Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Perfecting the Chicken Breast on the Grill

Dave Chupp is a respected Nappanee, Indiana, business owner who leads a dog breeding operation and takes pride in puppies that are healthy and well-loved. A barbecue enthusiast, Dave Chupp particularly enjoys grilling ribeye steaks, baby back ribs, and chicken. 

One of the most difficult types of meat to get right on the grill, chicken breast features uneven dimensions that mean that cooking the center properly can often result in the thinner sides becoming overcooked. One solution to this problem involves evening out the thickness through the use of a meat pounder or rolling pin, with a thickness of three-quarters of an inch ideal. 

Another vital aspect of preparation involves brining the chicken breast, as immersion in the salty solution enhances the meat’s ability to retain moisture. Thirty minutes of soaking in brine is generally enough, which conveniently corresponds roughly with the time needed to get the coals going. 

Maintaining the right temperature is another key to juicy and tender meat, with a medium-high heat of approximately 400 degrees Fahrenheit ideal. Cooking a few minutes on each side is typically long enough to create a nice crisp surface, while ensuring that the breast meat inside is fully cooked but still moist.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Michigan Wolverines Defense Ranked First after Rutgers Blow-Out

When Dave Chupp of Nappanee, Indiana is not managing his dog-breeding business, he spends his time watching college sports. Dave Chupp’s favorite teams are the University of Michigan’s basketball, hockey, and football teams.

After Michigan’s 78-0 defeat of Rutgers on October 6, 2016, the University of Michigan Wolverines topped the ranks and placed first in scoring defense, first in total yards gained per game, and first against the pass. The team’s defensive line dominated the game and continued to be the leading unit in the country with a total of 59 tackles for a loss. 

According to Taco Charlton, one of the team’s defensive lineman who recorded two sacks against Rutgers, the players tried to prove that they were the best defensive line in the country. The sentiment rang true, since the only time a team has ever punted the ball more times against the Michigan Wolverines was during the famous “Snow Bowl” in 1950.

Another Wolverines player, Jabrill Peppers, was quoted as saying that crazy things happen in college football and that it is not enough to be on top - a team should keep playing hard until they win the game.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Coton de Tulear - A Friendly Small Breed Originally From Madagascar


Dave Chupp is a longtime Nappanee, Indiana, dog breeder who raises breeds such as Havanese, French bulldogs, and golden retrievers in a healthy, loving environment. Among the sought after breeds Dave Chupp has experience raising is the Coton de Tulear. A member of the Bichon family, the breed is said to have arrived in Madagascar through a shipwreck or with traders, and interbred with local dogs.

With a fluffy white coat, the diminutive Coton is friendly and gentle, and enjoys playing. An intent listener, the breed differs from many smaller breeds in not being liable to bark frequently or yap. Taking well to training, the Coton often maintains a puppy-like joy in life well into adulthood and can often be found balanced on its two hind feet.

The most arduous aspect of maintaining an indoor Coton for many owners is finding time to groom its fluffy, luxuriant coat. Another important aspect of having a Coton is socialization and obedience training, which helps keep the breed’s sometimes headstrong nature in check.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Reducing Your Risk of Being Audited When You’re Self-Employed

For more than 10 years, Dave Chupp has been breeding and raising a wide range of puppies as the owner and manager of his own company in Indiana. Dave Chupp also has spent some time doing tax preparation work.

When you’re self-employed, you are significantly more likely to experience an IRS audit. The IRS knows what most people in your field make during the year. If you happen to make a lot more than the rest of individuals in your field, the IRS will start paying more attention to your returns. However, this does not mean you should actively try to make less. Instead, just be honest about the amount you make and keep detailed records of your finances in case there is ever a problem. Further, make sure your 1099 matches the W-2 forms they receive from clients and employers. Any discrepancies make you more likely to be audited.

Beyond income reports, be careful about what you deduct. For instance, if you deduct the cost of a home office, make sure that space is used only for work. If it is shared with anything else, you cannot deduct it. Similarly, large deductions can make your taxes seem suspicious to the IRS, especially if you have a relatively small income. If you make a deduction, make sure you have documentation and receipts to back up the expense. It may also be wise to avoid unusual deductions, such as non-work-related travel, strange entertainment expenses, and expensive meals.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Grooming a Lhasa Apso

Nappanee, Indiana, resident Dave Chupp breeds and raises puppies. Dedicated to ensuring that the puppies stay healthy, he and his family provide them with plenty of socialization. Dave Chupp breeds a wide variety of dogs, including French bulldogs, Havanese, and Lhasa Apsos.

