Finding a Dog Sitter

Black dog with leash over nose I don’t know about you, but I’ve never felt comfortable leaving my dogs with anyone else. I tried a couple of dog boarding places over the years with mixed experiences.

One (a veterinarian boarding facility) was the worst experience of all. Another, a woman who had a great setup on her farm, was great for several years, but she closed up shop a few years ago.

And there’s one woman who has come to our house to sit–who is fabulous–but … Read more

How to Set Up Selective Sync for Dropbox

I just had a visitor complain about how she hates that when you download Dropbox to your desktop, it can eat up all your memory. She didn’t like how all her photos were bogging down her computer.

There is a simple way to choose what folders you’d like to keep synced on your desktop, and which folders you’d like to just keep in the cloud (which means that you can only access these folders by logging into Dropbox online).

How

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What If — Everyone Started the Workday Dancing?

When I spent some time in India, there were many things that were striking. But one that I found most so was when I visited a friend’s office and he asked me to join in on their lunch break. Thinking I was just signing myself up for more curried dal and roti, I said sure. Then riotous dancing broke out and everyone—and I do mean everyone—joined in. The sheer joy of it can’t be translated. But I can tell you, … Read more

2018 Top 10 Most Dangerous Dog Breeds

Having just talked to a shaken friend who recently got bitten by a Dachshund, it made me wonder who the bad boys are in the bite world now. As I came across this info, it doesn’t look like much has changed in the last 20 years.

In the mid-1990s The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducted its first study into the dog breeds involved in deadly U.S. attacks between 1979 and 1996. During that time, the Pit Bull was … Read more

There’s a Word for That

You know how it smells outside after a rainstorm? There’s a word for that.

Dog after rain

Petrichor [pe-trahy-kawr, ker] is the distinct smell of rain in the air. Or, to be more precise, it’s the name of an oil that’s released from the earth into the air before rain begins to fall. Specifically, Webster’s Dictionary defines it as:

  1. a distinctive scent, usually described as earthy, pleasant, or sweet, produced by rainfall on very dry ground.

Who knew?

And why might … Read more

Cait Has Serious Puppy Hunger

Cait has intensely wanted her own dog for a couple of years. She knows she can’t have a dog right now— it wouldn’t be fair to the dog. So she does the next best thing and spends hours looking at cute puppy photos and funny puppy videos. I must get at least one of these a week from her. This is the latest. (You’ll have to click thru to post to watch video. No way to set it up to … Read more

Planet Earth Team Humanity

messy cake When did it happen that we’ve come to live in a time where it has somehow become socially acceptable to publically behave badly by expressing anger and frustration, and a willingness to harm others. Whether by yelling, name-calling, flipping someone the bird, or worse threatening someone’s integrity or safety.

And, conversely, showing signs of sensitivity and vulnerability are frowned on as being weak.

Not an upside down cake I have any interest in taking a slice from.

What if we … Read more