Happy Holidays and See You Next Year!

Every year when it gets to around the 20th of December, I have to stop and try to figure out what just happened. I think everyone probably feels this way. I love the holiday season so much, but it’s also just so freaking busy that it passes me by before I realize it was even here. I won’t bore you with all of the activities and work projects and birthday parties and travels we’ve been doing (or plan on doing as Robbie gets ready to go back on tour), but I will say that I desperately need to take a break from my current 12+ hour work days to spend these last few days of the holiday season with my family (and let’s face it, cram in last minute shopping and attempt to make my house look like it isn’t a garbage dump). So I will be taking my annual break from the blog to spend time with my family and catch up on non-work things, starting today. I’ll be back here after the New Year, and because I just don’t know how to completely turn off, I’m sure I’ll be popping in on Instagram.

However you celebrate (or don’t celebrate!), I wish you the happiest of holidays and a New Year full of joy, love, and peace.

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Fetch our free Holiday Dog Treat Cookbook!

The holidays are almost here–and nothing says holidays like holiday treats! We’ve got a free cookbook for you including recipes to our goodies ranging from Cranberry Dog Treats to…



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Hope For Paws’ Latest Rescue

A heartwarming story for your Christmas Adam from Hope For Paws Rescue. Until next time, Good day, and good dog!


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Christmas Dog Names

The season of giving is upon us, and if you want to give your new canine companion a Christmas dog name we have a present for you! We’ve made a list (and checked it twice) of potential winter…



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Friday Funny: The Second Coming

For all of you celebrating Christmas with a chewy, chewy dog. Until next time, Good day, and good dog!


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Meet Sheba!

Here in Stark County, Ohio, we are very fortunate to have the Children’s Network, a place where children of abuse can prepare for trials and work through their trauma. Founded in 1987, the Children’s Network Child Advocacy Center of Stark County (The Network) is a community partnership of caring professionals from child protective services, local … Continue reading Meet Sheba!


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Holiday Guacamole

Festive Winter Guacamole

Christmas is a week from today guys, and while I’ve been great at making holiday cocktails, my holiday snack making has been less than stellar. Yesterday I decided to pull out an old recipe (one I’ve actually shared here in the past) and play around with it. A couple of quick changes made it better than ever, so I decided to share it here again. This makes for a really unique holiday app for parties, since, you know, most people don’t think of avocados when they think of winter. The pomegranate seeds give it the perfect hint of festive color (and truly delicious flavor), and combined with seasonal pears, turn regular old guac into holiday goodness.

Festive Winter Guacamole

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS
2-3 large, ripe avocados, cubed
1 pear, cut into cubes
1/4 cup pomegranate seeds
1/2 lime
salt

Peel and cube the pear, and set aside. Remove seeds from the pomegranate, and set aside. Put cubed avocado in a serving bowl and mash to desired consistency. Stir in pear and pomegranate. Squeeze half a lime over the top, add a little salt, top with a few pomegranate seeds, and serve! It’s super easy and so yummy.

Festive Winter Guacamole
Festive Winter Guacamole
Festive Winter Guacamole

My mouth is genuinely watering thinking about those juicy pomegranate seeds. I hope you enjoy this fun take on winter guacamole as much as we do!

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Dare is seven months old today

Wanting me to throw the ball.

seven months old dare

Getting ripped.

dare muscles

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White Christmas Sparkling Sangria

White Christmas Sparkling Sangria

Who says white wine is only good in the summertime? I’ve made this white sangria every holiday season for the last few years and it’s always a hit. I leave out brandy or heavy fruit juices (I just use orange juice) like you find in traditional sangrias, so it’s crisp and light, which is a nice change from heavier winter cocktails.

Sparkling Winter White Sangria

INGREDIENTS

1 bottle prosecco or champagne, chilled
1/2 cup orange juice
2-4 tablespoons sugar (depending on level of sweetness desired)
4-6 clementines, peeled and separated into segments
1 apple (we like Fuji), cut into small cubes
1 cup of fresh cranberries

Combine prosecco or champagne, orange juice, and sugar into a large pitcher. Stir until sugar is dissolved. (You can also make a simple syrup in advance to ensure sugar is melted.) Add clementines, apples, and cranberries, and let sit in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to one hour. Pour into glasses and top with a squeeze of fresh clementine juice.

Sparkling Winter White Sangria

If you try it, let me know what you think.

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Changing the Bullenbeisser

Bullenbeiser

When Europe was a wilder place, there were lots of big game animals. Bison, brown bears, aurochs, and vast sounders of wild boar were all abundant. Before the Neolithic Revolution entered Europe, these animals were often hunted for their meat and hides, but after the Neolithic, man began to consider these animals pests.

Dogs were used to hunt them, but as the Neolithic gave way to the Ancient World, the dogs began to change. For big game, heavy-headed, big-framed dogs were used to hunt this often dangerous game. The first of these dogs appeared in Assyria, but they soon spread to Europe. Drop all that nonsense you may have heard about mastiffs being the ancient Molossus or have their origins in Tibet. Their origins are in Western Eurasia, and they began as big game hunters.

Supposedly the Alans brought their own form of hunting mastiff in Europe when they wandered west into the Roman Empire. This dog gave rise to the rootstock of the various bulldog breeds.

For centuries after, various European countries had their own rough bulldogs. Spain is pretty much the only one that has held onto its alano dog. Everyone else has greatly modified this creature.

The bulldogs evolved once the big game of Europe ceased to exist. Some of them were turned into a bull and bear-baiting dog. Others were kept at butcher shops to control half wild cattle and swine. Some were still utilized as catch dogs in Medieval hunts. They became symbolic creatures that reminders of a more savage past.

But by the nineteenth century, Europeans turned against bloodsports. The bulldogs were out of a job. The British began repurposing the bulldog into a pet. The original pet bulldog was 3/4 bulldog and 1/4 pug. This “Philo-Kuon” bulldog was heavily promoted as a pet, but other strains were being developed. One was the Sourmug, which eventually replaced the Philo-Kuon as the desired bulldog in England. There were also several smaller bulldogs, which had more pug and some terrier ancestry. These eventually gave rise to the French bulldog and the Boston terrier.

This repurposing of the bulldog in England did not go unnoticed in Germany. The Germans had two rough bulldog types the Danziger and Brabanter bullenbeissers. Brabant is, of course, in Belgium, but this lither bullenbeisser was fairly common in parts of Germany.  It was this breed that was crossed with the Philo-Kuon bulldog to form the modern boxer breed. The Brabanter dog was preferred in the later days of German hunting as a catch dog on wild boar and deer, and it was favored among Bavarian huntsman.

Crossing the Philo-Kuon bulldog with the Brabanter bullenbeisser was an attempt to create a uniquely German pet bulldog.

The modern boxer’s history began at roughly the same time as the modern German shepherd dog.  The SV for German shepherds began in 1899, but earlier attempts to create a standardized shepherd dog in Germany started with the Phylax Society in 1891. The first attempts to standardize the bullenbeisser/Philo-Kuon crosses began in 1894 in Munich, and the Boxer Club was founded in 1896.

So this dog went from being a big game hunter to a pet, but by the time the First World War started, it was then shifted into a dog of war. It was the only war in which it was widely used, though.

There has been a tension in boxers about whether to maintain them as pets or working dogs. Some of these dogs have been good at protection sports, but the vast majority of them are kept as pets.

I know of no one who uses them as catch dogs, but I have heard of a few people using boxer crosses in this way. The Dogo Argentino has a lot of boxer blood.

So here, we have dogs that were used for hunting, then for various sports, then for war, and now are mostly family dogs.

 

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