What have we done to deserve dogs? Loving, loyal and bundles of fun, anyone who’s ever owned a dog knows how much joy they bring into our lives. Here are just a few stories about how much good dogs do in the world. Rescues Turned Rescuers The National Disaster Search Dog Foundation (SDF) helps improve the world on two fronts. They help create more canine response teams to aid in times of crisis and they rescue shelter dogs from an uncertain future. Not every dog will find their forever home, but SDF is all about rescuing rambunctious canines and training them to be dedicated rescue dogs. “What others see as bad behaviors, we see as talent and potential,” says Denise Sanders, SDF’s communications and development officer. Since its founding, SDF has paired 192 dogs with firefighters and first responders across the country, at no cost to the departments. WHO’S A GOOD BOY? Dog Stories That’ll Make Your Tail Wag
Friends Until the End Seventy-year-old Peter Robson adopted his border collie,
Shep, after his wife passed away. For eight years, the two were inseparable, until Robson’s health took a bad turn and he ended up in the hospital. The nursing team worked with the hospital’s infection control to safely help Robson and Shep be reunited one more time. Shep was overjoyed to see his friend again and Robson
passed away a few hours after the visit. Robson’s family shared the story online, thanking the hospital staff for their kindness and adding that they were “absolutely amazed and touched.” History-Making Hero When animal control officials in Florida met Ghost, a young pitbull mix, they declared the deaf and energetic dog “unadoptable.” The dog was scheduled to be euthanized, but thanks to Swamp Haven Rescue, Ghost met Barb Davenport, long-time dog trainer. Davenport specializes in helping challenging dogs become important members of the community. After a lot of hard work, Ghost is now a narcotics detection dog for the Washington Department of Corrections. He’s the first deaf K-9 in the history of Washington state. Here’s to all the dogs who have changed our lives for the better. May you have all the treats and belly rubs you deserve!
How Hot Dogs and Hamburgers Became National Treasures If your plans for this Independence Day involve firing up the barbecue, you’ll probably be cooking two American classics: hot dogs and hamburgers. Come the Fourth of July, families will be grilling up burgers and dogs from sea to shining sea, but it wasn’t always this way. The story of how beef patties and sausages became culinary symbols of our nation will give you plenty of food for thought. hot dogs had become so unquestionably American that THIS AMERICAN GRUB
Franklin Roosevelt famously served them to King George VI during his royal visit in 1939.
THE BURGER Like the hot dog, the exact origin of the beef patty’s eventual “sandwiching” is lost to history. Once again, it was German immigrants who brought their recipes for “Hamburg steak” with them across the Atlantic, but reports vary as to who first sold the meat patty inside a bun. Multiple diners and fairgrounds across America claim to be the home of the first hamburger. All of these claims date to the turn of the 20th century, a time when our nation was faced with feeding a growing working class quickly and cheaply. By the 1950s, the burger had become a symbol of the American everyman. Both the hot dog and hamburger embody the history of our nation. Immigrant traditions merged with blue-collar needs to create two uniquely American foods. It’s fitting that we celebrate America’s birthday with the grub that has grown along with it.
THE HOT DOG It was German immigrants who brought the “frankfurter” and the “wienerwurst” to American soil in the 1800s. There is much debate over who first decided to place one of these franks in a bun, but by the opening of the 20th century, hot dog stands had popped up all over the Eastern Seaboard. We do know the identity of the man who took the hot dog’s popularity to a national level: Nathan Handwerker. A Jewish immigrant from Poland, Nathan sliced buns for a hot dog stand on Coney Island. After scraping together enough money, he quit his job and opened a stand of his own, undercutting his former employer’s prices by half. Not only did Nathan’s hot dogs outsell the competition, the Great Depression made them the perfect food for a nation suddenly living on a tight budget. By the 1930s,
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