The Endless Winter

Can’t help but find a bit of irony in that I just left San Diego in December, a city that never snows, to record breaking snowfall in New England.  It’s been a long, harsh, unforgiving, and at times perilous winter but it’s impossible not to appreciate the absolute beauty of it.  
There are two photos nearby that embody this dichotomy – the first is of while taking the boys out for their evening constitutional, shadowcasting.  Nothing more than a rustic rotted out fence and a distant light but witness the symmetry and the simplicity.  

The other photo is of Hudson trying to take a piss in the several feet deep of spongy soppy messiness that makes it difficult for him postoperative.  I’m sure there’s a greater metaphor here but right now it’s buried beneath two tons of snow.  It’s been so unending here we’re about to make Winterfell look like the Sahara.  

He’s recuperating super well, we slept on the kitchen floor last night but brother, can you spare some green grass?  
YBD’s Notes 1:  Didn’t post it here but Hudson had a mast cell tumor removed yesterday.  Off social media sites for a spell to prepare for the upcoming filming for the interview.  To get updates here’s the link: Puppy Up Foundation
YBD’s Notes 2: Ginger called me up this morning to complain about the 3 inches of snow they got in TN but in all fairness, she has a Doxie and I’m sure his pecker is snowier than Hudson’s.  


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Vid We Love: Watch Sintha the Dog Ski in the Swiss Alps

It’s been a long, trying winter for certain areas of the country, and there haven’t been many bright spots. Yeah, one of our writers created a path-to-poop for his dog and wrote a nice long story about it, but lost in all the record snowfall is the realization that, among people who are not currently shoveling it or driving in it, snow is great.  

Snow is fun!  

Here’s our reminder. It took a man and a dog and the Swiss Alps to do it, but we’re back on the side of snow. The dog’s name is Sintha. She has one of those lives that are the envy of both dogs and humans.

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Why? Because Sintha skies with her human, and then gets to run like a rocket down the slopes. And it doesn't hurt that those slopes are the Swiss Alps.

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“Our dog Sintha loves skiing," writes her human, Adrian Schaffner. "Mostly sitting on my back and enjoying the ride. Sometimes she jumps down and runs through the snow to be a real backcountry powder doggy.”

Look at at this backcountry powder doggy: 

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You might be wondering -- how do you get a dog to just sit on your shoulders like that? Well, Sintha learned that at a young age, when Adrian adopted the pup after she had an accident, as he writes on YouTube:

She grew up on a farm in the mountains pretty wild and more or less without any supervision. And she had severe problems with walking because of an accident with a biker when she was about 5 weeks old. She almost died. When we adopted her at the age of about 13 weeks, we had to carry her around. So she was used to it from the beginning. After some months her injuries completely healed -- but we kept trying to prevent long walks in her first year -- the doctor advised so. That time I started to carry her on my back. That's why she is so comfortable with it.

Cheers to Adrian and Sintha for reminding us that snow ain't all bad. 

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The hidden victims of austerity

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Houseplant Happiness: Bringing Life to the Indoors

Houseplant Happiness: Bringing Life to the Indoors (via Bubby and Bean)

Despite the fact that my mother’s green thumb was not passed down to me, my skills at keeping houseplants alive has (somewhat) improved in the last couple of years. And thank goodness, because adding some green to our indoor spaces has not only been a really great way to liven up our decor, it’s also a huge part of what keeps me from legitimately losing my mind during the winter months. Houseplants (literally) bring life to a room, and decorating with them may just be the easiest way ever to make a home feel instantly put together. Filling up rooms with greenery has become something of a trend over the past couple of years (I mean, how many indoor succulents, cacti, and fiddle leaf figs did you see on Pinterest in 2014?), but it’s a trend in which I feel okay about investing. (Because really, how could houseplants ever go out of style?)

I don’t really do decoration goals, but I did recently mention to my husband that I’d like every room in our place to have at least a couple of houseplants this year. The spaces above have been providing inspiration and ideas for me, so I thought I’d share them with you guys as well. I think that last one is my favorite. I love the idea of walking into my living room and feeling like I’m in a forest.

Who else finds happiness in houseplants? And where in Chicagoland can I find some reasonably priced split leaf philodendrons (I want big ones)?

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Tuesday Top Ten: Most popular breeds registered in 2014

The Labrador Retriever has done it again. The American Kennel Club (AKC®) recently announced that the intelligent, family friendly breed holds tight to the number one spot on the most popular list for the 24th consecutive year, continuing the longest reign as the nation’s top dog in AKC history. While the Lab holds strong, the […] Dog Blog

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The Truth Behind Skin Redness

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Who Is The Guilty Dog?

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Giveaway: Halo Night at the Oscars Goodies Grab Bag!

When I was in college, I volunteered one night at a Grammys gifting suite. As a peon, I wore my one nice dress and handed bags full of ridiculously extravagant presents to celebrities and/or celebrity assistants. In return, I got….well, to say that I did it, I guess. Swag has gotten even more crazy in the ensuing years. Out of control, even.

Compared to the Grammys, the Oscars are even more insane- the “Everybody Wins at the Oscars” bag given to the non winning nominees in the top 5 categories is valued this year at $ 160,000. Included: glamping trips, “adult massagers”, cars, wine, jewelry, and- for real- mind control lessons. All the things a needy star could desire. Ah, Hollywood, you’re so crazy.

To balance out the scales of ridiculousness, Halo and are donating something to the bag that everyone will love: 10,000 meals to the shelter of the nominee’s choice (that’s $ 6K in food!) So when they sort through the bottles of moisturizer and tooth care items, they will also find this:

Halo Oscars 2015 certificate


So you don’t have to give up on humanity entirely. Some good will come of this bacchanalia.

In honor of this event, Halo is helping me out by offering something to you as well: two goody bag items, one dog and one cat. While I can’t give you guys any adult items (this is a family blog!) or 10,000 meals (though I promise if I’m ever an Academy Award bag recipient I totally will donate my prize), I can offer the following:




The dog and cat prize will each contain:

1 bag of Halo food (dog or cat depending on the prize)

1 container of Halo Liv-a-Littles treats

1 autographed copy of All Dogs Go to Kevin (to be sent after release on July 14)

At least 2 additional surprises such as a Gentle Leader, K9 Cakery kit, Yeoww! catnip cigar, Blinking Buddy cat toy, Through a Cat’s Ear CD, Groom Genie brushes, Hidey Hole cat bed!

Estimated retail value: $ 125


Terms: This giveaway starts NOW and ends at midnight PST Tuesday, Feb 24 2015- so enter now before you forget in your haste to watch Fashion Police on Monday! All you need to do is click here and enter your email address. One winner for each prize will be selected randomly and notified by email. US only (There’s weird laws about international food shipping, sorry.)


As for the Oscars themselves? I’m rooting for Grand Budapest Hotel, personally, but that might be because it’s the only Best Picture nominee I’ve seen. Who cares? It’s all about the dresses anyway!

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Golden Poodle awards for February

The Golden Poodle award goes to Officer Rodgers of the Dallas Police Department who was called to rescue a dog trapped on the interstate. By the time he got to the shelter, he had bought her treats, named her Laurel, and fallen in love. He applied for adoption. The Lizard Brain award goes to Denise Norton whose Seattle neighbor sued her for over a half million dollars for stress he received because of her barking…
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