Playstation 4 #Giveaway ~ Ends 11/30

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It's November and that means it's time for Playstation 4 Giveaway. This event is Hosted by A Little Bit of Everything So make sure to stop over there and say Thanks.

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Deer Tick “The Dream’s in the Ditch” 09/25/13

Deer Tick performs a song from their album Negativity. More CONAN @ http://teamcoco.com/video Team Coco is the official YouTube channel of late night host Co…

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Aston the Hanoverian Hound

This beautiful dog is a Hanoverian Hound (Hannoverscher Schweißhund) – a rare hound from Germany.

It is a hunting and tracking dog descended from bloodhounds of medieval times. It was first introduced into France in the 1980s and is still a very rare breed.

He’s called Aston and he’s only five months old. I met Aston and his father (see smaller photo) at the Monaco Dog Show.  As you can see in the other photo he’s got fairly short legs. Too adorable but then I’ve a soft spot for hounds, especially a relation of the blood hound.
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Welcome Home Mama And Boris: Book Review

Cover of Welcome Home Mama and Boris

The Internet is full off heartwarming reunions between dogs and veterans returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan. They make us feel good about an unfortunate situation and also demonstrate how much our dogs add to our lives.

Welcome Home Mama and Boris: How a Sister’s Love Saved a Fallen Soldier’s Beloved Dogs provides us with a view of a different, but no less uplifting, meeting. A meeting between a fall soldier’s sister (co-author Carey Neesley) and the dogs he rescued before he lost his life in Iraq.

I received a preview copy of this book a few weeks ago and enjoyed it immensely. This isn’t a book I would normally buy on my own — I tend to gravitate toward either fiction (mostly Sci-Fi and Fantasy) or science (math, physics, and surprise! behavior and training,) but I had heard of this story back when Carey was trying to rescue the dogs from Iraq and my curiosity was piqued. The book did not disappoint. As a matter of fact it was difficult to put it down after I started reading it.

Carey writes in both the first person and in the present tense which took me a few pages to get used to, but eventually her direct style and internal dialog grabbed me and brought me right into the story. She starts out showing you how close she was with Peter (her brother) as well as how close he was to her young son Patrick. How and why Peter served not just one tour in Iraq but two provides insight into his character and helps make it obvious why Carey worked so hard to save his dogs.

While most of us are familiar with Carey’s success bringing Mama and Boris home, there is a lot more to the story, both before and after she worked the miracle of getting them back to the U.S. How did Peter find the dogs? Why did his unit in Iraq work so hard to help her save them? Who helped her stateside? What bureaucratic hoops must one jump through to get 2 dogs from Baghdad to the midwest? It’s a great read.

THis is a really a book for anyone, but dog people will find it especially interesting and rewarding. Preorder it now!

Here is a book trailer:

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fleas and lice

A few nice Lice images I found:

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Golden Poodle awards for May

The Golden Poodle award for the first time goes to a cat. Tara the Courageous defended her 4-year-old human from an attack by a loose neighborhood dog and became the Most Famous Cat in the World. Tara seemed to find the spotlight quite tedious. The Lizard Brain award goes to yet another online dating couple. He invited her into his home where she stole the family dog. Her picture is on the dating site and…
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Golden Retriever Puppies First Swim | Video

Adorable litter of 7-week-old Golden Retriever puppies swimming for the first time

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Mite Away Quick Strips™ Protecting the honey bee from varroa mites. MAQS comes in ready-to-use, single dose packages. MAQS is easy to apply Always follow the…

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Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers ~ #Recipe Tested & #Reviewed

I decided that for NFL Gameday on Sunday I would make some of these delicious looking Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers. They only had a few ingredients so I figured how difficult could it be right? And what could be better than cream cheese, jalapenos and bacon?

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Ingredients
  • 1 pound jalapeno peppers
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 cup shredded cheese Cheddar or Mexican blend
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon Chipotle powder
  • 1 to 2 pounds bacon

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Reflections on Week 2

‘Shave Yer Ears’
Funny the things you think about before embarking on a six month journey – mine was this and I stored it in a voice memo on my iphone just in case I forgot my last thought before I got on the road.
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It’s always fascinated me how much life experience can be condensed down into a mile, a moment, and even a microsecond.  We’re on week three and already it feels like eons have passed.  We’ve zig zagged the coastal mountains and the farmlands of northern Washington down into the city proper and witnessed a whole lot.
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Seattle:  The City of ???
Walking amongst the innermost guts of a city, you kinda get to know it on an visceral level.  You don’t need to read municipal code, do a Google search or even check in with Wikipedia – just walk through it.  And though I have done all of the above I have torn feelings about this place perhaps because of and despite of itself.  
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Bare Naked Baristas?

From Everett to the George Washington Bridge is pretty much a continuous row of used car dealerships, box stores, strip malls, and these curious salacious sexy time coffee shacks like this one. 
And this one.  (FYI – Neither of which convinced Indiana they were worth their weight in Expresso to pop in).
I tried to look up what Seattle’s sobriquet is and I got bupkis other than ‘Rain’.  Perhaps this place and its people aren’t even sure what it is.
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To Be Sure 
The beauty here is boundless.  From Pike Place Market to the Chihuly Garden and Glass to the Waterfront District and countless soundside nooks surrounding Elliot Bay, the rusted steel structures of the Gas Works Park and the magnificent Madrona trees that are only found in this part of the world.  
Perhaps then, Seattle is a city of contrasts as its expertly manicured landscape is mottled with the misbegotten.
I have never seen so many homeless people in all of my travels and it’s now perfectly clear to me how the Grunge genre got its beginnings here.  
Don’t get me wrong, I’m nothing more than a passing observer but taken as a whole, my Seattle experience has been a bit disappointing.
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The Second Long Island?
Only once before have we walked through a community that not a single person stopped to inquire about our cause or mission.  Or offer a warm greeting of welcome to the fuzzybutts.  And that was the stretch between the Brooklyn Bridge and Port Jefferson on our first walk.  Seattle now has the distinction of being the second.  
I’ve spoken with a few folks about this and the best guess is due to the breadth of the homeless population people are desensitized to them.  And by ‘them’ I mean ‘me’ since I have a backpack and look kinda homeless.  
At least the chap whose backpack I snapped a photo of at Pike Place Park has some panache.  
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Cat Town?
Don’t know how to sum Seattle up really and maybe won’t have the context for some time. That’s why it’s taken me a tad longer to post this blog. I suppose I had a preconceived notion of this place and it just didn’t play out like I had hoped. The media was kinda ‘Meh’ I guess from so many who pass through here for some cause or another.
Is this where grumpy cat lives?  Maybe we’re just cat-less in Seattle…
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Annuit Coeptis
We’ve been granted safe passage thus far and that’s the thing to be grateful for. A few close calls and some rough and tough stretches but we’re making progress and as our dear friend Buddy pointed out yesterday, we’re at the midway point to Oregon.  And we made some new friendships and revisited old ones, too.  
But it’s time to move on.  
It’s not always up to us if the message we deliver is received but no community can be deaf and dumb to an epidemic so broad reaching and indiscriminate. That’s why we talk loudly and carry a big stick.  

THE JOURNEY CONTINUES

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