How to Pick a Dog Person Out of a Crowd

We’re in a period where there have been a lot of people showing up at the house.

While I enjoy most people, I don’t love having any of them show up unannounced.

That’s because there’s a fair amount of management that goes into keeping Graidy and Wink safe since both of them are Houdini escape artists.

Open the door a slit and turn your back. GONE.

Open the door to come in and stand there talking like you don’t have a care in the world. GONE.

Open the door without looking behind you to see what four-footed is lurking. GONE.

You get the idea. Non-dog people just don’t get it–because they don’t have to get it. They don’t live in […]

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By | 2018-06-17T10:03:24+00:00 June 16th, 2018|Dogs in General|0 Comments

This is the Speech I Wish Cait had Heard

It’s graduation season. David McCullough spoke at Cait’s graduation and gave a talk about luck. It was a very nice speech. But this is the speech that would have better served her, and I daresay most if not all of her class. This is the message we all need to hear. This is how we make our own luck.

Abby Wambach, Remarks as Delivered to the Barnard Class of 2018

Greetings to President Beilock, Barnard faculty, trustees, and honorees: Katherine Johnson, Anna Quindlen, and Rhea Suh.

And to each of the 619 bad-ass women of the Barnard graduating class of 2018: Congratulations!

Doesn’t it feel like the second you figure anything out in life, it ends and you’re forced to start all over […]

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By | 2018-05-27T20:44:32+00:00 May 27th, 2018|.Cait and Me|0 Comments

One of the Most Incredible Scents on the Planet

Flowering-black-locust

This is a Black Locust tree. Our property is full of them. And at this time of year, the most glorious scent wafts through the air. I do believe it may be my all-time most favorite smell. If only the web had a scratch-n-sniff feature… But come to find out, perfumeries have also discovered this heavenly scent and its used in many perfumes.

It’s also one of my all-time favorite wild edibles The flower clusters taste like the sweetest of sweet spring peas with a floral note–which shouldn’t be surprising because Black Locusts are actually in the pea family (Fabaceae).

The entire flower portion is edible, […]

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By | 2018-05-05T11:51:49+00:00 May 17th, 2018|Nature|0 Comments

A Beautiful Thing I Just Saw

I woke up to this email from Cait, who is in her last semester of college. I don’t believe it requires any prelude or conclusion. It speaks for itself:

Subject: A Beautiful Thing I Just Saw

It’s nearly midnight on a Monday evening in the deep quiet zone of the library.

There is an older man, perhaps in his 50’s, working on a tablet propped up on a black backpack. He wears a beige baseball cap pulled too far down on his forehead, and his elbow rests next to a diet coke from which he never takes a sip. He dutifully types on his tablet with just the middle finger of his right hand. Maybe a professor, […]

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By | 2018-05-15T19:16:43+00:00 May 9th, 2018|.Cait and Me, .My Favorites|0 Comments

Rescuers Buy Dogs From Breeders at Auctions

This is so sad. My heart is breaking for the state of the world. Truly, we have lost our way…

Shelters buy Puppy mill dogs

Dog rescuers, flush with donations, buy animals from the breeders they scorn

By Kim Kavin, Washington Post, April 12, 2018

An effort that animal rescuers began more than a decade ago to buy dogs for $5 or $10 apiece from commercial breeders has become a nationwide shadow market that today sees some rescuers, fueled by Internet fundraising, paying breeders $5,000 or more for a single dog.

The result is a river of rescue donations flowing from avowed dog saviors to the […]

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By | 2018-04-13T08:15:06+00:00 April 26th, 2018|Dogs in General|0 Comments

There Must be a Dog God

Over the weekend, Andrew wanted to make a stop at a local minimart to pick up a few things on the way back home.  It was a cold, dark evening, and the parking lot of this little strip mall wasn’t very well lit.

Since I was not in need of anything, I stayed in the car while  Andrew hopped out to go get his items. A moment later I watched a guy walk up, put his old beagle mix in a sit-stay, not on the sidewalk, but in a parking spot — in a parking lot where cars frequently whiz in and out. Then he turned without looking back, and casually walked inside.

I watched this little dog sit for, oh, maybe […]

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By | 2018-04-17T07:27:33+00:00 April 18th, 2018|Dogs in General|9 Comments
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