Dog DNA Test: Our Beagle-Hound Is a Poodle

When I finally caved and agreed TW and Elly could have a dog for their birthday last year what it really meant was they could have a dog that I liked as much, if not more, than they did and I have a thing for beagles. So while I might have agreed to another dog, (and I would have), I was leaning heavily toward something that was "beagle-like" -- and that's how we ended up with Skeeter Bess....more
@elaineR.N.  lol it's not obnoxious at all. :-)more

Recovery Room No More

It is amazing how a room in your house can take up a life of its own.   During the past few years one of our spare bedrooms did just that.  It became the “recovery room.” ...more
@HomeRearedChef Thanks... I have a feeling when Sat comes we will be fine...more

IKEA has Skeeters

My last visit to IKEA was shocking. Everything went fine until I rounded the corner in the children's section. Then I saw them.I was eyeball to snouts with cold, hard reality. In an unabashed exploitation of their pet beagle, BlogHer's Denise and T.W. apparently have sold the rights to their underage wonder dog. Popular canine persona, Skeeter Bess, has been transmogrified into a plush toy. Have these women no shame? You can imagine my concern, when I turn the corner at IKEA and was confronted with a bin of Skeeter Besses....more
@CupcakesAndHoodies Hello there, Cupcakes! Thank you so much for your visit. Love stuffed ...more

The Cat Got my Tongue

I was reminded today of yet another tongue injury I endured while I was a child.  If you are a frequent reader, you probably have already read about the time I licked a razor.What reminded me of this particular injury was watching Biter encounter a cat for the first time. Well no the first time ever, because, for some reason when he was very little (still just hanging out in the car seat not doing much) people felt compelled to coax their cats to come and sniff him.Aww isn’t that cute. Look he is sitting on your baby. So sweet....more

Foiled - Greed is a Shiny Turd!

Foiled - Greed is a Shiny Turd!The greed of gain has no time limit to its capaciousness.  Its one object is to produce and consume.  It has pity neither for beautiful nature nor for living human beings.  It is ruthlessly ready without a moment's hesitation to crush beauty and life.  ~ Rabindranath Tagore...more

Farmer Nancy on "K9 Ballistics" Dog Beds

I consider the following to be a public service announcement!...more
Thank you!  We've had this puppy for five months and she's eaten... three beds? four? I dunno. ...more

The Old Age Fiscal Cliff.


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Feeling Good

One of the easiest ways I know to put a smile on my face is to hug one of my dogs.  Studies have shown that petting a dog or cat lowers anxiety and blood pressure. Pets give you unconditional love.  They are always thrilled to see you walk through the door.  You can leave for an hour and when you return, they greet you like they haven't seen you in a week! ...more