Picture it: Sicily, 1922. Nope, sorry — Western New York, this past October. Niles and I are walking at the park. I like to walk the dogs at the park because it’s pretty much one flat space that allows me to see potential issues before they’re on top of us. Typically, there aren’t any loose … More Maybe you’re the tool
Nelson’s new collar arrived today. That’s it, that’s the whole post. Well, you’re still here. If you’re just going to sit there waiting for a story, I’ll tell you I buy Nelson a new collar every year, and it’s one of my favorite things in the whole wide world. I always get them from Hound … More Confessions of a collar snob
Owning a pit bull is an inherently political thing. This shouldn’t be news to anyone, because living is political. As Chuck Wendig said: “Politics is a thing we’re all swimming in. It’s not outside us, held to the purview of politicians. If you don’t notice politics or don’t want to deal with it, you’re just … More Pit bull political
It was a long winter. I love tall boots and long coats and hot coffee, but even for me, it was a long, long winter. Spring has arrived suddenly and intensely here in Western New York; the flowering trees have bloomed so thickly it occasionally looks like it’s snowing again when the wind blows, and … More Petunias don’t like to be rained on
Last week, I finally forced myself to read the Washington Post’s exposé of the animal rescue industry, particularly as it relates to rescues paying for animals. If you haven’t read it or you’re not familiar at all with the practice, I encourage you to read the story first, as I’ll be referencing certain points without … More How much for that doggy in the auction?
I get nostalgic over little things, things I have no reason to feel any kind of way about. Getting rid of a car? Kind of sad about it. Packing up my college suite to go home for holiday break? Vague melancholy. Saying goodbye to a temporary housemate who’s quoting Mulan, probably hoping I won’t embarrass … More I don’t do goodbyes well
Remember last month when I got a little mean about puppy applications? I was frustrated with people thinking that raising a dog from puppyhood would guarantee them the adult dog they’ve always wanted. I stand by everything I said in that post, but I wouldn’t have guessed the universe was organizing a real-life example of … More Clear eyes, open minds, can’t lose