The article talks about the almost universally accepted Free Radical Theory. Some Experts point toward antioxidants as the answer to free radical damage. Antioxidants slow or even prevent the changes to cells by removing intermediary chemicals in the oxidation reaction of free radicals. Once the intermediate steps are stopped, damage is reduced or avoided. Many of our fruits and vegetables contain high levels of the of these antioxidants. However, diet alone cannot provide the levels of antioxidants needed without seriously affecting caloric intake and causing obesity. As with most things in life, more is not always better and in some cases, excess supplementation can result in adverse side affects. Antioxidant benefits are numerous, but lack of standardization to dosages and clear research is a concern. 

A better way to reduce the damages of the free radicals is caloric restriction, or maintaining lean body weight. Many different models, from mice and rats to fruit flies, have shown that reducing the amount of calories fed can increase life span. Even dogs have benefited. A recent landmark study showed dogs fed restricted calories actually lived almost 2 years longer than their free fed counterparts.

This article goes along with what I have always believed and promoted, the importance of not over feeding our dogs. The importance of exercise is also mentioned in the article. This is all part of being a responsible dog owner. Don’t make up for guilty feelings of not spending enough time with your dog by over feeding, or give extra food thinking your dog will love you more. Truly loving your dog means doing what is right. Don’t over feed and give them daily exercise.

May the tunnels not have too much suction,
May the course be fun and fast.
May your dog not stop to say “hello”
to the photographers they pass!

May the table not be too slippery,
May the chute house no scary beasts,
May all the yellow parts be touched
with one little toe, at least.

May the wind be always at your back,
May no bars fall on the ground.
May the A-frame have no stop sign on the top,
May the judge’s whistle never sound.

May your dog obey all correct commands
And ignore the ones that are wrong.
May your heart be light, your feet be sure
and the bond with your dog grow strong.

At the finish line, may great joy abound,
regardless of your score,
You have your dog,

It’s that time of year when we start rolling down the windows and our dogs love to stick their heads out the window and breath in all the good smells. I wanted to give some advise/tips on dog safety for car rides. First of all straight to the point, what is the safest ride for our dogs? The safest way to transport dogs in a vehicle is in a crate. It is debated which crate is the safest, plastic or wire. I know many of you like it better and think your dog likes it better loose, but is it really the safest? If you have an accident or even stop quick a dog loose in a vehicle can be thrown to the floor, into a windshield, or worse thrown from the car. We all think it won’t happen to me, but I have read and heard many a very sad story about car accidents and what has happened to dogs loose in the car. I know in my case my dogs are my kids, I wouldn’t let my young kids ride loose and I don’t anymore, let my dogs ride loose. I feel it is not just a safety aspect but a responsibility aspect. A responsibility my dogs can’t take on themselves. It is my job as their mom to protect them. 

As for riding with their head out the window, with the last bit of information it is obvious how dangerous this is. It is one thing if you are driving down a deserted country road. It is a whole different thing to be driving down the road in town with other traffic. Yes most dogs love it, but what we like isn’t always what’s best for us. Please do what is safest for your dog.

I know some dog sizes and vehicle sizes don’t always work for crating a dog for travel. Pet stores do sell dog seat belts. I don’t feel these are as safe as the crates, but they are better than nothing. If you can’t fit a crate in your vehicle I would consider a seat belt.

When I see a dog loose in a car I don’t feel as bad as when I see a dog loose in the back of a pick up truck, but it is still a scary unsafe situation. If you continue to let your dog ride loose and even stick their head out the window, I hope and pray you continue to have safe trips, I wouldn’t want you to become one of those sad stories.

From time to time, people tell me, “lighten up, it’s just a dog,” or,
“that’s a lot of money for just a dog.” They don’t understand the distance
traveled, the time spent, or the costs involved for “just a dog.” days of darkness, the gentle touch of “just a dog” gave me comfort and reason to overcome the day.

If you, too, think it’s “just a dog,” then you will probably understand phases like “just a friend,” “just a sunrise,” or
“just a promise.”

“Just a dog” brings into my life the very essence of
friendship, trust, and pure unbridled joy.

“Just a dog” brings out the compassion and patience that make me a better person.

Because of “just a dog” I will rise early, take long walks and look longingly to the future.

So for me and folks like me, it’s not “just a dog” but an embodiment of all the
hopes and dreams of the future, the fond memories of the past, and the pure
joy of the moment.

“Just a dog” brings out what’s good in me and diverts my
thoughts away from myself and the worries of the day. I hope that someday
they can understand that it’s not “just a dog” but the thing that gives me
humanity and keeps me from being “just part of mankind.”

So the next time you hear the phrase “just a dog.” just smile, because they “just don’t understand.”

2 6 oz. cans of tuna packed in water, well drained
2 eggs
about 1.5 cups flour
garlic powder (optional)

Mix tuna and eggs till well blended and large chunks of tuna are
separated. Add flour, adding more as needed to get it to a bread
dough consistency. You may add a few drops of water if the dough is
too stiff. Pat to 1/4 inch thick on a greased cookie sheet (should
cover most of the sheet) and bake at 250, yes 250 degrees for 30 – 35
minutes. You can let this sit in the oven after turning the heat
off but watch that they don’t dry out too much. I cut them into
treat sized pieces when cool and store them in the freezer.

Turkey Meatloaf

1 lb ground beef or chicken or turkey
2 eggs, beaten
3 cups of flour
1 cup of rolled oats
1 cup of water

Mix together. this will make a very sticky mess. Press onto cookie
sheet. Score into squares with the back of a knife and they will
break easily for packaging. Bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees or 45-
50 minutes for a softer treat.

3/4 Cup hot water
5 Tablespoons margarine
1/2 Cup powdered milk
1 teaspoon salt
1 egg beaten
3 cups whole-wheat flour

Place the margarine in a large bowl. Pour hot water over the margarine. Stir in powered milk, salt and egg. Add flour, one-half cup at a time.
Knead the mixture for a few minutes to form a stiff dough. Pat or roll the dough to one-half inch thickness. Using a bone-shaped cookie cutter, cut into bone shapes. You can purchase a cookie cutter for $1 at Kitchens at North Park Mall.
Bake at 325 degrees for 50 minutes. Cool on a rack.
This recipe will make just over 1 pound of treats. Allow them to dry out hard and then store in a container with a tight fitting lid.


McCook AKC Agility Trial, July 25 & 26

Dawn & Tess
Excellent B Jumpers – 1 leg, 4th Place – out of 83 20″ dogs




SCKC AKC Agility Trial Davenport Sept. 26 & 27


Kim & Spark

Excellent B Jumpers – 2 legs, two 2nd Places

Excellent B Standard – 2 legs, 1st & 2nd Places

2 Double Q’s, 120 MACH Points


Kim & Kate

Excellent B Jumpers – 1 leg, 1st Place

Excellent B Standard – 1 leg, 2nd place

59 MACH Points


Kim & Libby

Novice B Standard – 2 legs, two 1st Places

Novice B Jumpers – 2 legs, two 1st Places


Nancy and Maggie

Excellent A Preferred Jumpers – 1 leg 1st place           Excellent Pref. Jumpers Title

Excellent A Preferred Standard – 1 leg 2nd place


Renee and Pepper

Excellent A Standard – 2 legs, 1st and 2nd Places


Dawn & Tess

Excellent B Jumpers – 2 legs, one 1st, one 3rd placement

Excellent B Standard – 1 leg, 4th place

 1 Double Q, 56 points


Janis and Lucy   

Novice A Jumpers – 2 legs, two 1st places,                Novice A Jumpers Title


USDAA Boone County,