Last winter was really tough for our pack. With an abundance of snow, and many freezing temperatures, it was difficult to get them outside to exercise. This made for many WILD days inside, as German Shorthaired Pointers need to run, run, and RUN (did I mention run?!). So for Christmas, Brian bought the pups a doggie treadmill to keep them in shape this winter, and to help keep the GSP zoomies at bay.
Our only feline fur-kid, Loki (aka PHATcat), was officially the first family member to attempt get on the treadmill. (Funny, because he could TOTALLY benefit from it!! haha!!)
Hooch watches from afar as Loki sits on “the big scary thing in the bar room .”
In typical Hooch fashion, Hooch hates the treadmill. Yup – scared to death of it. He will stand next to it while it is off, but will not stand on it -or be in the same room with it while it is running. … That’s my Hoochie Man 🙂
Limoncello will do pretty much anything you ask of her. She lives by her Papa’s motto, “Champions are made in the off-season.” 🙂
Lager does EVERYthing you ask of him, and does it like it’s his job… he took to the treadmill quickly, and enjoys it so much, that he will actually go stand on it, waiting for someone to turn it on!
Overall, this Christmas gift has been a lifesaver. On bad weather days, the dogs can still get their exercise in! We have developed a routine with Hooch for “treadmill nights.” Instead of the treadmill, we play ball indoors with the Chuck-It indoor ball.
Brian will throw the ball up over the balcony so that Hooch has to run up the steps to get the ball, and back down. Once Hooch has the ball, he is so proud that he will run down the stairs, jump over the couch, and run through our bar room into the kitchen…so our steps become a doggie stair-master, our couch turns into a hurdle, and our bar and kitchen rooms, a sprinting path. Hooch LOVES it!
This winter we vowed to keep the dogs busy (and tired!) despite whatever Mother Nature presented to us… even though our house may be a bit crazy, we are keeping our word, and the dogs are having a blast!
The pack had a blast! This year, to celebrate our pups making it to the World Championship, we decorated our Christmas tree with the dogs’ ribbons and medals from special events throughout the 2015 season.
…And the stockings were hung by the chimney with care..
The Liver Killers must have been really good this year, because Santa Paws left lots of toys!
Rescue mission #2… 4 dogs in Kentucky in awful situations…
This past Saturday Brian and I took another road trip to pick up one of 4 German Shorthaired Pointers found abandoned in Kentucky.
The first, and eldest, “Eve” (Christmas Eve). Eve was found wandering, and thought to be a discarded puppy-mill dog. It was very obvious that she had been bred over and over again. Another volunteer from the GSP Rescue of NJ, Ally, kindly adopted this loving senior (assumed to be about 9 years old).
“The Three Reindeer”, “Prancer, Vixen, and Blitzen” , are three 1 year old litter mates, also abandoned in Kentucky. They were transported as well. Prancer and Vixen were picked up and being fostered by two other rescue volunteers, and we picked up Blitzen to foster.
Prancer has already been matched up with an approved adopter, has been renamed Belle, and will be moving into her new forever home!
Vixen is at her foster home and awaiting a forever home.
Blitzen (now referred to as Whiskey) came home with us, and will stay with us until tomorrow morning, when I will drive him to another volunteer’s home to be fostered closer to where the approved potential adopters they have for him reside. This will make it easier for meet-and-greets to be sure that Whiskey is matched up with the right family.
Whiskey has been such a joy to foster these few days. Despite his past, he is an affectionate boy who enjoys to give and receive love! He is just adorable!
Here are the “Three Reindeer” at our pick-up spot:
Here is Whiskey:
Both Vixen and Whiskey need some basic training, but are two beautiful and affectionate German Shorthaired Pointers. They are now in their foster homes, and up for adoption through the GSP Rescue of NJ. Pray that these wonderful dogs find their forever homes quickly!!
Thinking of a GSP? 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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
A GSP rescue will help match you up with the perfect GSP for your family!
UPDATE: ALL DOGS IN THIS POST HAVE BEEN ADOPTED!! YAY!
3 cups organic garbanzo bean flour (plus more – see note)
1/2 cup nonfat powdered milk
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 cup organic beef stock/broth, chicken stock, or vegetable stock (see note)
2 large organic, free range eggs
2 tsp red, all natural food coloring (see tips)
1/2 tsp peppermint extract
1 large organic, free range egg, whites only (for an egg wash)
Whisk together the flour, powdered milk and baking powder.
Pour beef stock in small bowl, and whisk the eggs into stock.
Form a well in the dry ingredients, pour in the wet ingredients.
Stir until thoroughly combined.
Knead the dough for about two minutes.
Add more flour until the dough is no longer sticky (dough will be VERY sticky and hard to work with. Keep adding flour until dough is reasonable to work with.
Divide the dough in half.
Form a well in one of the halves of dough.
Add the food coloring and peppermint flavoring to the one half of dough.
Wearing food safe gloves, knead the coloring and flavoring throughout the dough.
Cool the dough in the freezer for 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 350° F
Scoop a tablespoon of each half of dough into tablespoon-sized balls.
Gently roll each ball into a “worm” shape, letting the dough rest when needed. Each strip should be about 5 inches long.
Spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
Twist one plain strip with a red strip, and curl the end to shape a candy cane.
Place on the baking sheet.
Whisk the extra egg (whites only) in a small bowl.
Using a pastry brush, thoroughly coat each candy cane with the egg wash.
Bake for 10-15 minutes. (let cool in oven for crunchier treat)
Cool completely on a wire rack.
Garbanzo bean flour: Although a great alternative to grain-based flour, this flour is SUPER sticky and can be difficult to work with. Keep adding flour until dough is at a consistency you are comfortable working with. Allowing the dough to cool in freezer will help with handling this sticky dough.
Broth/Stock: No matter which stock you choose (Chicken, Beef, or Vegetable), be sure to check that it does NOT contain any form of onion, or onion powder
Food Coloring: rather than use artificial coloring, I chose an all-natural vegetable base coloring made from beet juice (India Tree brand vegetable colorants). Beet powder is also another great alternative to artificial coloring.
Yield: will depend on how long/thick you make each “worm” when you are twisting the candy canes. My batch made 15 candy canes.
Storing: Remember, these treats do not have any preservatives, so they will need to be refrigerated, or frozen for use at a later time. These canine candy canes will keep fresh for approximately two weeks in the refrigerator, or for about 6 months in the freezer.