Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Easy As (Pizza) Pie

Back in September, when I had a glut of pizza dough that I was, frankly, too stubborn to throw out, I froze the extra but wondered what in the world I would do with all that dough. In the intervening months, I have been saved more than once by this trove of frozen treasure.

Last night was a good example. I had taken out of the freezer one of the packages of dough and set it in the microwave over the warm oven to thaw when we stepped out to walk Cora around the neighborhood for her late afternoon constitutional. On the way home, we witnessed a terrible scene, two loose pitbulls attacking a cat. We arrived too late on the scene to do anything to save the poor cat but we rushed home, threw Cora to safety in the house and drove back to the scene hoping to at least get a description of the dogs that we could call in to the police, which we did.

My Beloved, being the kind and helpful man that he is, also drove all over the neighborhood trying to spot the pitbulls for the police, warning people that these two dogs were loose, urging them to take their cats indoors and giving rides home to any who were out with their own dogs and far from safety. We heard later that one of the dogs was captured; the other, as far as we know, is still at large. The owner of the cat is inconsolable.

When My Beloved returned home hours later, he was tired to the bone and hungry. We hastily piled goat cheese, sliced, blanched broccoli, leftover bacon and sliced mushrooms onto the rolled-out crust and slid it onto our pizza stone that had been heating in the oven. It made a quick and sustaining meal for two shocked and heartsick animal lovers.



Blogger Chilebrown said...

The picture of the bacon I mean pizza looks great.
That was a sad story about the dogs and cat. Richmond has a lot of problems and unleashed pit bulls is one that we read about too often.
On a lighter note, Your fruitcake is done and swimming in brandy.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009  
Blogger namastenancy said...

The pizza looks delicious but the story of the dangerous pit bulls is becoming all too common.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009  
Blogger cookiecrumb said...

OMG. I'm so sorry you had to witness that. You did your civic duty, and then some, though! What a bummer.

Hey, that is one fantastic photo, truly.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009  
Blogger Greg said...

Horrible! There should be a special license to own a dog like that.
I agree the pizza looks wonderful.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009  
Blogger dancingmorganmouse said...

O, o. How dreadful.

Thursday, December 03, 2009  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Chilebrown, fruitcake is always a consolation.

Nancy, yes, one wonders if it's the breeding or the training, but either way, they can be a problem. There _are_ nice ones to be found, I hear.

Cookiecrumb, merci du compliment.

Greg, if only the owners would keep them leashed!

Morgan, yes, we keep having flashbacks. Horrible.

Thursday, December 03, 2009  
Blogger katiez said...

How awful (not the pizza, that looks great) Pet owners like that make me ill. I don't believe that any dog is inherently bad.... But there sure are a lot of bad humans owning and training them.
My Emma's mother was trained to kill cats by her first owner. Our friend (second owner) could never really break her of the desire.... But he never let her loose to act on it, either. In all other respects she was a kind, gentle loving dog.... who was kept on her leash in public.

Thursday, December 03, 2009  
Blogger Zoomie said...

KatieZ, it's all about the leashing, isn't it? If they cared at all, they'd contain their dogs. End of story.

Thursday, December 03, 2009  
Blogger namastenancy said...

To leash or not to leash - now that's the question. The dog owners who think that it's dreadful to leash their dogs are also the ones who don't train aggressive breeds or get them fixed. One doesn't like to make a "one size fits all" statement but I think that those who refuse to curtail their dogs are using that dog to take out their own aggressions. Here in SF the off the leash dogs are a major problem. An elderly lady was attacked last week and her leg was ripped to pieces. Yet, when the article was posted to the Chron, the "my dog above all, including human life and safety" brigade didn't take long to trash those who dare to suggest a more responsible behavior from dog owners would be, you know, responsible.
And I won't even mention the mess on the streets.

Friday, December 04, 2009  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Nancy, back when Cora was attacked, I Googled "pit bull attack" and got 10 full pages of horror stories such as the one you recounted. I agree that the dogs are simply an expression of the owners' own anger, and both are very dangerous.

Friday, December 04, 2009  

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