Saturday, December 31, 2011

Perfect Way to Ring Out the Old....

Clucking along and ringing out the old. I just love these chicks!

Friday, December 30, 2011

Sabina's Recipe

Here's Sabina's recipe from Vetstreet. Sounds yummy!

Today's treat was provided by Sabina Louise Pierce, co-author and photographer behind The Culinary Canine. "Since it's just me and my two Fox Terriers, Maddie and Izzie, I bake a batch of mini muffins for them and muffin tops for me," she says. "I love when I can make food that we can all share — and so do they."

Sometimes Louise Pierce doubles the recipe, so she can also treat her rescue horse, Toby. "She really likes them, and they are good for her, too," the photographer says. "You can substitute cinnamon for the cardamom, but we like the taste of cardamom because it's a little different."

Apple-Cardamom Oatmeal Muffins

1½ cups organic whole-wheat flour
½ cup rolled oats
1/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/3 cup sugar (do not substitute artificial sweeteners, especially those containing xylitol)
Cardamom to taste
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup milk or water
1/2 cup canola oil
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
1½-2 cups chopped organic apples (make sure there are no apple seeds, stems or leaves included)

1. Preheat oven to 400° and grease a muffin pan.

2. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, oats, sugar, cardamom, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, stir together the milk/water, eggs, oil and vanilla until blended. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the wet ingredients, stirring just to combine. Then stir in the apple.

3. Spoon batter into the prepared muffin cups and bake 15-20 minutes.

4. Allow muffins to cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes before removing them from the pan to continue cooling. (Muffins can be frozen.)

Note: Keep in mind that if you feed your pet anything that strays from his regular diet — especially in large quantities — it may cause gastrointestinal upset, such as vomiting and diarrhea. If your pet has a pre-existing medical condition or if he's on a hypoallergenic diet, you should not feed him any treats or new foods until you have discussed it with your veterinarian.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

World Dog Population

Dog Population Management from FAOcast on Vimeo.

I know the video above is a bit long, but the topic of controlling dog population for public health is a world wide concern, especially in developing countries. My former Penn advisor, Dr. James Serpell recently participated in a world wide meeting of multi-disciplinary experts to discuss this issue and formulate a plan for different cultures, and I found this video fascinating.

Certainly the topic remains relevant in the US where overcrowded shelters bear witness to all sorts of diseases that have the potential to impact public health.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The True Life Inspiration for War Horse, the Story

This is a link to the author of War Horse, Michael Morpugo, speaking at the Telegraph Wordup! Festival about how he found the inspiration to write the story from the point of view of the horse. It is a mesmerizing tale that illustrates what he feels is a natural connection that children have with animals. Morpugo is a former primary school teacher and his empathy with both children and animals comes through in this great clip.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Unconditional Love

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"There was not a single soldier who did not cry when they saw their dog." Watch this great video and see why.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Lenny Wins!

A nice holiday gift for Fans of Barbaro and his brother. Lentenor charged down the stretch and WON at Tampa Bay Downs setting a new turf record! He really looked spectacular making his move at the top of the stretch and rumor has it he will stay on the turf for the foresable future.

l would guess that the object is to get some stakes wins under his belt before the Jacksons breed him. And I would also guess that as long as he stays healthy they are not in a rush to do so.

But let's hope this trend for the bothers continues!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Bo is Everywhere!

For your Christmas viewing pleasure, here are some of the White House Christmas decorations featuring buttons and bows, which, as you will see, are used to create a family of first dogs! How adorable!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

'Twas the Night Before...

May you and yours get everything you wished for including The Culinary Canine!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Reindeer Given Clean Bill of Health

In case you were worried, Santa's reindeer have been cleared for their long night of work, according to Dr. Rene Carlson, president of the American Veterinary Association! Check out her report!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Lentenor Runs on Friday

Lenny is entered in Race 7 at Tampa Bay Downs on Friday. The race is an Allowance optional claiming race (he is not entered to be claim), and at first glance, Lenny is clearly the class of the field. He needs win under his belt so let's hope the Jackson's luck, which helped Margano break his maiden, holds for Lenny!
Tampa Bay Downs - December 23, 2011

Race 7 - 3:12 PM Daily Double / Exacta / Trifecta ($.50 minimum) / Superfecta ($.10 minimum) Pick 4 ($.50 minimum) (Races 7-8-9-10)


Purse $21,400. (Includes $4,000 – FOA - Florida Owners Awards). For Three Year Olds And Upward Which Have Never Won Two Races Other Than Maiden, Claiming, Or Starter Or Which Have Never Won Three Races Or Optional Claiming Price Of $32,000. Three Year Olds, 120 Lbs.; Older, 122 Lbs. Non-winners Of A Race Since November 23 Allowed 2 Lbs. A Race Since October 23 Allowed 4 Lbs. Claiming Price $32,000 (Races where entered for $25,000 or less not considered in weight allowances) (Condition Eligibility). . One And One Sixteenth Miles. (Turf) (Rail at 22 Feet)
P# PP Horse A/S Med Claim $ Jockey Wgt Trainer M/L
1 1 Presumptive (FL) 4/G $0 A Serpa 118 R S Lerman 20/1
2 2 Cat Park (PA) 4/G L $32,000 P Morales 118 J Cibelli 8/1
3 3 Red All Over (KY) 3/G L $0 M Guidry 118 W M Catalano 12/1
4 4 Lentenor (KY) 4/C L $0 L Garcia 118 L Delacour 7/2
5 5 Bridging (KY) 5/G L $0 R D Allen, Jr. 118 W R Helmbrecht 20/1
6 6 Feels All Right (IRE) 5/H L $32,000 I J Rosendo 118 Y Belsoeur 6/1
7 7 Riversrunrylee (FL) 7/G L $32,000 L A Gonzalez 118 J Camilo 5/1
8 8 Beckham Bend (FL) 6/H L $0 R B Homeister, Jr. 118 J K Chapman 5/2
9 9 Striking Hight (IL) 4/G L $32,000 H Villa-Gomez 118 D H Hinsley 20/1
10 10 Blazen (FL) 5/G L $32,000 L R Goncalves 118 A Pecoraro 6/1
Also Eligibles:
11 11 Terriffico (PA) 6/H L $32,000 W Martinez 118 A J Exposito 12/1
12 12 Arrow's Conquest (ON) 4/G L $32,000 L R Goncalves 118 T Zwiesler 8/1
13 13 The Best Glacier (FL) 3/G L $0 R B Homeister, Jr. 116 A Sano 12/1
14 14 Royal Hill (FL) 4/C L $0 R Feliciano 120 C Rountree 20/1

Owners: 1 - Lambholm Stable; 2 - Richard Abrams; 3 - Russell L. Reineman Stable, Inc.; 4 - Lael Stables; 5 - Lynda G. Lail; 6 - Bruno Schickedanz; 7 - L and D Farm; 8 - Mansour Albaroudy; 9 - Russel C. Lawson and Robert Richards, Jr.; 10 - Roman Hill Farm LLC; 11 - City Whisper Stables; 12 - Sam-Son Farms; 13 - Platinum Equestrian Corporation; 14 - Seven Gables

Breeders: 1 - Roy S. Lerman; 2 - George Strawbridge Jr.; 3 - Russell L. Reineman Stables Inc.; 4 - Mr. & Mrs. M. Roy Jackson; 5 - Lynda G. Lail; 6 - J. Mulligan; 7 - L & D Farms, Inc. & Anise Pendleton; 8 - Needmore Thoroughbreds, Inc.; 9 - Team Block; 10 - Thomas L. Croley; 11 - Michael W. Jester; 12 - Sam-Son Farm; 13 - Ric Deg Farm; 14 - Cathy Rountree

Equipment Changes: 6 - Feels All Right (IRE) - Blinkers On

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

War Horse--Spielberg Version

You know I saw the stage version of this amazing story and found it to be magical, mystical and absolutely inspiring. I think that it will be hard to top that and the previous movie trailers that I had seen for the Spielberg version seemed hokey. This one however, seems pretty true to the story and I will probably see it. Be forewarned--it is an emotional story. And that is all I am going to say.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Canine Nutcracker

The Pawstive Therapy Troupe in Western Chicago staged the canine version of the Nutcracker for the second year in a row to sold out performances. Watch this and you will see why!

