5 Best Winter Coats for Dogs

Dog running in snow Should Your Dog Wear a Winter Coat? Short Answer—Probably Yes.

Different breeds have different tolerances to cold. Northern dogs (like Huskies and Malamutes) and Labradors have developed special physiological adaptations for coping with the cold. But many other breeds and individual dogs benefit from an extra warming layer in cold weather including: 

  • Dogs with insufficient fat stores to keep them warm
  • Short-haired dogs and/or breeds accustomed to warm temps
  • Immune-compromised dogs
  • Older dogs, especially those in poor health

In short, … Read more

Holiday Decorations

Wink has been having health issues. I stuck this on the door so I wouldn’t forget to take it to the vet for our appointment.

Andrew’s comment when he saw it taped there? “Starting on Holiday decorations already?”

Never a dull moment around here…… Read more

Reason #61 Why Not to Get a Dog

Dog hair. Everywhere.

This is one day’s worth of dog hair in one room. Granted, this is shedding season. But, truthfully, pretty much all year is shedding season.

pile of swept dog hair

If you must have a clean house and clean clothes, you do not want a dog.

For dog lovers, the trade-off in love and joy received is worth the less than pristine house and clothes.… Read more

On a Clear Day…

You can see clearly.

Just upgraded my iPhone to 13. My old phone died so I had no choice. Cluelessly, I went to do this on launch day. What a zoo! That’s a story for another time.

country landscape

Anyway, one of the brags of this version is the quality of the camera. This shot is unretouched. I have to say, not bad!… Read more

Looks Can Be Deceiving

It’s mid-September and, by the looks of it, my summer garden has been a huge success and looks to be still going strong.

small veggie garden

In one way it has been. Just not in the way I would have wished. Because of all the rain we’ve had this summer, I got lots and lots of foliage. But not so much in the way of actual veggies.

While “lush” is pretty, you can’t eat it.… Read more

Why Wasps, Hornets and Yellowjackets Are Good

wasp nest on porch

We have a live and let live policy when it comes to critters around here—and we have  LOTS of every kind imaginable. I’ve found that on the whole, coexistence works best. Especially when it comes to the outdoors, which is their home.

So it was no surprise that a recent visitor was aghast that we’ve allowed this bees nest to get so big. Ok, huge. What were we thinking?! Especially since this is a hornet nest and they are considered … Read more