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About six years ago I was in a nearby Mall with my grandchildren (1rst mistake). They spotted the Pet Shop and wanted to go see the animals. Okay, this will be fun (2nd mistake). Curled up in one of the cages looking really sad and lonely was this gray, fuzzy ball of fur with a curly tail. We all thought he was adorable.

We spot a clerk and ask her what this unusual looking puppy is and learn it is a "Keeshond", relatively new to this area. She says we can take him in a nearby room and play with him (3rd mistake). The Puppy was so excited to be out of the cage, he was wild, running, jumping and playing much to the grandkids delight.

We went through the usual "Please", "He will be a good watchdog", "Grandma, I will help take care of him". These all registered but the deciding factor was the I just couldn't let him go back in a cage. So we brought him home.

We set him free in the back yard and he ran and ran, he clocked many miles that day. Deciding on a name was the topic of the day, they decided on "Osito de Plata" for his registration (which I never sent in) - this meaning
"Little Bear of Silver".

Osito de Plata was too much for the littlest grandson who was about two, and he called him "Pup Pup" (he said everything twice). This somehow turned into "Pupper" which stuck.

They were right about him being a good watchdog, he has a vicious bark for a mid sized dog and I don't tell most people that his bark is worse than his bite. He is also a good friend and companion... and entertaining. This being my first experience with this breed, I did not know that the laying on his back, gyrating and making noises that sound an awful lot like a pig were normal. He is a silly dog but we love him.

Munchie's recipe ~ Garden Chat

We can't forget our furry friends this Christmas...

1/2 cup cornmeal
1-3/4 cups whole-wheat flour
2 tbsp garlic powder
2 tbsp Knorr instant beef stock mix
(chicken or Vegetable can be used)
2 tbsp bacon bits
6 tbsp oil
2/3 cup water (approx)

Mix together well. Roll out to approx 1/4 inch thick and cut out with either your Christmas cookie cutters or use a dog biscuit cutter. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 - 40 minutes, basting with meat drippings or bacon fat. When cooled, put them into a homemade dog sock & hang on the mantle for Fido. Dogs really do like these biscuits, tried, true and tested.

Pupper has had company times since the counter was reset
to zero in May 2000