Monday, December 19, 2011

The Equine Movie Star in War Horse

This is an image from the movie War Horse that opens christmas Day. While I truly do not believe that anything can compare to the stage version, which was magical and mystical, the movie does seem to do the story justice, from what I have seen. But there is actually an even bigger story about War Horse, as the Daily Mail reports. The horse that plays Joey, the main character in the movie (if you consider a horse to be a main character) is actually the same horse who played Seabiscuit and appeared in the Legend of Zorro, among other notable films.

What is even more amazing is that this horse named Finder is a retired racehorse, who never made much of a career on the track. Bu he hit it big in the movies and has been adopted and trained by a real life horse whisperer, Bobby Lovgrem who comes from South Africa. The rear up on hind legs in the photo above is one of Finder's trademark moves, all of which are done with sometimes just a nod from his trainer.

Finder endured makeup sessions to make him look undernourished (dark shading) and was covered in shaving cream to make his look war ravaged and bedraggled. He endured it all like the pro he is and the American Humane Society supervised the entire production, on which all animals were treated just as well as their human counterparts.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

A Visit to The Pet Village of Wayne

Our local news station put together a great holiday gift guide that includes The Culinary Canine! Check out the video about 2 minutes and 40 seconds in (the second segment) and see their visit to The Bark Avenue Boutique!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Dog in Manger

I was in New York a week ago to tape the Sirius radio program and made the usual holiday stops at Rockefeller Center to see the tree and the ice skaters. I didn't get a chance to stop in St. Patrick's Cathedral, but if I had I would have seen the nativity scene shown above, featuring a recent addition, the Golden Retriever.

"Didn't the shepherds have dogs to help herd sheep?" Msgr. Robert Ritchie, rector of St. Patrick's Cathedral told the New York Daily News. Ritchie was in Rome last January and visited two churches where they had dogs in their anger scenes.

So Ritchie, a dog lover, decided to install one in the venerable New York City Cathedral. It seems to have made a favorable impression with visitors, but don't look for a cat to be added anytime soon. Ritchie is a devoted dog person!

Friday, December 16, 2011

War Dogs

I heard Susan Orlean interviewed last week on the NPR. She was talking about her new book, Rin Tin tin, and while I am not currently in the business of promoting other people's books (!), I will tell you that I am going to order hers because it sounds fascinating and I think I should have it in my library. Think of it as a Seabiscuit for dog lovers--she spent eight years researching Rin Tin Tin and in the process uncovered some fascinating facts about dogs that caught me by surprise.

For starters, I did not realize that Rin Tin Tin was literally born on a World War I battlefield or for that matter, that dogs were used so intensively during World War I. Horses, I knew because of War Horse, but dogs...I confess my ignorance. In addition, she mentions that during World War II, when America decided to start a canine corps, people literally sent their own dogs to war, to form the first US Canine Corps. They wrote their dogs letters, sent them Christmas cards and often never heard or saw them again once they "enlisted" them in the war effort.

Today, of course, the military trains its own canine corps--as we saw in the Osama Bin Laden raid--and they continue to serve in active duty. On the heels of this comes a story in a recent New York Times about the toll that war takes on these devoted companions. Dogs, just like people, can develop post traumatic stress disorder. In fact, according to the piece, more than 5 percent of the approximately 650 military dogs deployed in combat, do develop symptoms of this disorder and are retired.

There are some questions about treatment--which often amounts to R & R, and sometimes medication--as well as to whether or not these dogs ever truly "get over" their experiences. According to Dr. Nicholas H. Dodman, director of the animal behavior clinic at the cummings School of Vet Medicien at Tufts, "It is more management. Dogs never forget."

We should never forget them.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

A Fish Story That's Hard to Top!

Too good not to pass on!

Some fishing stories are a little hard to believe, But this guy has pictures to prove his story... Tom Satre told the Sitka Gazette that he was out with a charter group on his 62-foot fishing vessel when four juvenile black-tailed deer swam directly toward his boat. "Once the deer reached the boat, the four began to circle the boat, looking directly at us. We could tell right away that the young bucks were distressed. I opened up my back gate and we helped the typically skittish and absolutely wild animals onto the boat. In all my years fishing, I've never seen anything quite like it! “Once on-board, they collapsed with exhaustion, shivering. We headed for Taku Harbour. Once we reached the dock, the first buck that we had been pulled from the water hopped onto the dock, looked back as if to say 'thank you' and disappeared into the forest.” After a bit of prodding and assistance, two more followed, but the smallest deer needed a little more help (that’s him in the wheelbarrow). My daughter, Anna, and son, Tim, helped the last buck to its feet. We didn't know how long they had been in the icy waters or if there had been others who did not survive. My daughter later told me that the experience was something that she would never forget, and I suspect the deer felt the same way as well!"
By: Second Chance Ranch (Elma, WA)

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

A Good Listener

Bo Obama accompanied the First Lady to the Children's National Medical Center on Wednesday and sat patiently at her feet while she read them The Night Before Christmas. Bo, who was decked out in a jaunty red collar for the occasion, was then petted and admired by the kids.

No word yet on whether or not he is getting a gift under the tree from his owners!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

National Day of the Horse

Happy National Day of the Horse! Didn't know that it was? Well in 2004, Congress recognized the first of these days with the following resolution:

Whereas the horse is a living link to the history of the United States;

Whereas, without horses, the economy, history, and character of the United States would be profoundly different;

Whereas horses continue to permeate the society of the United States, as witnessed on movie screens, on open land, and in our own backyards;

Whereas horses are a vital part of the collective experience of the United States and deserve protection and compassion;

Whereas, because of increasing pressure from modern society, wild and domestic horses rely on humans for adequate food, water, and shelter; and

Whereas the Congressional Horse Caucus estimates that the horse industry contributes well over $100,000,000,000 each year to the economy of the United States: Now, therefore, be it Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That Congress--

(1) encourages all citizens to be mindful of the contribution of horses to the economy, history, and character of the United States;

(2) expresses its sense that a National Day of the Horse should be established in recognition of the importance of horses to the Nation's security, economy, recreation, and heritage; and

(3) urges the President to issue a proclamation calling on the people of the United States and interested organizations to observe National Day of the Horse with appropriate programs and activities.

