Miles the dog is crazy smart, with an emphasis on the crazy. Continue reading “Why-Q: Do we care how ‘smart’ our dogs are?”
For all the idiocy and death jammed into it, 2016 seemed an especially fleet year. Maybe it was the leap day. Continue reading “The tail of another year”
I heard the howls on Christmas Day
Their old familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet the words repeat
Of treats on Earth, good will toward men.
In the wake of the national embarrassment/lurking catastrophe that is President-elect Donald Trump, I have much admiration for those who preach “healing,” “coming together” and “loving one another despite our differences,” all, incidentally, the same types of sentiments we spew after a mass shooting or act of terrorism.
I tried to follow in their path, but I can’t. Maybe the altitude of the high road got to me. Continue reading “Love won’t keep us together”
Remember how cool balloons seemed when you were a little kid? Continue reading “A tread balloon”
Monday’s Google doodle promoted the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting, a figure without whom our beloved Miles the gluttonous, diabetic dog would likely not be preparing to celebrate his 12th birthday. Continue reading “Thank dogs for insulin (and, OK, Banting too)”
We took the precautionary measure of spending the last Saturday before Election Day in nature. Continue reading “Misty mountain slop”
Colorado’s Guanella Pass offers access to expansive wilderness, stunning scenery and a series of breath-taking peaks over 12,000 feet. I generally avoid it as if it’s a radioactive, viral hot zone amid an oil spill that spawned irradiated, plague-carrying, high-viscosity zombies. Continue reading “Hip to be Square Top Mountain”
After we finished raking for the third time in three weeks, I wrenched my spine back into position and looked up at the crown of our productive crabapple tree. At least three depth-charge-size trash bags’ worth of leaves still clung to the branches. Continue reading “October leaves, a lot to be desired”
The lists are endless: The 10 Best Breeds for Families, The 10 Ultimate Breeds for Runners, The 25 Loudest Dog Breeds, 5 Dog Breeds that Don’t Shed Their Weight in Fur on a Daily Basis, The Top 10 Purse-Dog Breeds, The 5 Best Breeds for Overcompensating Men, etc.
The pre-eminent canine in each case is one breed: The shelter dog. The muttliest mutt available who suits your lifestyle, if possible. Continue reading “The No. 1 dog breed for everything: shelter dog”