Welcome to the Cascade Kennels August 2012 Newsletter
“No one appreciates the very special genius of your conversation as the dog does.” – Christopher Morley
- IMPORTANT – Road Closure Alert
- Cascade Lhasa Apso Fanciers of Greater Seattle
- Hiking with your Dog
- Babies are Healthier in Homes with Dogs
- Peanut Butter Banana Pupsicles
176th Avenue N.E., which is the primary road leading from Woodinville-Duvall Road to Cascade Kennels, is scheduled to be completely closed from Monday, August 20th through mid-September. 195th St. N.E. is the only other road leading to the kennel and it will be limited to alternating, one-lane traffic most workdays during the same timeframe.
Cascade Lhasa Apso Fanciers of Greater Seattle will be holding a breed discussion of the Lhasa Apso on Sept 15, 2012 beginning at 1:00 PM at the main training building at Cascade Kennels..
Club members will supply dogs, both coated and cut down, for a hands-on learning experience. The discussion will be led by club member Don Hanson, and as he covers each part of the standard he will pause to examine the dogs presented and you will be able to ask questions about the part of the standard being covered. There will be discussions on size and movement after the review of the standard is finished.
If you are interested in learning more about the Lhasa Apso please come to the discussion. There is no charge for this event and it is open to everyone..
For further information, contact Barb Corbett of the Cascade Lhasa Apso Fanciers of Greater Seattle at 425-788-7985, or Email Barbara.
Before you go
- Be sure that dogs are allowed on the trails you plan to hike. Check with the managing agency (NPS, State Parks, etc.).
- Make sure your dog is wearing tags which are up to date.
- Your dog should also be current on their vaccinations, and their toenails should be trimmed.
- Don’t feed your dog before a hike. Feed them afterwards. It’s okay to bring along some treats, though.
On the Trail
- Bring along plenty of water for both you and your dog. Bring a bowl, too.
- It’s a good idea to keep your dog on a leash. Even if your dog is well-behaved, he might still frighten other hikers, especially children.
- Be sure to have a first-aid kit. Remember that your dog is hiking bare-foot, and the pads of their feet are the most likely place for an injury.
- Before climbing back in the car after the hike, scan your pet for ticks. You’ll want to check them again after you get home for tick and flea infestations, as the hike exposes them to a much greater risk.
A dog may be a man’s best friend, but studies now show that they could be a baby’s best friend as well. New research reveals that babies in homes with this four-legged companion have fewer colds, fewer ear infections, and need fewer antibiotics in their first year than in homes without them.
According to researchers, dogs track in dirt, which immediately exposes the children to a wide variety of microbes. When mixed with their immune system, a child matures more quickly. Although germs are unhealthy, a sterile germ-free home is as well.
This hygiene hypothesis is being directly correlated to the microbiome hypothesis, a theory that newborn exposure to numerous varieties of microbes helps keep the immune system from reacting against itself causing autoimmune diseases. Being exposed to good bacteria allows the microbes in our intestines to be altered to help protect us from allergies and infections.
To determine these results, researchers tested 397 children from their third trimester of pregnancy though their first 12 months. Detailed information revealed that kids in homes with dogs had fewer respiratory tract symptoms, had fewer ear infections and needed fewer antibiotics.
Although this exposure can be good for many children, not all babies may fall under this category. Professionals say there is an interaction between microbes and genetics. Children who already have asthma are especially at risk. Dogs do help fight sneezing and respiratory infections but those with asthma need the exposure very early in life.
Homes with cats have been found to be healthy as well but not to the same extent as dogs. If you are an expecting parent, make room for one more addition to the family and give your child a healthier life.
- 32 oz low-fat plain yogurt
- 2 mashed bananas
- 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 oz blueberries, chopped
- Just Food For Dogs Peanut Butter Treats (or other peanut butter dog treat that is similar to a popsicle stick)
- In a medium bowl, cream together mashed bananas, peanut butter and honey.
- Add yogurt and mix until blended.
- Place blueberries on the bottom of 3 oz freezable cups. Spoon yogurt mixture into cups and place in freezer until it is partially frozen, about an hour.
- Place a Just Food For Dogs Peanut Butter Treat in the center of the Pupsicle to create a stick and place back in the freezer until frozen, about two hours.