So be sure to thank a horse for their contributions to our world!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Holiday Gifts

The countdown to Christmas has started and here is some interesting news from our local WPVI television station:

Man's best friend is apparently becoming a bigger part of the family. Eight in 10 pet owners say they are going to get their four legged friends Christmas presents. One quarter say they will spend $50 bucks, according to a survey by Pet Plan, which sells pet insurance. Get this: 71% say they sign their pet's name in the family greeting card. A majority even have a special stocking for their pet.

What about you? Planning to give your pooch a holiday treat? Of course, you know my number one pick would be The Culinary Canine, the gift that keeps on giving as you prepare thirty different recipes to share with your best friend--yes, most of the recipes are people and pet friendly. It might not fit in the stocking but it sure would look nice under the tree!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Magano Breaks Maiden


This is a link to Margano's very impressive race yesterday in which he broke his maiden in a TOUGH field, coming from behind and making an impressive stretch drive. In fact, he opened up in the stretch with those long strides very reminiscent of you know who.

What is even better about this accomplishment is that he broke his maiden as a two year old which sets him up nicely for a three year old campaign. Look for him to run back in an allowance race at Gulfstream in about five weeks.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Disturbing News

Some very disturbing news indeed. According to Bloodhorse, on November 18, President Obama quietly signed into a law a bill that restores funding for the inspection of horse meat for human consumption. Although it is not certain, it is believed that this bill could end the moratorium on horse slaughter in the United States. Five years ago, the federal funding for inspection was eliminated and horse slaughter ceased.

The recent legislation is tied to a report from the General Accountability Office that concluded that the ban on horse slaughter has led to more cases of horse abuse.

According to the report: "Comprehensive, national data are lacking, but state, local government and animal welfare organizations report a rise in investigations for horse neglect and more abandoned horses since 2007. These changes have strained resources, according to state data and officials that GAO interviewed. State, local, tribal, and horse industry officially generally attributed these increase in neglect and abandonments to cessation of domestic slaughter and the economic downturn."

Lest you wonder about the powerful pro-slaughter lobby, wonder no more. In a report that states "comprehensive, national data is lacking," these hired guns have managed to enact a law based on conjecture.

Time to call your congressperson and protest.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Now This is a Useful Dog!!!

Please, please can someone teach one of my dogs just one of these tricks??!!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

And They're Off!

No word on when (or if) this film is going to be released but it actually looks cute. On one level it may just be what racing needs--to laugh at itself.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Grateful Kitty

This kitten truly had something to be thankful for! Pulled from an electrical pipe, it was eventually adopted on Thanksgiving Day by one of the firefighters that saved her!

Monday, December 5, 2011

On the Air

In case you missed it, Sabina and I were interviewed on the Focus Group radio show on Sirius radio. It was a wonderful experience and a great interview, which I, hope you will be able to hear if you click on this link.

If not, you can go to the Focus Group radio show and download the replay after registering. It is worth the effort, if I do say so myself!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Deer Hunting at Sea

A great story. No word on whether or not there were any deer ticks involved in this wonderful save but it did change the father's mind about deer hunting. I wonder how that fawn got that far from shore to begin with?

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Pumpkin Treats

Our friends at Vetstreet are posting a series of recipes from The Culinary Canine starting with yours truly! I actually contributed Roberta Deen's recipe for pumpkin paw treats, which is actually great for canine tummies! For those of you feeling adventurous, the recipe is below. For those feeling less adventurous, you can substitute canned pumpkin for the real one and forego the seeds.

Paw Print Pumpkin Biscuits
1 cup plain, canned pumpkin puree
1 cup peeled, 1/4-inch diced and lightly blanched fresh pumpkin
1/2 cup roasted pumpkin seeds, coarsely chopped
1 cup quick-cooking oats
2 cups whole-wheat flour
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup molasses
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup canola oil

1. Preheat oven to 325°.

2. Mix ingredients in a large bowl, while slowly adding water to achieve a chocolate chip cookie-like consistency.

3. Drop teaspoonfuls (for petite puppies) or tablespoonfuls (for big guys) of dough onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet, about 2 inches apart. Using a fork, flatten the dough into rounds and make a crosshatch pattern on the surface.

4. Bake 10 minutes. Rotate the cookie sheet and bake another 5-10 minutes (less time is needed for the teaspoon drops), until the cookies are golden and firm.

5. Turn the oven off, open the door and allow the treats to cool completely.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Chicago Chefs Whip Up Culinary Creations!

While Harry was wowing Martha, two of our Chicago chefs were whipping up their own culinary canine creations on WGN-TV Lunchbreak! Click here to catch their appearance and here to find their recipes on The Culinary Canine blog!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Sam's Birthday Cupcakes

Sunday was Sam's birthday (he turned 4!) and in his honor I prepared his favorite birthday cupcakes! Since today is the Martha Stewart Show airing--10:00 AM EST on the Hallmark Channel--on which Chef Harry is going to make a delightful dish for his dog Blitz (it's in the cookbook!), I thought I would share the recipe for Sam's Birthday Cupcakes with you.

1 lb. ground turkey
2 eggs or the equivalent in Egg Beaters
about 2 cups uncooked Quaker Oats

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Grease a muffin or cupcake pan. I use Pam to spray the sections
Combine raw turkey, eggs and oatmeal until it is a consistency that holds together when formed. You may have to use more or less oatmeal.
Press the turkey mixture into the cupcake tins almost all the way to the top. This doesn't rise so you don't have to worry about it cooking over.
Cook in the oven for about 30-40 minutes until browned and when a toothpick inserted in the center of each cupcake comes out clean. You want to make sure they're cooked through.
Allow to cool and serve to the birthday pup and his/her friends!

And if any of you are in the vicinity of the Penn campus tonight, Chef Eileen Watkin is doing a cooking demo at the Inn at Penn, complete with doggie bags. We will be signing books so stop by!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Chef Harry Wows Martha!

This is Chef Harry, his wonderful wife Laurie and their fabulous dog, Blitz all of whom wowed Martha Stewart on her show! Be sure to watch tomorrow, Dec. 1 at 10:00 AM, EST on The Hallmark Channel and see if you agree that their appearance was a very good thing indeed!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

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Click on the above link and you will see some behind the scenes footage of The Martha Stewart Wild Animal Show--a recent episode. While The Culinary Canine was not part of the Noah's Ark that invaded Martha's television studio, it was featured on the Pet Show, which airs December 1 on the Hallmark Channel at 10:00 AM on the East Coast. That is in two days--plenty of time for you to check your cable guide and set your DVR.

And yes, every member of the audience went home with a book!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Poetry in Motion

This is truly amazing. The music is haunting and the bird formations look like art.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Dog and Horse Play Together

Truly remarkable. A dog named Lucy runs circles around and with her best friend a quarter horse named Whiskey Brown. Watch to the end and see Lucy take a dip in the water trough!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Geese on Parade

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade may have come and gone, but these geese are marching to their own drummer!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Comparative Oncology Lung Cancer Breakthrough

A subject near and dear to my heart--comparative oncology--is now providing breakthroughs in lung cancer treatment, thanks to research being done at Penn Vet and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Watch and learn!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

National Dog Show

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Before the turkey, catch some of the National Dog Show on NBC. Here's host John O'Hurley hoping to get his dog into the show. About as much success as my crew would have!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Too Close for Comfort

This humpback whale certainly gives this surfer and kayaker pause. The whale surfaced while feeding, gulping large amounts of food and water. What has happened, according to officials is that the whale's food has moved closer to shore causing these close encounters.