A small and hardy breed, Lhasa Apsos require frequent bathing and grooming to ensure their coats stay healthy. Their coats should be brushed with a coated metal pin brush every day to prevent matting and tangles. Daily brushing sessions can be fairly quick, but a more thorough brushing is needed at least once a week. 

Detangling spray can help greatly when brushing through the dense fur or breaking up matting. Severe matting may need to be cut out with blunt-tipped scissors or broken up with a special mat-breaker brush. When brushing, attend to fur around the dog’s feet. Clipping a Lhasa Apso’s fur regularly will make brushing easier.

Beyond brushing and clipping, Lhasa Apsos need to be bathed every four to six weeks to keep their coat clean and soft. Shampoo should be applied and moved through wet fur in a downward motion to prevent tangling. Use a rubber curry brush to make it easier to get shampoo throughout the dog’s thick coat. Conditioner should be applied in a similar manner before the coat is completely rinsed and dried. 

Lhasa Apsos also require routine eye and ear care to remove stray hairs and prevent infections. Tearing stains can be removed using special eye washes or eye wipes found at pet supply stores, and long fur can be kept away from the eyes using a barrette.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Common Stamp Faults

Dave Chupp leads a dog-breeding company in Nappanee, Indiana, as manager and owner. Providing a loving environment for dogs, he ensures they are properly socialized and healthy. Outside of his professional responsibilities, Dave Chupp collects stamps.

Stamp faults include such mistakes as bad printing and misplaced colors. While these may decrease the value of a stamp, certain rare and appealing mistakes may actually increase the value. Following are a few common stamp faults that collectors may encounter:

- Missing color: Sometimes, one or more colors are missing from a stamp. More often seen among modern stamps due to the minimal amount of color used in older designs, this fault results from a stage being skipped in the coloring process.

- Color shift: One of the most widely seen stamp faults, color shifts result in a double impression due to misalignment of the printing plates. This type of fault, which may be either subtle or easily noticeable, does not often increase value because of its commonality.

- Invert error: Most often seen in stamps with multicolored impressions, invert errors occur when at least one design element prints upside-down. Inverted center stamps have the center design inverted, while inverted frame stamps have the frame upside-down.

- Perforation shift: Perforation shifts, typically seen in older stamps, result in the stamp design being slightly off-center. Major shifts that cause a stamp design to be nearly cut in half may increase value, since these stamps are often destroyed after printing.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Goldendoodles - Friendly Dogs for Owners with Allergies


Dave Chupp is a Nappanee, Indiana, business owner who raises several breeds of dogs, from French bulldogs to Siberian huskies. Dave Chupp also raises Goldendoodles, a breed that originated in Australia two decades ago as guide dogs for people with impaired vision.

The golden retriever and poodle mix has the standard poodle’s hypoallergenic, minimally shedding coat, so it is ideal for people with allergies. Goldendoodles are known for their intelligence and friendliness, and they enjoy the companionship of their owners.

Consummate "inside dogs," Goldendoodles are nonaggressive and thrive on social interaction. At the same time, they are athletic animals that appreciate the opportunity to run outdoors.

When left alone for extended periods, Goldendoodles' intelligence may get them into mischief. With training, however, the dogs can find inventive ways of entertaining themselves.

One aspect to consider when selecting a Goldendoodle is pedigree. First-generation Goldendoodles tend to have either a golden retriever's or a poodle’s personality traits, while multigenerational Goldendoodles have more of a mix of traits.

Friday, August 12, 2016

The Akita - a Complex and Devoted Breed of Dog

Maintaining an established Indiana dog-breeding business, Dave Chupp raises puppies of a variety of breeds, including Havaneses and French bulldogs. Dave Chupp also breeds Akitas, which are originally from a mountainous region of Honshu in Japan.

A complex breed of dog, Akitas were initially bred from hunting dogs in the 19th century and used as guard dogs. The first Akita registry was created in 1929, and a standard was introduced in 1937.

Unfortunately, the ravages of World War II brought the Akita lineage close to extinction. After the war, the few surviving pure-bred Akitas were identified, and breeding continued.

Calm and dignified, the Akita has a personality that many characterize as determined and courageous. Reserved among strangers, Akitas are protective without displaying aggressive traits, unless they are provoked.

