Chicken Quesadillas

2 large whole wheat tortillas

1 boneless chicken breast

chopped onion

chopped green pepper

chopped garlic

Taco seasoning

Can if cream of chicken condensed soup

1 small tomato

1/2 ripe avocado

1/2 – 1 cup sour cream

Mix some seasoning with flour and coat chicken pieces

Saute in olive oil and remove from pan

Toss chopped veggies in remaining flour and saute till tender

Add a bit of white wine to deglaze the pan

Add chicken back to pan

Put in about 1/3 of can of soup and add water to thin out

Stir well.

Place tortilla in cast iron pan and top with chicken, etc.

Sprinkle with more taco seasoning

Cover with another tortilla and press down.

Coat top of tortilla with a bit of olive oil to help it crisp

Bake in the oven at 350 degrees until tortilla is crisp

Remove from oven and top with chopped tomato and avocado mixed with sour cream


Stuffed Meat Loaf

This is a great recipe I made up.

Start with your own basic meat loaf.  If you usually only use one egg, add another


1 box frozen creamed spinach

1 package dry ranch dressing mix

Parmesan cheese

Swiss cheese

Mix your meat loaf and lay it out on tinfoil.  Flatten it out quite thin

Sprinkle with ranch dressing mix

Spread cold defrosted creamed spinach

Sprinkle with parm cheese

Top with thin slices of swiss cheese

Roll up using the tinfoil as a guide.

Pinch in ends and length of loaf seam to seal well

Brush with egg white, especially the seams

Bake at 325 degrees for 35-45 min.  Bake low and slow to prevent leakage.


Homemade Short Bread

This was something I made for my Dad for every holiday.  God love him and God rest is soul.

1 cup butter softened

3/4 cups sifted confectioners sugar

1/2 tspn vanilla extract (you can use maple instead)

2 cups flour

1 cup hazelnuts ground

1  1/2 tspn grated orange peal

I have done this recipe without the orange peal and hazlenut and it is still great.

Cream softened butter and add sugar, slowly add flour, add other ingredients until a good workable dough forms.

Spread out on greased cookie sheet evenly.

This is the hard part.  I use a greased rubber or plastic spatula.  Use spray pam to help.

Bake at 325 degrees for 25-30 min or until slightly brown.

Remove from oven and when cool cut in squares and serve.

You will love, love this.

Stores well for a long time in tuperware or cookie tin.


Why Should I Cerf My Entire Litter Of Pups?

The reason for cerfing your litter is to determine if there are any issues you need to know about for the pups you have produced that are going to their new homes;   and for your future breeding program.

I had a litter cerfed by a board certified (ACVO) canine ophthalmologist (which I do with every litter) where one pup was diagnosed with Incipient Posterior Cortical Cataracts.

This is a condition seen often in King Charles Spaniels and I was advised by my canine Ophthalmologist that it usually goes away in 4 weeks and the dog will never have any eye issues for life.

However this vet/Optho advised me not to breed a pup from this litter or to ever repeat the breeding, which I have not and will not.

The pup was checked 4 weeks later and passed the cerf.  Otherwise I would have paid for the surgery if needed.

That is the right thing to do as a reputable breeder.

There are dogs out there with issues that some breeders feel are a “non issue” and, therefore, keep breeding those lines.

I choose not to do that.

My reputation as a breeder is only as good as the pups I produce.  And, therefore, I choose to spend the extra money to cerf my litters before they go to their forever homes.

Pups should not be cerfed prior to 8 weeks of age.  If you check with your local Optho vets they often offer certain days of the week that are a “clinic” price.

Take the time and money to do this please.  It is for the sake of your pups first and foremost, not to mention your reputation as a reputable breeder.


Ectropion – Eye Condition In Dogs

This is said to be a hereditary condition in dogs and should be monitored by your vet.

The eye lid(s) will droop down and can allow debris to enter causing infections.  This is not something a breeder will necessarily notice at 8 weeks of age when the pup goes to their new home.  Please keep that in mind.

However, if you have this condition diagnosed you should definitely notify your breeder where you got the pup.

Surgery may be needed to tighten the eye lids but should not be done until the dog is of a mature age.

This is the opposite of Entropion – which can be a more severe issue.

I would have your vet refer you to an Ophthalmologist for follow ups and to determine if the dog will ever need surgery to correct the issue.

The pup should be monitored by the Ophtho until it is old enough to determine if it needs surgery.