This is amazing footage which gives new meaning to "Thar She Blows!"

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Officer To the Rescue

Here's a great video. This officer in Tempe Arizona rescues a little Yorkie who escaped unharmed from an overturned car and was running for his life on the busy freeway. Happy ending for all and kudos to that officer!

Monday, November 21, 2011

The Real Dogs of New York Approve!

A nice piece in Sunday's New York Post in which the intrepid reporter Amanda Kelly, tested three recipes from The Culinary Canine on three "real dogs of new York!" The results were all good.

Sammy, above, lapped up Eli Zabar's Bread Soup, Cosme Anguilar's Organic Chicken Soup and Anita Lo's Bluefish, Yams, Peas and Bacon.

You can read all about it here!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Baby Elephant Walk!

Now you know why that song is called Baby Elephant Walk--it sounds just like this adorable guy's first tentative steps. And how cute is it that he steps on his trunk!!!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Dog Stops Temper Tantrum

Oh yes, you families with young children, you do need a dog! Watch and see why!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Penguin Patrol

I just love this--reminds me of Amos steeling Sam's stash of hoarded bones--when he wasn't looking. Keep your friends close and your enemies closer!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Baltimore Athletes Show Softer Side

Gotta love this story from the Baltimore. Local athletes in the Charm City are making the point known that only a punk would hurt a dog. The general idea is that tough, strong athletes are not afraid to show their softer side, especially when it comes to protecting animals.

"I think if kids see these very macho guys in these photographs, it will perhaps change their thinkings," says Caroline Griffin, who leads Baltimore's Anti-Animal Cruelty Commission. "Hurting an animal is not a rite of passage to show your manhood."

The brainchild behind this wonderful campaign is advertising executive Sande Riesett, who is tired of hearing about abused animals. "I want to get enough people together to say this is not tolerated," she says. "And whatever resources we have to put against it, we put against it."

Hmmmm..maybe that campaign should spill over to Philadelphia, just up route 95 a bit. I know a particular quarterback who should be a poster child for this message.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

On or Off the Leash?

So I am back after a whirlwind three city four day book launch extravaganza and discovered, upon my return, that my dog walker fell while walking two of my dogs and broke her ankle! It seems that Sam, the largest Golden Retriever known to mankind, was pulling her very hard and started barking at some dogs in a neighbor's driveway. She did not see a pothole in the street that was covered with leaves and she fell and twisted her ankle, which turned out to be a hairline fracture.

She is fine--never mind that I told her Sam was a handful and that she should take him to the park and let him walk off leash as I do--and I am lucky that she said it was all her fault, but the point here is that most dogs, who might be excitable around other dogs, are much better off the leash than on. Which is what I told her in the first place, but I already told you that.

It turns out that I am right not only with regard to my dog but with regard to other dogs. A recent study, soon to be published in the journal Applied Animal Behavior Science, has demonstrated that leashed dogs were twice as like to act aggressively as off-leash dogs. This is based on nearly 2,000 dog-to-dog interactions in 30 popular dog walking areas in the city of Brno in the Czech Republic.

Lisa Peterson, spokesperson for the American Kennel Club, agreed with the findings. Most dogs, she points out, like to run around each other when they first meet. "They can't do this run-around behavior when on a leash and they likely feel more threatened." she explained. "They are also more inclined to resource guard, with the owner being the resource. It's as though they re communicating, 'He is my owner. I don't want you to have him because he feeds and cares for me.'"

While it is true that Sam has a few dogs at the park that seem to get his nose out of joint, we have learned to avoid them or at least walk quickly past and he will stay put, off leash, if I see them coming in the other direction, until I tell him it is OK to go. If I have him on the leash, all he does is bark and pull me. I end up dropping the leash if he happens to be leashed in these instances and he just stands there.

The only way I can walk Sam on a leash is by himself (she had Amos with him and the two just rile each other up) or let him run off leash in the park, which I can do with everybody in tow.

All of which the dog walker knows, but sometimes people can be as stubborn as those leashed dogs.


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Banter with Friends

A new campaign launched by the American Pet Products Association to suggest that everyone deserves a friend. Banter is better with a buddy is too adorable! See for yourself in the video above.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Might Macs

I kno the topic is basketball and it really has nothing to do with animals but sometimes stories just have to be shared. Immaculata College is down the road a bit and Cathy Rush, the coach in the film is pretty much a local hero. Plus the director is a Penn alum who played for their football team. A lot of local kids make good.

Looks like a great film and a fun night out for a team in case any of you coach on the side!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Book Tour Recap

What a coincidence! Martha Stewart is on the same California book tour as Sabina and I are! She started in LA, however, which is where I am headed today, and then hit San Francisco, which is where I was Friday and Saturday. Our paths crossed mid air....

So here's how it is being on a book tour: exhausting but exhilarating. Things started in Chicago, without me, as it turns out, since my flight was canceled and then delayed due to fog in Philly. I spent the entire day at the airport on Thursday--from 10:00 in the morning until I got on a plane at 6:50 that evening--dragging my luggage back and forth from airline to airline, as plane after plane was canceled, delayed due to mechanical failure, and then delayed. I ultimately got on a 6:50 PM Southwest flight, standby and made it to Chicago at 8:00 pm CST, which was just as the event was winding down. By the time I got to the hotel, it was 9:00 PM and all that was left was a copy of The Culinary Canine on the front desk, which almost made it worthwhile!

The good news is that the turnout was good, everyone who came had a fabulous time and the chefs turned out in full force. Kimpton's Hotel Monaco, by the way is a fabulous hotel the next time you are in Chicago.

Up bright and early the next day to catch a 8:35 flight to San Francisco, which was remarkably on time. I did land in San Fran a little late due to weather--it was raining--but made it to the event in plenty of time. Sabina, however, was still on her flight and never got to the event since she landed two hours late.

The San Francisco event was held in the Noe Vally Pet Supply store, which is connected to Omnivore Books, a great shop that only sells cookbooks. We got a good crowd, lots of dogs, great food provided by Chef Tanya and Boulettes Larder and wine supplied by Vinum Cellars. It was a fun event, despite the steady downpour.

Saturday I spent with dear friends in San Francisco and we visited Chef Schwertner at Boulettes Larder in the Ferry Terminal Building and had a fabulous meal at Frances, owned by Chef Melissa Perello.

Off to LA Sunday AM for an event that afternoon at Upper West, for which I taped a radio interview the day before I left. My sister, who lives in Pacific Palisades, actually heard it on the air on Friday!

A whirlwind--even Martha admits it can be grueling--but fun, and great to see different parts of the country. I have never seen so many dogs as I did in San Francisco!

I'll be home late Monday to my own hounds, who I understand have missed me. I missed them too but have been delighted to take the show on the road.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Humane Society in Philadelphia

A few weeks ago the National Humane Society sponsored a free rabies vaccination program in the Huntington Park neighborhood of North Philadelphia and hundreds turned up! Also available were free spay/neuter vouchers, dog treats and some good old fashioned interaction with other pet owners.

