This post is about an organization that encourages dog owners to train their animals to be therapy dogs. Read below to see how you can participate. — Barb


Everyone needs

Cheering Up

from time to time


Maybe it’s YOU

& YOUR DOG they’ve been

waiting for!







Canines for Christ of Greater Cincinnati is a faith-based pet therapy organization that provides training for dog owners looking for a way to share faith or encouragement in a comforting, non-threatening way. Canines for Christ (CFC) dogs and handlers visit schools, libraries, nursing homes, hospice care facilities, and community events, bringing love, comfort, fun, and encouragement to those who often need it most.

YOU CAN GET INVOLVED! Here’s how . . .

CFC is offering an 8-week pet therapy training program for dog owners at the Whitewater Crossing Christian Church (5771 St. Rt. 128, Cleves, OH).

Classes start Tuesday night, Sept. 4th

(6-7:30 pm).

$75.00 Class Fee

At the end of the program, you and your dog can test to become a licensed therapy team.

NO PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED. Registration will be handled the evening of the 1st class, so come early!


For more information visit the

Canines for Christ


Whitewater Crossing





Our Charlie Girl is on a grain-free diet. So, I wanted to create a treat that would be both healthy for her and easy for me.


  • 1 cup white rice flour*
  • 1 medium banana, smashed
  • ¼ cup peanut butter**
  • 3 T. water
  1. Mix all ingredients together. Add more water or flour as needed.
  2. Roll out dough to ¼ inch thick on a lightly floured surface. Use a cookie cutter to cut into desired shapes or use a bottle cap to create smaller treats.
  3. Place dog treats on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 15 – 25 minutes. Time varies depending on the size of the treat.
  4. Allow to cool completely before storing in a paper bag. The dog treats will soften if stored in an airtight container.


This makes approximately 60 treats. These will last for a couple weeks — although, if it were up to our Charlie Girl, they would be gone in a day. She loves them! As with any treat, give them sparingly. You can freeze some for later.


*Please note: I used white rice flour but, for other grain-free options, you can use quinoa, bean, or oat flour (or a combination).

**The best peanut butter is raw with no added sugar or salt. Make sure the peanut butter does not  contain Xylitol (a type of sweetener that is toxic to dogs).

In August 2016 a goal was accomplished and a dream achieved by Andrea Alt.  


After having served 10½ years as a police officer, Alt enrolled in a K-9 training program. Fourteen weeks later she became the Amberley Village Police Department’s first female K-9 handler. 


Creed, her German Shepherd, has been by her side now for close to 2½ years. He arrived from Czechoslovakia at  the age of 16 months.


“When I first met him,” says Andrea, “he was like a wild animal who did not trust anyone. After a few weeks of training, and hours on end, I was able to get him to not leave my side. Building that trust was amazing.” 


Amberley Village is one of approximately ten police departments with K-9 units in Hamilton County, Ohio


Based on their overall health, dogs trained for K-9 units can serve from 7-12 years. But there’s more to life than just service. The years of working together bonds the dogs and their handlers.


So, when Creed retires he will remain with Andrea — as a lifetime companion.