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WELCOME to Chez Tante Lori's Monthly Newsletter designed to talk about those questions that pop in our heads from time to time. This newsletter will aim to be brief, fun, informative, and interesting. I hope you find it useful and I welcome your comments and suggestions. Thank you / Merci Beaucoup ... Lori

  • Pet of the Month- Aqua
  • Legend of Grace- Heartwarming tale of how Dogs became man's best friend
  • Cookie recipes for your pup
  • How to give a treat safely - Two methods that work for us
  • Daniel Sterl - A puppy for Christmas? How to housetrain
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December 2013

We had the joy of sharing Aqua's very First Snow with her!

AQUA, 7 months old, has been a long term client of ours for over a month now so we've had a chance to really get to know her. When she goes back to her "mommy" in a couple of weeks we're gonna miss her quite a bit! She is sweet, bright, joyful, and ALL legs ! LOL.

In mid-November Aqua tasted her first snow flake which brought back the magic and memories of our own first experiences of snow. She entertains our guests with games of chase, tug-a-war, keep away, and a game that we wish she hadn't thought of .... digging to China .. ahem!

Oh well... at the end of the day when she curls up like a deer next to us, our hearts melt and we forget about the shoe she chewed up!

Here is a Heartwarming Tale to Read to Your Children this Christmas

The Legend Of Grace (An Old Indian Dog Legend)
by Klea V. Stilwell


There is an old, old legend,
Of how it came to be,
That dog forsook the wild to dwell,
With folks like you and me.

Now man and beast they lived on,
A common bit of earth.
Each species thought the other,
Of very little worth.

One day there was a rumble,
The earth began to quake,
It gave a mighty shudder,
And then began to break.

A crack began to widen,
BETWEEN the beasts and man.
Some watched the crevasse deepen,
  But most just turned and ran.

Now the DOG surveyed the distance,
And MAN beheld it too.
Between them sprang a yearning,
A feeling strange and new.

Then each one begged the other
To make the fateful leap,
Yet each one dreaded jumping
A crack so wide and deep.

So DOG compelled his courage
And told MAN he would try.
He eyed the fatal distance,
For if he failed, he'd die.

Then DOG prepared to jump across
His courage had decided.
That if he could but make the jump,
They'd no more be divided.

His muscles bunched beneath him;
His body left the ground.
The wind raced past his muzzle;
His heart began to pound.

His senses sought the purchase
Of land beneath his feet.
At last his forepaws met the ground.
His mission was complete!

NO! His hind feet have slipped and
He's falling off the side!
His gallant farewell look said,  
"At least, New Friend, I tried."

With disbelieving glance, Man
Beheld his falling friend.
He wouldn't let it happen;
It couldn't be the end!

Then flesh smote air in searching,
And hand met paw and fur.
Then Man pulled Dog to safety
As heart to heart they were.

MAN called and DOG responded,
And though the gulf was wide,
Man gained the loyal canine
Forever by his side!


There's not much out there about Klea V. Stilwell. She was traveler and a great poet / story teller. Born April 11, 1930, she married, had children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren before she died in Georgia USA on December 28, 2009. In the internet world she is famously known for this deep and moving tale of Man and his best friend, the Dog.

When baking Goodies this season, don't forget your furry babies.........

NOTE: Cinnamon is fine to use in recipes for dogs, however do not use a pumpkin spice blend or anything that could contain nutmeg. It is toxic to dogs and even in small amounts can make them sick.
Good site for list of SPICEC that are GOOD for your dog and BAD for your dog: Ottawa Valley Dog Whisperer

Cleo’s Pumpkin Dog Biscuits

2 eggs
 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
 2 tablespoons dry milk
 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
 2 1/2 cups brown rice flour *  1 teaspoon dried parsley (optional)

Preheat oven to 350.

In large bowl, whisk together eggs and pumpkin to smooth. Stir in dry milk, sea salt, and dried parsley (if using, optional). Add brown rice flour gradually, combining with spatula or hands to form a stiff, dry dough. Turn out onto lightly floured surface (can use the brown rice flour) and if dough is still rough, briefly knead and press to combine.

Roll dough between 1/4 – 1/2″ – depending on your dog’s chew preferences, ask first – and use biscuit or other shape cutter to punch shapes, gathering and re-rolling scraps as you go. Place shapes on cookie sheet, no greasing or paper necessary. If desired, press fork pattern on biscuits before baking, a quick up-and-down movement with fork, lightly pressing down halfway through dough. Bake 20 minutes. Remove from oven and carefully turn biscuits over, then bake additional 20 minutes. Allow to cool completely on rack before feeding to dog.

* Brown rice flour gives the biscuits crunch and promotes better dog digestion. Many dogs have touchy stomachs or allergies, and do not, like many people I know, tolerate wheat.

Makes up to 75 small (1″) biscuits or 50 medium biscuits

“Pumpkin Squeaks” Dog Treats

2 cups rice flour
 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
 1 cup pumpkin puree (one low in sugar)
 2 eggs (I used 3 for more moisture)
 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix ingredients together until blended, then spread dough to 1/4 inch thick and cut into desired cookie shapes. Bake for 10-15 minutes. Let cool before serving. Store in refrigerator for up to 7 days.

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Speaking of Treats.. How can you give these tasty treats SAFELY to over excited pups without getting bit? Here's a couple of ideas that work for us.....



MARC'S METHOD ........


Daniel Sterl, Spécialiste en comportement canine / Dog Behaviour Specialist

A Puppy for Christmas? How to housetrain.

The Holiday season is knocking at our doors, once again! And with it, we want to give to the ones we love… Why not a puppy for your kids you may think?

But then, how will you train the newcomer so he is house trained?

Here are the rules you should follow, so you put all the chances on your side to succeed:

  1. NEVER leave your puppy free in the house without supervision. How could you do this? Simply attach a leash to your belt and the other end to your dog! That way, when he/she starts smelling the floor and turning into circles (you know the giggle they usually do just before they do their thing?!), you can react quickly. Also, I recommend that you have a crate for the times you’re not home and when you’re sleeping. Dogs are clean animals and they will be much more likely to hold it ‘til they’re taken out of the crate. I also understand that some people may feel using a crate is inhuman; however when used appropriately, the dog will to the contrary feel much safer and at home in his/her “little house”.
  2. Interrupt him/her if he/she does pee or poo. With joy, say: “Come on” and bring your friend straight outside! DO NOT be angry: remember he/she is learning; give your dog a chance to behave right!
  3. Always go with him outside until he/she learns: Yes, I know! Having a dog comes with some duties and responsibilities which are not always fun!
  4. Puppies can’t hold it for a long time. Go out on a regular basis more often until he/she can hold it for a longer time.
  5. Praise him when he/she is doing his/her thing. And make it sound like he/she did it right for the first time: it’s party time! You’ve never been so happy of your life!!! ;-)
  6. Never, never, never… punish your dog for doing it inside! Even if you catch him/her while doing it, he/she will not understand why you’re angry at him/her. I cannot emphasize this enough! Punishing your dog WILL stress him/her and create confusion and ultimately he/she will regress in his/her training!
  7. Train him/her to ask for the door… That is a whole other article on this matter only! Maybe next time?

Have a great Holiday Season! And remember: have fun with your furry friend!

Daniel Sterl

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