I’m Anne Bennett and I live in the Kansas City area. I have two standard poodles named Lulu and Julia, and a grand pup, also a standard poodle, named Whitman. I have a husband and two grown children as well, but they aren’t as mischievous as the poodles. So far none of the humans in my family has devoured an entire fruitcake in one sitting or gobbled up half a bag of frozen bread dough, which later thawed and rose (imagine the X-rays) and required an overnight stay at the emergency vet.
Many of the photos on this blog feature the antics of the pooches, who daily teach me how to live in-the-moment. That’s the thing about dogs: like Mary Richards, (remember the Mary Tyler Moore Show?) they can “take a nothing day and suddenly make it all seem worthwhile”. If you have a dog, you know what I mean. If you have a cat, you need to get a dog.
For the last decade I have worked at Weight Watchers as a leader, and it’s provided me with many new friends and lots of personal gratification. Hungry Poodle is the result of what I’ve learned about healthy living and great food.
I first joined Weight Watchers in 1971 as an overweight college student. I lost about 50 pounds…unfortunately I gained it back and then lost it many times over the years. In 1999 I became a WW Lifetime member and soon after I became a WW leader. Like most of my members, I struggle every day to eat healthy foods in the right amounts, to be active and to enjoy the process. It’s never easy, but it does have its rewards: as the saying goes, nothing tastes as good as being thin feels.