Last Sunday, Brian and I drove out to Allentown, PA, to pick up one of 2 English Pointers pulled from a high-kill shelter in Kansas. The rescue in their area was full and had no foster homes available, so the German Shorthaired Pointer Rescue of NJ volunteered to help out. The female English Pointer, Amira, was being picked up by her foster parents. This is Amira: However, Max, the male pointer, need to be transported closer to his foster dad in Southern NJ – so that’s where Brian and I helped out. Meet Max… isn’t he stunning?!?
Max was a very excitable boy, and was alert for most of his 2 hour ride to Southern NJ.
After some nice ear rubs, Max finally felt comfortable “giving in” and taking a nap!
Brian and I took Max to our house, where his foster dad was picking him up. Max’s foster dad wound up staying at our house for a good 2.5 hours while Max and Cello played their hearts out – bot inside the house and in the snow outside in the yard! I regret not taking pictures during that time to share…but I was too overwhelmed with joy watching the two play so well together, and thinking about how this wonderful dog, once discarded, is about to begin the best part of his life!
Cello was worn out from all of Max’s energy and slept like a baby that night!
It took many volunteers to transport these two English Pointer pups from Kansas to New Jersey… Thanks to everyone who helped these two cuties on their way to a better life and a forever home! If you are interested in Max or Amira, please email the German Shorthaired Rescue of New Jersey at GSPrescueNJ@hotmail.com .
UPDATE: MARCH 2014: BOTH MAX AND AMIRA HAVE BEEN ADOPTED!
Thinking of a GSP but don’t live near NJ? Think rescue! The National GSP Rescue lists regional GSP rescue groups across the United States and Canada. If you are interested in adoption, volunteering, or would like information on how to surrender your dog to rescue (Please do not surrender GSPs to a shelter or abandon them!!!!), please contact the group that covers your state or region. If there is no contact listed for your state, you can email the National GSP Rescue at email@example.com . A GSP rescue will help match you up with the perfect GSP for your family!
ANOTHER snow day here in Southern NJ… perfect day for baking dog treats!
Cello waits and watches patiently as these yummy-smelling Valentines Day treats bake in Cello’s Cucina!
Peanut Butter-Honey Hearts
2 cups organic buckwheat flour
1 1/2 cups organic almond flour
1/3 cup organic, natural peanut butter (no salt or sugar added)
Be sure that the peanut butter you use doesn’t contain xylitol)
1 TB organic honey
1 1/4 cups hot water
Additional flour for rolling (or parchment paper)
Preheat oven to 350° F
Mix dry ingredients together.
Mix in the peanut butter, honey, and hot water.
Knead the dough well.
Roll out the dough into 1/4″ thickness and cut into shapes with dog cookie cutters.
Bake on a lightly greased cookie sheet for 40 minutes. Turn off the oven and let them cool overnight. (I just took mine out at 40 minutes and cooled them on a wire rack – see notes below).
If your dog likes less-crunchy treats, you cool them completely on a wire rack, then serve them to your four-legged child!
These treats come out pretty crunchy even if you don’t keep them in the oven over night…so if your pup prefers softer treats, you can try reducing the cook-time, and cooling the treats on a wire rack.
Yield: Will depend on the size cookie cutter you use.
Storing:These tasty treats can be stored in the refrigerator for 3 weeks or n the freezer for up to 6 months.
Tips: The dough for these treats can be pretty sticky to work with at first, especially while kneading. You can dust your work place and rolling-pin with some extra buckwheat flour, or (my favorite) you can line your work place with parchment paper, then place another piece of parchment paper over the dough while rolling it out. Also, keep a dish of extra buckwheat flour next to you and “dip” the cookie cutter in the flour each time before making the cut-outs.
The month of January has been brutal all the way around.
First and foremost, I want to take the time to share our sympathy for our dock diving friends, Annie and Matt, who lost their beloved GSP, Bailey, suddenly on January 30th. Bailey was only 7 years old. You can view Bailey’s memorial page here. We are deeply saddened and will continue to keep Bailey, Annie, and Matt in our thoughts and Prayers. Annie has given Brian and I so much appreciated advice and help with dock diving. We looked forward to seeing Bailey at dock diving events, as she too, was a small GSP like Cello, and so very sweet. Bailey inspired us to buy Cello’s dock diving coat by Trover…and Cello’s Corner would not exist if it wasn’t for us meeting Bailey. Annie’s blog, The Little GSP, inspired me to start this site to share Cello’s Adventures with the world. We were lucky to have met Annie, Matt, and sweet Bailey…and Bailey was fortunate and blessed to have such loving, caring parents.
Our good friends, and parents of one of Cello’s boyfriends and dock diving-bud, Nemo also had an unfortunate incident. Nemo’s dad had fallen and injured himself, and Nemo’s mom travels a lot for work, …so they had asked us to care for Nemo for a short time. Despite Nemo’s dad’s unfortunate event, Nemo and Cello had a blast together. Nemo’s stay made for Cello’s first official sleep over. We had Nemo at our house for about a week, and enjoyed every second of our time with him. Nemo’s dad has since recovered, and Nemo is back home.
The love birds’ sleep-over!
January has also been rough in the weather department. We have had snow-covered ground for pretty much the entire month! It’s currently snowing again – and we are due to get a hefty snow storm again in just a few more days. Temps have been either freezing, or below freezing, and the lake is frozen. Cello has made the best of both the snow, and indoor playtime, but enough is enough! We had only 2 days that were above freezing AND no snow on the ground – so we made sure to get Cello to the dog park on those two days!
Fun in the Snow
The only 2 days we could get to the park when no snow was on the ground!
And sub-zero temps left lots of time to relax indoors…
*You can also view these and other pictures of Cello’s Adventures on her Instagram and Flicker pages.