12 pm

    We take our Jack Russel to a groomer who uses a dremel to file her nails down. It seems much easier on her (and us!) than the clippers. It’s only $5 and they um… take care of her anal glands too. Best $5 I ever spent. Seriously.

    • CaitlinHTP October 27, 2011, 4:31 pm

      I squeezed maggie’s anal glands once. So worth paying someone else $20 to do it.

  • Morgan @ Life After Bagels October 27, 2011, 3:15 pm

    yes I’ve watched it twice now … but haven’t blogged about it because it’s made me think so hard that I actually can’t pinpoint exactly how I feel about the message and all of it … it just really has me thinking differently and that’s a great thing!

  • Ashley @ Cooking for John October 27, 2011, 3:17 pm

    That trailer got me all fired up- I hope I can catch it on OWN soon!!

  • ALH5051 October 27, 2011, 3:18 pm

    There was recently a discussion about the frito smell of dogs’ feet on the wedding website I frequent. I guess it has to do with bacteria and yeast that gets trapped in the folds of their feet.

  • Jenny October 27, 2011, 3:23 pm

    HA-larious!! I thought me and my parents were the only ones who thought our dogs smelled like Fritos when they get dirty and/or hot. LOL!

    We always say to them (yes, we talk to our dogs as thought they were human): “Lemme see…Do you have a miniature, personal bag of fritos?” lol Since my Chihuahua’s are tiny, of course their bag of fritos would be small. hahaha Anyway. Enough of me being weird.

    • CaitlinHTP October 27, 2011, 4:31 pm

      hehehe we can be weird together!

  • Sarah@The Flying ONION October 27, 2011, 3:28 pm

    My black lab HATED having his nails trimmed too. He got better with age and lots of treats, but he still hated it with a passion.

    And I love the smell of hot dogs too! Haha…my dog’s feet smelled like toasted popcorn. :mrgreen:

  • KatieTX October 27, 2011, 3:29 pm

    That is so funny because I have always said kitty paws smell like Fritos!! I love it!

  • Tammy @ Palm Trees and Manatees October 27, 2011, 3:34 pm

    I had to laugh, because I’m always saying I love the way our dog smells. I’m like, “Don’t you love her doggy smell?” And my husband’s like, “You’re weird.” LOL. Whether she’s hot, cold, or wet, I just love that furry, doggy smell. And while I’m at it, I like my cat’s slightly sweet, slightly fishy smell, too. I’ll cart myself off to the nut house now.

  • Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga October 27, 2011, 3:35 pm

    I actually just heard about that flick and now, i really want to see it. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts.

  • Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count October 27, 2011, 3:40 pm

    I keep hearing about Miss Representation. I’m looking forward to seeing it.

  • JESS October 27, 2011, 3:41 pm

    Thank GOD someone knows frito feet!!! I LOOOOVE when my dogs get frito feet and I thought I was one of the only ones who could sense frito feet! Yessss! Another reason why I love you and your blog!

    • CaitlinHTP October 27, 2011, 4:32 pm

      Thanks Jess 🙂

  • Courtney October 27, 2011, 3:50 pm

    Long time reader… first time commenting… First things first… you’re awesome… I love reading your blog:) Secondly… I have a chihuahua/jack russel mix and I swear… we call him Frito Feet!! That’s too hilarious!!

    • CaitlinHTP October 27, 2011, 4:32 pm

      Yay! Frito feets unite. Thanks for reading Courtney.

  • Natalia October 27, 2011, 3:50 pm

    Oh goodness, too funny. I’ve always thought fritos smelled like old socks and vice versa!

  • Aimee October 27, 2011, 3:53 pm

    Aww…I love my dog’s frito feet. At first, when I discovered the cause of the smell, I was grossed out. But I have since moved on and embraced my weird tendency to love the way my puppy’s bacterial feet smell!

  • Amanda@BlueDrishti October 27, 2011, 3:56 pm

    I swear my dog’s feet smell like corn chips all the time! It doesn’t bother me but it’s a bit weird. Glad to know he’s not the only dog that smells like chips.

  • Kris October 27, 2011, 3:58 pm

    Haha. I’m getting used to the way my new dog smells, after 15 years of a dog with no smell at all (heaven to my very sensitive nose). This dog isn’t supposed to smell either, but he does. Not sure if I would describe it as fritos though. And I get a lot of the smell since he’s a puppy and has to have skin to skin contact with me (sleeps w/ his nose under my neck) 🙂

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife October 27, 2011, 4:01 pm

    Yikes, I don’t like the smell of any dog–I am so sorry! but that is cool that you do 😉 haha.

    Love your lunch idea!

  • Christina October 27, 2011, 4:03 pm

    Frito paws! Yes, I love it too 😀

  • Nicole October 27, 2011, 4:08 pm

    YES! I went to a screening of MissRepresentation this week hosted by the Womens Bar Association of Boston — it was AMAZING!!! My jaw dropped more times than I can count, I laughed, I cried, I was astonished and disgusted at the same time — I’m not sure I’ve ever finished a movie and wanted so badly to do something significant. Everyone needs to see this movie – women AND men!

