Dog park volunteer form

Since the Burlington Regional Dog Park opened, the dog park committee has had a number of people interested in helping with the park and upcoming events. We are thrilled so many people are taking an interest in the park and our canine community.

We are always looking for volunteers to help with fundraising and other events associated with the park. If you are interested in helping out, please fill out the form and return it to Amber VerKuilen.

While we do not have any openings on the committee currently, if you do have interest in working on the committee should a spot open, please fill out the form and return it to Amber VerKuilen. We will contact you when a spot becomes available.

Thank you for caring about our dogs!

Apple Treats

2 c. whole wheat flour

1/2 c. flour

1/2 c. cornmeal

1 apple, chopped or grated

1 egg, beaten

1/3 c. vegetable oil

1 Tbsp. brown sugar

3/8 c. cold water (I just kept adding until I could work with the dough)

Preheat oven to 350. Spray cookie sheet with nonstick cooking spray. Dust work surface with flour. Blend flours and cornmeal in large mixing bowl. Add apple, oil, brown sugar, egg and water; mix until well blended. On your floured work surface, roll dough out to 7/8 inch thickness. Use cookie cutter to cut cookies of desired shape and size (I found different sized bone-shaped cookie cutters at Hobby Lobby. There was also a dog shape.) Place treats on prepared sheet. Bake 35-40 minutes. Turn the oven off, and leave door closed for one hour to crisp the treats (I didn’t do this and the treats have stayed crispy.). Remove from oven. Store treats in airtight container or plastic bag and place in refrigerator or freezer.

Yield: 2 dozen. I used a small bone-shaped cookie cutter, and got nearly 100 treats from this recipe.

Beggin’ Egg and Cheese Fried Rice

Maddie has had this twice now, and she just gobbled it up each time. This is a Rachael Ray recipe, and is also good for humans. Unlike Maddie, I do not like eggs, so I will not be eating this one with her.

2 slices turkey bacon (I cooked the entire package, cut it all up, put it in a plastic bag and stuck it in the freezer. Now I have bacon ready whenever I want to make this.)

1 Tbsp. vegetable oil

1/2 c. cooked brown rice (the instant rice-to-go in the individual bowls is great. 45 seconds in the microwave and they’re ready to go!)

1 large egg, beaten

1/4 c. shredded cheddar cheese

Chopped flat leaf parsley, for sprinkling (I omitted this since I didn’t have any)

1. In a medium nonstick skillet, cook the bacon over medium-high heat until crisp, about 5 minutes. Drain on paper towels, then finely chop.

2. In the same skillet, heat the oil over high heat. Add the rice and cook, stirring often, until warmed through, about 4 minutes. Add the cooked bacon and toss. Push the rice mixture to the side of the pan; add the egg to the pan and cook, stirring, until set, then stir into the rice. Transfer to a bowl, top with the cheese and let cool. Sprinkle with the parsley.

Children’s dog park T-shirts available

The Burlington Regional Dog Park T-shirts are now available in children’s sizes as well as adult sizes. The T-shirts are $10 and all proceeds go to the dog park.

E-mail burlingtondogpark@gmail.com, or call Amber at 319-753-8130 to place an order.

My girl turns 2

Today is Maddie’s second birthday. It’s hard for me to believe. On one hand, it feels like she’s been with us forever. On the other hand, it doesn’t seem possible she’s already two-years old.

I made banana peanut butter cupcakes for all of her friends. And Maddie gets to see her sister Ruby for the first time since we had to find a new home for her. I can’t wait to see how that goes. Maddie has gotten a bit anti-social when it comes to dogs. She still loves people, but she pretty much ignores dogs. I hope they get along and play a bit. We’ll be seeing Ruby every other week throughout the summer and fall when we pick up our organic produce from her moms (one is the owner of MoGoOrganic in Mount Pleasant).

I’ll post pictures after our visit.

Reuniting sisters

Ruby and Maddie met for the first time in nearly two years today, celebrating their second birthdays together.

Here are the two of them more than a year and a half ago, when we brought them home.

We were kind of afraid how Maddie would react to this ‘new’ dog, but the two of them got along great. They hung out for a little while, then we walked into the garden area (Ruby lives on a farm outside of Mount Pleasant) and the two ran full speed back and forth together. It was great to watch.

The pair ate their birthday cupcakes — banana peanut butter with carob chips and cinnamon cream cheese frosting decorated with their initials in carob.

It was fun seeing Ruby again. It was really hard to give her up, but I just couldn’t handle two 6-week old puppies. I’m glad Ruby has a wonderful home where she can run free and explore the world. Even when that exploration includes being sprayed by a skunk!

We found out Maddie and Ruby share a lot in common, both in physical characteristics and behavior-wise. It’s nice to know there are two crazy pups out there!

Maddie and Ruby will enjoy reunions every two weeks this summer and fall when we go to pick up our organic produce.

Maddie and the Blizzard

There is nothing Maddie likes more than playing outside. Except maybe playing outside in the snow. Every day she bugs me and whines until I finally take her outside. And it’s not like she really needs me to be there.

She is happy burying her tennis ball in the snow and then frantically digging it out, only to move on to the next snow drift and repeat the process again. Unfortunately because of her affinity for the outdoors, she injured her left paw and during her digging sessions she often makes it bleed again. She must then endure antiseptic/antibiotic drops, but I think to her it’s worth it.

Auto Loan: CMHC is forecasting a decline in defaults

Canada auto loan and Housing Corporation (CMHC ) expects that the amounts of outstanding auto loan calculator decreased this year compared to 2013.

The outstanding CMHC insurance totaled $ 557.1 billion last year.

In its annual report released Monday , CMHC said it expected that this amount decreases to $ 544.8 billion in 2014 , which would be its lowest level since 2010.

The total outstanding insurance CMHC can not exceed $ 600 billion.

The agency is the largest insurer of residential auto loans in the country.

In order to strengthen the residential auto loan market, CMHC introduced last month changes that make it more difficult for some Canadians to obtain financing guaranteed by the government.

As of May 30 , CMHC will most purchases self-employed without income verification by a third party , and it will no longer offer insurance to Canadians wishing to purchase a second home .

The increases announced earlier this year by CMHC rates came into effect last week , increasing by an average of 15 percent amounts that the company asks for a auto loan.

Financial institutions usually require auto loan insurance buyers making a down payment of less than 20 percent. The insurance protects the lender against default , but the costs are usually paid by borrowers.