The 2017 Iditarod sled dog race kicks off this weekend

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Renaming Your New Dog: 2 Easy Tricks!

Should you rename your newly-adopted dog if you don’t like his or her name? Let’s face it: some names just don’t roll off our tongues with ease. Other names bring up unpleasant…

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This “lost dog” has the most unusual dog tag you’ll ever see

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VGP test

The VGP is the highest level test for a German versatile hunting dog. This one is focused on a black roan Deutsch-Drahthaar with the unfortunate name of Laika (which is an entirely other kind of hunting dog!)

Yes, these tests are performed in the US and Canada. It is the only way North Americans can maintain German versatile hunting dogs that are fully equivalent to those in Europe.


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Millennials and Their Music

Today at the gym I got into one of those really useful insightful discussions with a bearded, man-bun BilaBong millennial – yeah those guys – about the best workout music so to get out of my ‘Why so serious?’ posts tonight I write about 80s dance music.
Warning – be prepared to relive your youth or learn how to really be hip

Exhibit A for the prosecution.  New York, New York by Micro Chip League (MCL).  A staple at Curfew Austin and when it played the whole club lit up with glow ropes.  Listening to it now it’s some strange synthetic segue from 50s swing to the rave scene incorporating the Atari man voice.  How cool is that?  
Exhibit B.  Why the newfound unhealthy obsession with Russia eludes me but hey kids this song came out before the wall came down when we were at the brink with communism.  Look if you’re going to spazz out about the return of the good ole USSR – at least do so to dance and what better than CCCP American Soviets 
Exhibit C.  And while you’re getting a history lesson I know this may burst your little snowflake bubbles but you didn’t invent protesting racism, sexism, fascism.  Gen 80s didn’t either but unlike the great lyricists before us viz., Lennon & Dylan, we made it all freaky cool.  Lose the anger on the FLOOR!  Consolidated.  
Definitely on the playlist tonight:  A Split Second Rigor Mortis, Front 242 Headhunter, Nitzer Ebb Join in the Chant 
There’s more – oh so many more – but at this point I fear the millennials are running for their safe zones.  
YBD’s Notes 1:  Actually, I have a fondness for Millennials – they’re rather cute.  In all seriousness, fool is the one who doesn’t learn from the youth.  However….
YBD’s Notes 2:  The sooner millennials learn this French phrase the better prepared for life you’ll be:  ’Plus ca change plus c’est la meme chose.’  You’re really not that special my friends.  And your music kinda sucks although some of it is retro 80s now and getting interesting. 
YBD’s Notes 3:  Back in the day, us old timers didn’t have no Internet and we couldn’t understand a single thing most of these songs were saying.  But that wasn’t really the point to it.  So if’n one of you whippersnappers look up the lyrics, don’t waste yer time posting if you’re offended.  I don’t care and I’m too busy dancing.   

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Jwoww Plastic Surgery Before And After

Jennifer Lynn “Jenni” Farley was born on 27, Feburary, 1986 in Franklin Square, New York. She is famously known as Jwoww. She is a Television personality. She was one of the main cast of reality series Jersey Shore. And played a prominent member in Snooki and Jwoww. She made appearances on shows including Disaster Date, […]

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Puppy Treated for Heroin Overdose

From the Carrollton (TX) police department’s Facebook page: Our many thanks today to Dr. Stacie Fowler and the staff at North Texas Emergency Pet Clinic for nursing this honorary K-9 back to health. A-shift patrol officers found the puppy suffering from a drug overdose Saturday. Pup was left in the floorboard of a truck in […] Dog Blog

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Halo Pet Food And Phydeaux & Friends Celebrate Making A Difference Together For Texas Pets

Phydeaux and Friends with Texas Husky Rescue and Halo Pets Food for Hunks and PupsToday Halo and Phydeaux & Friends celebrate their one-year anniversary of making a difference for Texas Pets. Halo donates a bowl of food with every purchase, resulting in 1.5 million bowls of Halo to shelter pets annually.

During this 3-hour pet-friendly event held on National Love Your Pet Day, Halo along with Phydeaux & Friends will thank the local community for their support by hosting a local adoption event with the Texas Husky Rescue that includes a kibble donation. Guests will meet and greet with the Halo team, have an opportunity to win a year supply of pet food and enjoy refreshments. The celebration will also unveil details about the efforts for the 2nd Annual Austin Pet Month being held in May.

When you choose Halo pet food, made from natural, whole food ingredients, your pet won’t be the only one with a radiant coat, clear eyes and renewed energy. As always, Halo will donate a bowl to a shelter every time YOU buy. Thank you for helping #HaloFeeditForward.

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Spring Cleaning with molly mutt Dog Duvets! #Giveaway

Spring has sprung at our home. With temperatures already pushing 90 degrees, we’re cleaning out closets and putting away all but one or two sweaters until fall. You know what they say about…

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Moving Inspiration: Back At It

Inspiring spaces, from top: 1. Apartment Therapy  //  2. Urban Outfitters  //  3. Amanda Barnes Interiors  //  4. Style Lovely  //  5. Elizabeth Roberts  //  6. My Unfinished Home  //  7. The Design Files  //  8. Domino Mag  //  9. Planete-Deco  //  10. Nordic Design

Some of you may remember our Moving Inspiration series that I started over a year and a half ago when we first decided it was time to move out of our townhouse and into something bigger. We ran into all kind of obstacles that prolonged the process and made it more challenging than it probably needed to be – everything from me dealing with third trimester health issues and then caring for a newborn and toddler with Robbie on the road to Emmett getting diagnosed with Epilepsy to just having a hard time finding something we could afford in this area that didn’t need a lot of work. (Because as much as I love DIY projects and design, our reality doesn’t exactly allow for the time needed to invest in a fixer upper.) My last installment in that series was in July of 2016, right before we gave up on house hunting for a while.

Well, we’re finally back at it and are very actively looking right now, so it seemed like the perfect time to pick the series back up again as well. I’ve been spending lots of late nights on Pinterest drooling over pretty rooms in an effort to get inspired and motivated again after so many set backs. Today, rather than focusing on an individual area like I normally do, I’m just sharing some of my favorite spaces in general that I’ve come across lately. Despite all of the stresses that go along with looking for a new home, the buying process, and moving, I’m excited to finally find a place that works for our family of four. (This little townhouse just ain’t cuttin’ it with a 3 year old and a 1 year old, man.)

Have any of you moved recently or are you in the process of house hunting? Did it take anyone else like forever to finally make it happen?


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