February 8th 2009 9:32 pm
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Hello everypuggy, this is Sophie Amore' and I just want to tell you all how LUCKY I am to be here!! See it all started like this....
Our cousins 'da beagles Buska and Tucker came to visit this afternoon and after some good treats 'da mom was very generous with she put us all in 'da backyard to do our business. After a few minutes something came banging on the front door and when she answered it there were two kids on the doorstep asking her if she had lost four dogs!! See Tucker had opened up the gate in the backyard for all of us and we had decided to stroll through the neighborhood, but then I got losted and couldn't find Maxwell OR 'da Beagles. These kids were calling my name but I didn't know them so I ran away and the kids's mom kept driving around in a car calling for me but I didn't know her and besides-- that's how they initially saw me was cause I ran out in front of her in the dusk and she almost didn't see me!!.... good thing she did see me, with me being black and all that... and then I heard 'da mom calling and calling and offering me treats and beagles but I was afraid she would be mad at me so I didn't want to come but I was SOOOOOO Cold.... see I don't have but a thin coat of fur and it's cold here in Minnesnowta. What I didn't know was that 'da mom had found 'da beagles and Maxwell next door and had lured them back into the house so I was on my own and I was never going to find my band of misbehavin pups!! Eventually 'da neighborhood boys saw me and den I saw 'da mom and they kind of walked towards me which made me run to 'da mom but I didn't trust the treat she was offering..... but then I must have gotten to close and she scooped me up and held me tight and gave me kisses cause she was so happy I came when she told me to. She gave 'da boys money for helping out of the goodness of their hearts and got to know a new neighbor from a few streets over and stuff so I guess everything turned out alright but I don't know if I ever care to go on an adventure by myself like that again.... at least not until it gets warm!! So trust me puggies, life outside your backyard is not all it's cracked up to be-- there are scary cars, and ice, and strange pups who bark at you cause they don't know you and all sorts of danger you can get yourself into-- especially if you are black and it is night!! So 'da mom wants to throttle Tucker who figured out how to open 'da gate... I mean he used to know how but hasn't done it in YEARS.... so 'da mom is pretty mad at him, but I am glad I am safe and with the pups and 'da mom who loves me so much. She said she was terrified and I could hear her heart beating really fast when she held me so I believe her. And then to top things off, when 'da mom took me back inside 'da house, Buska 'da Beagle, a notorious bread thief, had pulled 'da loaf of bread down off the kitchen counter and ate the WHOLE thing!! So again-- STAY at HOME puggers, the world is a big and sometimes dangerous place and I hope I remember my lesson.
Soaking Wet and COLD,
April 26th 2008 1:41 pm
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OMP!! I've been tagged by my new friend Fozzy Bear (I think he's cute!) and since I've never been tagged I just have to play the game!! Here is how it goes.. I have to answer four questions and give four answers for each question then tag four of my bestest friends, or my new friends to get to know them better.... Then I have to let Fozzy Bear know I completed the assignment!! So here goes:
Name 4 Jobs you Have:
1. Looking beautiful and maintaining my puppy diva status.
2. Watching over Maxwell cause he's old and he could have a heart attack while barking at the neighbor Roy.
3. Annoying my cousins, Buska and Tucker the beagles. ESPECIALLY Buska.
4. Snuggling and Loving 'da mom as much as possible so she doesn't miss Pugsident Irving as much.
Name 4 Places I have Stayed At:
Well, I'm only six months old so not as worldly as some... but here goes...
1. My house!! I love my house and my backyard and sleeping on the pillows on 'da mom's bed!!
2. Grandpaw's house-- four days after 'da mom got me we had to go live at grandpaws house for almost a month. Truth be told, I didn't know where my home was at that point-- it was all very weird and the beagles were there and all my Aunts and Unkles and I was just a wee pup. I even got to go visit Grandpaw in the hospital and he thought I was very cute and he petted my head and gave me a big smile.
3. Aunt Beth and Unkle CR's house. Maxwell and I got to share the King size bed with the beagles and the hoomans. It was a little crowded, and Tucker freaks if he feels you move-- silly dog!
4. Well, I guess I would have to say the Inver Grove Heights Animal Hospital cause I just had my surgery there and had to spend the night. But it was o.k. cause 'da mom arranged for them to give me a pillow to sleep on and they wrapped me in warm blankets after the surgery and that felt good. Before I left to go home with 'da mom everypuggy had to come give me kizzes and hugs and tell 'da mom how snuggly and adorable I was. I also lived in Rochester Minnesota for the first eight weeks of my life with my biological family but I really don't remember them. For me, life started when I met 'da mom and Maxwell!!
Name 4 places you would rather be:
1. Oh, how I long to go to all the pug meetups around town!! I would go everyday if I could and wear my beautiful diva dresses!!
