The dogs have it made here in Kennett. If they decide to visit the male or female dog next door or down the street, the City picks he or she up in a new "Dog Only Truck" and they are delivered to the new animal kennel to be fed and housed in accordance to the State and local animal lover's standards. The care keeper just reads the name and phone number of their home, calls the owner and they come down and drive their "baby" home.
Now the cats are different. They eat the local birds or just carry them back to show their owners their catch. Nice kitty. At night there are so many shinning eyes in the area that you know the mice doing not have a chance. Oh of course their owners feed the feline the very best that the cat likes and not what the owner can afford. You never want a cat to turn their nose up on the food served.
In the catalogs now of any company that carries home decorations or furniture you can always have beds, three different sizes, for the dog or dogs of the house. The children of the city do not receive any better treatment than when a real dog owner wants a comforter in the house of their house for their pet and true friend, the dog. The cat just climbs up the curtin and finds a soft place to sleep and where they can keep an eye on the surroundings.
The children are different as the cooks says, "This is all the time I have to prepare anything, just eat this and go. I have to go to this meeting." Or they say, "How are the meals the school is providing?" Are they balanced and reasonably priced, meaning free?
Here is why this article is written. The dog and cats now has CHEFs that fixes up their daily meals. Even the Big Store has a whole isle for all kinds of ideas. I have seen many times a customer have a cart full of cat and dog food that is more in volume than what they are purchasing for their own good way of life. You know now what a "Dog Life" is now becoming.
This idea tops any list that an animal lover must have in their book of recipes. The question is: "Why does not your four-legged friend have a special home made treat for any occasional like a good trick, holiday, or of course your love, which is all the time.
Here is a wholesome basic batter that bakes up into a crunchy, yummy Doggie Bone that will spoil any pet around. So to keep your pet's tail a wagging lets cook up about a dozen of these goodies in about thirty minutes.
The ingredients are:
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole-wheat flour
½ cup wheat germ
½ cup nonfat dry milk
3 tablespoons vegetable shortening
1 teaspoon brown sugar
½ teaspoon salt
1/3 cup water
\ 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.
2. In a large bowl, combine all-purpose flour, whole-wheat flour, wheat germ, dry milk, shortening, brown sugar, and salt; mix until crumbly. Add egg and water; mix well.
3. On a lightly floured surface, knead dough until smooth. Using a rolling pin, roll out to a ½ inch thickness. Using a dog bone-shaped cookie cutter or a knife, cutout biscuits.
4. Place biscuits on baking sheet and bake 25 to 30 minutes, or until golden. Remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
Some thing that is very scarce here is a job or work that pays a livable income. I guess the City Council thinks the neighborhood garden is the city's big economic gain. Justified by losing money that the tax payer voted in and will be paying on for many more years now in the summer when walking their pets around, all the city tax payer needs is a shopping bag and the highest mark up items "produce" at the Big Store is just a quick reach and bag. They justify that quick movement by calling it a pay back for their additional taxes they are paying now and in the future for jobs in Kennett that is somewhere in the future or when a new form a government is formed (City Manager) that is effective and new ideas come forth.
I wonder now if the City can purchase a plow and prepare the back yards of anyone who wants a lower food bill by growing some vegetables. I have a renter who does that very thing and look on West Harrison Street for his sign this coming summer. Another good neighbor, near one of my renters, is on North Walnut and he grows the best tomatoes around.
I grew up with my parents having a garden in the side yard growing tomatoes, potatoes, green beans, onions and had a cherry and pear tree next to the chicken coop. It was a battle when my pet red rooster's time to go to the table of a meal. Dad just said "old red" was getting old and so Dad took my pet down and traded in for a "younger" chick.
With the experienced farmers forced off the fields and into the city, a talent is here for helping the local economy. Have the City plow gardens in taxpayers back yards, open the rest of the industrial park for small plots that citizens can grown their own vegetables. Expand the Farmers Market is necessary. I do not want to see people selling apples or pencils on the corner of the square to make money for a meal. Sissy would have to start making New Orleans "Poor Boy" sandwiches and a pot of Red Beans and Rice. Things are going to get worse council, and raising your salary is not one way to develop leadership and explore ideas for the betterment of everyone in Kennett.
Treat your pets well. In the winter keep them warm and in the summer have a cool spot and water. I have my renters tell on one or another in their neighborhoods of mistreatment of their animals. I have clauses in my leases on animal care and if they do not care for their pets, I do not care for the renter and will request him to leave for violating the terms of the lease.
Have a Happy
Larry Eiker is a Kennett resident who enjoys traveling all over the world and experiencing great food, while bringing some of those ideas back home to the Bootheel to share with others.