Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Results are In! More Doggie Play Date Fun and a Master Cook Show Down

Hi all, Dianne here.  I downloaded the photos from our very fun doggie play date this morning (including the fun shot above) and checked our e-mail just before going to Blogger.  Lo and behold, Tequila's DNA test results were in, so I'll add that to today's blog!

She looks so much like a cattle dog that that is what we expected her to be (mostly, anyway).  We knew her face wasn't right, and her energy level is WAY below that of most cattle dogs, so we were not too surprised to discover....
She's a basset hound mix!!  The pointy ears come from the mini bull terrier.  Her face looks like a Vizsla/Basset Hound.  I actually don't see any German shepherd in her at all.  It could be that since I don't like German shepherds I'm turning a blind eye to that result, but I really don't see it.  I'd rather skip the mini bull terrier, too, but those ears are hard to ignore!  

As always, we had lots of fun at play date this morning.  Bandido and Tequila burned up lots of energy playing with their friends.  Here are some photos with captions:
Bandido and a new friend playing "Who's got the ball?"

Tequila and Rusty playing Run and Tug, with Callie and Roxie not far behind

The pause that refreshes!
Born to Run!

Can I come over and swim, too?
The dogs were worn out, and it was time to go.  We started for the gate and Tequila displayed one of her "basset hound" tendencies by staging a "lay-in" -- she did not want to go!  She pulls this prank every now and then, knowing that she's much too heavy to pick up and carry.  After a little extra prodding she finally got up and joined our procession to the gate.

Now for the Master Cook showdown....   Back in the early 1990s I started the long process of moving my favorite recipes to the computer.  The only software available at the time was Master Cook.  Over the years, after moving from Windows 95, Windows 98, 2000, XP, and now Windows 7, my older (family favorite) recipes within Master Cook have given me nothing but headaches.  Master Cook stopped working on my computer, so I upgraded to the new 2011 version that would work in Windows 7.   Then, the new Master Cook stopped working altogether, and my complete file of hand-typed-in recipes (over 2,000, some of them saved since the early 1970s) were gone.  For an RV'er, this could have been disastrous, because I sold all my cookbooks to save space in the RV, and no longer have access to the original versions. 

 After two days of sweat and tears, I finally was able to re-upload my backup file into Master Cook just long enough to export them back out in a format that could be switched away from Master Cook.  I did lose all of the most recent recipes that hadn't been backed up.  I did some research and found Living Cookbook software.  It is so superior to Master Cook, and actually has customer support (nonexistent in Master Cook).  My current project is to arrange my entire collection in my new Living Cookbook software.    Its fun to reacquaint with some old favorites, like the vegetable pizza I took to last night's Fat Tuesday celebration at the clubhouse.  The link above would take you to Amazon, if you want to read the reader reviews.  (I always read the reviews on Amazon before buying anything).  Not pushing the software, but I do recommend it.  If you use Master Cook, I would suggest exporting your favorite files out of MC2 format into MX2 or MXP when you back them up; otherwise, if Master Cook goes away you'll no longer have access to them.

Some of these recipes are like old friends!   Anyway, the disaster has been averted and I'm now happily playing around with Living Cookbook, and revisiting some oldies but goodies.  Roger doesn't mind that at all!  Here's a link to the recipe as stored on Evernote. (Added later by reader request). 

The pet photo of the day shows my cattle dog basset-hound-mix lap dog snuggling with me on the recliner while we watch TV at night.


Nancy and Bill said...

Never had a problem with Mastercook, but I will take your advice and get them in a second format.

Now, you can't show us a beautiful pizza like that and not include the recipe;o)))

Travelwithwhippets said...

Will do, Nancy! Check back soon and I'll add a link to it!

Laura said...

I use bigOven - I'm going to check to see if I can import/export though - isn't that the problem with relying on technology!

What crazy results for little Tequila. Sure looks like the dogs have great fun there - what a lovely dog park.

Allen and Lolita DuGuay said...

Sure a nice area for the dogs. Interesting lineage Tequila is from, never would have guessed. She is a beautiful dog. Glad your were able to recover your recipes. We enjoy reading your posts. Have a great week!

Gin and Syl said...

Cattle dog or Basset hound doesn't matter when it's a loved puppy.

Mike and Terri said...

LOVE that pet photo of the day. Tequila looks very relaxed. That pizza does look very delicious. Glad you were able to recover most of your recipes. Mixed breed dogs can be the best, glad to see she has adapted to her new home.