Archive for March, 2011

Meet our new Cockapoo puppies!

posted by Dr. James G. Hood
Wednesday, March 30, 2011

On February 28, our 5 year-old purebred Cockapoo Ginger gave birth to her second litter of puppies. We announced it at the time, but did not have photos of the 2 male and 3 female puppies. Now we proudly present the first pictures of these darling new Cockapoos, taken when they were about 3 weeks old. Cockapoo puppies for sale will be available for pick up on April 25.

This is Charlie, a brown male with soulful blue eyes and alot of energy.

Charlotte is a brown female, playful and sweet.

Misty is a black, curly-haired female with cute pink feet.

Molly is a brown female who loves to cuddle.

And last but not least is Samuel,  a black,
curly-haired male with a sweet, mischevious disposition.

Cockapoo puppies for sale will be weaned from their mother at 8 weeks, and they will  be taken to the vet to have their tails docked and their dewclaws removed. Full health exams and vaccinations will also be given at this time, and then they will be ready to go to their new homes! If you are interested in taking home one of these cuties, please give us a call at 509-928-1800 for more information. Mountain Valley View Farm is located in the beautiful Spokane Valley of Eastern Washington, and puppies can be picked up at the farm. We are also happy to ship them via airlines to anywhere in the US.

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.  This breed is eager to please, vigorous, and friendly, making these dogs a popular choice as a companion. The Cockapoo has an easygoing personality and generally gets along well with children and other animals.

Our puppies are second-generation Cockapoos, which are more rare and valuable. Normally a Cocker Spaniel is bred to a Toy Poodle, but in this case two Cockapoos were bred to each other. This produces smaller litters, which is why second-generation Cockapoos are more rare.


Easter Traditions: Chocolate

posted by Dr. James G. Hood
Saturday, March 19, 2011

Chocolate bunnies and eggs are as much a part of Easter as a ham dinner or Easter egg hunt. But is this chocolate fetish a modern invention, or do its roots go deeper than that?

In the ecclesiastical calendar, Easter follows immediately after the end of Lent, a time when Catholics and some Protestant denominations refrain from certain foods and festivities in honor of Jesus’s 40 days of fasting in the desert. Rich foods like eggs, milk, cheese, and most meats have traditionally been popular choices for abstaining since the early Middle Ages, and chocolate was added to the list once it was introduced to Europe by the Spanish in the 16th and 17th century. Following the enforced abstinence of Lent, many people enjoyed celebrating Easter with a return to all the delicious foods that they had been missing, and eventually this became a tradition of eating chocolate at Easter time. In addition, chocolate was seen as a luxury item for many centuries, making it a natural choice for the traditional gift-giving that occurred during many Spring festivals.

The chocolate eggs and bunnies that are so popular these days are a more recent addition to Easter lore. As we have seen in our previous discussion of Easter traditions, eggs and rabbits have strong symbolic ties to the holiday through the pagan goddess Eostre and the rabbit’s natural fertility. This made them a natural choice for shaped hard chocolate candies, which were not invented until the 1850’s. Decades later, the Industrial Revolution enabled the chocolate making process to expand into mass production, and with the higher availability of chocolate eggs and bunnies at Easter time began the establishment of it as a widespread tradition.

This concludes our series on Easter traditions. Please enjoy the following recipe from Karen Hood’s wonderful cookbook Easter Delights. It is the perfect way to enjoy the tradition of chocolate this Easter.

Chocolate-Covered Peanut Butter Eggs

Children love chocolate-covered peanut butter eggs,
so these will disappear quickly.

¼ c. butter
¼ c. brown sugar, firmly packed
¾ c. powdered sugar
½ c. creamy peanut butter
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 pkg. semisweet chocolate chips
2 Tbs. shortening


  1. In 1-quart microwave-safe bowl, microwave butter and brown sugar on full power for 1 to 1½ minutes, stirring every 30 seconds or until brown sugar is melted.
  2. Stir in powdered sugar, peanut butter, and vanilla.
  3. Shape by teaspoonfuls into egg shapes; chill.
  4. In double boiler or heavy saucepan, melt chocolate chips and shortening over low heat.
  5. With wooden pick, dip each egg into chocolate mixture, coating completely.
  6. Place on wax paper-lined baking sheets.
  7. Store in refrigerator until ready to serve.

© Karen Jean Matsko Hood 2011

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