Last-day Boundary Pushing

Cochise, on new dog beds
Cochise tells the tale

Roscoe is leaving us this afternoon, and I’m glad. Everyone else loves him, but I find him annoying.

This morning he is again snoozing in the den with Hairyface.  Lately Roscoe has been forgoing that, preferring to stay in his crate until it’s time for the pre-breakfast yard run.  I’m pretty sure that’s his way of pouting.  He wants to sleep free-range like the rest of us, but Hairy won’t let him. Continue reading Last-day Boundary Pushing

Examining the Birth of Jesus

You are probably familiar the story of Christmas, at least as presented in countless school plays about the birth of Jesus all across the world: the virgin Mary has a baby, angels tell shepherds to go see Him and sing of His glory, wise men arrive from far off with gifts to offer in worship to the King of the Jews. Today I’d like to take a closer look at a few details of this account from Matthew chapters 1 and 2.

The Genealogy of Jesus

The account opens with a genealogical listing of the ancestry of Jesus, from Abraham to Joseph. This listing is meaningless to us in the sense that, in our understanding of genetics, none of the people listed are genetic contributors to the baby Jesus because Joseph was not His father: the Holy Spirit was. The only person listed who may have contributed anything genetic is Mary, and that is uncertain. Continue reading Examining the Birth of Jesus

new dog bed

Comfy Dog Bed for Christmas

Cochise, on the new dog bed
Cochise tells the tale

HairyFace’s sister sent our family a Christmas card that included a Petco gift card and instruction to get us doggies something nice for Christmas.  Hairy went shopping.  He found himself looking at snuggle beds and decided to use the funds to get me a really nice orthopedic dog bed (figuring that, like each dog bed in this place, it would get shared and used by all four house dogs).  He explained to NiceLady that he chose that one because I am 8 years old and my joints are getting cranky, especially in this cold, damp weather.   A feeling he understands all too well!  This bed is built to relieve stress on my joints.

dog bedThe new dog bed arrived in a box SO big there was no reasonable way to set it aside for Christmas morning, so he unpacked it and set it out in my place in the sleeping room.  He then moved my old bed to Josephine’s spot as an upgrade for her – which she appreciates – and moved her old dog bed out to the picture-box watching room for sun snoozing, which all of us appreciate. Continue reading Comfy Dog Bed for Christmas

The Big Scary Dog Wannabe

Josephine is a Big Scary Dog in training.  She worships her mentor, Cochise, and dreams of being big and powerful like him one day.  Of course, Cochise is an American Bulldog and Josie is a Beagle/Dachshund, but that won’t stop her: she’s a determined lil gal!

Cochise taught Josie to bark like a big dog.  When they are out being fierce together she abandons her cute Doxyish yap-yap and projects from her diaphragm with a louder more cutting version.

When she’s feeling impish, Josephine will sneak into the den while I’m working at my desk, sit in the middle of the floor, then issue one loud “BARK!” — which scares the living daylights out of me because it’s so unexpected.

scary dogThen Josie bounds over, hops up to put her front paws on my knees  and giggles, “I scared you!  I’m a big scary dog!”  and demands that I rub her head.

She thinks that’s a great game.

Worming Large Dogs At Low Cost

One of my Fosters, Ricky, has been producing bloody diarrhea since Thursday.  I took him to the vet today.  It was complicated, but the simple version is he has Hookworms.   He’s now on an antidiarrheal, antibiotics, and a wormer.  And because hookworms are quite contagious, I’ll be worming ALL seven of the dogs for the next three days just to be safe.  There are two standard medications for this: Panacur and Safe-guard.

wormingPanacur comes as a liquid (suspension) or pills.  A liter of Panacur liquid costs around $130.00 and is available only through vet supply outlets. I have also used Panacur paste for equines, but this is difficult to get the proper dose measured out for dogs.  The dispenser is graduated in increments of 250 pounds up to 1000 pounds.  Setting up the dispenser for an 80 pound dog is educated-guesswork.  A 30 pound dog is hopeless.

wormingThe pills in boxes of three and in sizes for 10 pounds, 20 pounds, and 40 pounds.  If your dog is bigger than 40 pounds, you combine boxes to get close to the right weight.  Most places that sell pet medications have the pills and they run $7.00 to $15.00 per box.  I figured I’d need 16 boxes to give seven dogs of various sizes three doses each. Continue reading Worming Large Dogs At Low Cost

Reality is a Lion

Reality is a lion, crouching patiently in the tall grass.

