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Good Dog Jack Presents

Lazy Days
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Lazy days, relaxing on the couch.

An original oil painting.
Canvas measures 8" x 10"
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It's me, and the "Help" photo again.  And you know what that means.  Mom is looking for Westies, (and honorary Westies), for "Westie of the Month" in our upcoming 2021 newsletters.  

We would love to hear from you!  (Especially me.  Mom promised that I would get a big piece of cheese if I did I good job!)  We have spots available for May through December.  

If you would like to be featured as "Westie of the Month" all you need to do is send Mom some photos and information about yourself.  That's easy, right?

If you've already been "Westie of the Month" and would like to appear again, please contact us.  We would love to feature you in an update!

Thank you!  We appreciate your help.  (And I really appreciate the cheese!)
~ Westies of the Month ~
Riley and Hanna Banana
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Hello everybody!  It's us!  Happy spring and happy April!

An awful lot has happened since we sent out our last newsletter.
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Riley had a birthday and turned 12 years old.
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We celebrated Christmas,
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and a brand new year!
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Mom bought us some yummy treats for Valentine's Day,
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and some delicious green cookies for St. Patrick's Day.
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And before we knew it, it was April!  

(Unfortunately for us, that means bunny ears.  Good grief.)
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~ Riley Speaks ~
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Hello everybody!
Happy April Fool's Day, and Happy Easter too!  

I couldn't decide what to write about this month and asked Mom for some advice.  She said, "Riley, write about something that you are passionate about."  Wow, that cleared things up for me immediately.  I am most passionate about one thing in my life....FOOD!

I learned all about apples from an article written by Dr. Becker on the Mercola website.  I hope you enjoy it, and eat an apple too!

Your friend,
Riley
Can Dogs Eat Apples?
YES!  (Yay, I LOVE apples.)  Apples are safe for dogs, as long as you remove the seeds and the core.

Apple seeds contain amygdalin, which can degrade into cyanide when damaged.  Cyanide is an extremely poisonous component that may cause serious health repercussions.  So if you’re planning on giving your dog apples, remember to remove the core and the seeds to keep them healthy and safe from harm.

Apple slices are a good choice for a healthy pet treat.  Because of the nutrient density of apples, your dogs can get the following benefits:
1. Apples may help keep your dog’s teeth clean and breath fresh.  Because of its malic acid, eating apples may help polish your dog’s teeth.
2. Apples promote gastrointestinal health.  They are rich in fiber, which is an essential component in promoting better digestion and metabolism in both humans and pets.
3.  Apples may aid in the prevention of degenerative conditions.  They are packed with essential vitamins and minerals that may help provide your dog’s body with the protection it needs. They are rich in vitamins A, C and K, which are necessary for numerous important body processes.

If you're going to give your dog apples, try to select organic apples, as conventionally grown apples are typically treated with pesticides.  It's also best to feed them apple slices rather than giving them apple juice, as juice can cause spikes in blood sugar and possibly upset the GI tract.
~ What's Cooking? ~
with Hanna Banana
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Hi everybody, it's me, Hanna Banana!

Mom has been making us some really delicious Crockpot chicken and vegetables.  Riley can't get enough of it.  It's SO yummy!  We hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do.

Bone appetit!
xoxoxoxo
Chef Hanna Banana
Crockpot Chicken and Rice with Vegetables

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 5 - 8 hours

  Ingredients:

1 cup brown rice
1/2 pound green beans, broken into segments
1 medium-sized, raw sweet potato (cut into chunks, leave the skin on)
  3 sliced carrots
  2 boneless chicken breasts
  2 cups water

Directions:

1. Layer ingredients in a crockpot in the order listed. (Chicken breasts should be on top.)
2. Cover with water and cook on low for 8 hours (or high for 5 hours).
3. When cooked, stir the ingredients and shred the chicken into small pieces.
4. Let cool and serve.  Leftovers can be frozen for later use.

Notes:
Broccoli florets, zucchini, spinach or squash can all work well in this recipe. You can also swap the chicken breasts with turkey or beef.
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This is our dinner before Mom added the second chicken breast and cooked it.  
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And this is us enjoying it!  Yum.
*Photos of the Month*
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Happy 2nd Birthday Nicky!
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Sweet Sadie
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Riley's (incredibly funny)
Joke of the Month
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Here it is, what you've been anxiously waiting for, April's joke of the month.  
Where does the Easter bunny eat breakfast?

At IHOP!
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Three paws up, and a hop from the Judges!
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* Good Dog Jack *
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A Westie who will remain in our hearts forever.