From the looks of it, the event was a huge success! Kudos to the National Humane society for their leadership in bringing affordable veterinary care to the people who need it, making life better for people and pets.

Friday, November 11, 2011

A Subject Near and Dear

Sabina will be the first one to tell you it is harder than it looks, as Betty White finds out in this cute video.
Shouldn't deter you however, from entering your dog in the cover contest and help put an end to canine cancer.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Chug a Lug Pug?

Not sure if this off beat accomplishment is worthy of a world record, but Bowser Beer has earned it as the first beer for dogs by World Record Academy. The product has no alcohol, no hops, no carbonation, comes in chicken and beef flavors and seems to be a favorite of the pooches in this video.

In fact, a lot of the recipes in The Culinary Canine might go perfectly with a doggie brew!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Uncle Mos Retired

While we will never know if his disappointing showing in the Breeder's Cup Classic was due to the elevated liver enzyme, or the elevated liver enzyme was due to running in the Breeder's Cup Classic, this elevated enzyme is the reason that Uncle Mo is being retired from racing, according to Bloodhorse.

"It was really bad in March and April," said Mike Repole, his owner. "What he has now is just a high GGT. We knew this could be brought on by stress, such as running and racing."

Uncle Mo will stand at Ashford Stud and no stud fees have been announced. The bigger question, in my opinion, is why would you want to pass on this liver enzyme condition, assuming it is gene related? Maybe they should figure that out before they breed more Uncle Mo's.

Chicago Launch

Going to be in Chicago November 10th?
Stop by the Hotel Monaco from 6-8 for a tasty evening featuring the four Chicago chefs in The Culinary Canine!

A $10 donation at the door supports the Anti-Cruelty Society and gets you free food and wine!

Buy a book, have us sign it and don't forget to bring yur dogs!!

Hope to see you there!

Monday, November 7, 2011


And yet another film in development. This one is about three generations of female athletes who become jockeys. Quite a good premise--it's hard to believe that women have been jockeys long enough for there to be three generations.

Kickstarter is a great site that helps promising film makers find backers for their projects.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Breeder's Cup Classic 2011

You knew it was going to be that kind of a day. The heavily hyped favorites, from Union Rags in the Juvenile to Goldikova in the Mile Turf, missed the mark. So when it came time for the Classic, I kept looking for a horse no one seemed to be looking at.

To be honest, I looked right past Drosselmeyer. I was concentrating on the New Zealand horse, So You Think, who was coming off the turf and wearing blinkers for the first time. Sentimentally, I wanted Havre de Grace to win one for Rick Porter, even as I thought she was not quite as good as the boys in this instance. And how could you not love the Scooter story? 70 year old trainer with his first Grade 1 winner in Flat Out.

Anyway, Chantal Sutherland, trying to make history as the first female to win the Breeder's cup Classic, almost did that on Game On Dude. She almost took that horse, who broke out of the gate like a jack rabbit, wire to wire.

But there, in the middle of the track, about half way down the stretch, came somebody thundering on the outside. Even as as I asked "who's on the outside?" I knew that horse would win. But not until he crossed the wire did I realize it was Drosselmeyer!

Much will be made of the exes, Mike Smith and Chantal, battling it out with Smith winning. And much will be made of Smith getting redemption for losing last year's classic on Zenyatta, but I think the moral of the story just may be that the heavily hyped favorites don't seem to win.

So don't rule out Union Rags in the Derby just yet. It is probably a blessing not to be the favorite and in all honesty, that horse may need blinkers to keep him from lugging out down the stretch. And certainly don't rule out Hansen who beat him by a nostril. It just will probably be won by a horse we have yet to had from!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Not All Heroes are Human

I received the following story in an email and thought it was too good not to pass along. . . And then the analysis followed--be sure to read al the way through

James Crane worked on the 101st floor of Tower 1 of the World Trade Center.
He is blind so he has a golden retriever named Daisy.

After the plane hit 20 stories below, James knew that he was doomed, so
he let Daisy go, out of an act of love. She darted away into the darkened

Choking on the fumes of the jet fuel and the smoke James was just waiting to
die. About 30 minutes later, Daisy comes back along with James' boss, who
Daisy just happened to pick up on floor 112

On her first run of the building, she leads James, James' boss, and about
300 more people out of the doomed building. But she wasn't through yet, she
knew there were others who were trapped. So, highly against James' wishes
she ran back in the building.

On her second run, she saved 392 lives. Again she went back in. During this
run, the building collapses. James hears about this and falls on his knees
into tears.

Against all known odds, Daisy makes it out alive, but this time she is
carried by a firefighter. "She led us right to the people, before she got
injured" the fireman explained.

Her final run saved another 273 lives. She suffered acute smoke inhalation,
severe burns on all four paws, and a broken leg, but she saved 967 lives.
Daisy is the first civilian Canine to win the Medal of Honor of New York

Analysis: Try as I might, I have not been able to locate a single published news story mentioning a World Trade Center survivor named James Crane. And though there were indeed many canine heroes who participated in rescue operations at Ground Zero after the September 11 terrorist attack, there is no golden retriever named Daisy listed among them. In the five years since the twin towers collapsed, no evidence has emerged to corroborate this inspiring but apocryphal tale.
For that matter, the text contains glaring factual inaccuracies. We are told, for example, that Daisy found James Crane's boss on the 112th floor of Tower One. But neither of the WTC towers exceeded 110 stories. An early variant purports to have been "copied from the New York Times, 9-19-01," but no such article appeared in the Times on that or any other date. We are also told that Mayor Rudy Giuliani awarded Daisy a "Canine Medal of Honor of New York," but there is no record of any such medal being given out.

It's ironic that someone felt it necessary to invent such a story when there were at least two real-life examples of guide dogs escorting their blind owners out of the burning twin towers to safety. Roselle, a Labrador retriever, led Michael Hingson down from the 78th floor of the north tower and to the home of a friend several blocks away. Dorado, also a Labrador, guided Omar Rivera down 70 flights of stairs, an ordeal that lasted over an hour but ended with both man and dog a safe distance from the towers when they collapsed.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Salmonella Warning!

Could there ever be a more perfect time to publish a book with recipes for dogs? Not when the FDA warns against humans contracting salmonella from handling pet food!!

Here's what you need to know; wash your hands well after touching your dog's food and wash their dog dishes well with warm soapy water.

Here's what else you need to know: no dogs contracted salmonella from the food--only people!!

And yes, we do give our dogs dog food--there are things in it that dogs do need--augmented by people food, so be sure to keep hands and dishes and surfaces where dog food might touch your kitchen, clean.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

La Russa, the Clydesdale

Talk about the ultimate honor! Budweiser has named a Clydesdale after Tony La Russa, manager of the World Series Champion St. Louis Cardinals. That's him on the left. La Russa rode on top of the Budweiser beer wagon in the parade last Sunday.

Tony La Russa, the person, also recently announced his retirement from managing. Chances are that he will be spending even more time at The Animal Rescue Foundation. Maybe he'll even stop by our launch in San Francisco on Nov. 11 since it benefits his Foundation!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Breeders Cup is Coming!

ESPN and ABC-TV are going to televise more than nine hours of LIVE Breeder's Cup Coverage over the two days of the event, November 4-5. If you can't be at Churchill Downs, at least you can check out all the action on TV!

