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Carriage Trade Dog Biscuits

A funny thing happened on my way home from work one day. I stopped into Carriage Trade Bakery at 1654 Elmwood Avenue and picked myself up a delicious cut out cookie. I noticed the dog biscuits and picked up a couple of those too. When I got home, just a couple minutes later, we were all happy and waging our tails. Before you knew it, I was stopping in more and more to pick up just one little goodie (almond biscotti, sticky bun, cinnamon roll, and still my favorite – the cut out cookie and dog biscuits). What a place! So charming. So delicious. I got to know the little family. The owners are Andy and Shandra and their daughter Devan. Now who the heck cannot resist their daughter who eats the dog biscuits for an after school snack? Why not? The biscuits are made from whole wheat flour, milk powder, wheat germ, and a touch of brown sugar. They sell for 50 cents each. Shandra said that it’s natural to want to buy your best friend a treat when you buy something for yourself. So many customers walk their dog and tie them out front and that is how the whole idea of making all natural dog biscuits started. Look for the red neon sign that says OPEN and walk on in. The cut out cookies featured now are butterflies and flowers. That will get you in the spring of things.

Shandra with a fresh tray of dog biscuits.

Shandra with a fresh tray of dog biscuits.

The biscuits fit great inside the kong toys.

The biscuits fit great inside the kong toys.

Frozen

 

 

Where’s the beach? Picture taken February 16, 2013 on the Canadian shores of Lake Erie.

Where’s the beach? Picture taken February 16, 2013 on the Canadian shores of Lake Erie.

Disney sure picked the perfect winter to release the movie Frozen. Just like Arendelle in the movie, Buffalo and many other Great Lake and East Coast cities have been in deep, deep, deep, deep snow. Buffalo got nearly 43 inches of snow in January 2014, but this month we expect less since the Great Lakes have frozen over and the lake effect snow is no longer in season with a frozen lake.

Heavy ice protect fish eggs from predators, and it has delighted photographers, ice anglers, cross country skiers, snowmobilers and of course poodles that are allowed to run free.

Nature is a wonder. Winter is beautiful but we all seem to struggle a bit more. This beach will come alive soon in the Spring but right now there are no signs of animal life around.

Winter is the time of sleep for many animals. Turtles,and frogs burrow deep into the mud to hibernate. Woodchucks and chipmunks sleep the winter away snug in their burrows  As do  earthworms and insects such moths, woolly caterpillars and bumble bees. Oh, they will be back. I have seen the chipmunk burrow holes to prove it.

But today on this winter day, I simple enjoyed the bright white snow and ice and taking a walk with my two special guys and two special dogs. It’s crazy to think how much different the beach will look in six weeks.

 

Father and son walks with the dogs along frozen Lake Erie.

Father and son walks with the dogs along frozen Lake Erie.

Where's the beach? Where's the drift wood?

Where’s the beach? Where’s the drift wood? I’ve been running around looking everywhere.

 

 

Buffalo Groundhog

4 Sports Patty

She was a 4 sport athlete in college. When she found out that was against the rules she dropped down to 3 sports.

She was a 4 sport athlete in college. When she found out that was against the rules she dropped down to 3 sports.

I always enjoy having dinner and meeting people out. Recently at the Catholic Diocese dinner, I ran into Patty Blake. I use to run into her when our sons were in high school together. We got to talking, and more talking because I am really good at talking! I learned that she was a super athlete.  It turns out that during the years of 1975-1978 when she was getting her teachers degree at Canisius College she was also quite the athlete. In the Fall, she played tennis and volleyball. When she found out it was against the rules to play two sports during the same season, she chose to drop tennis. She was point guard for the Griffs basketball team in the winter. In the Spring, Patty was playing softball for Canisius. Can you believe it? Stuff like this just can’t happen anymore in sports. So much time and commitment is required to participate in one sport much less two. But, in the late 1970’s rules were changing. Women were benefitting from inclusion rules. They needed female athletes! Patty was there. Patty thrived. Her maiden name is Kieffer and she met her husband Dick Blake while at Canisius College. I love that Canisius College. It’s where leaders are made and marriages too! Patty and Dick make their home in Hamburg where they raised their four children Jeffrey, Laura, Carolyn and Michael. I wanted to share the story of Patty Kieffer Blake. She paved the way for many of our female athletes. Her favorite of all the sports? Playing Basketball! You can still hear her say “GO Griffs!”