Jagger, a shih-tzu who lives in Nice.

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May 19, Best Dog Food Guide | Learn then Choose What’s Best for Your Dog

Want the best dog food for your beloved pet? Reasons to switch dog food brands. Get informed today.
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Canton K-9 Jethro

I ran into Jethro and his handler while I was at the car wash yesterday. Jethro is an officer with the Canton (Ohio) Police Department, trained for patrol and for narcotics detection. He’s very focused, but not really on the camera. His handler was standing behind me with his Kong toy. Thanks to both of […]

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It’s time for a new Event Barkers Twitter party! Along with our Event Barkers co-host To Dog With Love, we’ve got a great new product to introduce to everyone at the #PAW5Launch Twitter…

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Current reading

I got this book as a Christmas present, and it is so good:


This is the real world of the North of England shepherd and his border collies, and it’s so good.

Look for a review in the near future!

Natural History

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Final doe kill

On New Year’s Eve, I was able to fill the final doe tag.  West Virginia has a final doe season split in some counties, where you can take a doe during the last three days of the year. I got her on the last fifteen minutes of the season, with a .243 (Remington 788 model).


I saw two does come out just before dark, and I was able to put clean heart shot on the larger of the two. The state DNR has requested that hunters in certain counties take does, especially larger ones that will likely have twins in the spring, in order to control the deer population.

The side you see is the exit wound.




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My Niece’s Houseguests

Do you remember a few weeks ago when I said my niece, Allison, had signed up to be a dog-sitter on DogVacay? She’s in the Cincinnati, Ohio area, if any of you are looking for a sitter. After a few initial hiccups (one of her dogs had a seizure while she was giving a prospective […]

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It’s president’s day but I’m in no mood for celebration.  
Oh it’s not because I’m not a patriot as I believe in values like freedom and equality – all of the things that we’ve fought for as a country. That I’ve walked for.
But we have a fight of a different kind now and we’ve been abandoned by our leaders.     
This blog is about the funding for the National Cancer Institute (NCI), this government’s, our government’s, decade long disregardment of, what the World Health Organization called the deadliest disease in 2010 and nothing else.   
Let’s take a look at the numbers.  They represent the total budget of NCI in billions of dollars.
2000 $ 3.3
2001 $ 3.8
2002 $ 4.2
2003 $ 4.6
2004 $ 4.7
2005 $ 4.8
2006 $ 4.8
2007 $ 4.8
2008 $ 4.8
2009 $ 5.0
2010 $ 5.1
2011 $ 5.1
2012 $ 5.1
2013 $ 4.8  
Let me give you some context.  This past fiscal year, the current administration earmarked $ 6.3 billion for Ebola virus research, a disease that affected, what, 1 or 2 people in the US and yet 1/2 of all men and 1/3 of women will be diagnosed with cancer. Nevermind the 2-4 million dogs that develop the same types of cancer every year. Why?
But I get it – it’s politically expedient. Ebola grabs headlines.  
On my first walk, I met with a few legislators and lobbyists and what they said was, ‘Great cause, just get a spokesperson and a celebrity around it and then we’ll listen.’ And so I walked the entire expanse of the West Coast in search of someone who would stand up. No one did.  
Even though celebrities talk about how devoted they are to animal causes.  
In my little world of walking 4k miles for this cause, you get tired of those that just talk and talk
which is why I’ve walked the walk. No one has the right to present themselves as a dog lover unless they stand up to the number one killer of dogs. Cancer.  
I return to DC in June without a celebrity or a spokesperson.   I am no longer a naif.  Having witnessed all of the death I have from cancer I will stand up and be heard.


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After pitching a tent in a grove of Eucalyptus Trees along the Elkhorn Slough of the Pacific Coast Highway just outside of Moss Landing – there’s a video somewhere about it- , a song got caught in my head and like some things on our journey, I didn’t understand its significance at that moment.  
Invariably life is reduced down to one step, one song, one mile, one moment, and even just a snuggle, all of which inspire us.  To keep going.  
The more ironical thing is – I’m not sure if I ever heard this song before the slough so why did it resound relentlessly in my tent that night?   
Maybe the love of a child never needs a rationalization no matter the kind and that’s the message.

Does Anything Else Matter?