The Akita can be aggressive with other animals, however, and with other Akitas of the same sex. As a result, one Akita is often kept as the sole family pet. Akitas require a firm owner who maintains status as the alpha in the "pack," and in return, the dog will provide unstinting devotion.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

The Coast Redwood - a Uniquely Large, Long-Lived Tree Species

A respected Indiana dog breeder, Dave Chupp offers families a full range of well-socialized puppies, from Morkies to Alaskan malamutes. With an enthusiasm for the outdoors, Dave Chupp particularly enjoys traveling to US national parks.

One of Mr. Chupp’s most memorable destinations was Redwood National & State Parks, situated along the fog-laden Northern California coast in Humboldt County. For many visitors, the highlight of this unique park system is the coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens), which is the only surviving tree of its genus.

Common throughout the western United States during the Jurassic Period, coast redwoods are now relegated to a narrow coastal band that is perpetually damp. The trees also cannot live at high elevations or in areas with persistent frost and snow conditions during winter.

Within its ecosystem, the coast redwood is king, with mature trees reaching heights of more than 350 feet and a lifespan extending 2,000 years. The uniquely large size of the tree and its shade-giving properties create sparse underbrush that is ideal for ferns, mushrooms, and certain types of berries.

With high tannin content in its bark, coast redwoods are highly resistant to fire and insect infestations, and diseases are almost unknown to the trees. Logging poses the most serious threat to this majestic reminder of the prehistoric achievements of nature.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Dog Breeds - The Coton de Tulear

Dave Chupp breeds Cotons de Tulear as well as a variety of other popular dog breeds through his business in Nappanee, Indiana. Many of Dave Chupp’s puppies are registered through the American Kennel Club (AKC).

A breed recently recognized by the AKC, the Coton de Tulear is characterized best by its luxurious, soft, hypoallergenic white coat. A small and stout breed, the dogs stand up to 11 inches tall and weigh up to 13 pounds. Though no one is sure where exactly the breed originated, evidence suggests that it comes from the Madagascar coast, where the breed’s ancestors were shipwrecked.

In terms of personality, many consider the dogs to be intelligent and charming, making excellent companion animals similar to popular breeds like the Maltese and bichon frise. The dogs are quite playful and are likely to benefit from regular walks. However, due to their small dimensions, owners can easily exercise them inside the home.

A healthy breed, the Coton de Tulear is nevertheless susceptible to many of the same conditions that impact dogs of its size. For instance, luxating patella, a problem of the knees, can develop as a result of dogs overstressing their knees while leaping onto and off of furniture.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Feeding Newborn Puppies

Friday, July 1, 2016

The Formation of the Grand Canyon

Dave Chupp, a dog breeder by trade, has traveled throughout the American West to appreciate that region’s natural beauty. In the course of his travels, Dave Chupp has visited the Grand Canyon in addition to Yosemite, Yellowstone, and Glacier National Parks.

The Grand Canyon has fascinated geologists since the mid-19th century, and thanks to decades of scientific work, the geology community has a solid idea of what led to the creation of this natural wonder. First, it is important to understand the geography of the Grand Canyon, which rises around the Colorado River as it flows through Arizona.

Though the canyon appears to dominate the river, the truth is the opposite; it is the river that dominated the rock. Ancient antecedents to the Colorado River began slicing the canyon out of the rock about 70 million years ago, according to one theory, or about 6 million years ago, according to others.

In essence, understanding the Grand Canyon is a matter of understanding the powerful erosive force present in the rivers of the world, which literally shape the earth’s landscapes.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

A Handful of the Must-See Attractions at Yellowstone National Park

An avid outdoorsman, Dave Chupp has traveled around the country to visit its top national parks. Dave Chupp has visited Yosemite, Glacier, and Redwood National Parks, as well as Yellowstone, known as the home of Old Faithful Geyser. While at Yellowstone, visitors should spent a couple of hours exploring the whole Upper Geyser Basin, which has the world’s highest concentration of geysers.

Another must-see site is the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. While not as large as the Grand Canyon in Arizona, the Yellowstone Grand Canyon leads to Lower Falls, a 308-foot waterfall that has become one of the most-photographed features in the park.

Mammoth Hot Springs, the historic center of Yellowstone, features the oldest buildings in the park, along with the visitors center. Visitors usually get a view of the elk that graze on the Mammoth Village lawns.

