Shelter Dogs, Purebreds, Westminster Kennel Club and Pedigree Dog Food

Westminster Kennel Club held its 136th annual dog show in Madison Square Gardens on February 13-14, 2012.  Amid the extensive press coverage of the event and the Best in Show winning Pekingese, much hullabaloo was covered by the press and in editorials regarding Westminster Kennel Club’s repudiation of its 24-year sponsor, Pedigree dog foods, because Pedigree’s…

Sunday Morning Pear Pancake

 Pears are members of the rose family and are related to the quince and the apple.  Called by Homer in The Odyssey the “gift of the gods,” the history of the cultivation of pears can be traced back three thousand years to western Asia.  For Louis XIV, pears were a luxury item in his court.  Colonists…

Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes

Ingredients 3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour 3 tablespoons organic sugar or honey 3 teaspoons aluminum-free baking powder 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 3 cups organic buttermilk 1/2 cup organic milk 3 organic, cage-free eggs, lightly beaten 1/3 cup organic butter, melted Heat your griddle to 375 degrees and lightly butter.  If you…

Memories from the Griddle

Domestic violence.  Infidelity.  Sexually transmitted diseases. Transexual hookers.  Substance abuse. Every other weekend. Exploitation.  Financial ruin. Betrayal, betrayal, betrayal.  Broken trust.  Broken homes.  Broken dreams.  These are the ingredients of my Monday through Friday and they often spill into Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday I got up early and made buttermilk pancakes and organic bacon…

Temperament and Health in the Shadow of Titles: What Are We Breeding For?

Ethical breeders of purebred dogs share the heart-felt goal of breeding to the applicable standard.  Many may define that, in order of importance, as conformation or type, performance, health, and temperament.  Not enough of us put temperament and health at the top of that list.  Good temperament and excellent health are minimum requirements that must…