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www.bhamwoof.com 31 to the rescue in like an old man and we had him house trained in two days.” At night Leo bed surfs between 3-year-old daughter Naomi’s and Xavier’s room. “He wants to be so close when he sleeps, it’s sometime impossible to move him over to make room for anyone else in the bed,” she laughs. I met Leo and the Martins on an outing to Moss Rock Preserve in Hoover and was enamored with the calm and patient way he interacted with his family. They hiked, waded in the stream, and poked in and out of the delicious nooks and crannies in the giant boulders. Leo was up for any- thing, including impromptu hugs and meddlesome poses for the camera. I was in love and still had a hard time believing this dog had not grown up with this family of four. I wasn’t at all surprised to learn that Leo receives his own wrapped Christmas gifts, and recently celebrated the anniversary of his adoption—complete with a cake. (see recipe in sidebar) “It’s so great to raise kids with a dog,” muses Candi. “With Leo, we are able to teach Naomi and Xavier how to be respectful to animals.” Sounds like the Martins are teach- ing all of us that opening your home to a dog in need has a giant payoff in more ways than one. • Bacon Chicken Layer Cake • 3 cups flour • 1 T. baking powder • 1/2 cup margarine, softened • 6 eggs, beaten • 1/2 cup corn oil • 2 jars strained chicken baby food • 2 cups finely shredded carrots • plain or vanilla yogurt • 2 or 3 strips of bacon, fried crisp, then crumbled, or use bacon- flavored jerky strips, cut into bits. DIRECTIONS: Generously grease and flour two 8” round cake pans; set aside. Combine flour and baking powder; set aside. In a mixing bowl, beat softened margarine until smooth. Add eggs and corn oil; mix well. Add strained chicken and shredded carrots and mix until smooth. Add flour mixture and mix thoroughly. Pour batter into the 2 prepared 8” cake pans. Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour. Let cool for a few minutes before removing from pan. Cool completely on wire racks. Place one layer on a serving plate and spread yogurt on top. Place second layer on top, then spread yogurt on top and sides of the entire cake. Sprinkle crumbled bacon or bits of jerky strips over the top. Use “Pupperoni” sticks for “candles.” Enjoy! Do you know a great rescue story? If so, email firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to hear your stories!