I’d like to introduce you to a new member of our family. His name is Charlie, he’s a pure bred Cocker Spaniel we rescued from a dog shelter. It all happened just over a week ago now on a Saturday afternoon when my husband and I were filling in time before we had to pick my daughter up from school where she was engaged in school musical rehearsals.
We decided to have a coffee and read the papers at a cafe at Albert Park Lake, a lake 3kms from the heart of Melbourne city that is popular for dog walking, running, biking, sailing and rowing. Come March each year the roads around the lake also become the Formula One Grand Prix Track.
It was raining heavily and whilst I was purchasing a parking ticket to place on the windscreen of the car, my husband spotted this beautiful dog who was muddy and wet, he went over to pat him and thought what a great dog he was. Upon chatting to the guy walking him, whose name was Alex, he learnt the dog was from a shelter and they were looking for a new home for him. We thought he was such a lovely dog, we took a few photos of him, asked Alex for his mobile number and said goodbye.
Nick and I went into the cafe and tried to find the dog on the shelter’s website. We couldn’t find him and he went out of our heads until Sunday afternoon. On Sunday afternoon, having all family members home at the same time for a change, we decided to go for a drive and have a pub lunch somewhere. It was after having a beautiful meal and a glass of rose in front of an open fire on a very cold day, I showed my youngest daughter Hayley a photo of the dog and that was it…she had to be the person to rescue him (those eyes!!!)
Nick rang Alex, who asked us to come over at 7pm that night. After chatting with Alex and his beautiful wife they thought we’d be great new owners. He came home with us then and there.
The ride home with him was very exciting and it took us a couple of hours to find the right name for him…Charlie was chosen, I think it really suits him. He is very active and needs at least two walks a day (morning and night) and in between if he had his way. He is very sweet and obedient but with a cheeky side you cant help but love. His hair was longer, I took him to the groomers and he was cut right back due to heavy matting and knots. He is a delight, a joy and I’m so glad he’s a part of our family. Do you have a dog? How long have you had yours for? What breed? I need some tips on how to keep him quiet in the backyard when I’m out as I don’t want him disturbing the neighbours barking unnecessarily.
Of course I had to bake Charlie some doggie biscuits as a welcome gesture..I’m happy to report he loves them. The recipe is from a very popular vet here in Australia called Dr Harry, who’s had various veterinary television shows over the years and now has a segment on Better Homes and Gardens. These are healthy biscuits and the parsley will make their breath smell great.
Dr Harry’s Canine Biscuits
1 bunch parsley, chopped 1/4 cup finely chopped carrot 1/4 cup grated mozzarella cheese 2 Tblsp olive oil 2 3/4 cups wholemeal flour 2 Tblsp unprocessed bran flakes 2 tsp baking powder 1/2 to 1 cup water
Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Place non stick baking paper on two cookie trays. In a bowl, mix parsley, carrots, cheese and oil. In another bowl stir together flour, bran and baking powder. Add parsley and stir well. Gradually add 1/2 cup of water. Mix well, adding more water if needed to make the dough moist. Knead for 1 minute on a floured surface.
Roll the dough to 1cm thickness. Using a small dog bone cookie cutter cut as many shapes as you can (I got 47 biscuits from this dough), re-rolling the scraps. Place on baking trays and bake for 20-30 minutes until biscuits are golden brown. Cool on a rack, the biscuits will harden as they cool. Store in an airtight and dogproof container for up to two months.