Others pantomime their fantasies declaring, “I am a rhinoceros” or “I am an elephant, the lion cannot hurt me!”  Since they are in fact gazelles they will, in their defiant arrogance, strut too close to the tall grass.

Despite their posturing they then become lion-lunch.

dog portrait of Cochise

Dog Portraits From the Land of Cheese

One of my friends on Facebook, Donna Gregg, is a cheesehead — aka resident of Wisconsin — and she does dog portraits.

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Caricature in Crochet

Donna and I connected because she is also a dog lover, canine rescuer, and intelligent person.  Among her many talents is the ability to do 3-D dog cariacatures in crochet.  Recently she returned to her first love: pencil and paper.

The dog portraits I saw on Facebook looked nice, but when I got one of her works in the mail as an early Christmas present, I was astounded by her likeness of our American Bulldog mix: Cochise.  No photograph or scan I’ve done can do it justice, it is so life-like and detailed.

Below are just a few of the dog portraits she has done: Continue reading Dog Portraits From the Land of Cheese

Zen Sarcasm

I did not originate these, but I’ve collected them from various locations on the World Wide Web as I’ve encountered them.  Enjoy!

  1. The journey of a thousand miles begins with a broken fan belt and leaky tire.
  2. It’s always darkest before dawn.  So if you’re going to steal your neighbor’s newspaper, that’s the time to do it.
  3. Don’t be irreplaceable.  If you can’t be replaced, you can’t be promoted.
  4. Always remember that you’re unique: just like everyone else.
  5. Never test the depth of the water with both feet.
  6. If you think nobody cares if you’re alive, try missing a couple of car payments.
  7. Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you’re a mile away and you have their shoes.
  8. If at first you don’t succeed, skydiving is probably not for you.
  9. Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish, and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day.
  10. If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably a wise investment.
  11. If you always tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.
  12. Some days you’re the bug; some days you’re the windshield.
  13. Everyone seems normal until you get to know them.
  14. The quickest way to double your money is to fold it in half and put it back in your pocket.
  15. A closed mouth gathers no foot.
  16. Duct tape is like ‘The Force’. It has a light side and a dark side, and it holds the universe together.
  17. There are two theories to arguing with women. Neither one works.
  18. Generally speaking, you aren’t learning much when your lips are moving.
  19. Experience is something you don’t get until just after you need it.
  20. Never miss a good opportunity to shut up.

Smile: Simple Giving to Favorite Charity

If you are a regular reader here, you know I serve as a foster care provider with Steele Away Home – Canine Foster and Rescue.  Being a charity, we are (always) raising funds to keep doing what we do.  We have a new way for you to help … and all you have to do is — SHOP!  You like shopping right?  Do you shop on Amazon.com?

Steele Away Home is an all-volunteer run 501(c)(3) and is now GuideStar accredited and registered with Amazon Smile.  If you select us as your beneficiary, Amazon will donate a percentage of THEIR profits from your purchase to us as your chosen charity. Continue reading Smile: Simple Giving to Favorite Charity

Is There Any Evidence That Jesus Lived?

About two weeks ago I engaged in a discussion about evidence that Jesus lived with a fellow through social media.  Because it was on social media I was able to record our back and forth verbatim.  It was a good discussion: he made some good points and it never degraded into mean-spirited argument (as so many do).

This topic branched off from a discussion with others about how silly religion in general is with all its rules and clouded, conflicting information.  Here is our discussion: he is Bruce, I am Doug.

Bruce: So how do you know which parts of the bible, if any, to believe? Perhaps all of it is a creation of men.  After all, there is not one single contemporary account that Jesus ever existed, not one. Continue reading Is There Any Evidence That Jesus Lived?