Our Glamping with Dogs Getaway! #GlampingwithPets

For the past few weeks, we’ve been using Glamping with Pets to plan a pet-friendly glamping getaway with Irie and Tiki. We knew we’d be traveling during the Supermoon, a date when the…

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Gray fox returns

I put out a little gray fox urine over the buck musk, and a fox came and made a visit. Judging from the squat, this one is a vixen.

I put out the Moultrie 1100i, which gets better footage than the little Primos Workhorse:

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Sharing a wall

Sharing a wall …

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The police ID was that the dog was a bit bull. Th…

The police ID was that the dog was a bit bull. The pound later heard from the neighbor that the dog was a boxer. So…..this is why you cannot ban a breed.

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A Pomeranian Please!

Look at me! Look at me!

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Second Chance Dogs Available Now on Netflix

The new ASPCA documentary, Second Chance Dogs, was recently released on Netflix. The film follows the stories of six extremely fearful dogs rescued from cruelty and taken to the ASPCA’s Behavioral Rehabilitation Center, showcasing their heartwarming journey to finding a loving home. Launched in 2013, the Behavioral Rehabilitation Center is the first and only facility […]

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10 Great Mashed Potato Recipes

10 Great Mashed Potato Recipes
1. Mashed Potatoes with Butternut Squash, Delish  //  2. Greek Yogurt Mashed Potatoes, The Faux Martha  //  3. Mashed Potato Puffs, The Cooking Jar  //  4. Honey Chipotle Mashed Sweet Potatoes, The Lemon Bowl  //  5. Parmesan Duchess Potatoes, Tablespoon  //  6. Horseradish and Carmelized Onion Mashed Potatoes, The Chunky Chef  //  7. Mashed Potato Cheese Bites, The Tip Hero  //  8.  Mock Mashed Potatoes (Made with Cauliflower), The Food Network  //  9. Cheesy Mashed Potato Muffins, Just a Taste  //  10. Vegan Mashed Potatoes, The Minimalist Baker

When Robbie and I first started dating, I had him over for dinner. This was actually very brave of me as I wasn’t exactly the most proficient chef at the time (and although I’ve very slowly learned to enjoy occasional cooking, I’m admittedly still not, at all). But I wanted to do it. To impress him, I whipped up a batch of one of the dishes at which I’ve always considered myself to be quite good – mashed potatoes. I really took my time with these babies too, adding the perfect amount of butter and garlic and young love, and watched eagerly as he took the first bite. His mouth formed a sort of forced smile as he grunted “mmmm” and slowly continued to take more tiny bites throughout the meal, until he was finally done. I was confused as to why (1) it took him so long to finish and (2) he didn’t pile on a heaping serving of seconds. These were my famous mashed potatoes, after all, and they were freaking dynamite. I knew something was up. Eventually I got it out of him – dude doesn’t like mashed potatoes. I know, I couldn’t believe it either. Talk about a red flag, man. Could I really date someone who didn’t like the most glorious food in all the land? Could I ever really trust him? Thankfully he had plenty of other redeeming qualities, but ten years later, I still give him a hard time about his distaste for the best food that ever there was.

Thanksgiving is exactly one week away, which, for us normal folks who actually appreciate their deliciousness, means (if we’re lucky) we’ll get to consume massive amounts of mashed potatoes. While my favorite type is the boring old traditional version (potatoes, garlic, milk, butter, and a little salt), I thought it would be fun to make a couple of unique varieties this year as well, and got to searching. I came across all sorts of ridiculously tasty looking recipes along the way, so it only made sense to share my favorites for this edition of 10 Great. I mean, how about #9? Mashed potatoes for breakfast? Yes, please! Or #7? Talk about comfort food. What if I just made an entire dinner out of just mashed potatoes – would that be weird?

I hope my fellow mashed potato lovers enjoy these recipes. If you have any others you can add to my collection, please leave them in the comments. And if you’re one of those weird people like my husband who doesn’t like mashed potatoes, just like with him, I’ll still love you. But if I ever meet you in person, just know I’m going to give you a hard time about it.


Bubby and Bean ::: Living Creatively

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November is #PetCancerAwareness Month.  Now I don’t know who made this month but for more than a few reasons, there’s a cosmic irony about it.  The first of which is Malcolm (the first dog I lost to cancer and whose death inspired our travels) – his birthday was the eve of.  

It’s been many years since his loss and I don’t reflect on it oft but his light of life emanates from me still. And recently, it was all brought back.  

