Dog Food Changed My Dogs Life

Rocky was 12 weeks old when he joined my family; life has never been the same.

He came from a private party who had purchased him from a pet store. Two weeks later they found out their son was allergic to dogs. Why I wanted him is still a mystery to me. My dogs had always been large breeds, or at least they had always had long legs. Maybe it was the long ears and sad face that tugged at my heart. I had to take him home. There was just something about this dog.

I was a little concerned that the big dogs would pick on him.

My worries were unnecessary; within weeks he was running the pack. He had a great nose for hunting. He sniffed out every pair of shoes I owned and killed them. Being a natural at climbing furniture (I never knew Bassets could climb), it was difficult to keep him “grounded.” And his foraging talents went far beyond shoes; they included remote controls and cell phones. Once I was searching for my ringing phone and realized the sound was coming from Rocky. I was mortified at the realization that he had eaten it whole; then he moved and I discover he was just lying on it. I could go on and on with stories about Rocky but instead I will sum it up my saying, when I had him with me I didn’t tell anyone I was a dog trainer. He was “Dennis the Menace” in a dog suit.

We were beginning to make headway with the obedience issues.

Then, at about 9 months old he began to whimper and cry whenever the other dogs were around. He moved slowly and yelped if anyone touched him. He was diagnosed with Panostioitis. They do not know what causes this roving bone inflammation and it can range from mild to severe. Rock’s case was severe and though most dogs grow out of it in a few months his raged on for over a year. All we could do is manage his symptoms with pain medication, steroid injections and lots of love, mostly in the form of cookies. Finally it began to fade away and Rocky returned to his natural self. Back to his mischievous antics, my life was once again unpredictable.

Things were good for about a year.

Having seen all the pain he had endured I gladly indulged him. He got lots of cookies, the best seat on the couch and I learned to pick up my shoes and keep track of my cell phone. Then he began to slow down again. I was concerned the bone inflammation was coming back. One day he went out to go potty with the other dogs but did not come back. I called but he did not come. I went looking and found him in the corner of the yard unable to get up on his own. The next two days were torture. They did not know what was wrong; test after test I waited. The vet prepared me for the worst. Then the good news came, he was responding to the treatment they had given him. He was going to be OK.

Then the bad news came.

He had Addison’s disease and would have to continue treatments for the rest of his life. Addison’s disease is when the immune system destroys vital glands in the body affecting the production of hormones that control important chemical and mineral levels. Rocky was OK. He started getting hormone shots every 20 days and was on a daily steroid treatment. But even though Rocky was OK, that was all he was. For two years he lay around, did not want to play and had completely lost his wiggle. You know the wiggle they do when they are so happy it’s not possible to stay still. He started getting allergies and chronic ear infections. I kept him away from other dogs to avoid stress. Rocky was OK, but Rocky wasn’t Rocky anymore. Things were strangely quiet with predictable visits to the vet and budget adjustments to pay for his medical expenses.

In 2007 when the news about contaminated pet food surfaced, I along with all pet owners worried.

The food I was using was not on the recall list but the same manufacturer had brands that were recalled. How could this happen? In order for these and other contaminants to be in our pet’s food there had to be little or no quality control. We were buying food with packaging that said it was good for our pets but it was poisoning them. The manufacturers sounded concerned. They were concerned all right; concerned we wouldn’t buy their products anymore. But were they concerned about our pets? Were they concerned about Rocky?

I started studying dog food.

The more I studied the more confused I got. (Read my article on dog food marketing.) Then I figured it out. The only way I could have confidence that my pets were eating properly was to believe in who was selling it. So, I started studying dog food companies. Through a lot of trials and tribulations I found one I trusted. I started feeding it to all my dogs and cats. I even feed some of their treats to my bird. I waited and I watched. It took about three weeks for the fun to start.

Liz opened the garage door and Rocky walked out onto the driveway.

She hollered to me that Rocky was out and I told her not to worry, he never runs off or tries to get away. I stepped out onto the driveway to call him. He looked at me, tilted his head and I instantly knew, Rocky was back! He zoomed down the drive and into the neighbor’s yard two doors down doing donuts on their front lawn. He led me and two of my friends on a 20-minute keep away chase, up and down the street. If it had been any other dog I would have been furious, but because it was Rocky I was thrilled. This dog had more energy than when he was a puppy. The neighbors watched and laughed. When it was all over, we were all exhausted, except Rocky. Safely in the house, he looked up at me and he wiggled. Since then he has eaten the buttons off the couch pillows, chases Kong (122 lb. Lab) around the yard, and I’m not sure but I think he has my slippers stashed somewhere.

Rocky eats the food and takes the daily supplements and is off the daily steroids and only receiving his injections every 30 days. My entire family of pets is happier and healthier. And, I signed up as a sales rep. for the company.

This is a true story but don’t take my word for it. See for yourself; for your pet’s sake, you need to try this food for a month and see the difference it makes.

