What Makes a Mutt? DNA Tests Can Tell.

Dog DNA test kit DNA testing has come a long way from the days when tests were exorbitantly expensive and results could take months to get. Today, you can order an inexpensive DNA test that can tell you what your mixed breed dog’s heritage is.

In an AP article, Nate Jenkins tells of how one woman did just that. She wanted to know the origins of her dog, Rascal.

“Rascal’s mom looked like Lassie. His dad? Well, that’s a good question.

Rascal’s ears make

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Why Do Dogs Bite?

sheltie growling at male Given the right circumstances — all dogs will bite.

Oh no, you say. Not my little Fluffy! Never!

If little Fluffy hasn’t bitten someone so far, it’s because little Fluffy has been lucky enough not to be put in a situation that causes little Fluffy to bite. And maybe little Fluffy will continue to be lucky for the rest of her life. Let’s hope so. Upwards of one million dogs — and, therefore, people — a year aren’t so lucky … Read more

“This is Gonna Be Me with My Kids”

Cait likes to text me stuff that cracks her up. Recently, she’s been on a lot of”Aunt babysitting duty” so I wasn’t surprised to get this one.

She’s great with little kids. Just the right amount of fun and sass and responsibility. And she’s totally going to be this mom with her kids.  As I still am with her.  After posting something humorous but to the point on her instagram, she found me about as funny as this little girl … Read more

How to Pick a Dog Person Out of a Crowd

We’re in a period where there have been a lot of people showing up at the house.

While I enjoy most people, I don’t love having any of them show up unannounced.

That’s because there’s a fair amount of management that goes into keeping Graidy and Wink safe since both of them are Houdini escape artists.

Open the door a slit and turn your back. GONE.

Open the door to come in and stand there talking like you don’t have … Read more

This is the Speech I Wish Cait had Heard

It’s graduation season. David McCullough spoke at Cait’s graduation and gave a talk about luck. It was a very nice speech. But this is the speech that would have better served her, and I daresay most, if not al,l of her class. This is the message we all need to hear. This is how we make our own luck.

Abby Wambach, Remarks as Delivered to the Barnard Class of 2018

Greetings to President Beilock, Barnard faculty, trustees, and honorees: Katherine

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One of the Most Incredible Scents on the Planet

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This is a Black Locust tree. Our property is full of them. And at this time of year, the most glorious scent wafts through the air. I do believe it may be my all-time most favorite smell. If only the web had a scratch-n-sniff feature… But come to find out, perfumeries have also discovered this heavenly scent and its used in many perfumes.

It’s also one of my all-time favorite wild edibles The flower clusters taste like the sweetest of … Read more