It's Not Just the Albatross We Should Worry About: My Cat Eats Plastic

Many of you have seen Chris Jordan’s recent heartbreaking photos of dead albatross chicks on Midway Atoll with bellies full of plastic. And perhaps you have seen, or at least heard how sea turtles eat plastic, mistaking it for the jelly fish upon which they usually dine. Most recently, beached whales have been found with plastic in their bellies. People see these images or read these stories, maybe feel sad for a minute, and then go on about their lives. Albatrosses and sea turtles are creatures most of us don’t encounter on a daily basis. Their fate is sad, but it doesn’t directly affect us. Well, I want to show some photos and relate a story from the Terry-Stoler household that brings the issue of harm to animals a little closer to home. My cat eats plastic. ...more

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Not again. Yes. again.

Infectious Diseasogger Damn it! Again. Dogger woke up lame Thursday morning. Limping, leg drawn up, gate stiff. Damn it. Damn it. Damn it. I'm now channeling Florida from Good Times, thank you no Applause, please just throw money. My first thought was Well. It is kind of cold. Maybe she's just cold.. This was of course bull shit. its been cold and its never been cold enough inside to warrant fits of indiscriminate limping on her part. ...more

Letter to Santa

Dear Santa... Dear Santa, ...more

Remember Pets with Handmade Holiday Gifts

It was cold last night, yet I was warm while I slept because my dog Jake curled up right next to me.  Today, the dogs will greet my every return to the house (even if I just went out to the mail), eagerly taste test my food to insure it's safety, and coat the carpet in a decorative layer of additional fur.  Other peoples' cats will prowl their houses looking for stray dust motes and mice to chase.  Hamsters will spin on their wheels and squeak an alarm when the refrigerator door opens.  Parrots will mimic.  Fish will calm with their steady back and forth motion. ...more

For our cat, a sock full of cat-nip and a big empty paper bag tipped sideways seemed to ...more

Pumpkin Spice Latte & Frugalista Chic

Ahh... the holidays are upon us... Images of sugar plums dancing in our heads while dreaming if Santa Claus will be providing us with treats (or a big fat lump of coal) under our Christmas trees. Who am I kidding?! That is what I want.. those images on the books I read to my son at bedtime. ...more

I love the holiday drinks. I splurge on Starbucks too. That is actually one of my favorite ...more

101 Ideas for Your 101: Getting Giving On Your List

We all know that giving to charity is important, whether it be our money or time. But all to often giving moves further and further down our priorities list. So get your good intentions on your 101 list!...more


Friday I Love Community*. If you liked the first few seasons of My Name is Earl, you will love Community. Its like MNiE but without the list and the creeping pathos.  Also? Joel McHale is really hot. And everyone else in the cast is really, really good and they are a true ensemble, even that asshat Chevy Chase! Chevy Frickin Chase is acting as part of an ensemble, for this alone you should watch the show. I mean, who knew Chevy Frickin Chase could share a stage? ...more

Very Dogged

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Grrr. Argh. Again.

AGAIN Dogger is back on the antibiotic treadmill. I think at this point her urine might actually be a cure for many common infections. I hate this because she was just getting back to her normal bouncy self after her last knee issue! She was doing really, really well and I was even thinking of taking the crate down again and I was entertaining thoughts about letting her off leash in the back yard. That was then. ...more

Two steps forward, limp, limp, limp.

I'm back  I am over Ida. In honor of Ida, the wasps are wearing tiny rain coats in clever prints. I was supposed to spend my day off raking leaves and being useful but instead I had to go shopping . Had. To. Had to.  It was all the rain and wind, I had to go shopping. Or, I could have stayed in the house and watched TV. All Day. All Day. ...more