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October 18, 2012 22 comments

Sharing a little dog park photography today. Have a great day!

Hide-and-Seek: Can you find the Daisy dog?

July 31, 2012 28 comments

I admit it. I fell asleep on the couch last night. I never did get around to writing a post for today. So what does one do when they aren’t prepared? Tap dance!

No. No. No. (You would NOT want to see me tap dance.)

So what do I do? I share a picture!

How about a little hide-and-seek? Can you find the Daisy dog?

Can you find Daisy?

 

The more I think about it, the more I prefer dogs

July 23, 2012 22 comments

As I have watched the events in Aurora unfold over the last few days I couldn’t help but wonder what has become of us a people. While all of us grieve for those who’s lives were lost, there are some who would prefer to blame those who were there. While a killer was able to obtain enough weaponry to kill 12 innocent people and injure many others, there are those of us who still insist it is a “right” to own a gun that can kill 50 people in less than a minute.

We fight with one another like we hate each other. We treat each other with such disrespect, unable to argue intelligently about gun control, health care, politics, or anything else, because we can only assume that those who do not agree with us must be stupid, ignorant or the enemy.

Yet we lament the days when we could work together as a nation. Go figure.

As I reflected over the events of this past weekend, and the many reactions people have had to what happened, extreme or otherwise, I couldn’t help but think how much I prefer dogs to people.

Dogs continue to love, even after they have been abused, neglected or ignored.

Dogs prefer to be friends vs. enemies. Even after they have had a disagreement with another dog they are quick to forgive and forget.

Dogs communicate their behavior pretty clearly with one another (if you understand dog behavior). There is no need to nuance their communication so as not to offend another dog.

Dogs don’t have ulterior motives (unless you count those longing looks they send you as you eat your dinner). Generally they are pretty clear about what they want or need.

Dogs generally assume all people are good, unless taught otherwise.

Dogs don’t judge you for being fat, gay, right, left, woman or man. They could care less about whether or not you have been “saved” or “damned to hell”.

Dogs have simple tastes. Give them exercise, a good meal, a good bed and some quality time and they are content.

Dogs are curious. They like to learn and experience new things. They don’t assume they are more intelligent or worldly than the dog next door.

Dog’s don’t need email, text messaging or Facebook to communicate with others. Pee-mail seems to work just fine for them.

Dogs don’t care about keeping up with the Jones. They don’t care if the neighbor’s dog has a nicer bed or more toys than they do.

Dogs prefer routine. Chaos and being busy for busy’s sake are not appealing to them. They like a sense of normalcy.

Dogs love to play. Give them a good game of chase or tug and they are happy.

Yes. We humans may have bigger brains, more money and more power, but the more and more I think about it, the more I prefer dogs.

 

Dear Spammy Spammers, I think I love you?

June 20, 2012 33 comments

I used to get a kick out of Edie Jarolim’s blog posts sharing the spam she used to get. She always made me laugh with her funny commentary. There’s just something about the spam that pours into your filter that makes you wonder – who the hell writes all this stuff?

Lately, for no apparent reason, my spam filter has been working overtime to keep up with all the spam being sent my way. It may just be me, but it seems that many of the spammers are getting quite desperate clever these days. They’ve taken to complimenting me in the most unusual ways.

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Why thank you! It’s actually not a paid or customized theme. I prefer taking the easy way out so I went with a theme provided to me by WordPress.com. You really like my writing? Well, now I’m blushing… Wait. Did you say levitra? WTH?

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Just a “few excellent stuff”? Wow. That’s a mighty big compliment there. I’m so glad you found it informative. The thing is, I’m pretty sure I’d remember writing about a word I have never heard of before. Filitra? What the heck is that?

Wait. Is this about my non-existent penis again? Ugh!

I give up.

What does a dog blogger do on Memorial Day?

May 28, 2012 18 comments

Fort Snelling, Minnesota

What does a dog blogger do when the subject of their blog is dogs and the holiday in they find themselves is Memorial Day?

I struggled with this one all day today. Not because I didn’t have anything to say, but because I didn’t want what I said to sound trite or without reverence. I also didn’t want to feel like I was doing some half-hearted, obligatory post about dogs in war without acknowledging the true sacrifices of our military men and women.

The truth is I have never faced an enemy in battle. I have never been the wife or mother or child waiting at home for my loved one to return from war. I have never even visited a military grave site (I always felt that I would be intruding on a place of reverence, one meant for those who have lost a loved one in war).