On Friday, the first day of the event, coverage will begin at 4 on ESPN 2 and ESPN 3 concluding with the Breeeders Cup Ladies' Classic at 7:30 PM.

And then on Saturday coverage will begin at 2 PM on ABC and continue on ESPN and ESPN 3 from 3:30-7:15. Post time for the Classic will be 7:00 PM.

Let's hope for a beautiful day and lots of great racing with safe trips for all.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Field Trip

People are always asking me where they can buy The Culinary Canine so today I decided to take a little field trip and see for myself. I started at Target, because the book is up on their web site. Perhaps it is in the Target near you, but no Culinary Canine is in the Target near me. By the way, I wasn't too impressed with their book section which seemed very small.

The next stop was Pet Smart, which I know carries other Kennel Club Books, published by my publisher. Sure enough there were lots of Meet the Breed books (all published by Kennel Club) but no Culinary Canine. At least not in the Pet Smart near me.

I was getting a little discouraged but trudged off to Barnes and Noble. I started in the cookbook section--which is huge--and could not find The Culinary Canine. But then I searched through the Pet Section and Bingo!! There it was, not prominently displayed with the cover facing out, but I remedied that situation. Very noticeable and sure to catch someones eye!

So there you have my very non-scientific study. The book is on the shelf in the Pet Section at Barnes & Noble so please go to your local one and turn it so the cover faces out!! And if it is not there, please ask for it!

Monday, October 31, 2011

The Original Chia Pet

My all time favorite Halloween costume for a dog!!! Except of course for Phoebe, who is going as herself because she is so famous these days!

May all your tricks be treats!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Of Snow and Polar Bears

You may have heard that it is snowing here along the Eastern seaboard--a very rare event in these parts, especially before Halloween. In any event, it looks like January out there, actually February, with that heavy, slushy, wet, heavy snow that is pretty miserable. We have about an inch accumulation and the trees still have leaves on them so the limbs are very heavy and breaking off al lover the roads.

All in all, pretty yucky and put me in the mood to watch the live streaming video of the annual polar bear migration through Churchill, Manitoba. Thanks to a grant from the Annenberg Foundatin, the migration is being streamed live at

The problem is so many people logged on to watch the polar bears, the site crashed. So this video is highlights from October 28. You are welcome to try the site but I can't get it to stay up with any reliability. I am told they are working on it!

In the meantime, I am hoping our snow will be a distant memory by the time you read this.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Dog Day Afternoon with Martha

We signed a copy of The Culinary Canine to Martha's dogs, Francesca, Sharkey and G. K. (not shown in this video). Let's just say, the dogs have it right! It's not quite as easy or glamorous as it looks!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Lentenor Entered October 29

There you have it: Lenny is entered on Saturday at Laurel Park in an Allowane (optional claiming) race. A mile and a sixteenth on the turf. Not a great race as I see it but it is probably where he beings and it would be nice for him to get a win and move out of this class of race.

The weather forecast is crummy on Saturday with the possibility of wet snow by evening so let's hope the race goes off as planned and that everyone comes home safely.


Purse $31,000. For Three Year Olds And Upward Which Have Never Won Two Races Other Than Maiden, Claiming Or Starter Or Claiming Price $25,000-$20,000. Three Year Olds, 121 Lbs.; Older, 124 Lbs. Non-winners of a race at a mile or over since August 29 Allowed 2 Lbs. Sucha race since July 29 Allowed 4 Lbs. Claiming Price $25,000, For Each $2,500 To $20,000 2 Lbs. (Races where entered for $18,500 or less not considered in allowances) (Winners Preferred). (If deemed inadvisable by management to run this race on the Turf course, it will be run on the main track at One Mile) . One And One Sixteenth Miles. (Turf) (Rail at 17 Feet)
P# PP Horse Virtual
Stable A/S Med Claim $ Jockey Wgt Trainer M/L
1 1 Cristobal (KY) 7/H LA $20,000 V H Molina 116 J R Cartagena 20/1
2 2 Silver Tie Affair (VA) 5/G L $0 R Monterrey 122 H Elamri 12/1
3 3 Lentenor (KY) 4/C LA $0 L Garcia 122 L Delacour 9/2
4 4 Manchurian High (FL) 3/R LA $0 V Diaz 121 J B Secor 10/1
5 5 Ram (NY) 3/C LA $0 H Vega 117 H M Parker 20/1
6 6 Sky Maggy (KY) 3/G LA $0 J Rose 117 R Jenkins 15/1
7 7 Court Band (MD) 6/G LA $20,000 H Karamanos 116 S H Pradenas 30/1
8 8 Trapezium Star (KY) 3/G LA $0 A Castellano, Jr. 121 G Capuano 4/1
9 9 Lonely Whistle (NY) 5/G L $20,000 F Boyce 116 E Maher 5/1
10 10 Glass Art (KY) 3/C L $0 M G Pino 121 G D Sacco 7/2
11 11 Safety Valve (KY) 5/H LA $20,000 T L Dunkelberger 116 R Jenkins 6/1
12 12 Achilles Quest (PA) 4/C LA $0 F Garcia 124 D R White 20/1

Owners: 1 - Gavin-Ty Racing LLC; 2 - Leslie Osborne & Hassan Elamri; 3 - Lael Stables; 4 - No Palla Stables; 5 - Double K Stable; 6 - Magalen O. Bryant; 7 - Sergio H. Pradenas; 8 - Richard A. Lewis; 9 - TM Racing Stables LLC; 10 - Red Oak Stable; 11 - Hillwood Stable LLC; 12 - Double Deuce Stables LLC

Breeders: 1 - Abbott Properties; 2 - Mr. & Mrs. Samuel H. Rogers Jr.; 3 - Mr. & Mrs. M. Roy Jackson; 4 - Greg Norman; 5 - Sarah S. Farish; 6 - John C. Oxley; 7 - Sondra Bender & Howard M. Bender; 8 - Mr. & Mrs. F. Gill Aulick; 9 - Harry L. Landry; 10 - Glencrest Farm, LLC; 11 - Dearborn Stable, R. Shapiro & WinstarFarm; 12 - Maui Meadow Farm & Peter Anthony Berardi

Early Scratches: Cat Park

Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Martha Stewart Show

Scenes from the Martha Stewart Show taping on Wednesday. It was the Pet Show and featured birds, dogs, cats and our own Chef Harry cooking his recipe from The Culinary Canine! No cameos of Sabina and me in the audience (front row!) but plenty of face time for the book cover--which is all you can ask for!

Martha was doing Pilates in her office when we arrived and there were dogs everywhere. Watch the show on Dec. 1 on The Hallmark Channel and you'll see why!

This is a scene from the dog fashion show featuring Martha made dog outfits!

The first segment was about birds. Some of these flew free and were jumping around the studio. Martha did the segment with a bird on her shoulder!

And here we are: me, Chef Harry, his wife Laurie and Sabina outside after the taping.

You're just going to have to watch on Dec. 1 to see the rest!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Of Martha Stewart and Halloween

Today. October 26, Sabina and I are in New York City to be in the audience for The Martha Stewart Show. Can you guess why? Because Chef Harry Schwartz and Blitz his dog will be featured on the show along with our book. There is also the possibility that, as we were told, Martha might turn the camera on us since she knows you are in the audience and ask a few questions.

