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Dear Santa,

We have had an exciting 2012. Frappy and I were busy helping Mom out with the family business, Follow Me Dog Training LLC. We traveled to Ohio, Indiana and to Georgia. We met a lot of new friends and had some good times. Mom said that I did a great job staying on the “NICE” list but she wasn’t so sure about Frappy (something to do with a certain squirrel incident and her and Roger the Rhodesian Ridge Back knocking her down and twisting her ankle.) So I leave that decision up to you. Grandma and Grandpa, in MD, adopted a new dog a couple weeks ago. Her name is Callie. Frappy and I are getting to know her, so we decided to include her in on this letter to you and she mentioned that the Martini we are leaving for you on Christmas eve is from her.

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I have everything I could ever need, but the three of us wanted to get a letter out to you so here are our Christmas wishes:

  • We have a few human friends that are spending their time in Afghanistan and other places far far away fighting for and supporting our country. We also found out one of my close friends is being deployed again in August. With this in mind, we Wish that all our men, women and Military War Dogs that are supporting the USA on foreign soil be safe and courageous this holiday season and until they can come home. 
  • We wish for the ending of breed specific legislation, spay/neuter laws, and dangerous dog laws that are poorly written and are not helping.
  • We wish all the new puppies and rescued dogs that find their homes over the holidays will explain to their owners the importance of training and exercise. (do you need some of Mom’s business cards to drop off at those homes?)
  • We wish that they would outlaw those flexi/retractable leashes…those things are dangerous for us dogs and our owners.
  • We wish for an end to dog fighting through legislation that makes sense…blame the deed not the breed!
  • We wish that when we wake up Christmas morning the room will be filled with Tennis balls, Cuz balls, Discs, Kong balls, tugs and warm beds.

Frappy wanted me to put in something about squirrels, but it wasn’t a very pretty wish, and I think it really would put her on the “Naughty list”

Frappy an I also wanted to remind you that we aren’t at our RVA home so, feel free to go there…mom always keeps the fridge full of beer and I know she didn’t finish off some brownies before we left. Thanks for everything Santa! Have a safe trip, the Leinie’s (and Martinit) will be waiting for you and I promise not to bark when you come down the chimney!

Love from your favorite Malinois, and those other two 😉

Leinie, Frappy and Callie

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Callie, Frappy and Leinie

 

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Hardywood Park Craft Brewery has had some amazing news the past couple months.

First there was the mention of both the Single and Gingerbread Stout in BeerAdvocate Magazine #63. But the Gingerbread Stout was awarded a score of 100 from BeerAdvocate, and 100’s don’t come easy!

This past weekend was the Craft Brewers Conference and BrewExpo America in San Diego. The Hardywood Gingerbread Stout was awarded the bronze medal in the Herb and Spice Beer Catagory! About 3,921 beers were judged in different categories, 799 Breweries were represented and 211 judges from all over the country were in San Diego.

Congrats also go out to the other 4 Virginia beers that took home medals.

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It is that time of year again…the Easter Bunny is making an appearance. I took alot of notes after last year’s fiasco. And I am thinking I might retrace my steps to two years ago and try the carrot thing again. So I had a meeting and sadly, this is what I have to work with this year:

Austin, the Schnauzer has left already, but he was here last year and said he could help young Brady learn the tricks of the trade. I don’t know how much help these three are going to give me but we’ll see.  I think Frappy might be more help this year since the I read her last years letter from the Easter Bunny saying the Squirrels were helping him and foiling all of our plans.

So step one: Lay down a carrot trap

Step Two: dye some eggs and place them strategically around the yard…someone mentioned I might be able to fool the Bunny with my own eggs…

Step three: Working on young Brady’s wind sprints so he can help track the bunny down tomorrow morning.

Step four: Try on the bunny ears, and wait patiently till tomorrow morning.

 

Happy Easter Everyone!!!!

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Dear Santa,

Mom, Frappy, and I came early to grandma’s house because mom hasn’t decorated for Christmas. Of course that means a couple dozen pictures needed to be taken…just a side note, I was the good dog in posing for the pictures 🙂 Frappy was more interested in the squirrels in the back yard..mom doesn’t have a big sliding glass door for us to look through.

I found an elf on the shelf this morning and it reminded me I needed to get a letter out to you. I let him go when he told me he was spying for you. I really really want a stocking full of tennis balls! I’m hoping catching that elf won’t discourage you from filling up the stocking for me. We all know I am better then Frappy.

On Christmas the whole family will be over for dinner except for Meiko the German Shepherd Dog. He is old and cranky..but still deserves a big rawhide bone in his stocking. That means Frappy and I will have to entertain 9 humans…some of them small and into pulling ears and tails. I have a feeling mom may save our big present for while they are here. Both Frappy and I are hoping we get a new Premier Bouncy Bone to gnaw on.

Mom experienced a Christmas Miracle and found Leinenkugel Red Lager at a store here in Maryland and she is already enjoying that, I will make sure she leaves a couple for you.

Grandpa is already putting the food together for Christmas dinner. I think Frappy thinks that is her own Christmas Miracle because he keeps dropping stuff for her and that never happens at home since we all know that the only thing in mom’s kitchen is Beer!

Frappy did help grandma decorate one of the trees when we first got here.

Grandma showed us the Irish Terrier decorations in memory of Maggie and Pepper. And then pointed at our stockings that are hung by the fireplace with care. My stocking has beer mugs all over it, grandma made it special for me!

This year I decided that for Christmas I wish for peace on Earth, goodwill towards dogs and that all of our Military Men, Women and K9’s are safe and come home soon! A few tennis balls wouldn’t hurt either….

Have a safe trip around the world Santa. Keep in mind we will be in MD for the holidays! I won’t bark at you when you come down the chimney and I will make sure Frappy doesn’t eat the cookies we are leaving for you. The Leinie’s will be cold!

Woofs and hugs from your favorite Malinois!

Leinie

PS Frappy is disputing the fact that she is on the naughty list after capturing that robin and chasing the squirrel across the yard and making the rabbits duck under the fence…I will let you deal with her as you may.

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Is a Keg and a Leinie….

DONE!!!!!

Although I have a feeling she meant a Keg of Leinenkugel’s…..

 

PS…keep an eye out for my annual letter to Santa!

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Happy Oktoberfest!!!!

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Mom said she is going to the Beer, Bourbon and BBQ festival on 4 June at the Richmond Raceway Complex! It is inside and no dogs are allowed….but I think it might be a must go for everyone. they are bringing in 60 Beers, 40 Bourbons and plenty of BBQ for everyone. I’m sure mom will tell me all about it when she come home.

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