    • CaitlinHTP October 27, 2011, 4:33 pm

      That was an awesome review. Now I REALLY want to see it!

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss October 27, 2011, 4:09 pm

    hahaha! My dog does definitely NOT smell like Fritos..but if he did, I may have a different feeling about the smell of wet dogs.

  • Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers October 27, 2011, 4:17 pm

    Interesting! I hope to catch that one.

  • Kate October 27, 2011, 4:18 pm

    I always thought my dog was super special because he smells like fritos!!!!

    It is the best smell in the world! I just love to come home after work and curl up to my little frito lay!

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) October 27, 2011, 4:30 pm

    what a tasty lunch!

  • Meaghan (My Spoonful Of Inspiration) October 27, 2011, 4:53 pm

    Love the lunch pics. It’s kind of got a southern feel. My puppy absolutely hates to have her nails clipped… it takes three people to get her to stay still!

  • Vicky S. October 27, 2011, 5:04 pm

    My dogs feet ALWAYS smell like doritos!

  • Jennifer October 27, 2011, 5:05 pm

    I love frito feet! And I don’t even really like fritos. 🙂

  • Dave October 27, 2011, 5:11 pm

    A hot smelly dog is better than “swamp dog.” That’s what we called it when the dog would get out of the lake and then roll around in the grass.

  • Kayla October 27, 2011, 5:21 pm

    Oh my gosh I always say my dog’s feet smell like fritos or doritos! So funny!

  • Miranda October 27, 2011, 5:44 pm

    Yeah i was going to say hot pups smell like corn chips… love it!

  • Mary October 27, 2011, 5:53 pm

    I always used to say my dog smelled like tortilla chips! So funny that you bring that up.

  • Julia H. @ The Petite Spiel October 27, 2011, 5:56 pm

    Come to think of it, I don’t think I’ve ever had the chance to see what my dog smells like hot–he really doesn’t hang out in the sun much! Oddly, though, I hate how he smells after we bathe him. And not just because of wet dog smell…I feel like he just has another strange smell after he gets cleaned (ironic, huh?). Maybe it’s the shampoo…

  • Kristina @ spabettie October 27, 2011, 5:57 pm

    YES! Basil smells like fritos too – I call him my Corn Chip Pup. 😀 Jason says it’s when he’s in need of a bath, but it IS just when he’s warm… he’s smelled like that one day after bath day! (on bath day he smells like clean clean pup) 😀

  • Jennifer October 27, 2011, 6:00 pm

    I love nothing more than cuddling with a warm puppy dog!!

  • noreen October 27, 2011, 6:14 pm

    our boston terrier smells EXACTLY like fritos!! i love it!

  • Kristin October 27, 2011, 6:18 pm

    oh my gosh that is sooo weird that u say that about the way a warm dog smells! I have a mini dasch. and every time he gets all warm under a blanket he smells like warm peanuts! hahaha I would always say that but everyone thought i was so weird for thinking it! lol u are the best Caitlin! Thank you for this post 🙂

  • Courtney @ The Petite AthlEAT October 27, 2011, 6:22 pm

    Thank goodness for groomers! In between visits I shave my dog’s down – much easier! 🙂 Refried beans on toast sounds so good and so easy! Thanks for the idea!

  • Mandy October 27, 2011, 6:35 pm

    That’s awesome. I used to have a dog named Frito…’cause dude totally smelled of Fritos. I miss him!

  • Brooke @ sweats & sweets October 27, 2011, 6:37 pm

    My dachshund Bonnie smells like Frito’s too when she gets hot, my most favorite smell of a dog lol.

  • Mandy October 27, 2011, 6:38 pm

    Additionally…fun fact – if you are backpacking, you can take a mini bag of Fritos with you for kindling. There’s enough grease in ’em to hold enough of a flame to start a campfire…

  • amy October 27, 2011, 6:44 pm

    i’m dying. i also think my dog smells like fritos and that is the first sign that she’s ready for a bath. so.darn.funny!!

  • Chetney October 27, 2011, 6:46 pm

    I hate cutting my dogs nails! She screams and whines like I’m murdering her. No fun. Usually we have to distract her by one of us scratching her itchiest spot and feeding her bits of a treat at the same time, as the other is cutting as fast as possible. I swear that dog is a D.I.V.A!

  • Liz October 27, 2011, 6:49 pm

    I am goigng to see the movie next month – I can’t wait!!

  • Catriona October 27, 2011, 7:19 pm

    Yes! I always think my dog smells kind of like corn chips…really weird

  • Billy October 27, 2011, 7:34 pm

    I have always said that a hot dog is the smell of love. I am not saying that love stinks but if you can stand the smell of your hot dog, then it must be love:-) Our dogs paws also smell like Fritos…maybe that is why my one female wants to always lick hers none stop!

  • Elise October 27, 2011, 7:36 pm

    This reminds me of The Pioneer Woman talking about how her basset hounds feet smell like Frito’s!