Animal lovers should spend time in Lamar Valley, which is frequented by coyote, elk, bison, grizzly bears, and wolves. The best time to see some of the rarer animals is dawn or dusk. Lamar Valley is also a great fishing destination.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Glacier National Park Seeks to Reduce Human-Wildlife Interactions

The owner and manager of an Indiana-based dog breeding company, Dave Chupp oversees the breeding and care of Yorkies, Havaneses, French Bulldogs, and several other breeds. When not busy caring for his puppies, Dave Chupp travels to various national parks. Glacier National Park in Montana is among his favorites.

The country’s 10th national park, Glacier National Park has been drawing in visitors since the 1800s. Recently, the park implemented a new pilot program designed to reduce human-wildlife interactions at Logan Pass. Funded through the Glacier National Park Conservancy’s NPS Centennial year funding, the program involves using a trained herding dog to move animals a safe distance from areas that are highly populated by humans. Glacier National Park implemented the program due to recent increases in human-wildlife interactions, specifically between bighorn sheep and mountain goats at Logan Pass.

Prior to the new pilot project, employees at Glacier National Park moved animals away from parking lots by waving their arms, shouting, or moving vehicles. While the methods worked in the short term, the animals would eventually return. Both bighorn sheep and mountain goats fear predators, so the park hopes that using a herding dog will keep them away longer. Currently, the project is training one dog, a border collie named Gracie. She is being trained to not make any physical contact with the animals and will only be off a leash during herding activities, which are expected to take place three to four times a month.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Some of the Best Vantage Points at Yosemite National Park

Dave Chupp enjoys traveling around the United States to visit its national parks. In California, Dave Chupp has spent time at Yosemite, which is known for its towering, rocky peaks. Below are some of the best vantage points in the park for seeing these formations.

Glacier Point: Regarded as having the best view in the park, Glacier Point looks out upon Half Dome and three waterfalls. For an even better peek at Vernal and Nevada Falls, go just south to Washburn Point.

El Portal: Only a couple of miles from Glacier Point, this area offers a view of the Merced River Canyon, through Yosemite Valley, and even out to the California Coast Ranges on particularly clear days.

El Capitan Meadow: This area has perhaps the best view of El Capitan and is an easy stop as visitors exit the park. It also offers a great view of Cathedral Rocks.

Sentinel Bridge: A famous vantage point, the bridge affords a view of Half Dome reflected across the Merced River, as well as the nearby Yosemite Falls.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Starting a Stamp Collection

Dave Chupp, a talented businessman with a background in tax preparation and cabinetry, is an Indiana-based dog breeder these days. When he’s not busy overseeing the care of his puppies and the overall operation of his company, Dave Chupp enjoys collecting stamps.

A variety of people around the world enjoy stamp collecting. The hobby is relatively easy to get into, and you can grow your collection the longer you work at it. When first starting out, the only tool you will likely need is a stamp album. Albums preserve your stamps and keep them safe in one place. In addition, you may choose to get stamp tongs to prevent oils and dirt from getting on the stamps during handling, and stamp catalogs to learn about stamps’ history and value.

Most collectors start out collecting everything, but many eventually zero in on stamps from a particular country or a specific type. When it comes to finding stamps, ask friends and family to save any interesting stamps they receive for you. Seniors often have old pieces of mail with vintage stamps on them, and people who travel often can send you postcards from different countries. Further, consider checking local stamp clubs, dealers, and shows.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Bringing Your New Puppy Home

An accomplished business owner with a diverse professional background, Dave Chupp has been running a dog breeding company in Nappanee, Indiana for more than a decade. Working together with his family, Dave Chupp breeds and raises a wide range of dog breeds, from Akitas and Siberian Huskies to French Bulldogs and Westies.

Bringing home a new puppy is an exciting experience, but it requires a bit of preparation. Prior to picking up your new puppy, make sure you have all the necessary supplies for its care, including water and food bowls, some toys, a collar, and a leash. You will also need newspapers or training pads to housetrain your new family member. Beyond that, it’s important to create a clear game plan with all human members living in your household. Figure out which terms you will use for different commands, along with who will feed the puppy and where it is, and is not, allowed to go.

For the puppy’s first three to four days at home, make sure there will be someone around to give it company. The process of leaving its mother and littermates can be very stressful for a young dog, and spending as much time as possible with humans helps reduce their anxiety and facilitate bonding. Schedule an initial examination with your veterinarian right away to check for any health problems or congenital traits. If you have any other animals in the house, make sure they are in good health as well.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

About Core and Non-Core Dog Vaccinations

David Chupp has a decade of experience in professional dog breeding. Dedicated to raising healthy and happy puppies from various breeds, including Coton de Tulears, golden retrievers, and Siberian huskies, Dave Chupp follows a strict vaccination regime for his dogs.