How to Clean a Stand Mixer

Cleaning after preparing a sumptuous meal is a very tiresome process especially if you have used many kitchen appliances. If you have a dishwasher, it will certainly lessen the load and time cleaning. Most kitchens now have a stand mixer because it is very helpful in food preparation. And it is important to keep it clean in order to make it last for years. If not properly cleaned, it can affect the proper functioning of a stand mixer. so how should the stand mixer be properly cleaned?

Step 1

After unplugging the appliance, remove all the attachments on the stand mixer and wipe the body with a damp cloth. Focus into the crevices as they will collect flour, sugar and sometimes dust. Toothbrush or toothpick can be used in hard-to-reach areas to loosen stuck debris then wipe off with the damp cloth. It should be kept in mind that spraying water cleaner into the body of a stand mixer is a no-no.

Step 2

With the use of soapy water, wash all the attachments used manually. It is to ensure that no food is left behind. However, most attachments like the wire whip, kneading dough hook and the paddle beater are now safe to wash in a dishwasher. You may do so if you want to.

Step 3

Remove the mixing bowl from the frame and wash it manually or by using the dishwasher. You may also soak the mixing bowl with warm water to easily remove sticky ingredients before washing.

Step 4

Dry the mixing bowl and the attachments thoroughly before storing. This is to prevent mildew and water spots from appearing.

Tips

1. If toothbrush will not work in loosening build-up, use Q-tips instead. Make a paste using baking soda and water, dampen the Q-tip and put over the build-up.

2. Baking soda paste can also be used for the mixing bowl especially if it is made of stainless steel. It will remove water spots and keep the bowl spotless and shiny.

3. If the stand mixer is used occasionally, be sure to clean it at least every two weeks. Clean the vent with a cotton swab as they can collect dust from time to time. The vent should always be kept clean because this is where the air flows towards the motor. It is also best to cover the stand mixer with cloth or a shower cap when not in use.

Warnings

1. Always unplug your stand mixer after each use to prevent electrocution and prevent the children from harming themselves

2. Never submerge the body of the stand mixer in water.  A stand mixer is a motorized appliance and getting it wet can ruin the motor.

3. If using liquid cleaner cannot be avoided, take extra precautions on vents and ports.

Conclusion

Stand mixers are very costly and ensuring its life to its price depends on the user.  Always make cleaning a habit every after use. This will make the stand mixer stay in its perfect form for years.

Top Five Foods to Try While in Vienna

Visiting new places is something that we will never forget. We remember the plane rides, people, places, scenes, and sites, but one thing many do not even think about is, the cuisine and the dining in these new places. When going to Vienna, Austria as a tourist, there is more to your trip than just tourist attractions. There are five of the favored foods that tourists must try before they depart this fine city. There are also other suggested items to try at the end of this article. Enjoy!

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Wiener Schnitzel

Probably one dish that everyone has heard about, but do you know what it really is and how it tastes? This dish is one the country’s national foods. This dish comes from veal, its then breaded, fried in butter, and its huge in Austria. Some say that children love this dish too. So, where does one get this delicious dish? The best place for this dish is Figlmuller Wollzeile, which is a great restaurant and tourist and locals say is the best place for Wiener Schnitzel.

The Sachertorte

The is a delicious treat from Vienna. What is it, you ask? This treat is a sponge cake that is chocolate with apricot jam in between the thin layers of cake. On top of this cake is chocolate icing. Tourists and locals rave about this cake and the best place to get this treat is from a bakery called, Demel. The other option is the Sacher Hotel.

Austrian Goulash

Goulash is very popular in Vienna and in Austria. It is a beef stew that has tomatoes, onions, and paprika. It is delicious, especially during the cold winters that Vienna has. Where do we find this dish? The best place for goulash is from Gulaschmuseum, which is hands down the best restaurant for goulash.

Apple Strudel

Many places have great delicacies, including Austria. The apple strudel is sold in bakeries, restaurants, and coffee houses around Vienna. Its made with apples, crispy pastry dough, sugar, raisins, lemon, rum, cinnamon, and cloves. It’s very similar to the apple pie, except it’s a bit heavier. Powered sugar is usually sprinkled on top. The best place for strudel, Café Aida, which is a 1950’s type of café.

Spring Asparagus

For those who are going to Vienna in the spring, you must check out the asparagus. Vienna has the best white and green asparagus. Local eateries offer this dish beginning in April. The asparagus is served with butter and lemon. Breadcrumbs are usually placed on top and served with soup. Most places in the area serve this during the spring. The other dishes and treats to try while in Vienna are the Erdapfelsalat, which is Austrian potato salad, Powidltascherl (Plum Jam Turnovers), Tafelspitz, (Beef/Veal broth with vegetables), Melange, (Viennese coffee), and Viennese Sausages. Most of these dishes are local highlighted items at many eateries, bakeries, and coffee houses. The city provides tourists with the best cuisine in the country.