There’s a Word for That

You know how it smells outside after a rainstorm? There’s a word for that.

Dog after rain

Petrichor [pe-trahy-kawr, ker] is the distinct smell of rain in the air. Or, to be more precise, it’s the name of an oil that’s released from the earth into the air before rain begins to fall. Specifically, Webster’s Dictionary defines it as:

  1. a distinctive scent, usually described as earthy, pleasant, or sweet, produced by rainfall on very dry ground.

Who knew?

And why might I be fixated on this scent and therefore with finding this word?

Because the word that I can’t find is for the smell of pet urine that becomes especially strong when the air is damp.

Sorry to set […]

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By |2018-09-03T21:39:24+00:00September 18th, 2018|Life|0 Comments

Cait Has Serious Puppy Hunger

Cait has intensely wanted her own dog for a couple of years. She knows she can’t have a dog right now— it wouldn’t be fair to the dog. So she does the next best thing and spends hours looking at cute puppy photos and funny puppy videos. I must get at least one of these a week from her. This is the latest. (You’ll have to click thru to post to watch video. No way to set it up to play in excerpt view, sorry.)

I must admit, it did give even me a twinge. Boy, do I miss my Aussie girl.

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By |2018-09-09T12:55:00+00:00September 9th, 2018|Dogs in General, Funnies|0 Comments

Planet Earth Team Humanity

messy cakeWhen did it happen that we’ve come to live in a time where it has somehow become socially acceptable to publically behave badly by expressing anger and frustration, and a willingness to harm others. Whether by yelling, name-calling, flipping someone the bird, or worse threatening someone’s integrity or safety.

And, conversely, showing signs of sensitivity and vulnerability are frowned on as being weak.

Not an upside down cake I have any interest in taking a slice from.

What if we remembered to start doing and saying even tiny, decent things instead?  What if we extended the great power of kindness and compassion, and remember that we’re all on the same team–Planet Earth Team Humanity.  Now there’s a […]

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By |2018-08-30T14:43:45+00:00August 28th, 2018|Life|0 Comments

What Makes a Mutt? DNA Tests Can Tell.

Dog DNA test kitDNA testing has come a long way from the days when tests were exorbitantly expensive and results could take months to get. Today, you can order an inexpensive DNA test that can tell you what your mixed breed dog’s heritage is.

In an AP article, Nate Jenkins tells of how one woman did just that. She wanted to know the origins of her dog, Rascal.

“Rascal’s mom looked like Lassie. His dad? Well, that’s a good question.

Rascal’s ears make it clear he was the product of something besides a Collie, but his owners couldn’t say exactly what. So Kathie Svoboda of Lincoln dabbed a swab in her pet’s mouth, mailed […]

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By |2018-08-10T09:04:24+00:00August 10th, 2018|Dogs in General|5 Comments

Why Do Dogs Bite?

sheltie growling at maleGiven the right circumstances — all dogs will bite.

Oh no, you say. Not my little Fluffy! Never!

If little Fluffy hasn’t bitten someone so far, it’s because little Fluffy has been lucky enough not to be put in a situation that causes little Fluffy to bite. And maybe little Fluffy will continue to be lucky for the rest of her life. Let’s hope so. Upwards of one million dogs — and, therefore, people — a year aren’t so lucky (roughly the number of reported dog bites per year).

What Causes Dogs to Bite?

There are, in fact, many situations that may cause a dog to bite: Dogs are most likely to bite […]

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By |2018-08-01T17:48:13+00:00August 1st, 2018|Dogs in General|18 Comments
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