Review of the Swiffer Sweeper: Hype, not Clean

We've all seen the commercials for Swiffer products.  They promise us cheap, quick, effective cleaning that enable us to spend more time doing the things we would rather do. These advertisements are so pervasive that a couple of weeks ago I succumbed, especially thanks to a coupon in the local Sunday paper.  I was halfway through my move to my new apartment in Johnstown and needed some sort of cleaning tool for the everyday stuff. ...more

Laughing About Nothing ... Cats!

Laughing About Nothing ... Cats!There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats.  ~Albert Schwitzer...more

The Best Crater Lake Holiday Ever!

Today, we visit Crater Lake first thing in the morning. Our car thermostat reads 21 or 28 degrees, “or something like that,” Daddy says. Mommy wants to get out and take a picture but I’m not going out there, its cold! Mama wraps me up in my blanky and we take a peek-a-boo look at the lake. This is my first visit to Crater Lake and Daddy hasn’t been to Crater Lake since he was “very, very young.”...more

Dear Dog Whisperer, You're Not Really Whispering

I didn't think it was possible. I thought -- surely -- nothing was more annoying, aggravating, eye-roll inducing than unsolicited parenting advice. I've been the recipient of so much of it over the years that I've learned to tune most of it out, but sometimes I still have to remind myself not to punch random "you should do it this way, honey" advice-givers in the face. But it turns out there's something slightly more annoying that unsolicited parenting advice. It's unsolicited dog advice. ...more
Oh my! Absolutely adorable! And yes, you're doing a wonderful job.  Callie will come to ...more

Dogs Acting Like Two-Year Olds!

Dogs Acting Like Two-Year Olds! If dogs could talk, it would take a lot of the fun out of owning one.  ~Andy Rooney...more

There's a new mouse in town

There's a new mouse in the house. I know because I put it there. It's a pet mouse - the kind of mouse you don't allow the cat to harass. "Not the mice in the cage, Leo; it's the other mice we want you to catch." Talk about a confusing double standard. This mouse takes the place of Gomff, who passed away last month after developing a tumor. What? You may ask do you do when your son's mouse develops a tumor?...more

Raccoon or Cat?

Raccoon or Cat?I wish I could write as mysterious as a cat.  ~Edgar Allan Poe...more
I couldn't imagine having a pet raccoon - did you release Rascals back into the wild? Or was he ...more

Queen Kitty

Esme the cat continued in her battle against Kiefer’s villianous reign of not allowing cats on the furniture. Now that she’s conquered the greatest battle of being allowed on the bed, she’s moved on to the lesser pieces of furniture, like Kiefer’s old recliner. Behold Esme’s throne! Also behold Esme’s Stop-Acting-Like-Paparazzi Look here....more
I gave up on that battle along time ago. My dog has made herself at home and expects all of the ...more

A different kind of love

  If you've read my blog for .5 seconds, you'd know I am in love with my puppy, Ernie. I can't call him my dog, even though he is two years old, puppy sounds much cuter and more loveable. I've always loved animals but wasn't until my 4 legged baby stole my heart that I have developed a deep love and passion for animals. Watching Planet Earth now makes me cry and seeing homeless people with dogs just tears me up inside....more

Scooby Meets a Porcupine

Scooby Meets a Porcupine It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.  ~Mark Twain...more