Monday, October 12, 2009

Got Chocolate?

In looking for Columbus Day information for my blog today, I was excited to stumble upon a fact that I personally was unaware of, but think you might be interested in knowin' to:

At some time between the year 1502 and 1504, veteran explorer Christopher Columbus brought the first cocoa beans back to Europe after his fourth visit to the 'New World'. At first, however, the cocoa beans were neglected. Despite the bitterness of the drink produced, Columbus claimed the resulting concoction was a "divine drink which builds up resistance and fights fatigue. A cup of this precious drink permits a man to walk for a whole day without food".

Who knew?

Thanks Christopher - if it weren't for your gift of chocolate to Europe-which is where many of my ancestors are from - I would be known only as a "brown lab" which is not nearly as sweet sounding as "chocolate lab".

To celebrate, why not go grab a chocolate candy bar or have a nice cup of hot cocoa? After all, Mr. Columbus claimed it builds up resistance and fights fatigue, and being Monday who couldn't use a little of that? Sure wish I could have some right now, but being a dog I'm not allowed. As my way of celebratin', I think I'll just sleep this Monday away.

Happy Columbus Day!

Chester ;0=)


Andrea said...

Happy Columbus Day, ole boy! Sleep a few winks for me!

Andrea (sitka's mom)

Holly said...

If you don't mind, I'd really just like to grab you and smooshie you for the better part of the day. Better for my waist line and the treat lasts me much longer that way.

Anonymous said...

This is a perfect day to catch up on your beauty sleep and refresh for Fudgie!

Life With Dogs said...

Chester, I think you have the perfect prescription for this day and every Monday - chocolate and sleep! Truffles just gave her nod of approval.

Do tell me you'll be back on the tracks tomorrow - your passengers will only allow you one day of rest. :p

Kori said...

I definitely prefer you as chocolate. Happy Columbus Day and I hope you have a great day off of work.

Nika + PARKER said...

And what would our humans do without us gorgeous CHOCOLATE labs..Happy Columbus Day, here in Canada we are celebrating Thanksgiving!

Deborah said...

I never knew that! Happy Columbus Day to you also!! Now I have an excuse to chocolate toay!! Thanks!

Stella said...

Dear Chester Chocolate:

Thanks for this good information. We didn't know it but its good to lay around and take life easy.


Samantha said...

Thanks for this bit of Columbus day history, Chester! You should indeed take a zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz day - I'm down with that!
Hugs xo

Sierra Rose said...

Mom says 'yea for chocolate' and we all say 'yea for chocolate labs!!!'. We have a few chocolate-labs in the family.
I'll take your lead, Chester, and head for a nappie now too, ok? It's dreary outside anyway.

Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
Sierra Rose

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

And my eye kholour wouldn't be known as chokholate browns!

Happy Napping!

Make sure they wake woo up in time to get to bed!


The OP Pack said...

Happy Columbus Day and thanks for that piece of trivia - have a great nap, Chester.

Woos, the OP Pack

Benny and Lily said...

Okay Chester mom will have chocolate today being that doggys are not allowed to have any. I wonder what he brought for us?
Benny & Lily

Sam said...

Even if you can't enjoy chocolate, you certainly are a smart boy to know that it sounds sweeter than "brown lab!"

Happy Columbus (and cocoa beans) day!

Sam and MargeDog

Kristin said...

Columbus Day makes a lot more sense now Chester. Bring on the chocolate!!!

Twix said...

Thanks for the first visit to your blog and you are teaching me things already! Thanks for stopping by and visiting. I'm glad you enjoyed your visit too! Have a great week!


Whoa.. sorry to disturb you Chester. I'm glad Columbus brought over chocolate too.. b/c if u were just a brown lab- it doesn't adequately pronounce the extra flavor you bring to the world.

Oops. I just tried to lick your picture to see if you taste like chocolate.. nope.

Cocorue said...

hello my yummy choc buddy,
thanks for sharing and enlightening moi - i had no idea

hmmm, i like the sound of "yummy bud".....may call you that if you don't mind

mumster says i did not just roll in the humour pile, i rolled on the pile of poop and she just washed me....


Budrow Wilson Spain said...

I am with you Chester...snoozing is the best!

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