Rangers By The Numbers Game Preview: Rangers vs. Oilers

Rangers By The Numbers Game Preview: Rangers vs. Oilers
At evens or on the PP or on the PK, if you get the Oilers puck watching in their own zone, as young players often do at this level, they will play mite hockey. Bad mini-mite hockey. They rarely responsibly space themselves and, as a result of what I
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Photo gallery: Pets of the Week — Nov. 14, 2014
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St. Paul & the Broken Bones tease 'em, please 'em during sold-out concert at
They're just skipping through the steps a mite quicker than usual, touring the country and traveling overseas. This week, the band can claim a significant career milestone on its home turf, playing two sold-out shows at the Alabama Theatre. That's 5
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Rumble in the Doghouse: Evil Breeders vs Crazy Animal Rights People

There was a time, back in a pre-internet era known as the Good Old Days, when two people who had different opinions on a topic could talk about it and, even if they did not come to an understanding, could at least part ways with a better grasp of the other person’s point of view. People with different opinions were still, at the end of the day, people.

I’m not entirely sure that is the case anymore.

Lest anyone doubt me, proof enough should be the fact that we’ve just come off an election cycle. I live in an area with one of the most hotly contested Congressional races in the country, better known to us locals subjected to the campaign ads as “Mouthbreathing Carbuncle-Having Satan Worshipping Slimeball” versus “Luciferous Mucusbucket Festering Wound.” (Definitions supplied by opposing parties.)

Politicians Before and After Elections(1)

It was a close race. I think most of us voted for one or the other not based on deep unabiding adoration so much as we held our noses and selected the one we found less odiferous. Nonetheless, after the Slimeball defeated the Festering Wound by the narrowest of margins, the loser went on the air and graciously wished his opponent “all the best”, which is a strange thing to wish someone you truly thought was the Antichrist. If you truly thought he was the path to death and destruction, you think one would continue to rage against the injustice of it all and exhort people to do something to undo this miscarriage of justice.

But politicians know the truth that a lot us seem to have forgotten. All that bluster is just that, bluster. And at the end of the day they actually have a lot more in common than not:

  • both middle aged men of the same demographic savvy enough to be successful in local politics
  • Neither advocates overthrowing Congress and disbanding the Constitution
  • both against selling tanks to minors
  • Both for free sunlight
  • Both generally want to work for the constituents in order for people to live well in our beautiful city, though their ideas of how to get there might vary.

And now they will retreat to their corners to do whatever it is they do until they are again required by the tenor of American culture to again start yelling about how much the other person stinks.

Rumble In the Doghouse

We all know this about politics, we all roll our eyes with the silliness of it all, but don’t be mistaken- this “live and die by the sword”, “you’re with us or you’re worthy of a messy death” attitude has permeated many corners of our lives, and it’s not pretty.

The first time I met someone at a breeder’s event, I started talking to a person very involved with the dog fancy world. When she learned what I did, she looked at me a little sideways and said, “So you’re an animal rights person.”

Peta, protesting that abhorrent group of animal haters known as the American Veterinary Medical Association (true story)

PETA, protesting that abhorrent group of animal haters known as the American Veterinary Medical Association (true story).

“Not animal rights. Animal welfare,” I corrected her, as the person who introduced us (you know who you are, you rotten troublemaker) rubbed his palms together and waited in glee for us to start ripping each others’ hair out.

“What’s the difference?” she asked. So I called her a puppy mill, because all breeders are the same, right?


We looked at each other, hesitated a moment, then burst into laughter as she said, “Point taken.” We’ve been friends ever since.

I suppose in another world, maybe hidden behind an anonymous screen and keyboard, we could have become mortal enemies, but we’d spent too much time face to face to be able to call the other person demon spawn. We both knew we had too much in common, including:

  • a love of good wine
  • writing long and probably way too involved stories
  • thinking dogs are the absolute bee’s knees. We both totally adore and spend most of our free time thinking about, canines.

