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November 26 to December 2, 2015


by Janet McAfee



ennett was never allowed inside a home before, and I shudder to think how he suffered through the scorching Coachella Valley summer. The young couple who owned him already had their moving van packed for their new home when they relinquished Bennett to Loving All Animals. In a sadly familiar story to animal rescue groups, their new home did not allow pets. When they handed him to me, I noted the dog was horribly matted, neglected though not appearing abused as he wagged his tail and happily jumped into my arms. This 1-yr-old Maltipoo got a second chance because Loving All Animals’ foster mom, Julie Kendall, agreed to take him into her home. Julie is pictured here holding this sweet adorable pup. Bennett thrived in Julie’s loving care, and her dog Max happily helped him learn the potty training routine required to be indoors. Without an available foster home, the fate of this wonderful young dog was uncertain. Julie Kendall has fostered 15 dogs thus far for Loving All Animals, caring for them lovingly in her home. She specializes in helping dogs that may be a bit frightened just coming out of a shelter. Julie participated in

a class offered by dog trainer Sandy Miller for Loving All Animals where she learned advanced training techniques. Julie is a unique foster parent who actively networks to help her animals find homes. She has a vast network of friends and contacts in the Pacific Northwest who seek her assistance to adopt small rescue dogs. She has placed 5 dogs in homes in Washington and Oregon. Her contacts know that she provides reliable information about the dogs. This week Julie arranged for Bennett to be adopted by her good friend Rachel Purcell in Oregon. Rachel was thrilled when Bennett arrived, “I love him! He’s so sweet. Bennett is my jogging buddy every morning. Julie would send me daily updates on how he was doing.” What motivates Julie to take in these homeless dogs and prepare them for their adoptive homes? Julie explains, “I was looking for a worthwhile project to work on while I’m in the desert when I met Janet and Lynne (Lockwood) at an adoption event on El Paseo one evening. It brings me great joy to work with these dogs. I’m making a difference in a dog’s life one dog at a time. Loving All Animals provides the vehicle for

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me to do this, and I love working with this organization.” Sometimes others tell Julie they don’t see how she can handle it when her foster dogs leave for adoptive homes. She is quick to respond, “My purpose is to help rescue as many homeless dogs as I can help. If I were to keep them, I could not help the next dog. I tell people ‘Just do it!’ There is no risk, because if a dog does not work out in your home or you go on vacation, they will find another foster. Fostering is perfect for snowbirds that want to travel and can’t have a dog of their own.”

meet pippi This adorable 9-lb Terrier lived the first 3 years in a tent with a homeless man and 10 other dogs. Loving All Animals rescued her from a shelter. Sweet Pippi is a one-person dog, and promises to be a loyal & joyful best “furfriend”. Adoption donation requested. Contact (760) 834-7000.

meet jasmin Meet 1-yr-old Jasmin. This tiny “love bug” Chihuahua girl was rescued by Loving All Animals after being abandoned on a busy freeway. Jasmin would love to be home with you for the holidays! Adoption donation. Contact (760) 834-7000.

Think fostering would make you feel sad when the dog leaves? Imagine how sad that dog feels abandoned in the shelter. When you foster, you often save the life of a dog. Fostering “expands the walls” of our overcrowded public shelters where many adoptable animals end up euthanized due to the lack of space. In the world of animal welfare, “foster failure” is a term of endearment when the wonderful foster parents decide to make it permanent, but this means more homes must be recruited. What is required to foster? The most important ingredient is having room in your heart and a place in your home. The length of time is up to you. Most of the dogs are quickly adopted within a few weeks. If you can provide a home only for a few days, that helps a homeless dog until a long term home can be located. Join Julie Kendall and the life-saving team of foster parents at Loving All Animals. They provide all vet care, food, supplies, training help, and adoption assistance. Foster homes for cats are also needed. Contact their Palm Desert office at (760) 834-7000. Be a part of a happy ending, and help precious animals like Bennett get their second chance.

