Adopting a Shelter Dog

Back in August, I had the pleasure of helping organize the BlogHer ’12 Pet Fashion Show, partnering with PetSmart and the ASPCA. The best part of the experience was seeing all the cute pups that participated and hearing their adoption stories (which you can read more about in my recap post)....more
I love coming across reading other people's joy of adopting animals from shelters. My family ...more

Dobermans: great photo models

Dobermans make beautiful photo models.  They stand quietly and gracefully, alert about everything that's going on around them, and yet calm and peaceful.  They are naturally beautiful dogs, and their personality makes it easy to reflect their beauty on the photographs.  Starting today, 2nd day of NaBloPoMo, I will be regularly posting photos of my 2 dogs. Only the photos that I find worth sharing: beautiful, funny, or otherwise interesting. ...more

Things We Leave Behind

Chopper:  Our New One-Eyed Mutt...more
I think it is wonderful to provide chopper with a warm home and place to stay. It must have been ...more

Do You Let The Dog Sleep With You?

We have a puppy and we like her. She's cute. But we do not want her to sleep with us. We don't even want her to consider jumping on the bed, but she does. And that's the problem. How the heck can we get her to STOP DOING THAT? (Particularly when it seems like most of the internet thinks it's cute and that dogs belong on beds! I'm sure she's reading all of the comments on the photos I've posted and they are just encouraging her to try and try again. Gah.)...more
My uncle is a certified dog trainer. He says dogs should not be sleeping in an owner's bed. They ...more

Pick The Funniest Halloween Costumes For Pets!

Halloween is right around the corner, so this week's poll is going to be a bit more lighthearted. Are you wearing a costume this year, or just finding creative outfits for the little ones? It's becoming increasingly popular to dress the family dog in an outfit for Halloween, so we're going to let you pick the funniest one from the list below. I always like to keep some dog biscuits handy along with the candy, in case there are canine trick-or-treaters as well as kids coming to the door....more
I picked underdog just cause I want the underdog to win ;-) and cause I loved that cartoon as a ...more

Life Is Right

Joie, happy and content in her new home with us...more

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