This friend recently began a Kickstarter campaign to create a website commemorating National Purebred Dog Day. Now, I’m not trying to convince anyone to go and support the campaign if it’s not your thing, no more than I would try and convince someone to donate to a political candidate they did not agree with. But the simple fact that she waited a long time to even begin the campaign because she was nervous about people targeting her for being an Evil Dog Person is honestly, pretty sad. I feel the same way about that as I do people who target pittie advocates trying to end BSL: why would you do that? We are not each other’s enemies here.

Who’s right?

A few weeks ago I wrote a piece for Vetstreet about purebreds versus mutts. I wonder if perhaps the editor was wanting me to go for the easy kill, the one that would bring 5000 shares and bloodshed in the comments section: quote people talking about how wrong the other side was, how misguided. But I didn’t want to do that.

Instead, I talked to someone from the American Kennel Club and the ASPCA, and guess what? They said the exact same thing:

We want people to find the right dog for their family so they keep them forever.

They had different ideas about the best way to do that, but they’re both perfectly valid approaches, really, and people have been using both successfully for some time. Let me repeat: at the end of the day we all want the same thing. The rest is just window dressing.

Can you tell which dog is more worthy, loved, or better for my family? I can't.

Can you tell which dog is more worthy, loved, or better for my family? I can’t.

Who’s the real enemy here? Apathy. Ignorance. Greed. Say what you want about either the dog fancy or the rescue community (and indeed, the large numbers who belong to both): they are not apathetic people. They care, and they want what’s best. Instead of shaking your fingers at the other side’s perceived shortcomings, listen. There is much to be learned, on both sides. I know this from experience.


It’s very easy to continue to point and shoot at the easy target. Keep on doing it if it makes you happy. It certainly makes life easier for the people at CheapPuppyMillDog.com; whenever someone gets turned off by the antics they encounter at either end of the spectrum, guess who’s waiting with open arms?

We are not each other’s enemy. If you want someone to hate on who really deserves it, I suggest these idiots. Seriously, no redeeming qualities whatsoever.

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

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AstridKreidl2Misi, a 4-month-old cheetah, and Cash, a 3-month-old yellow lab, were best friends from the start.

This adorable duo is being raised at the Columbus Zoo in Columbus, Ohio as part of the zoo’s commitment to cheetah conservation.

With only 10,000 cheetahs left in the world, the species is in “deep, deep trouble,” says Suzi Rapp, vice president of animal programs at the zoo.

Rapp and her team discovered some years ago that their resident cheetahs benefitted from having canine companions. Because cheetahs are naturally shy and skittish, pairing them with dogs increased their confidence and well-being.

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03 Tick Tock (Shadows Part 2) – Hans Zimmer – Sherlock Holmes A Game of Shadows Score

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What One Piece of Advice Would You Give Your Children?

If you all were here for my post last week, you will understand the whole thing with the 600 Brilliant Blog Post Ideas and where it came from, but if not, you can check it out here. If not, then read on.
#17 If you were only allowed to give your children one piece of advice, what would that be?

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http://waysandhow.com/video-how-to-remove-a-tick-from-a-dog Along with fleas, ticks can make a dog’s life very miserable. Ticks are actually small parasites …
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Can Princess, the German Spitz dog, hypnotize humans?

According to Mail Online an English woman, Krystyna Lennon, says that her dog, Princess, can put people to sleep just by looking at them. The skill is linked to the primal ability of dogs to hypnotize prey. Not every dog has the skill, she says. Either they have it or they don’t. Even if they have the skill, they need to be very well trained and well behaved. The two of them are touring England,…
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Do We Love God or The Word of God? (Psalm 119:167) By Wayne Davies (Guest Article)

  We love to use the word “love”, don’t we? I love football and pizza and ice cream — not to mention 1,001 other things that may or may not deserve such a high accolade. The writer of Psalm 119 is not shy to proclaim what he loves. He loves the Word of God. And…

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CS:GO – 128 tick Gameplay / Highlights

I played on a 128 tick server recently, and it truly does make a massive difference. I encourage everyone to go try it, and pester valve to make their match-…
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Tick Tock Challenge | Annie the Gymnast | Gymnastics Tips | Acroanna

This week Annie takes on the tick tock challenge then gives you some tips on how to make your tick tock look better. With special guest, Hayley, (Annie’s lit…

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