We are prepared and excited. The show will air December 1 on the Hallmark Channel.

In honor of all things Martha, I have been following her blog and know that up until today the vibe was pretty much all things Halloween, including lots of plugs for her Halloween special which will air on Monday October 31 on The Hallmark Channel at 10:00 AM and also requests for photos of dogs and people in Halloween costumes.

Which is what the video above is all about. Truly, can you top this for a pet costume, especially on a pint size pet?

More about our adventures to come!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Poof! It's Gone!

This is nothing short of revolutionary-- a new product that transforms dog waste into ash in a minute. As the video demonstrates, you simply put the wand over the pile, press a button to have it scooped up and drawn into the tube, press another button and poof, it disappears.

I wonder if there are extra large sizes for extra large dogs and I wonder how much those vaporizing cartridges cost. Still in all, a brilliant idea that promises to make scooping poop a memory--maybe.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Political Animal

This came via email and was too good not to pass on:

It's just dawned on me!!

My dog sleeps about 20 hours a day.

He has his food prepared for him. He can eat whenever he wants.
His meals are provided at no cost to him.
He visits the Dr. once a year for his checkup, and again during the year if any medical
needs arise.
For this he pays nothing and nothing is required of him.
He lives in a nice neighborhood in a house that is much larger than he needs, but he is
not required to do any upkeep.
If he makes a mess, someone else cleans it up.
He has his choice of luxurious places to sleep.
He receives these accommodations absolutely free.
He is living like a King, and has absolutely no expenses whatsoever.
All of his costs are picked up by others who go out and earn a living every day.
I was just thinking about all this, and suddenly it hit me like a brick ........
I think my dog is a member of Congress!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Check Out Those Ears on Mayonnaise

Dare I say these dogs are jumping for joy because they have seen a copy of the culinary Canine? Well, maybe not. But they do hold a GuinnessWorld Record!

And check out those ears on the one called Mayonnaise!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

News About Exotic Animal Situation in Ohio

I think it is indeed tragic that so many animals were killed in this terrible tragedy but I think it is even worse that exotic animals were kept in this situation. Make your own assumptions.

Friday, October 21, 2011

More Reviews

The great press keeps on coming.
Here is a link to a nice blog that also has links to previous articles about us!

The book will be featured on the Martha Stewart Show on December 1. We are taping next week.

Perfect timing for holiday giving. Have you ordered yours yet?

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Of Phillies, Pugs and ARF

Tonight is our PHILLY LAUNCH and also the first game of the World Series. While we all know, it should have been the Phillies, it is the St. Louis Cardinals versus the Texas Rangers. Aside from making the Phillies look better, I am rooting for the Cardinals. Our launch on November 11 in San Francisco is for the benefit of their manager, Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF).

According to the staffers I spoke with, La Russa is the real deal. He lives in St. Louis during baseball season but returns home to Walnut Creek, California (outside San Francisco) after the season ends. When he is "home" he spends almost every day at the shelter, walking animals, talking with volunteers and soliciting funds. He apparently has a bevy of rescued pets.

So despite beating the Phillies, I hope the Cardinals win!

More importantly, why is the pug in this video wearing a Phillies logo? (And you wondered how the post and video were connected....)

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Willie Nelson's Wild Horses

Willie Nelson and his family have released this Wild Horses video to help raise awareness for America's Wild horses. The video was shot at Willie's ranch in Texas where some of the over forty horses that he has rescued from slaughter, run free.

To download the song and send the proceeds to his continued effort on behalf of wild horses, click here.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Philly Launch is Thursday!

For those of you you don't follow us on Facebook (and you should for up to date info!) here is Maddie, Sabina's dog who was front and center at our book launch last week in NYC. We got lots of great press--you can read a recent blog on Dog Channel, here) and had a great time seeing friends and selling books!

Which brings me to the big question? Are you coming to the launch Thursday evening in Philly? If you are in town we'd love to see you at Square 1682, the restaurant of the Hotel Palomar at 117 S. 17th Street in Philadelphia. Three chefs will be set up in the downstairs bar area of the restaurant with one in the lobby of the hotel. We will be signing books in the hotel lobby and we expect quite a crowd!

So stop by. Support a great organization--PACT for Animals--with your $10 at the door, enjoy free wine and chef provided nibbles and buy a book! We hope to see you there!

Monday, October 17, 2011

The Lost Dogs in Paperback

We, here in Philadelphia, are acutely aware of Michael Vick and many previous Eagles fans have sworn off the team. Others merely feel that what will be, will be, and don't tie the team's fortunes to Vick's past. In any event, with the recent release of the paperback edition of Jim Gorant's book, The Lost Dogs, the folks over at Vetstreet (the new home of Dr. Patty Khuly, by the way), took the opportunity to catch up with the author.

In an enlightening interview, Gorant, a writer for Sports Ilustrated, talks about the effect of his book on dog fighting (much better reported), the dogs (some new guys have passed their Canine Good citizen test which clears the way for adoption), and a group of at-risk kids in Southern New Jersey who have used his book as a means to address their own histories of abuse.

But in the most telling comment (at least to me), Gorant notes the following about Michael Vick: "I've been told that in the off-season, [Vick] does two sessions [appearing at schools of talk about the evils of dog fighting] a month. . . Only Vick knows how sincere he may or may not be, but either way he's doing the right thing and helping to address the problem in a positive way--and that is what is important."

What do you think? Is talking the talk enough or does it only mean something if he also walks the walk? And how would we ever know if he was truly doing both?

Sunday, October 16, 2011

A Strong Second for Margano

A nice race for Margano with a strong second place finished. He led for the entire race and got nipped down the very long Belmont Park stretch.

He showed good focus and looked strong going into the final turn. I don't doubt that he'll do this the next time around and each time he tries he learns more!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Margano's Second Race!!!!

The moment we have all been waiting for! Margano's second race is today at Belmont. Race 2; post time is 1:32pm.
As with all Maiden Races, it is impossible to predict anything.

Interesting that it is a turf race and rumor has it, Barclay Tagg does not like to run 2 year olds, so Margano must indeed be ready!

Root him on and let's hope for a safe trip for all.

Belmont Park - October 15, 2011

Race 2 - 1:32 PM Exacta, Quinella, Trifecta, Super (.10), Pick 3 Races (2-4) Pick 4 (.50) Races (2-5), Daily Double Wagers


Purse $51,000. (up To $9,690 Nysbfoa) For Maidens, Two Years Old. Weight, 120 Lbs. (If the Stewards consider it inadvisable to run this race on the turf course, this race will be run at One Mile on the main track.). One Mile. (Turf)
P# PP Horse Virtual
Stable A/S Med Jockey Wgt Trainer M/L
1 1 Captain Fantastic (KY) 2/C L J Bravo 120 N P Zito 15/1
2 2 McKinley Square (KY) 2/C E Castro 120 K P McLaughlin 5/1
3 3 Matisse (PA) 2/C L A Garcia 120 J L Lawrence, II 20/1
4 4 Liquidity Trap (KY) 2/C L J Lezcano 120 C C Brown 5/2
5 5 Festive Spirit (KY) 2/C L1 J R Velazquez 120 T A Pletcher 7/2
6 6 Knock Rock (KY) 2/C L A O Solis 120 S M Schwartz 3/1
7 7 Odom (KY) 2/C L J Rose 120 R E Dutrow, Jr. 12/1
8 8 Margano (KY) 2/C L D Cohen 120 B Tagg 6/1

