Tucker Arrives Notes
Tucker has arrived after much preparation. My beloved Henry crossed over the Rainbow Bridge a couple of months ago. For awhile I said I would never get a new studio dog again, but I found myself to miss my companion too much. I didn’t have much to laugh at anymore and I was lonesome for him. I have almost always had a studio dog since I was about 10 years old.
I found Tucker through a breeder in Ocala. He has impeccable credentials and is a lovely little boy French Bulldog. I think Henry would approve. After two weeks of purchasing a crate, bedding, a house bed, a studio bed, water container, food bowl, kong toy, leash, collar, harness, etc.etc.etc. Tucker is ready for a great life adventure. His large play pen has been mowed and cleaned of debris.
I am ready for the arduous task of training him to be the super star he will become. I learned a lot about training bulldogs with Henry. I won’t make the same mistakes with Tucker. I have endless stories about Henry’s puppy adventures, including the shock that bulldog puppies will literally eat anything. Henry swallowed a battery. I walked in to see him foaming at the mouth. I had to rush him in to the vet to have his stomach pumped. It seared off the skin on his tongue. That same year he ate about a 1/4 bag of fertilizer. He ate a tube of blue paint and pooped blue for a week. I remember thinking I had made a horrible mistake in getting a Frenchie. He turned into a charming loyal dog, beautifully behaved after puppy hood, and was the best dog I ever had. (I feel that way about every dog I ever had) I was not prepared for a Frenchie then. I am now.
I’ll be sharing many new adventures. Dogs make you laugh and they keep you young. I’m the luckiest girl in the world.
1 cup butter 2 ¾ cups plain flour
2 cups sugar ¼ teaspoon salt
3 eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla
¼ teaspoon baking soda
Cream 1 cup of butter with 2 cups of sugar. Add 3 eggs, one at a time, beating after each one. Sift plain flour 3 times before measuring the 2 ¾ cups, add ¼ teaspoon salt then add to mixture above in small amounts at a time. Flavor with 2 teaspoons of vanilla. Bake at 325 degrees from 1 and ½ hours in a tube cake pan.