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Deer Tick at Newport Blues Cafe 7-28-2013
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Deer Tick after party (night 3 of 3) at the Newport Blues Cafe, following the 2013 Newport Folk Festival

Deer Tick at Newport Blues Cafe 7-28-2013
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Image by Sisters Dissonance
Deer Tick after party (night 3 of 3) at the Newport Blues Cafe, following the 2013 Newport Folk Festival

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Balloon Dog (Orange) sells for the highest price ever paid for a work by a living artist

Pop artist Jeff Koons has broken the world record as his sculpture brought $ 58,405,000 at a Christie’s New York auction Tuesday night. It is one in a series of five, with other colors in the series — yellow, blue, magenta and red. The 12-feet tall sculpture made of stainless steel was expected to sell for…
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Dramatic Dog

Remember all the videos with dramatic cats?. Here is a video with a dramatic dog. Watch at that scary look while he suddently turns :) P.S: Special thanks to…
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Virgin Airlines flies homeless Chihuahuas from San Francisco to New York in luxury

Yet another celebrity holds yet another Chihuahua for yet another photo op. The Chihuahua overpopulation in California continues, caused partly by celebrities and their mindless followers using them for props and then abandoning them. Virgin Airways is making its fifth “Operation Chihuahua” since 2010 to fly them to areas where they can be welcomed into…
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Will a microchip get your lost or stolen dog returned?

Dogs brought in as strays to shelters or rescues are routinely scanned for a microchip. Owners are quickly contacted and happy endings. However, at our local shelter around 15% of the dogs with microchips have out-of-date information. On dog forums, some workers estimate that up to one-quarter of the dogs’ owners cannot be located from…
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Fatbeeman demonstrates Natural Mite Control with fogger

Don Kuchenmeister demonstrates controlling mites in beehives with mineral oil and an insect fogger.

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In the Land of Lights

I’m trying to learn.  Poor Lorelei… she’s getting texts from me constantly while I try and figure this stuff out. Without all the handholding it would be a disaster.  Not sure what I’d do without her!

Max helped me practice with antlers on.  :)

And then we did some just plain.  I quite like this one.  Simple and sweet.

The next day Kort helped… I added a sheet on the left to act as a reflector and get some light onto that side.  It worked!

Crazy Coulee and Little Lacey

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Thank you, even for that.

This week my Facebook newsfeed has been filled with friends listing, day by day, those things they are thankful for. Health. Family. Security. All good and wonderful things, and what a lovely sentiment to take a moment out to acknowledge how fortunate we are to have what we do. I like that.

I think it’s safe for people to assume I am thankful for my family and their health and the nice things I am lucky to have, absolutely. But I think a more interesting question is this: What are you thankful for that you might not have seen as a blessing at the time?

I am thankful for an unpleasant woman who did something horrible to me once, years ago. It took me a very long time to come to that place, because the immediate effect of her action was to make me question what I do and why I do it. It made my unhappy with my work. And ultimately, it gave me the push I needed to get away from a position I was unhappy with for reasons having nothing to do with her and take a big risk making a go at writing. I don’t know if she had never wandered into my life, if I would be emailing my agent to discuss meeting up for coffee in a couple of weeks. That is my ultimate dream, and to think it all might be tied to what I have long thought of as the worst experience of my career. It’s funny how life works, isn’t it?

I am thankful for Kekoa’s death. Don’t get me wrong, I am not thankful that she died, but I am thankful for the manner in which it happened. She had to die at some point, as do we all, and my feelings about that are neutral. But it was a quirk of time and circumstance that I was in need of a home visit veterinarian, and I happened to remember a friend of mine ran such a service. That reconnection gave me a chance to do work I didn’t know I wanted to do, and it has to date been the most emotionally gratifying service of my career. I am also thankful Betsy did not hire me based on my first stab (no pun intended) at placing a butterfly catheter. I got it now.

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Grateful for dogs who steal other dogs’ beds, because they give me something to laugh about after they are gone.

I am thankful for everyone who trusts me to come into their home and, in essence, end their pet’s life. That is a massive trust and responsibility. I hope I make that experience just a bit easier for them. I hope that when I leave, they are glad they asked me to help.

I am thankful for weird things, holes and shadows and grudges that provide us the counterpoint we need to see the shine and light and vistas that make life beautiful. Thankful for those occasional moments of clarity that pull me out of my daily haze and strike: needlelike and sharp realizations of a truth, soft and melting warmth of an interconnectedness.

Most of all, I am thankful for my irresponsible neighbor who didn’t spay her dog, because without that there would be no childhood dog Taffy and no Dr. V and I might very well be a moderately satisfied podiatrist who, as far as she knows, isn’t a pet person. And if that isn’t a big stretch, I don’t know what is.

 

Pawcurious: With Pet Lifestyle Expert and Veterinarian Dr. V.

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Saturday Survey: Which Dog Did You Like Best?

I often bring you information about dogs in general, but this week, I happened to have only features about several very different dogs. Which one did you like the best? Until next time, Good day, and good dog!


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