Owners: 1 - Farmer, Tracy; 2 - Darley Stable; 3 - Autry, George, Autry, Stephanie; 4 - Klaravich Stables, Lawrence, William, H.; 5 - Tabor, Michael, B., Magnier, Mrs. John, Smith, Derrick; 6 - Herbert T. and Carol A. Schwartz; 7 - Narlinger, Dennis; 8 - Lael Stable

Breeders: 1 - Lisa Turney, Tim Turney & Afleet AlexSyndicate; 2 - Kilroy Thoroughbred Partnership; 3 - Taylor Brothers Properties, LLC; 4 - Robert B. Trussell Jr.; 5 - Spendthrift Farm, LLC; 6 - Bloodstock Holdings LLC; 7 - Capistrano Bloodstock LLC; 8 - Mr. & Mrs. M. Roy Jackson

Equipment Changes: 2 - McKinley Square - Blinkers On

Friday, October 14, 2011

Phoebe's Closeup

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We made the 6:00 News yesterday. Phoebe keeps waiting for her personal chef to reappear!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Smile You're on NBC-10!

This was the scene in my kitchen yesterday morning at 9:00 Am when the local News crew arrived to film Chef Guillermo Tellez whipping up some doggie delights for his canine, Milee, featured in The Culinary Canine. It was wild and crazy with a little participation from Miss Phoebe who put herself in a very prime position for morsels that dropped.

Later Sabina and I were both interviewed for the segment, which has yet to air. This is Sabina and Maddie doing their thing. Note that Maddie is smiling for the camera!

In ay event, there is no living with Miss Divine P now that she has tasted fame--and a little of Guillermo's cooking. You know who stepped right up when they needed a dog to gobble up his beef stew on camera--and yes, she did lick her plate!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Debra, We Hardly Knew You

It seems ironic in this day and age when it is so hard to disappear because we are constantly letting everyone know where we are and what we are doing (Facebook, twitter, foursquare to name a few electronic methods), that a woman could literally live and die in obscurity. But that appears to have been what happened to 48 year old Debra Jurasus-Shriner, whose body was found by local police in Hartford, Connecticut at the end of July. Apparently she had been deceased for three months. Her dog, a Siberian husky, was also found dead nearby.

What is known is that she and her mother, Ann, lived in a small home that they purchased in 1977, presumably on her disability check and her mother's $750/month widow's pension. Jusasus-Shriner's father passed away in 1989. After Jurasus-Shriner's mother died in 2008, she lived with her Husky dog in relative obscurity.

What we do know is that mother and daughter were connected to the outside world through the internet. They lit a virtual candle for Terry Schiavo in 2005 and daughter Debra was a member of the Fans of Barbaro. In a note she posted to the online community, she mentioned she had sent the horse treats. She also penned a poem for Barbaro entitled "The Mighty Barbaro" which included the lines:
"Your entrance in this world was one of sheer determination and will. You made your presence be known..."

Once again we are reminded of the power of animals to connect with those who have chosen to retreat from the world. We can only wish Debra would have made her presence known in the spirit of the horse she so admired.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Lentenor Finishes Seventh

Lentenor finished seventh in his race at Keeneland on Sunday. To me it looked like he got boxed in at the rail, waited a bit too long to see if a hole would open up and then couldn't go around all that traffic. He did come on strong at the end however, and finished strong.

Not a bad outing in a tough field.

Contrast Lenny's race with that of the Matz trained Union Rags who ran away with the Champagne Stakes at Belmont. What a finish--heading to Breeder's Cup Juvenile or holding out for the Triple Crown Run next year? That is a big question! Either way, one heck of a horse.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Animal Week in New York City

From the New York Daily News on Sunday October 8:

In events around town this week:

* The third annual New York Week for the Animals, sponsored by Animal World USA, is under way. This nine-day celebration shines a spotlight on animals in a big way, featuring more than 100 animal events throughout New York State. For a listing of events, go to

* On Tuesday, authors Kathryn Feldman and Sabina Pierce will launch their new book, "The Culinary Canine," which showcases dog-friendly recipes from top chefs. Mingle with South Gate's Kerry Heffernan, Cornelia Guest and others. From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Kimpton's The Muse, 130 W. 46th St. Suggested $10 donation benefiting The Humane Society.

Who knew it was Animal Week in NYC and HOW GREAT IS THAT????!!!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Pets & The Economy:

Wendy Diamond, pet lifestyle expert featured in this video, will be at our launch in NYC on Tuesday October 11 from 6-8.

Muse Hotel
130 W. 46th Street

A benefit for the NY Humane Society!

$10 at the door is the suggested donation which gets you a free drink and nibbles from top chefs in the book!
See you there!!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Riva Ridge and Eddie Sweat

Eddie Sweat is best known for being the groom of Secretariat but he was also the groom of champion Riva Ridge. This is a great video that will give you a look a racing lore--the early morning hours of a groom as he feeds and readies the horse in his care for his early morning workout. Plus a glimpse of Riva Ridge on the track.

Fabulous footage!

Friday, October 7, 2011

lentenor Entered at Keeneland on Sunday

Keeneland - October 9, 2011

Race 10 - 6:15 PM Exacta-Trifecta ($.50 min)-Superfecta ($.10 min)-Super High Five ($1 min)


Purse $54,000. (Includes $8,700 – KTDF - Kentucky TB Devt Fund). For Three Year Olds And Upward Which Have Never Won $7,500 Twice Other Than Maiden, Claiming, Or Starter Or Which Have Never Won Three Races.. One And One Sixteenth Miles. (Turf)

1 Lentenor (KY) 4/C LA J L Castanon 120 L Delacour
2 Redboard (KY) 3/G LA C J Lanerie 117 G W Simms
3 Rescue Squad (KY) 5/H L J R Velazquez 120 C R McGaughey III
4 Perregaux (KY) 3/C L J R Leparoux 117 N J Howard
5 San Antone (KY) 3/C LA J Graham 117 G R Arnold, II
6 Lighthouse Sound (KY) 4/G LA R A Dominguez 120 M J Trombetta
7 Gautier (KY) 4/C LA M R Cruz 120 K G McPeek
8 J. B.'s Thunder (KY) 3/C LA G K Gomez 117 A M Stall, Jr.
9 Oak Motte (TX) 4/C L E S Prado 120 K Gorder
10 Nikki's Sandcastle (KY) 4/G L R Maragh 120 D C Kassen
11 Fort Larned (KY) 3/C L R Albarado 117 I R Wilkes
12 Tonto Fontenot (KY)

So Lenny gets the nod on Sunday in a mile and a sixteenth on the turf at Keeneland. He drew the inside post which may make it challenging in a large field (he always seems to run in a large field)--sorry for the crimped up post positions listing but that is how it cut and paste and wouldn't let me change it--but if he settles in after he breaks and waits for a hole, I have a feeling one may open up. He will be saving ground on the inside but runs the risk of getting boxed in.

It is the last race of the day--a 6:15 post--but I think the weather is supposed to be sunny and hot. The later day temps may benefit him.

Let's root him home safely!