November 26 to December 2, 2015

by Rick Riozza

Prepping with Prosecco on Thanksgiving


ne of the great joys in the day’s Thanksgiving festivities is preparing for the afternoon or evening dinner where panoply of plates and platters array the holiday table. Everyone can envision that immediately. But that scene does not appear out of nowhere unless the entire thing was just delivered from a professional catering firm, or, in the case we’re portraying, it’s the result of a full morning or day of prepping—which, when family & friends, do-gooders and critics alike, are in the kitchen making a fun, maybe somewhat hectic, but a memorable celebration. And there is no better “prepping wine” to keep that morning fueled-up than the Italian Prosecco sparkling wine. Fresh and very light on the alcohol, Prosecco is a festive wine that keeps everyone happy and enjoying their tasks. It’s a bubbly that is not sugary sweet but has some light fruit sweetness—barely, and carries flavors of almonds, and is just a touch bitter, which works really well as you’re munching through your projects. Sparkling wines are so versatile; there is no question that we can all enjoy sparkling whites & rosés, Spanish Cavas, and French Champagnes throughout the entire banquet! But there’s just that je ne c’est quoi, or—shall we say in Italian—Non so di cosa si tratta, about holiday food prep and enjoying Italian Prosecco. And , of course, remember the brut (non-sweet) sparklers are fresh-tasting, cleansing and work best to complement the hodgepodge of dishes on the table should you wish to continue with the bubbly for the meal—or indeed, the entire meal! The recent boom in sales of Prosecco is a story that continues to generate great interest among both the trade and consumers in the US. As is often the case when demand for a product grows, so does supply and choice. With many Proseccos on the market, deciphering quality can be a challenge, and is often touted as an inexpensive, easy-drinking alternative to Champagne. Now for this 2015 Thanksgiving, we’re going to treat ourselves. Usually, we recommend picking up around three or four bottles of an inexpensive or reasonably priced Prosecco—which can always be found at Trader’s Joe’s—for the kitchen prep. And that’s still a good idea to keep the pantry helper’s glasses filled. But now that we have an appreciation for the stuff, let’s indulge with a higher-end quaff. There are producers in Italy’s Veneto region producing high-end Prosecco with many characteristics that distinguish it from other brands. Bisol ( is one of the winemakers spearheading this constant pursuit of quality.

The Bisol family has been making Prosecco in Valdobbiadene for nearly 500 years, and they have spent that time perfecting their craft. Two excellent wines I’m serving this season and heartily recommending is the youthful Jeio Prosecco DOC, around $17, and the single-vineyard Bisol “Crede” Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superior DOCG at $25. These wines can be found at Total Wine & More in Palm Desert. No one is breaking the bank on these items and it’s the perfect time to enjoy a little end of the year “splurge”. Any true wine enthusiast will readily agree the price is worth both the experience, and, the delight of sharing some fun and thoughtful wines for the holidays. Bisol’s varied product line includes Jeio Prosecco DOC , produced with grapes from the low-lying hills of the Veneto. This beautiful straw yellow  Prosecco has a refined balance between acidity and minerality. The floral bouquet of apple, apricot and fresh meadow flowers complements the fruity flavors and dry finish.  Jeio’s fresh, youthful character is a great start to the holiday meal. If you were to compare the Jeio to the inexpensive Prosecco, it would be a wonderful lesson in wine appreciation. There’s an immediate realization that the slightly more expensive Prosecco is improved up on every level of acidity, minerality, fresh fruit nuances, and balance by the better producer. It’s like we learned the differences with excellent Champagne and the cheaper versions. The single-vineyard Bisol ‘Crede’ Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG is produced from the Glera grape varietal, together with touch of Pinot Bianco and Verdiso grapes grown on the steep south-facing hills of Bisol’s vineyards in Valdobbiadene. It is a brilliant yellow-green color wine with a fruity bouquet that is reflected in its flavor of green apples and pears with balanced acidity. And at only 11.5% alcohol, it’s the wine that fills the perfect day. This Crede is the Prosecco to calmly sit with and enjoy. By itself or with holiday meals, this is the wine that makes one

feel grateful: both humbly as we take in the experiences of the entire year with family and friends, and, as we have the opportunity to experience the finer things in life. A Champagne of this quality would cost in the neighborhood of over $70. This Bisol at $25 is such a fine-tuned and tasty Prosecco at a great value. Bon Appétit and Cheers! Rick is the valley’s “somm-about town” and continues to entertain and conduct at various wine events, tastings and restaurants. He can be contacted at


Coachella Valley Weekly - November 26 to December 2, 2015 Vol. 4 No. 36  

Coachella Valley Weekly - November 26 to December 2, 2015 Vol. 4 No. 36

Coachella Valley Weekly - November 26 to December 2, 2015 Vol. 4 No. 36  

Coachella Valley Weekly - November 26 to December 2, 2015 Vol. 4 No. 36