    We always have my dogs nails cut when she’s at the vet, I figure they’ll do it more safely and efficiently than we could!

    • CaitlinHTP October 27, 2011, 9:01 pm

      hahah she does?! see, it’s not just me!!!

  • Ellie@fitforthesoul October 27, 2011, 7:50 pm

    hahaha he smells like Fritos?!!!! my only experience with smelling hot dogs is when they smell….like, wet dog? Which isn’t too delightful. 😛

  • Kim October 27, 2011, 8:31 pm

    A good trick I learned with my dogs.. Take them to the tennis courts and let them run around.. The courts texture wears down their nails pain free like a nail file. My dogs nails stay short and comfortable by “playing”! Can’t beat that

    • CaitlinHTP October 27, 2011, 9:02 pm

      Maggie and James don’t run 🙁 Ever.

  • michelle October 27, 2011, 8:53 pm

    I love that doggie Frito smell 🙂 Cooper doesn’t seem to get it, but Freddie definitely does.

  • Sarah October 27, 2011, 9:12 pm

    I love dog smell too! And my beagle needs her nails trimmed too but she flails around when we try to do it. Going to have the vet do it this weekend 😉 She’s tearing up our carpet!

  • Miss P October 27, 2011, 9:50 pm

    Thanks for the information about that movie. I haven’t heard of it but my school shows “Killing us Softly” and “Tough Guise,” which look similar. We have a whole class devoted to making kids aware of the media influence, among other things. This looks awesome.

  • Cate October 27, 2011, 10:33 pm

    I heard about this movie a few months ago and I definitely want to see it. The idea of media’s power on women today has been something I have spent time researching and questioning over the years, especially in college. I even did a few projects on the topic. I hope I can find somewhere to see this soon!

  • Jun October 27, 2011, 11:33 pm

    Do you actually steam your vegetables w/o oil or salt?

    • CaitlinHTP October 28, 2011, 10:26 am

      Sometimes I add Earth Balance or EVOO but not always. I just REALLY like the taste of greens. I ALWAYS add salt though. Love me some salt.

  • Juniper October 28, 2011, 12:36 am

    I love that sweaty dog smell! 🙂 my animal loving friends get it and my non-animal loving friends give me strange looks… 😉
    but it’s a lovely smell and makes me happy… esp. with cuddly doggie in bed 🙂

  • Leila @ Spinach and Skittles October 28, 2011, 1:14 am

    I’m glad James smells like Fritos, because my dog smells like old stale popcorn when she gets hot and I thought she was the only one. Haha.
    I can’t wait to see Miss Representation!

  • Eliza October 28, 2011, 3:30 am

    haha.. my dog smells like rice. Except you can’t say it without people being like “why would you smell your dog?”

    The other doggy scent I love is puppy breath, it only lasts til they’re about 6months old and totally gets me everytime. I loveeeee puppies

  • Sophie @ threetimesf October 28, 2011, 7:03 am

    We try to walk Maisie on the road regularly enough that her nails hardly ever need clipping because it does become a nightmare!!

  • Rob Runs to Remember October 28, 2011, 9:29 am

    Our dogs totally have Dorito feet!

  • Jessica October 28, 2011, 9:48 am

    Our dogs have tortilla toes and soy sauce ears.

    It is kind of gross when you think about it, but I love their little smells!

  • Karen October 28, 2011, 9:48 am

    Wow, I definitely want to see that film! Look very intriguing.

    My dog’s feet smell like popcorn. My husband looked at me like I was crazy when I said that, but when he smelled them, he agreed with me.

  • Carly October 28, 2011, 10:00 am

    OMG. This post has totally validated my long-standing notion that my dog smells like Fritos! I think occasionally it wanders into Dorito territory, so I just go with a general snack chip scent! Love it.

  • Cat @Breakfast to Bed October 28, 2011, 10:16 am

    Oh my gosh, I immediately thought of you when I saw it. So good. You have got to see it.

  • Amber October 28, 2011, 10:28 am

    I must see that movie! My immediate reaction is that I have to find a way to show my students. It may be a little too graphic for middle schoolers, but may that’s an appropriate age to get the wheels turning and get them thinking about the gender inequalities and media misrepresentation. That you for sharing this!!!

  • Megan October 28, 2011, 11:36 am

    Thanks for sharing that trailer – looks like it will be such a great movie!

  • Amber K October 28, 2011, 1:06 pm

    I haven’t seen Miss Representation yet, but it looks fascinating.

  • Pam C October 28, 2011, 3:02 pm

    My puppy Charlie smells like pretzels sometimes, and when he does I snuggle him into the crook of my neck and won’t let him go hehehe. I love puppy snuggles more than anything!

  • Hayley @ Oat Couture October 29, 2011, 10:30 am

    Aww I know what you mean about hot dog… same as puppies paws! They smell delish! 🙂

  • Kristren November 7, 2011, 10:54 am

    Lol I love that smell, I actually call my dog “my little corn chip” when he gets especially smelly feet hahaha

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