Hi-Ho, Hi-Ho, it’s off to work we go . . . yep, it’s Monday morning, and yet again the weekend flew by so fast I’m shocked I don’t have a case of whiplash! We have some interesting things to celebrate, so let’s get on with the fun and enjoy our day!
Work Like a Dog Day/Assistance Dog Day – The very first ever National Assistance Dog Day was celebrated on August 9, 2007. The 2nd Thursday in August was registered to honor these amazing dogs by Marcie Davis, a paraplegic and president of Working Like Dogs. For the last 41 years Ms. Davis has been confined to a wheel chair due to a spinal cord infection she contracted when she was 6 years old. Twenty-two years ago she received her first service dog, a Labrador Retriever/Golden Retriever mix. She said that this amazing dog changed her life, giving her a sense of independence and confidence she hadn’t had before. When the help of her wonderful canine companion she was able to do things she was afraid of doing on her own before. Now she works to raise awareness through Working Like Dogs, which raises awareness and honors assistance dogs. Most people are aware that the blind and paraplegics like Ms. Davis often have service dogs to help them maneuver through life, but some people don’t know that there are other groups who benefit from these highly trained animals as well. My son-in-law’s service dog can tell when he is going to have a seizure, alerting him that he needs to get down on the floor where he won’t hurt himself as badly if he does have one. Military heroes – such as my son-in-law – often suffer from severe PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury, or other such issues – and service dogs have proven to be invaluable to them. Please, if you have the chance to donate to an agency that provides funding for these incredible dogs for people who desperately need them but cannot afford them, do. You could be saving a life, or making a life easier to live.
* The largest oyster-producing body of water in the world is located in Chesapeake Bay on the east coast of the U.S.
* Almost two billion pounds of oysters are eaten each year.
* In the U.S., east coast oysters tend to be smaller, milder and saltier. West coast oysters are creamy and sweet.
* Only one out of every 10,000 oysters will produce a pearl.
- Oysters Kilpatrick
- Red Curry Oysters
- Blackened Fried Oysters With Lemon Cocktail Sauce
- Cornmeal-Fried Oysters With Chipotle Mayonnaise
- Thai Barbecued Oysters
- Stir-Fried Oysters With Garlic
- Oyster & Wild Rice Casserole