Calgon, Take Me Away!

Especially when it’s such a beautiful day here in Ohio! Hang in there – quarantine has got to end sometime! Until next time, Good day, and good dog!


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How to Add Fun to Your Dog Walk!

Whether your gym is closed, your dog training classes have been cancelled, or you’re just looking for ways to safely get out of the house, dog walks are a great answer. Dog walks are the…



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Iditarod 2020: Race Standings as of 3/14 @ 5:53 PM Alaska Time

The top 3 mushers are into Kaltag, as follows: Jessie Royer @ 15:18 (This is her third day in the lead) Brent Sass @ 16:20 Thomas Warner @ 17:16 Peter Kaiser left Nulato at noon, and Aaron Burmeister left at 12:38. It should take them at least 8 hours to reach Kaltag at their current … Continue reading Iditarod 2020: Race Standings as of 3/14 @ 5:53 PM Alaska Time


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Iditarod 2020: Standings as of 3/10 @ 4:00 PM (Alaska Time)

The top five mushers have now left the Nikolai checkpoint. 1st: Brent Sass @ 13:47 2nd: Richie Diehl @ 14:57 3rd: Jessie Royer @ 14:58 4th: Wade Marrs @ 15:13 5th: Thomas Waerner @ 16:00 Sass stayed at the checkpoint for only 9 minutes, but the others warmed up and rested for about 4 hours … Continue reading Iditarod 2020: Standings as of 3/10 @ 4:00 PM (Alaska Time)


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Win a Blue Zoca Premium Waterproof Blanket!

This giveaway is sponsored by and fulfilled by Blue Zoca. For the past several years, we have worried about pet stains on our bed…so much so that we’ve had to cover the bed with a…



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SECOND ANNUAL AKC AGILITY PREMIER CUP

From The Dog Lady’s mailbag: The American Kennel Club (AKC®) is excited to announce the return of the wildly popular AKC Agility Premier Cup. The second annual event is set to take place on April 30, 2020 in Minneapolis, MN and will be judged by Dan Butcher of Portland, OR. This family-friendly event is an … Continue reading SECOND ANNUAL AKC AGILITY PREMIER CUP


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Dog Food Storage: What You Need to Know

If you are purchasing large sacks of dog food, know how to safely store dog food — and where in your house to store the food to keep it fresh.

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The Unbroken Brown Dog

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Our lives are ultimately caught in a kaleidoscope, and as it twists, the shapes and colors that are facts and experience shift in and out of our view.  As the twisting goes, we soon see before ourselves a new image, a new reality, and perhaps a new ethos, a new understanding.  This process is known to all of us older than the age of 30, and it is such a profound part of living that if we were to live a few centuries, the same individual would be fundamentally a different person every couple of traditional lifetimes. We would be reborn many times without ever dying.

My worldview has changed greatly in recent years. The long screeds against show dogs have disappeared. They aren’t worth the time to write, and I honestly no longer agree with their theses.

And I have had to atone for my own myopia.  It is difficult. I find it almost impossible to read what I wrote even three years ago.  I am that much different from what I once was.

Back in 2015, I was on a tear about the German shepherd that won best of breed at what we call “the National Dog Show.” It is an event that is held in November, but it is televised after the Macy’s parade on Thanksgiving.

The dog that won BOB was Kysarah’s Pot of Gold, better known as a Patrick or Paddy.  A German dog expert had declared his locomotion to be among the worst he’d ever seen, and the various blogs that were touting the “evils of dog shows” were quick to lambaste Paddy, his owners, and his breeder.

I left a stupid comment on Pedigree Dogs Exposed that it was shocking that they were turning the dogs plantigrade. You know, pretty much all the things you read on these sorts of blogs (including mine, if you dig a little bit).

German shepherds were never my thing. I generally left this breed alone on here. I was much more interested in the great crusade against brachycephaly, which (newsflash) has been lost and was lost long ago..

But I did get a hair stroppy about German shepherds and sloping backs and hock-walking back in the day.

It was good for my ego, good for my hits, and good for my pathetic little soul.

I didn’t know that Paddy was a beloved pet. He had been a junior handler’s dog, and his young handler had done well with him.

I didn’t know that Paddy had a wonderful life chasing the ball and leaping in the bogs of Eastern Massachusetts. I didn’t know how much he was loved. I didn’t know that he was a loyal and sweet and intelligent dog.

He was merely a victim of my horrid ideology.  I had no idea that the animal rights fanatics were sending death threats to the family, including his junior handler. I had no idea that my ideas could be feeding into something that toxic.

What’s more is that the twisting of the kaleidoscope aligned my vision a bit differently.. I had come to, through circumstance, to live with Paddy’s nephew.  I never considered Quest to be my dog, though I was on his papers.  Jenna could have her dream dog, and I would focus more on the golden retrievers.

But I came to see that Quest was truly special. He is smart and protective, but he is good with other dogs, even other males.  I cam to realize that he is a damned good dog, and I have since come to live with Dare and Miami, both of whom count Paddy as an uncle.

Have since come to count Paddy’s owner, Pamela Martin, as a good friend. She was very close to Anya, Quest’s breeder, and she mourned with us when found out that Anya had been killed in a truck accident.

And if that sorrow wasn’t bad enough, we received news that Paddy was euthanized on Sunday.

I never met Paddy, but I know his kin.  I know his people.

They jokingly called him the “Broken Brown Dog,” the leaping bog dolphin.

But he was always unbroken.

Though the haters were always going to hate, he was always going to be loved.

 

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9 Girls’ Sundresses Under $10

9 Girls' Sundresses Under $  10
1. Black Floral Girls Sundress, $ 4.99   |   2. Blue & White Striped Jersey Dress, $ 7.99   |   3.  Yellow Floral Dress, $ 4.99   |   4. Cherry Dress, $ 4.99   |   5. Unicorn Print Girls Sundress, $ 4.99   |   6. Pink Seersucker Dress, $ 9.99   |   7. Navy Jersey Heart Dress, $ 4.99   |   8. Cotton Bouquet Dress, $ 9.99   |   9. Dark Blue Floral Print Girls Sundress, $ 4.99 

Summer may still be far, far away here in Chicagoland, but that isn’t stopping me from starting to shop for sunny weather clothes. I mean, if I stop buying winter pieces, winter will be over faster, right? Isn’t that how it works? Regardless, spring is just a few weeks away, so I think I’m definitely justified in looking ahead to warmer days.

One of my favorite warm weather pieces to buy is the little girl’s sundress. My 6 year old probably has way too many of them already due to my affinity for them (she already has #5 and #9 from above), but you can’t beat a cute cotton number like these above that they can happily play in for less than $ 10.

Now if they only made #2 in my size…

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Friday Funny (Video): What Kind of Milk Do You Like?

So cute! I don’t remember ever having enough patience when my kids were little to do this, but I’m glad her dad did! Happy Weekend! Until next time, Good day, and good dog!


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