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The First Gentlemen of Virginia, 1909    John Ward Dunsmore

George Washington wasn’t just the first President of the United States of America, he was also a dog lover!

He kept over 36 hounds for his favorite past time, Fox Hunting. He was also an original breeder for the American Foxhound.

This is why I like George though; he had four Hounds named Drunkard, Taster, Tipler and Tipsy.

George Washington was also a fan of a good porter! In a letter written by his secretary Tobias Lear we see his love of Porter brewed by Philadelphia brewer, Robert Hare:

“Will you be so good as to desire Mr. Hare to have if he continues to make the best Porter in Philadelphia 3 gross of his best put up for Mount Vernon? as the President means to visit that place in the recess of Congress and it is probable there will be a large demand for Porter at that time.”

He even had a recipe for his own beer! How do we not love this guy? Although he was mostly a fan of a good dark Porter, preserved in a notebook is this recipe for small beer:

“To Make Small Beer

Take a large Siffer [Sifter] full of Bran Hops to your Taste. — Boil these 3 hours then strain out 30 Gall[ons] into a cooler put in 3 Gall[ons] Molasses while the Beer is Scalding hot or rather draw the Melasses into the cooler & St[r]ain the Beer on it while boiling Hot. let this stand till it is little more than Blood warm then put in a quart of Yea[s]t if the Weather is very Cold cover it over with a Blank[et] & let it Work in the Cooler 24 hours then put it into the Cask — leave the bung open till it is almost don[e] Working — Bottle it that day Week it was Brewed.”

I think we should all raise a good dark porter in honor of George Washington’s Birthday!!!!!

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I’m Thankful for:

  • Any kind of Ball, Frisbee, disc, tug, stuffy, squeaky or thing that I can play with.
  • Pepper, she taught me from when I first came into the house what the rules were and how to play like a Terrier.
  • My friends, it was hard picking a picture because I make so many through my job. Here is me with Bandit, Falcon and Emily.
  • Buteo Bay and everything that comes with it.
  • All the brave women, men and K-9’s that keep the United States free!
  • A sense of humor that keeps my mom laughing at me when I have too much energy for her!
  • My mom….she really is the coolest!


Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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Monday 25 May 2009 is the day America observes Memorial Day. Take a moment at 3pm on Memorial Day, forget about the hot dogs, the ocean breeze, the cold Leinie’s in your hand, the fact that you are sunburning as red as a tomato and think about the men, women and DOGS that served the United States of America in armed conflict around the world.


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My mom and I have a busy working weekend but will take the time monday to send out some prayers to those that have fallen. We will also take special time to think good thoughts for the friends that we have that are currently serving in America’s Armed Forces….Thank you!!!!!


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