Bark for Peace!
musings & ramblings, mostly about dogs, from a three being, three species family

Bark for Peace!

Introducing Gingersnap!

August 31st, 2008 . by lisa knaggs

This was my first time in years to be on the ranch without a dog, and not only did it feel odd, but everyone kept asking me “Where are the dogs?”  I drove here from California, and I flew out there to get my new-to-me 2001 Subaru Forester- woo hoo!!  I’m pumped to have a safe, decent mileage vehicle that will schlep Bark for Peace! around and the dogs too!

SO, a neighboring family had a Red Heeler who had once chased the goats (not harmed them, but they didn’t want to take a chance) so they were trying to get rid of “Montana”- “Don’t you want her?” they teased.  Practicing my very good boundaries I retorted: “Nope!  I’m all full-up with dogs!” Let me tell you, I was puffy with pride and savoring my very good boundaries.

Then we went over to pick up some fresh goat cheese and I saw this sweet little girl padlocked to a heavy chain secured to a piece of farm equipment- she was pulling and jumping so hard against the chain that she was turning herself over and knocking herself to the ground.  She was completely freaking out- desperate for attention. There was no water bowl in sight.

Of course I walked over and calmly said: “Would you like me to take her back to Texas and find her a good home?” “That would be great!” was the relieved response I received.

Please meet Gingersnap- the sweet, smart, high-energy, very well behaved 8 month old Red Heeler below.  She is looking for a great home and some people who will help her grow into being the lovely adult female she certainly will be with a little work and a lot of patience.

A Gingery, Happy Smile
Romping on the Ranch

Romping on the Ranch

Stepping Out

Stepping Out

Night Safety

August 10th, 2008 . by lisa knaggs

We’ve had an increasing number of fairly scary robberies and assaults in our neighborhood lately.  Not surprising to me, given the desperation people feel about everything from the environment, economy, endless threats of wars, etc., etc., etc..  Still, it’s a little scary.  And for some silly reason, when we go walking the neighborhood at night, I tend to have that “oh we can see them so they must be able to see us” syndrome about the vehicular traffic.  (I know, sometimes I’m not the brightest bulb in the box)

So I was pleased that last night when we walked up the street to El Chilito to get some necessary indulgences: guacamole, salsa, black beans & chips, I actually remembered to put the dogs’ blinking lights on, something I never forget when we go hiking and camping!  Clementine (in her pink webbing “Cetacea” red blinking light) was charging forward like the seductress on a mission she is. But Banjo maintained a low-key trot, giving me good eye the whole time, and seemingly quite proud of his green glow (he was sporting the Princeton Tec “Impulse” sport lights)

Clementine & Banjo on the front porch

Clementine & Banjo on the front porch

Unfortunately, I was so tickled with the warm reception my two lovelies received at the taco bar, that I forgot to snap a photo until we arrived home.  Yeah, they were tuckered out and ready to go back inside.  But aren’t they cute? (and safe too!)

Beer I can drink!

August 8th, 2008 . by lisa knaggs

Going gluten-free means missing out on some of my favorite things- like pasta, bread, and beer.  Can you say “carb-addict?”   When I give in to tempation, I always enjoy it AND I always regret it.  This afternoon, I swung by Wheatsville Co-op to pick up a few things, including “thank-you beer” for my neighbor who let me borrow her car.  Beer was sounding so good, especially when I spied Green’s gluten-free beer.

I’ve tried gluten-free beer before, and poured it down the drain- yeah, I couldn’t even add it to beans for flavor.  But this Belgian amber ale was surprisingly delicious and satisfying- hooray, beer I can drink!

Green's Amber Ale...ummmmm

Green's Amber Ale...ummmmm

Made from: millet, rice, buckwheat & sorghum

It does NOT contain: wheat and/or barley, crustaceans, eggs, fish, peanuts, soya beans, milk, lactose, nuts, celery, mustard, sesame seeds, sulfur dioxide and sulfites.

my disclaimer: since it’s been a LONG time since I’ve been able to enjoy beer, I really can’t compare Green’s to “regular” beers; still, ummmmmm… it won’t be my last!  oh, and this was a $5 amber ale, pretty pricey.

Action Jackson

August 4th, 2008 . by blogadmin
Action Jackson Begs for Bark for Peace

Action Jackson Begs for Bark for Peace

We loved meeting this sharp Jack Russell last Saturday at the Tarrytown Farmers’ Market.  And of course we loved that despite his excellent training (and very well behaved people!) he couldn’t resist putting his paws on the table and begging for Bark for Peace! treats!!  Lucky boy got to go home with some of everything, including our market specials- frozen pupcakes made with local yogurt!