Your regular vet is most likely not trained in this type of issue or surgery.  Please be sure to ask them if they have performed this surgery, what the success rate is and don’t hesitate to ask for references from other patients they have treated and done surgery on.

Its always best to deal with a specialist.

I personally would use a board certified Optho for surgery rather than my regular vet.

Here is more info:


Entropion – Eye Condition In Dogs

This is an eye condition that is said to be hereditary in dogs.

The eye lid turns in toward the eye and the eye lashes can irritate the eye or scratch it causing damage or ulcerations to the cornea.

If left untreated it could lead to scarring of the cornea and loss of vision.

Some pups will correct as they grow and most vets will tell you to wait it out.  Surgery may be necessary but it is important to wait and see if the pup is outgrowing it.  Even if it is suspected the pup will not outgrow this condition it is best to wait till the pup is older before surgical correction.

The eyes should be checked regularly to prevent damage.

I would recommend a canine ophthalmologist to do the routine checks, tacking or surgery.  If you choose to use your regular vet be sure and ask them how many procedures they have performed and what the success rate is.  Don’t hesitate to ask them for references from other patients they have done the surgery on

Often the vet can “tack” the eye lid to prevent issues until the pup outgrows this condition.

You may notice your dogs eyes tearing all the time or a heavy constant discharge.  If so, you should see the vet and discuss the possibility of this condition.

In some cases constant tearing can be caused by a clogged tear duct, or the duct is too small.  The vet can put die in the eyes and wait to see if it runs from both nostrils.  If not, most likely a duct issue as opposed to entropian .

More info here:


How To Deal With A Stroke

My mother had a severe stroke in June of 2011 and it was devastating to her and my entire family.  Especially my father.

The initial shock of seeing your loved one in the hospital is awful.  But you need to try and stay calm for the stroke victim and re-assure them that they will be okay.

My mom went into a rehab and started to regain her speech shortly after.  She started rehab and I was there every day to watch, learn and work with the physical therapists in her therapy.  I am a personal trainer so this came easier to me than most.

Her right side was affected but her right leg has come along. The first day I saw her stand and walk, with much help, I was in tears.

Unfortunately her right arm is not coming along as hoped and its been 2 years.

I truly believe in prayer and had a huge prayer chain going for mom from day one.  I believe the progress she has made is my encouraging her, along with her physical therapists and the prayers for her.

Never give up on a stroke victim.  It can take time but they can make progress.

I had mom home to my house for mothers day this year and she stood from her wheel chair, using a cane, and walked up the 2 steps into my house, with someone on either side of her for support if needed.  It was wonderful!

Don’t give up, keep working, keep praying and progress can be made.

Encouraging the stroke victim to work hard in PT is important, especially if their brain as not been effected, as in my mom’s case.

I pray for anyone going thru this ordeal.  Stay strong and persevere.


Incontinence In Dogs

There are different reasons for this.

It could be:

Spay incontinence

Old age

Kidney issues

Urinary tract infection (UTI).

The easiest to deal with is the UTI.  Once you clear it up the incontinence should stop.

The other causes can be more difficult and there are drugs on the market such as Proin, but they can have side effects.

There are natural remedies that work for some:

Soy milk at about 1/2 cup per day

A mixture of chinese herbs – – has been recommended by a friend who had good results with their products.  They should consult and mix your remedy.

Marshmellow drops

Corn silk drops

Lighter weight in a dog with incontinence from reasons other than UTI is recommended probably because there is less pressure on the bladder.


Intervertebral-Disk-Disease (IVD)

I have no experience with this but it seems worthy of blogging to try and help anyone suspecting it or going thru it with their dog.

I have read that in most dogs diagnosed with IVD, its the discs gradually degenerating over the course of a lifetime.  And small breeds such as Lhasa Apso, Shih Tzu, Dachshund, Pekingese, Cocker spaniel, Beagle, etc.) are termed chondrodystrophoid (KON-DRO-DIS-TRO-FOYD) and more prone to develope IVD.

Most dogs can be treated for pain and specialists will determine if the dog would benefit from surgery.


Yoga With Your Dog

I recently read an article in my local paper about this.  I think it is a great bonding experience for you and your dog.  It can also help to de-stress our dogs at times when we find ourselves stressed and our dogs react to us.

Here are a couple of links:   I had no idea that “doga” has been around for about 4-5 years.

Some positions are possible with small breeds as described in the links.  But there is a lot you can do with a medium, large or giant breed.