Yes. I have experienced hardship in my life, but my hardship did not involve physical discomfort, emotional pain or fear like those who have fought in war.

I have had loss, but unlike most of our military men and women, I was able to grieve, surrounded by family and friends, and I was allowed to take as much time as I needed. I did not have to quash my pain and tears and head out to battle the next day. I did not have to continue fighting after losing a best friend. I did not have to feel the guilt and the pain so many of our men and women feel in times of war.

I have also sacrificed, but my sacrifices did not include missing the birth of a child, being away from my loved ones for a year or more, missing a parent’s death, telling a child that I cannot come home for a LONG time. Yet those who serve in our military do this every single day.

Honestly, I know nothing of what it is like to be a veteran or a soldier serving in a war. I know nothing of life as a military spouse or child. I know nothing of the loss a parent feels when their son or daughter is lost in battle.

I only know that honoring those who have sacrificed so much is the right thing to do on this Memorial Day. It might not be much but it is the very least I can do.

To all those who have served and continue to serve.

Thank You.

To those who have returned.

Welcome home.

To our dogs of war.

Good job.

I Want to Gag After the Ag Gag Bills Pass in Iowa. Is MN next?

March 1, 2012 7 comments

On Wednesday, I read two news stories that made me sigh with resignation. Just when I thought we were making progress in treating animals humanely, along comes the food industry to throw us another curveball. Worse yet, it makes me wonder if Minnesota isn’t far behind since the Republican-dominated legislature has introduced a bill to do the same thing here.

The two stories I read?

Iowa Senate approves measure to protect agriculture from ‘gotcha’ videotaping
and
Utah Ag-Gag Bill Passes House: Take Action Now!

For those who haven’t been watching these bills being introduced in many states across this country, it is time to sit up and take notice. The term “ag-gag” is exactly that. A bill to put a gag on those organizations who have been exposing animal abuse in the factory farming industry and big agriculture.

These bills place restrictions “on free speech about agribusiness, make it a crime to take photos or video on a factory farm without the written permission of the owner. The factory farming lobby has advocated these laws as a means of keeping the public in the dark about how its food is produced.”

Go undercover to expose cows being kicked and beaten and tortured on a large dairy farm, like Conklin Dairy Farms Inc., and you could be charged with a serious misdemeanor. Film the horrible conditions in a puppy mill (yes, dogs are considered livestock under the USDA definition of livestock) and face jail time.

“Variations on ag gag laws are already on the books in Montana, Kansas, and North Dakota, and bills have been proposed in recent legislative sessions in Florida, New York, Minnesota, and Iowa.”

The only purpose of these bills is to protect the corporate factory farms and the food industry. They have no interest in letting people know what really happens to the animals they eat or what is in their food. It makes me wonder if recent documentaries that examined our food industry, like Food Inc., King Corn and Super Size Me, would have ever been made if these bills had been in place a few years ago. It’s in our best interest to know where our food comes from, how it is being treated before is processed and what is involved in the processing, from end to end. These ag-gag bills will take away that right.

Knowing that the big ag lobby is making progress in their fight to prevent the American public from being educated and informed on how their food is being treated is sad. To me it means that the fight to save puppy mill dogs and to treat animals humanely just took a huge step backwards. I can only hope Minnesota won’t be next.

I encourage you to watch the video linked below. It first aired on the Ellen DeGeneres show. It has NO graphic images or pictures that will make you squeamish, but it does show you why these Ag-Gag bills are so detrimental to society as a whole. Feel free to share it with others.

An Amazing Animal Rescue

I also encourage you to find out if your own state legislators are introducing a similar bill in your state. Let your state reps know that you do not support these bills.

Stop SOPA and PIPA

January 18, 2012 1 comment

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
Martin Luther King Jr. (1929 – 1968)

Gone Dark To Protest SOPA and PIPA

January 17, 2012 1 comment

On Wednesday, January 18th, I will be joining my fellow bloggers and many others on the internet, by going dark. What does this mean? We are protesting two internet censorship bills currently before Congress: Protect IP Act (PIPA) and Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).

Do you upload videos to YouTube? Do you share videos or other content on Facebook? On Twitter? On your blog? Then these bills will affect you.

Websites like Wikipedia, Craigslist, Reddit, Twitpic, WordPress, BoingBoing, Mozilla, and many others will be going black on Wednesday to protest these two bills.