2. I would like to be with my honey bunny Hercules so he could snuggle with me and be very romantic!!
3. I would rather be on 'da mom's lap anytime of the day and I get annoyed when she is on the computer and won't pick me up!!
5. I would rather be with the beagles cause then Tucker and Maxwell chase me around the yard and I have a good time even though Buska just howls at me. I also like to go to the puppy park with the beagles and Unkle CR watches over me!! Also, I would like for everyone to move where it is not cold and snowy.
So there are my answers for being tagged and now I am going to tag......
1. My fun friend Feargus
2. My new friends Lilly Ann and her sister Daisy Mae
3. My new friend Boris Badanov
4. My good friend Gabby
April 15th 2008 2:10 pm
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History of Beer
Brewing is almost certainly the most ancient manufacturing art known to man, and is probably as old as agriculture. Beer is also as old as bread - in fact it is probable that either beer or bread may have been a by-product of the other. According to archaeologists, 'beerbread' was known in many eras.
Earliest references to beer
The Chinese brewed beer called 'Kui' some 5,000 years ago. In Mesopotamia, a 4,000 year-old clay tablet indicates that brewing was a highly respected profession - and the master brewers were women.
In ancient Babylon, the women brewers were also priestesses. The goddesses Siris and Nimkasi were patronesses of beer, and certain types of beer were reserved exclusively for temple ceremonies.
In 2,100 BC Hammuabi, the 6th King of Babylonia, included provisions regulating the business of tavern keepers in his great law code. These provisions covered the sale of beer and were designed to protect the consumer. The punishment of short measure by an innkeeper was drowning, which was an effective way to prevent any repetition of the offence!
An ancient tablet now in New York's Metropolitan Museum lists Babylonian beers as: dark beer, pale beer, red beer, three fold beer, beer with a head, without a head etc. It also records that beer was sipped through a straw - in the case of royalty a golden straw, long enough to reach from the throne to a large container of beer kept nearby.
3,000 year old beer mugs were uncovered in Israel in the 1960s. Archaeologists said that their find at Tel Isdar indicated that beer drinking in Israel went back to the days of King Saul and King David. An Assyrian tablet of 2,000 BC lists beer among the foods that Noah used to provision the ark.
The Egyptian era
Some 5,000 years ago in the Imperial Egypt of the Pharaohs, beer was already an important food item in the daily diet. It was made from lightly baked barley bread, and also was used as a sacrament.
People gathered in the evening to drink at a 'house of beer'. Beer was the natural drink of the country, a basic in the diet of the nobility and of the fellah (the peasant). As well as being a drink, beer was also used as medicine. A medical document which was written in about 1,600 BC lists about 700 prescriptions of which about 100 contained the word 'beer'.
The Egyptians also provided their dead with food and beer. An old Egyptian tomb bears the inscription: "....satisfy his spirit with beef and fowl, bread and beer". In the taverns or houses of beer in Egypt, the favourite toast was "Here's to your ghost".
Beer also had status - a keg of beer was considered the only proper gift to be offered to the Pharaoh by a suitor seeking the hand of a royal princess. 30,000 gallons a year was also offered as a fitting gift to the Gods by Pharaoh Rameses II (1,200 BC). It is recorded that a similar amount was also offered to appease the gods when they became angry.
Isis, the nature goddess, was Egypt's patroness of beer brewing and an important civic official was charged with the task of maintaining the quality of beer, an integral part of everyday life and religion.
Other references to beer from Egyptian times include mention of beer brewed from barley in the Egyptian's Book of the Dead, and many ancient Egyptian wall hangings also depict the brewing of beer.
The Greek and Roman era
It was the Egyptians who reputedly taught the Greeks how to brew beer.
In fact it has been suggested by historians that Dionysus, the wine-god of Greek mythology, was actually a superimposition of Dionysis, the beer-god from pre-historic times.
The famous Greek writer Sophocles (450 BC) stressed moderation, and suggested a diet of "bread, meat, green vegetables and zythos (beer)". Other early Greek writers, Xenophon and Herodotus, also mention beer.
The Greeks in turn taught the Romans to brew, and Julius Caesar, following the fateful crossing in 49 BC of the River Rubicon, toasted his officers with beer.
The Romans then showed the savage tribes in Britain the art of brewing.
Pliny and Tacitus are among the classical writers who record the development of the brewing art among the Celtic and Teutonic peoples of Britain and Central Europe.
The Christian era
Beer really came into its own with the advent of the Christian era, largely through the influence of the monasteries which brewed and improved the beer. Monks often built the first breweries as pioneers of the hotel business, providing shelter, food and drink to pilgrims and other travellers.