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How I Live My Best Life

As a new year approaches, and as we get ready to welcome a new baby any day, I’ve been thinking about the things that inspire me to live my best life. There was a time a few years ago when a series of devastating events happened in a short period, and I spent quite a while living in a cloud of sadness. I’m grateful for those times though, because they taught me to appreciate the greatness that was to follow. And as a result, the last few years have gotten better and better for me – not because I have everything I want, but because I’ve learned how to feel like what I have is enough, to embrace the details and moments of everyday life, and to look back on the experiences I’ve had with a newfound appreciation.

One of the greatest parts of my life has been the experience of traveling the world. Although things are admittedly different now that I have a small child, and I’m not able to just pick up and leave like in past years, I still try to fit travel in several times a year. And I continue to look back on some of my favorite travels to far away places (especially Australia, Costa Rica, France, the Netherlands, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Belgium, and Mexico) and domestic locations (especially beautiful natural places like the national parks and cities like San Francisco and New York) on a regular basis and meditate on the incredible things that I learned along the way. I think about the beautiful places where I’ve spent time, the cultural awareness I’ve discovered as a result, and the incredible times I’ve had with people I’ve met. I still have a lot of places on my list (Iceland and Japan are at the top right now), but by focusing on trips I’ve already taken and how they’ve made my life richer, I feel constantly inspired to continue to live my life in a way that feels full.

In my everyday present life, I feel constantly inspired to live my best life as well. My daughter and husband bring so much joy to me every single day, and I don’t take for granted how wonderful that is. I also feel inspired by things like music, art, animals and nature, and the ability to run my own business. I work a lot, but it allows me to appreciate the time I take for myself. Sometimes I just take a few minutes each day to meditate and relax in the quiet. And I reserve weekends to explore, learn, love, and grow – not work. All of these things motivate me to live a happy, full life. Everyday, I try to keep a positive attitude and feel gratitude for what I already have, which I feel helps me to become my best possible self.

A couple of days ago, I took the coolest online quiz by Abbott called LIFE. TO THE FULLEST. It’s just a few quick questions about discovering the key to your best life. The first thing it asks is to chose the one thing that makes you feel most fulfilled. Although travel (one the options) is obviously huge for me and has been for my entire life, I ended up choosing family – because ultimately, that is what, at this time in my life, makes me feel the most complete. It goes on to ask other questions, like how to rate how fully you’re living, and to think of a person who you think lives fully and choose a reason why (I chose attitude; positive attitude is everything to me!). There are no right or wrong answers, and at the end, the responses are all combined together to become part of a global look at the nature of human fulfillment. It was really inspiring to just sit down and think for a couple of minutes about what is most important to me in my quest to live my best life.

10 Days in Arizona: Scottsdale, the Grand Canyon, + Beyond // Bubby and Bean

After I took the quiz, I read a little more about it and the mission behind it (Abbott’s LIFE. TO THE FULLEST. mission), which is finding out what living fully means to you. All over the world, people have their own unique ideas about how this looks and feels. But there’s one thing we all share – we each want to live the best life we can. So Abbott set out to find what living fully means to people around the globe. (How cool is that?) They also came up with something called #fullosophy, which they describe as your own unique way of living that gets you to your fullest – your joyfullest, your peacefullest, your hopefullest. (For me, as I mentioned above, these include travel, my family, music, art, animals and nature, running a business, and keeping a positive attitude.) Your #fullosophy is at the heart of who you really are, and it helps you become your best possible self. And although the journey to get to that place is different for each of us, it’s something we all have in common regardless of our beliefs or where we live or who we are. I love this idea so much.

I think that ultimately, my #fullosophy is to do my best to be a good person, to continue to experience the world through travel when I can and to take what I experience on these travels and apply it to my everyday life when I’m at home, to relish in the time I have with my family, and to appreciate the beauty of nature, the arts, and the everyday things that make life so beautiful. I believe that we don’t need a lot to be happy and fulfilled. We just need to make the commitment to ourselves to live our best lives. And that, for me, is the key.

How do you live your best life? What is the one thing that makes you feel most fulfilled? I’d love for you guys to take the quiz too and share your thoughts in the comments! And check out this goodness for even more inspiration.

Photos in this post are all from my travels to my favorite places over the past few years. 

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