A Thought for Today
A family with a yard needs a dog. A dog
with a family needs a yard.
Sherilyn Bottoms of Atlanta is
one of our regular correspondents and is owned by a Bearded Collie named
She and Hootie were kind
enough to pass the following along for our attention.
"Grits Land", aka, Atlanta.
doggie biscuit recipe was sent by a friend with whom Hootie! and I do our
pet therapy work. If she recommends, I'm on board. Perhaps a recipe you
can add to your book/box/ or share with the folks out there?
1 cup wheat flour
1/2 cup dry milk
1/2 cup wheat germ
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 Tablespoons shortening
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup water
Mix all ingredients thoroughly. You may have to add a little more
all-purpose flour to make the dough a bit firmer. Roll dough and cut into
desired shapes. Bake at 350F for 10 to 15 minutes.
AND, while I
know nothing about "special days" in S. Africa, well one of MY favorite
"special days" is Take Your Dog To Work Day. It's June 22nd in the US.
Think it's worth passing along!
Of course, not
everyone can do that, but Hootie! often goes to work w/me. He's greeted at
Hennessy Lexus (I work for the owner), with "Hi, Hootie", as you'd hear
"Hi, Ken". After all, a lot of our Lexus customers have dogs, and many
times the pups keep the owners company in our lounge while cars are being
his Welcoming Doggie Bowl at the office for visiting canines' water bowl
use. (Sure, I love it ... but you'd understand how much customers like
it!) He's actually gotten 2 thank you notes mailed to him. That Hootie! is
Tyra (the four-footed love of
my life) and I have discussed the recipe at great length, Sherilyn, and we
can't wait to give it a crack just as soon as our house move is over.
Feedback from anyone who tries it sooner would be much appreciated.
I LOVE the idea of taking your
dog to work on Friday and hope many of our readers will follow your
example. My wife Priscilla works for a company which has a veterinarian
resident on the premises so Tyra has been to work on a number of occasions
to get her shots. Although she charmed everyone in sight she didn't behave
all that well so I don't think she'll be going along come this Friday.
Thanks for some interesting
info, Sherilyn, and big hugs to Hootie. Below I've posted my favorite
"doggie" song just for him.
Keep those letters coming! If
you have a favorite McKuen song or poem you'd like to share, drop me a
line at email@example.com and I'll make
sure it gets a posting right here one Wednesday.
South Africans are well known
for their passionate interest in sport and when two of our national teams
lose matches on consecutive days, as happened this past weekend, we're
Come Monday we desperately
needed some cheering up and this was provided by local boy Retief Goosen
as he captured the US Open Golf Championship in dramatic style. The whole
country has been buoyed by his achievement on what is undoubtedly the
toughest circuit in the world.
I hope my friend and fellow
golf nut, Bob Ryan, was watching and that he gave us boys down south a
thought. Bob, a well known golf administrator in the Los Angeles area and
a faithful reader of ASPTL, would appreciate just what it takes to win on
the US Tour and, in particular, the National Championship of that country.
Well done, Retief. It couldn't
have happened to a nicer guy!
- Ken, Johannesburg,
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