Three Christian saints are listed as patrons of brewing, all distinguished members of the Christian faith: Saint Augustine of Hippo, author of the confessions; Saint Luke the Evangelist; and Saint Nicholas of Myra, better known as Santa Claus.
Other saints also had links with brewing. Saint Columban, doing missionary work in Germany, found people preparing to consume a cask of beer in a ceremony to a pagan god. He blew upon the case, which fell apart, and when the crowd became penitent he miraculously increased the small amount of beer left. Saint Bright is credited with changing water into beer to feed lepers. She personally brewed ale each Easter time to supply all of the churches in the neighbourhood.
Saint Mungo, the patron saint of Scotland's oldest city, Glasgow, established a religious brotherhood there in 540 AD, and one of the brothers started brewing to supply the others. Brewing is still regarded as the oldest industry in Glasgow. Saint Patrick, according to Senchus Mor, the book of the ancient laws of Ireland (438-441 AD), numbered among his household a brewer - a priest called Mescan.
The Emperor Charlemagne (AD 742-814), the great Christian ruler, considered beer as essential for moderate living, and personally trained the realm's brewmasters. King Arthur served his Knights of the Round Table with beer called bragget.
Even in medieval times, beer was generally brewed by women. Being the cooks, they had responsibility for beer which was regarded as 'food-drink'. After the monasteries had established the best methods of brewing, the 'ale-wives' took the responsibility for further brewing.
In England at this time a chequered flag indicated a place where ale and beer could be purchased.
Of course few people other than the clergy could read or write, and a written sign would have been of little use.
Many events of this era incorporate the word 'ale', reflecting its importance in society. Brides traditionally sold ale on their wedding day to defray the expenses - hence 'bride-ale' which became 'bridal'. The Christmas expression 'yule-tide' actually means 'ale-tide'.
Saint Thomas A'Becket, martyred archbishop of Canterbury, was selected as patron saint of one of the London Guilds, the Brewers' Company. When he went to France in 1158 to seek the hand of a French princess for Prince Henry of England, he took several barrels of British ale as gifts.
Beer was also handed out free of charge to weary travellers when the Wayfarer Dole was established in England. A Pilgrim's Dole of ale and bread can still be claimed by all wayfarers at the Hospital of St Cross, Winchester, England. This is said to have been founded by William of Wykeham, (1367-1404), and was claimed by Emerson, the American essayist, when visiting Winchester.
Today, "ale" and "beer" are used as interchangeable terms. However, ale, which consisted of malt (usually made from barley although other grains were used), water and yeast, was replaced at the start of the 15th century by beer. Introduced from Flanders, beer was bittered with hops and kept better than English ale because of the preservative quality of the hops.
By the end of the century, beer had almost completely replaced the old English sweet ale, and was being exported to Europe. Records dating back to the 15th century show that almost half of the ships' cargoes taken across the North Sea and the Baltic Sea were barrels of beer.
Until the middle of the 16th century, beer making was mainly a family operation and had little commercial application. However, it was certainly an integral part of everyday diet.
Ladies-in-waiting at the court of Henry VII were allowed a gallon of beer for breakfast alone.
Queen Elizabeth, when travelling through the country, always sent couriers ahead to taste the local ale. If it didn't measure up to the quality required a supply would be shipped from London for her.
William Shakespeare's father was an ale-tester or "conner". The "conner" tested the ale by pouring some upon a bench and sitting on it while drinking the rest. If there was sugar in the ale, or it was impure, their leather breeches would stick after sitting for half an hour or so.
The Dean of St Pauls, in the 16th century, is credited with the invention of bottled ale. Dr Alexander Norwell put ale in a bottle when he went fishing and left the bottle in the grass. Returning some years later he found the cork came away with an explosion but the taste and quality of the ale was still good.
European beer first arrived in America with Christopher Columbus' ships. On his last voyage to America in 1502, Columbus found the natives of Central America making a first-rate brew "of maize, resembling English beer". The Pilgrim Fathers landed at Plymouth Rock, instead of further south as planned, partly because they were out of beer.
A journal entry dated December 19, 1620 said: "We could not take time for further search or consideration; our victuals being much spent, especially our beer".
At the end of the 17th century, the weekly allowance for pupils of all ages at one English school was two bottles a day. Beer was a good deal safer and more palatable than the available drinking water which was often drawn from polluted rivers. And beer was also common in the workplace. The American scientist and statesman, Benjamin Franklin, who lived in London from 1757-1774, recorded the daily beer consumption in a London printing house which he visited. The employees each had a pint before breakfast, a pint between breakfast and dinner, a pint at dinner, a pint at six o'clock and a pint when they finished work.
Well that is my first homework assignment for the Onry Onyx Academy. I think I should get an "A" and puggies should never be afraid to drink beer again!! In fact, I think it should be served at every meal and break in pugdom!!