I was grateful to be invited to participate at the Connecticut Shoreline Puppy Up Walk last Sunday October 30th and it was an absolutely gorgeous day – a bit balmy but cloudy at times.  Everything was going great though the proceedings seemed to be delayed until the news came down.  The Dog Cancer Hero, Medalla, whom we all had been awaiting her arrival, collapsed in the parking lot, was administered CPR by her vet, but tragically passed away en route to the clinic.  

And everyone’s crying and the microphone was given to me to keep the proceedings ongoing.  Those of you who know me I’m not usually at a loss for words but I wept, too, and publicly something I hadn’t done so since Murphy.  After a moment of silence we all soldiered on and walked the two miles at Guilford Fairgrounds.  All of us except Medalla.  

Perhaps that’s why I wept.  Some of us cross the finish line.  Some of us don’t.  And with Murphy it was close. 

And while, at least for now, we don’t know why, we should all give thanks that we’re shadowcasted by the great brilliance of those we have lost. 

This month, more so than others, give some goddamn great love to your companions, with whom your time together is transient but will walk aside you for thousands of miles until the end.  

I want to thank MariAnne for sharing Medalla with us all and nearby is a bit about her in MariAnne’s words.  


Medalla was a mixed breed rescue from Puerto Rico. While I was there on business, we found each other on a secluded beach in the small town where I was staying.  She was just a puppy, between 3-4 months old.  From that day forward, she was the most loving and faithful friend I could ever hope for.  She never left my side. If you asked anyone at Guilford Vet Hospital, they would say she was a shy, quiet dog, but like most children, at home she was very talkative and the alpha of her pack.  

At six years old, Medalla was diagnosed with Lymphoma. After Chemo, she immediately went into remission.  This summer, she came out of remission for the second time. This was her third round of treatments. She immediately went back into remission again.  She was such a little trouper and took everything so well.  Unfortunately, I lost her to a heart attack, before she could finish her Chemo.  I want to thank Guilford Vet Hospital and all canine cancer research for giving me an extra 3 years with my wonderful baby girl. 

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Featured Pet Sitter: Cool Dogs Petsitting, LLC

PetsitUSA’s newest featured pet sitter is Cool Dogs Petsitting in Richmond, VA!  If you are in the Richmond area, you can find their listing here.image441  Cool Dogs offers many services, including:

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Into the wilderness

When I started down this venture in 2008, there was an active blogging community that covered dogs. I was an idiot in those days and a far worse writer.

You got hits by being a pugilist. I punched. I got punched in return.

And it was okay.

But then the major blogging networks that held this fractious community together “went corporate, and all the organic aspects of this community died.

What we were left with just competition and vitriolic bellicosity.

I kept this up for as long as I could, but then I either grew up or just got tired of all the bullshit. It’s probably the latter.

I have yet to find a community in the real dog world that isn’t petty and dogmatic. Probably the only exception to this is my own Facebook group that is associated with this blog, but that is like the Island of Misfit Toys, where they are led by the ultimate broken jack-in-the-box (me).

I am never, ever going to be a super dog trainer. I don’t have the skills, and I’m not going to pretend that I have those skills anymore. I’ve tried to learn them. I just don’t have it.

It’s the toughest thing in the world for me to admit that I cannot do something.

Not everyone can read historical documents or peer-reviewed articles either.

That’s what I tell myself.

You may have noticed that the scope of this blog has changed a lot in the past few months. I am trying to find my voice again, and I think I do better as a story teller than what my grandpa called a cross between a prostitute and an encyclopedia: “a fucking know-it-all.”

I may lose readers if they don’t see the latest story about a dog bite or something stupid that a TV dog trainer did.

That’s okay.

There still are places where you can read that stuff.

It’s just not me.

I’ve lost a lot of friends over the years. I don’t think anyone from that community still talks to me or links to me from the early days.

I have a few readers who have stayed with me for the long haul. They’ve seen my various evolutionary epochs.

And I now am the point where it I don’t think I will ever go back.

The conflict that exist because of the problems of the modern dog fancy have been solved in the grand scheme of things. In North America, the main multi-breed registries are essentially ignored. In Europe, there is just so much public pressure for reform that it will happen. It will happen as the older generations die off.

In the mean time, a lot of damage is going to be done, but because the people who are okay with the damage are so certain about their views, it is a waste of time deal with them.

Allow the attrition of the generations to take care of this problem.

I find myself falling into an anhedonic state when it comes to these issues.

But I also know the rightful place for me is in the wilderness.

The battles of dog people will go on.

I’m checking out.







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