Playing Tuba with My Dog and Other Stuff I Keep Meaning To Do

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Hi! It’s been kind of quiet over here the past few weeks, huh?

I want to write, but I’ve been busy doing cool stuff: going to Austin, Texas and not so cool stuff: hanging out in airports for two days because a freak winter storm cancelled my connecting flight home and gross stuff: getting a cold.

I hate having my hermit-esque routine turned upside down, so it took me a while to get my act together. I’m back.


And now, here’s what I keep meaning to write about, in no particular order:


Fences: wood ones, metal ones, redundant ones, invisible ones, and ones with gates that fly open unexpectedly.

Leash Laws: enforcement, funding, and why there’s always a cop outside my house (hint: it has nothing to do with dogs).

Dog Nails: how much I hate to cut them, heaven-sent painkillers, and the trouble with posting photos of…

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Introducing “Peanut” the newest member of our pack…

We are going to take a break from the horrors of LAG today, not because I am backing down but because LAG isn’t the only game in town and right now we have them on the run.

A couple of weeks ago I told you all that I suffer from clinical depression. My doctor knowing of my work with dogs suggested I find a small breed dog to train for therapy certification. We decided we would look for a Chihuahua, and true to my nature I wanted a rescue dog. We put the word out to our network, and many of you sent us information on Chihuahua’s in rescue all over the country. I thank you for that. Unfortunately most of the dogs you recommended could not be trained for the work my little girl would have to do. They were either too old or had behavioral issues.

Meet Peanut a four pound two year old rescued Chihuahua on her way to becoming a therapy dog.

Meet Peanut a four pound two year old rescued Chihuahua on her way to becoming a therapy dog.

We needed a young dog with few issues. Just when I had begun to give up hope that we would find a rescue dog that would fit the bill I stumbled across an ad on kijiji (a Canadian site similar to Craigslist) “Free to good home” the ad said, “Two dogs, one male maltese three years old neutered. One female Chihuahua 2 years old.”

I almost didn’t call noticing that the ad had been placed sixteen hours before I came upon it. She’d be gone I thought, Chihuahua’s don’t last long especially when they are free. I called anyway just on the off chance that no one had seen the ad which had been posted in the middle of the night.

Much to my surprise the little dog was still available. Her owner didn’t really ask me much about myself, she didn’t really care who took her dog. “When can you pick her up?” she asked. “This evening if that is okay with you.” was my answer. By the time we arrived to meet with the four pound “Peanut” her owner had all her belongings waiting at the door.

Now those of you who know me are aware that A) I hate “free to good home” ads. They really are an irresponsible way to find a new home for your pet especially when you don’t ask questions of the person inquiring about them. Peanut was lucky that she had landed in a home that is devoted to their dogs and see them as a lifetime commitment. Many others are not so lucky.

If you have been reading me for any length of time you are also aware that I detest people who give up their pets at the drop of a hat when life changes. I have heard a myriad of bogus excuses for getting rid of the family pet. “We had a new baby” “we no longer have time for him” “we are moving to a place that doesn’t allow dogs” In Peanut’s case her owners were moving to a condo. Would someone please explain to me why this means you have to give up two small breed dogs?

Peanut in the car on her first ever trip to Petsmart.

Peanut in the car on her first ever trip to Petsmart.

Anyway, Peanut is now safe with us in a loving home where she will be cherished and loved for the rest of her days. I hope her pack brother Snuggles finds the same sort of home. I felt horrible leaving him, but I really couldn’t fit in another dog. We have a very full house! When I got home I passed the little dog’s contact info on to a friend who has been searching for a small breed dog to adopt. I have yet to speak to her to see if she contacted the little dogs owners, I really hope she did!

Peanut is just beginning the training that will lead her to become a registered therapy dog. If you want to follow her progress a Facebook page has been set up for her here:

The Peanut Gallery

Until Next Time Remember




…I thought that I would tell you why I feel an apology is in order.

Last night I did a show on Broken Breeds Radio, (blog talk radio) I apologized once again to those in my country that my past association with Let’s Adopt Global may have harmed in any way. Today a friend asked me why I felt the need to apologize, and so I thought that I would tell you why I feel an apology is in order.

When The self admitted founder of LAG Ivan Jimenez drew me in to the organization, he talked a good game. Ever since I was a young child I have had a soft spot in my heart for animals. I could not bear to see them suffer and do nothing. Here was a group that on the surface seemed to be doing miraculous things for animals, and they wanted ME to be a part of their operation. I was flattered (at first) they were going to hand me a forum to continue doing what I had been doing for years on a smaller scale! I could make a difference, a REAL difference! I was excited!

“Look!” I said to my friends, “just look at the great work this group is doing! You should support them!” and many of you did. For THAT alone apologies are in order. But my need to apologize goes deeper than that.

Even though I never received any money from LAG, I requested in my daily blog writings for them that you support them financially, and I know, many of you did. You trusted me and I let you down. I again apologize.

Even though I was never a part of the groups dirty dealings I feel responsible in some way. I wanted to do good and instead I became involved with a group exploiting animals for their own ends, although even up to the point of my resignation I was unaware of the horrific abuse they had dished out in the name of rescue.

I have been attacked by that group on Facebook and several of my fellow animal advocates have been as well. That fact will not silence us, in fact all it does is tell us we are getting closer to the truth, a truth that Let’s Adopt Global doesn’t want exposed.

Visit this website:

Let’s Adopt Global Exposed

It’s a good place to start for more information on the corruption and lies that are LAG.

For my past association with this group all I can do is apologize, and do everything in my power to see them brought down!

Until Next Time Remember



Bunnies for Easter? Read This First!

Couldn’t have said it better myself!

Dogpaddling Through Life

Next weekend we celebrate Easter! For those of you who are not Christian, it’s a holiday that celebrates Christ’s resurrection.

Some of the traditions associated with the celebration of this holiday include sunrise church services, the hunting of colorful eggs, and children receiving gifts from the Easter Bunny (kinda like Santa but with a smaller budget).

And sometimes children receive baby bunnies as gifts on Easter.

If you plan to give a bunny to a child this Easter, here are some things to consider.

Rabbits can live up to ten years, and require as much care as a dog or cat. If you aren’t willing to provide that care, a bunny isn’t right for you.

Rabbits don’t typically get along well with children, especially young children. Poking at rabbits or trying to cuddle them may be rewarded with a bite.

Bunnies who are not spayed or neutered will mark their territory with…

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It seems that today I have writer’s block! So here look at the pretty pictures…

It seems that today I have writer’s block! So here look at the pretty pictures…


Harley (short for Harlequin) has MANY facial expressions, EVERY one of them involving an open mouth. We don’t call him the “Town Crier” for nothing!

A digital art rendering of past foster Mhya

A digital art rendering of past foster Mhya

Digital art rendering featuring a friend's Labradoodlw sisters with past foster "Sparkles"

Digital art rendering featuring a friend’s Labradoodlw sisters with past foster “Sparkles”


Pampered pooch Woofstock 2009

Pampered pooches Woofstock 2009


Bright eyed and bushy tailed! Woofstock 2009

Bright eyed and bushy tailed! Woofstock 2009

"Rough Tough Creampuff" Woofstock 2010

“Rough Tough Creampuff” Woofstock 2010

Okay then! That last one was just cuteness overload! Hey you know what? You guys should go check out what our friend Rumpy Dog is up to!

Until Next Time Remember