“YouTube would just go dark immediately,” Google public policy director Bob Boorstin said at a conference last month. “It couldn’t function.”

Essentially, both bills help the entertainment industry from being ripped off, but in fact they are far more likely to allow corporations and the U.S. government to censor websites they don’t like. This would impact the First and Fourth amendments of the United States Constitution and could essentially kill the internet as it exists today.

Corporate supporters of S968 (Protect IP -or- PIPA) and HR3261 (SOPA) demand the ability to take down any web site that affects their profits — without prior judicial oversight or due process — in the name of combating “online piracy.” Craigslist

Looking for important information on Google? Under these bills, the anyone could claim something as copyright infringement and shutdown that website and ask Google to remove the site from it’s search engine.

Uploading a cute video of your dog onto YouTube? You better make sure that you don’t have your favorite song playing on your radio. Under these bills, your content could be considered copyrighted material and mot only removed from YouTube, but you could be sued by the record label or artist that owns that song.

You can learn more about PIPA and SOPA in the video below, or for a more humorous take on the bills, go here to see Stephen Colbert breaks down SOPA. Please send your Congressman or woman an email to let them know you don’t support SOPA or PIPA and they shouldn’t either.

“It is an irresponsible response and a disservice to people who rely on them for information. It is also an abuse of power given the freedoms these companies enjoy in the marketplace today,” former Sen. Chris Dodd, now chairman of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA),commenting on Internet Blackout Day.

I’ll be off the Internet Wednesday in protest of SOPA and PIPA. please join in protest.

PROTECT IP / SOPA Breaks The Internet from Fight for the Future on Vimeo.

Reddit general manager Erik Martin worked for an independent film production firm prior to joining the tech world, and frequently received bogus requests to remove his company’s material from YouTube.

“We would get a lot of erroneous . . . takedown notices, even on our own trailers for our own films put up on YouTube, because keywords would match,” Martin said on a Tuesday conference call with reporters. “Especially when companies are using automated tools — it’s a script, and human beings aren’t even looking at this — the potential for abuse [under Protect IP and SOPA] is huge.”(Huffington Post, 1/17/2012)

Supporters of PIPA and SOPA: RIAA, MPAA, News Corp, TimeWarner, Walmart, Nike, Tiffany, Chanel, Rolex, Sony, Juicy Couture, Ralph Lauren, VISA, Mastercard, Comcast, ABC, Dow Chemical, Monster Cable, Teamsters, Rupert Murdoch, Lamar Smith (R-TX), John Conyers (D-MI)

Opponents of PIPA and SOPA: Google, Yahoo, Wikipedia, craigslist, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, eBay, AOL, Mozilla, Reddit, Tumblr, Etsy, Zynga, EFF, ACLU, Human Rights Watch, Darrell Issa (R-CA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Ron Paul (R-TX)

More information:
Where Do Your Members of Congress Stand on SOPA and PIPA?
Follow the money trail – Who is lobbying for PIPA and SOPA?
How SOPA would affect you: FAQ
CNN Money – SOPA explained: What it is and why it matters

Merry Woofmas!

December 25, 2011 12 comments

Merry Christmas to all my four-footed and two-footed friends.
May you enjoy the beauty of the day.

Favorite new dog toys for Christmas? Nope. Old is the new “new.”

December 19, 2011 28 comments

Daisy, Jasper and Lady's Favorite Things are not new

Last December, I wrote about some of Daisy and Jasper’s Favorite Things to help readers with some Christmas gift ideas for their dogs. I purchased all of those favorite things with the intention of writing product reviews and because I love spoiling my dogs with new things.

This year I was thinking about doing another post on Daisy and Jasper’s favorite things, but just couldn’t bring myself to purchase more “things” for my dogs. The truth is that Daisy, Jasper and Lady have lots of new toys to choose from, most of them sitting in their toy basket, untouched. It turns out that the toys my dogs love most are not new. In fact, they’re old, and dirty and dilapitated… and in most cases, falling apart. Why invest in new?

So instead of writing about Daisy and Jasper’s new favorite toys this year, I would love to hear from you.

Is there a new toy that you purchased this year that your dog absolutely loves? Or, have you purchased a new toy for your pup that you can’t wait to give him? And if not, is there a toy that your dog has long held as their favorite over the years?

I would love to hear what your dog’s favorite things are this year.

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