Vaccinations prevent pets from falling ill and can help them live longer, healthier lives. The process entails introducing antigens into a dog’s body to stimulate his immune system in readiness for any real disease threats.

Core vaccinations are vital for all pets on the basis of their higher risk to exposure, severity, and transmissibility to humans. The first of such vaccinations is the distemper shot for distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza, and parvovirus (DHPP). A single vaccination protects dogs from these four diseases.

The rabies vaccination is the other core vaccination. Owing to the fatality of the rabies virus and its easy transmissibility to humans, rabies vaccinations are required by law in many states.

Non-core vaccinations are administered depending on the dog’s exposure to risk. These are the vaccinations recommended in light of the American Animal Hospital Association’s risk factors such as health status, age, and environment. Non-care vaccines are for diseases such as Borrelia burgdorferi, Bordetella bronchiseptica, and Leptospirosis.                            

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

A Brief Overview of Where the Red Fern Grows

An Indiana resident, Dave Chupp owns a dog-breeding facility where he raises purebred pups for new homes. An avid reader, Dave Chupp likes to spend his time away from work reading historical novels and childhood favorites, like Where the Red Fern Grows.

A classic tale by Wilson Rawls, Where the Red Fern Grows has won numerous literary awards. It follows the journey of a young boy named Billy who grew up during hard times, but after saving enough money, could afford to buy a pair of dogs. He and his pets, Old Dan and Little Ann, became a hunting trio that excelled in tracking and killing raccoons and other game. At the same time that word of their achievement spread throughout the region, Billy faced numerous challenges that later taught him about hope as well as overcoming obstacles.

Where the Red Fern Grows was reprinted by Yearling in 1996. The 208-page novel has been acclaimed by Common Sense Media, the School Library Journal, the Arizona Daily Star, and the Huffington Post. The New York Times Book Review described it as “a rewarding book,” while Kirkus Reviews stated that it was “a book of unadorned naturalness.” The publication was also made into a film.

Friday, February 12, 2016

The Founding of ICAW - Indiana Council of Animal Welfare

Dave Chupp raises a variety of pure breeds for sale in the Midwest, including French Bulldogs, Akitas, Golden Retrievers, and Yorkshire Terriers. Passionate about providing proper care to man’s best friend from birth all the way to old age as well as safeguarding the right to own pets, Dave Chupp is a council member of the Indiana Council of Animal Welfare (ICAW).

ICAW was founded in 2009 during the Indiana legislative session by dedicated animal lovers who felt their right to own and take care of pets was being threatened. At the time, animal rights activists were working closely with legislative authorities to restrict pet ownership rights. The citizens that formed ICAW were concerned that proposed laws might impose undesirable regulations on owners, handlers, and the general public with regard to eating meat, animal entertainment such as the zoo or circus, or own a family pet.

Believing in their right to own pets, the concerned animal lovers founded ICAW to counter the radical measures put forward by animal rights activists. The organization has grown since then and accepts members and donations from local pet owners and animal lovers.                            

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Your Dog and Your New Puppy - The Early Days

Dave Chupp, a dog breeder from Nappanee, Indiana upholds a professional commitment to raising happy and well-socialized animals. Dave Chupp raises all of his dogs in a family atmosphere and helps adopting families to integrate new puppies into their existing households.

If your family includes a dog, and you are considering adopting a new puppy, it is important to be deliberate in how you introduce the two. First, you need to know that your dog is accepting of other dogs in general. If your dog is skittish or aggressive around other animals, experts recommend that you consult a behavioral specialist before adopting other animals.

As a dog owner, you also need to know that your dog is up-to-date on all vaccinations and flea treatments, in accordance with veterinarian recommendations. Having your adult dog fixed may also be helpful, particularly if you worry about him or her becoming territorial.

When your dog is medically ready to have a new companion, you may bring the puppy home. Separate living areas for the two animals may be best at first, and it is important to supervise early interactions. The very first meeting may be safest if the adult dog is on a leash, though it is important for the owner to be relaxed and respect the dogs' desire to approach or back away as desired.

Soon, the dogs may begin to play. At this point, the adult dog will likely respond by setting boundaries on the puppy's more aggressive or irritating play. This helps the puppy to learn canine social norms and is generally acceptable, so long as the adult dog is not threatening the puppy's safety. The two dogs are likely to eventually settle into a comfortable rhythm after this initial exploratory phase.