Archive for August, 2010

New Puppies at Mountain Valley View Farm!

posted by Dr. James G. Hood
Monday, August 30, 2010

Ginger, our full bred cockapoo had a litter of five puppies on July 8, 2010. All of them are second generation cockapoos, which means two cockapoos were bred to each other. Normally a cocker spaniel is bred to a toy poodle. A 2nd generation cockapoo litter is smaller in size. Because this breed is more rare, the expense is higher. Ginger, the puppies’ mother, is a silver, beige, and white cockapoo with a very loyal and loving personality who loves to be around; and the father Reggie is a red cockapoo, a loyal companion who enjoys spending time with his owner. The three females and two males all have a complete set of vaccinations, health examinations, dew claws removed, and tails docked. They are ready for pick-up September 2nd, a perfect gift to start off the fall season.

Cockapoos are known for their intelligent, affectionate personalities and playful activity. They also have the low-shedding and low-dander qualities of the poodle, making them the ideal pet for any home.

If you interested in more information about these sweet puppies or would like to bring one home with you, please call 509-922-0456.

This is Cocoa. She is black with a mahogany colored undercoat. Some say she has brindle coloring, but I’m not sure. She has a white marking under her chin. She is shy, but very sweet. She is the smallest puppy in the litter.

This is Sadie. Red colored female with curly hair. She is very playful and likes to explore. She has a very sweet disposition.

This is Molly. Red colored straight- haired female with white stripe. She has the darkest red coat with dark red ears. She was the first born of the litter.

This is Rex. Red colored male with white stripe. He has a very adventurous personality, and is the biggest of the litter.

This is Teddy. Silver cream colored male. He is an easy-going companion. His coat is the most curly of the whole bunch and he reminds us of a cute cuddly teddy bear.


Huckleberry Season is Here!

posted by Dr. James G. Hood
Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Author: Laurel F
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Here in the Pacific Northwest, we are right in the thick of huckleberry season, that marvelous time of year when the Northwest’s favorite berry is ripe and ready for the plucking!

Huckleberries are a delicious, blueberry-like fruit that can range in color from deep crimson to dark purple. Because huckleberry bushes yield a small amount of fruit compared to other berry bushes, they are rarely grown by farmers. Most huckleberries are handpicked in the wild and sold in local stores and farmer’s markets, or harvested for specific companies that use the berries to make syrups, jams, jellies, and other tasty treats. Many huckleberries grow in high elevations on the slopes of mountains. There are dozens of varieties, but the most sought after is the black huckleberry, which yields its sweetest fruit at elevations of 3000 to 6000 feet.

The huckleberry has great cultural significance for the local Native Americans: the Yakamas used them as a major food source for centuries, and still uses them in feasts and religious ceremonies today. For others in the Pacific Northwest, this berry is quite beloved, spawning numerous Huckleberry Festivals in small towns across the region. Even bears love these juicy, flavorful berries–so if you are out in a remote location looking for your own huckleberries to pick, be careful!

Once you have a gallon or two of huckleberries, what next? How to transform all those sweet berries into delectable treats that will delight you and your family… Luckily, we have just the thing! Huckleberry Delights is a wonderful cookbook full of delicious recipes that will help you make the most out of your huckleberries. Recipes have clear, simple directions and are accompanied by a collection of poems, folklore, and history that add to your enjoyment and knowledge. Huckleberry Delights comes in several formats, including a bilingual English-Spanish version, a Christian version with selected Bible verses, a large print edition, and a journal that can be used to record your own thoughts and recipes. To order this unique cookbook, click here.