A Publication of St. Louis Critter Sitters
May 2007

Breed of the Month –The Golden Retriever

A symmetrical, mighty and exuberant dog, the Golden Retriever is graceful and pleasant-faced. It has a dense, water-repellant golden-colored coat that lies close to the body and is neither coarse nor silky. It should have been born with its own tennis ball because there’s nothing this breed likes better than to chase after a tennis ball and hold it in its mouth—seemingly forever.

Did you know…That the first Golden Retriever was shown in England (listed as the Golden Flat Coats) in 1908? The breed arrived in North America in the 1920’s.

Did you know…The idea of a Golden Retriever was an original cross between a Yellow Retriever and a Tweed Water Spaniel? Later on down the line, cross-breedings integrated Irish Settler, Bloodhound and more Tweed Water Spaniel has resulted in the darling Golden Retriever we know today!

Welcome to Dogaholics Anonymous

Good afternoon, I AM a dogaholic. I would like to welcome all of you to this months meeting of "Dogaholics Anonymous."

Some of you are here tonight because a friend or relative brought you here. You may be sitting here thinking that you are OK and that you really don't need any help. It is not easy to admit that you are a dogaholic, and it is even harder to bring yourself to a DA meeting for help.

DA is here to assist you. I have some questions to ask. If you answer YES to more than three of the following, you have come to the right place.

Can you say "bitch" in public without blushing?

Do you drive a station wagon, van or 4x4 when everyone else drives a real car?

Do you have more than one car: one for you and one for the dogs?

Do you spend your vacations and holidays going to shows, specialties and seminars when everybody else goes on a cruise?

Do you discuss things at the dinner table that would make most doctors leave in disgust?

Do you consider formal wear to be clean jeans and freshly washed tennis shoes?

Is your interior decorator R.C.Steele?

Was your furniture and carpeting chosen to match your dogs?

Do you know the meaning of CD, CDX, UD, CGC, HIT, WC, JH, MH, CH, BIS, AD, AX, TD, TDX and OTCH?

Is your mail primarily dog catalogues, dog magazines and premium lists?

Do you get up before dawn to go to Training Classes, Dog Shows, Seminars, but have trouble getting up for "work"?

If you have dresses, do they all have pockets? Do those pockets often contain freeze dried liver, Rollover or squeaky toys?

When you meet a new person do you always ask them what kind of dog they own and pity them if they don't? Do you remember the name of their dog sooner than you remember their name?

Do you find non dog people boring?

If you answered YES to one of the above, there is still hope. If you answered YES to two, you are in serious trouble. If you answered YES to three or more, you have come to the right place ...

My advice to all of you with three or more Yes' is to sit back and smile, turn to the smiling person next to you, and know that your life will always be filled with good friends and good dogs and it will never be boring.

Author Unknown

Pet Tip – Free Feeding Seldom Works

Allowing your pet to free feed (leaving food out all day) seldom works. Most often, pets are overweight or can become overweight. But equally important, the quality of the food diminishes as it sits out in the open.

That is why it is so important to keep dry food sealed in an airtight container until it is used. Think of potato chips that sit out on the counter all day. They get rather awful. It is the same with dry dog food.

Leaving food out all day is also an invitation for bugs, which can lead to harmful bacteria growth in your pet's food. YUCK!

Besides, by leaving your pet's food out all day is allowing your pet to be in charge, NOT YOU!


St. Louis Critter Sitters
Recipe Corner

Banana Biscotti

  • 5 cups         White Flour
  • 1/4 cup        Peanuts -- chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon   Baking Soda
  • 1 medium       Egg
  • 1/4 cup        Vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups     Pureed Banana
  • 2 teaspoons    Vanilla
  • Water


Preheat oven to 325F/160C.

Mix dry, then wet ingredients until lumpy. Add water, one teaspoon at a time as needed. Knead by hand on table until mixed thoroughly.

Form into logs approximately 2" - 2 1/2" high. Flatten so that log is 6" - 7" wideby 1" high.

Place on non-stick baking sheets. Bake approximately 30 - 40 minutes. Remove and cool for 10 minutes. Slice into 1/2" - 3/4" slices. Place on baking sheets and bake for about 20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool.

Dog Letters To God

Dear God, How come people love to smell flowers, but seldom smell one another? Where are their priorities?

Dear God, When we get to Heaven, can we sit on your couch? Or is it the same old story?

Dear God, Excuse me, but why are there cars named after the jaguar, the cougar, the mustang, the colt, the stingray, and the rabbit, but not one named for a dog? How often do you see a cougar riding around? We dogs love a nice ride! I know every breed cannot have its own model, but it would be easy to rename the Chrysler Eagle the Chrysler Beagle!

Dear God, If a dog barks his head off in the forest and no human hears him, is he still a bad dog?

Dear God, Is it true that in Heaven, dining room tables have on-ramps?

Dear God, If we come back as humans, is that good or bad?

Dear God, More meatballs, less spaghetti, please.

Dear God, When we get to the Pearly Gates, do we have to shake hands to get in?

Dear God, Are there dogs on other planets or are we alone? I have been howling at the moon and stars for a long time, but all I ever hear back is the Retriever across the street!

Dear God, Are there mailmen in Heaven? If there are, will I have to apologize?

Dear God, Is it true that dogs are not allowed in restaurants because we can't make up our minds what NOT to order? Or is it the carpets thing, again?

Dear God, May I have my testicles back?

Water - The Liquid of Life
Water is so common that it is strange to think of it as medicine. But holistic veterinarians believe it is one of the best 'drugs' for protecting your pet's health. Water does much more than quench his thirst. It regulates his body temperature, aids in digestion, and lubricates his tissues. More important, it is the body's mass-transit system. It is constantly transporting oxygen and nutrients to cells throughout the body and carrying away the wastes.

Holistic veterinarians don't write prescriptions for water, but it is an essential part of many treatment plans. Pets with constipation are often encouraged to drink more because water lubricates the digestive tract and helps stools move smoothly. Water can also flush away bacteria that cause urinary tract infections, and a high-water "diet" is often recommended for pets with urinary stones. For pets with arthritis or hip pain, using water externally—in the form of a good swim—will strengthen the joints and help prevent pain.

You can't force your pets to drink more water. What you can do is make water more appealing. Here are a few tips holistic veterinarians recommend:

Buy bottled water. Many pets dislike the smell (and taste) of chlorine and other substances in tap water. Bottled spring water is inexpensive, and most pets prefer it to tap water.

Add a little flavoring. When you want your pet to drink more, try adding a little flavor to his water bowl by pouring in a small amount of juice from a can of clams or the water that's left after boiling meat or chicken.

Put gravy on the menu. One of the easiest ways to help your pets get more fluids is to moisten their dry food with a little water or 'juice', as mentioned above. Change the bowl. Dogs and cats are extremely sensitive to odors, and plastic water bowls may develop "off" smells that discourage them from drinking more. Switching to glass or ceramic bowls will prevent odor buildups.

"The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That is the essence of humanity."
...George Bernard Shaw