This blog is a tribute to Belle, and all the dogs who have come before and after. They are my friends, my companions, my teachers and my students. They bring me both joy and heartache, laughter and tears. There is nothing as sweet as the smell of puppy breathe, and nothing as sad as the final goodbye.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Sergeant Stubby

Sergeant Stubby (1916 or 1917 – April 4, 1926), was the most decorated war dog of World War I

and the only dog to be promoted to sergeant through combat. America's first war dog,
Stubby served for 18 months and Sergeant Stubby participated in seventeen battles on the Western Front.

He was just another stray dog before he found his way into an area near Yale University
where the 102nd infantry, Yankee Division was training for World War I. Private J. Robert Conroy found the puppy there in 1917 and named him. He was smart and boosted morale.
He learned the bugle calls, the drills and even a modified salute where he put his right paw on his right eyebrow.

Stubby became a lifetime member of the American Legion and later became Georgetown University's mascot.

Much thanks to Nitro Foundation HB 70 Law in Ohio for this posting

Veterans Day November 11, 2013

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Cleo’s Pumpkin Dog Biscuits

I found this recipe for pumpkin dog biscuts on facebook. It looks delicious and easy to make. I am going to give it a try and thought I'd share it with you -

Stop giving your dogs crap from China that is killing our dogs!! Here is a Pumpkin Recipe that is healthy for them, Cleo’s Pumpkin Dog Biscuits:
2 eggs
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
2 tablespoons dry milk
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
2 1/2 cups brown rice flour *
1 teaspoon dried parsley      

Preheat oven to 350.

In large bowl, whisk together eggs and pumpkin to smooth. Stir in dry milk, sea salt, and dried parsley (if using, optional). Add brown rice flour gradually, combining with spatula or hands to form a stiff, dry dough. Turn out onto lightly floured surface (can use the brown rice flour) and if dough is still rough, briefly knead and press to combine.

Roll dough between 1/4 – 1/2 – depending on your dog’s chew preferences, – and use biscuit or other shape cutter to punch shapes, gathering and re-rolling scraps as you go. Place shapes on cookie sheet, no greasing or paper necessary. If desired, press fork pattern on biscuits before baking, a quick up-and-down movement with fork, lightly pressing down halfway through dough. Bake 20 minutes. Remove from oven and carefully turn biscuits over, then bake additional 20 minutes. Allow to cool completely on rack before feeding to dog.

* Brown rice flour gives the biscuits crunch and promotes better dog digestion. Many dogs have touchy stomachs or allergies, and do not, like many people I know, tolerate wheat.

Makes up to 75 small (1) biscuits or 50 medium biscuits
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