Here are links I found interesting on August 2, 2013:
Here are links I found interesting on April 21, 2013:
- How to Deal with the Truth – This is the story of my life.: I tell the truth and people hold it against me. Go figure.
- Dzhokhar Tsarnaev manhunt: How politicians and pundits have grasped onto the thinnest facts about the alleged Boston bombers in order to advance political agendas. – "We need more restraint and less wild guessing." Ya think?
- HPV vaccine: Cases of virus declining in Australia due to immunizations. – Vaccines work. 'Nuff said.
- Does Your Pet’s Food Contain Dead Pets? – This is a disturbing but fact-based article that covers what happens to euthanized pet shelter animals and other animals we "overproduce" and discard. Another reason to adopt your next pet from a shelter.
A look at how Penny the Tiny Dog has accrued airline miles since September 2012.
One of the best things about having a tiny dog is just how easy she is to travel with. Indeed, Penny has been with me on almost every single trip I’ve taken since I brought her into my life on June 27, 2012.
Think I’m kidding? Here’s a quick look at the trips Penny and I have taken together since September 2012. This is just airliner flights and doesn’t include the helicopter and small plane flights we’ve done together, like the trips to Winslow, Williams, Page, Phoenix, Tucson, Lake Havasu, Flagstaff, the Grand Canyon, Georgetown (CA), Woodland (CA), Quincy (WA), Wenatchee (WA), and other places.
I’ll update this periodically so I have a permanent record of her frequent flyer status.
|12/16/2013||Phoenix||Dallas Ft. Worth||752|
|12/16/2012||Dallas Ft. Worth||Jacksonville||796|
|12/30/2012||Jacksonville||Dallas Ft. Worth||796|
|12/30/2012||Dallas Ft. Worth||Phoenix||752|
|Total Airline Miles||22,089|
Too bad I can’t get her on a frequent flyer plan.
Here are links I found interesting on April 8, 2013:
- Sponsors Now Pay for Online Articles, Not Just Ads – "Well-known online publications like The Huffington Post, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, BuzzFeed and Business Insider all use some form of branded content. A result is a media universe where it is increasingly difficult for readers to tell editorial content from advertising." This is been going on for quite some time and, personally, I don't like it.
- My Name is Extreme Jumpy – Now THIS is a dog that knows how to have fun.
- Scientific Articles Accepted (Personal Checks, Too) – Interesting article about the rise of fake scientific journals that charge authors to publish their papers. But what this article doesn't consider is the use of these journals to publish sham science or pseudoscience papers that can then be used as credentials to sell related products or "cures."
A bit about my Arizona dogs.
I’ve had dogs almost my entire life and four of them have lived with me in Arizona’s Sonoran desert.
The first was Spot or “Country Squire Rorschach,” a Dalmatian that I got for my birthday years ago when I lived in New Jersey. Spot was getting on in years by the time I moved to Arizona and he wasn’t the brightest bulb on the tree. He never quite understood the importance of finding and standing in shade on hot days. I took him hiking out in the desert just once with me and I thought he would die of heat stroke by the time we got back. I have a photo somewhere of him standing by a big saguaro cactus, but I can’t seem to find it right now; if I do, I’ll post it here.
Next came Jack the Dog, a Border Collie/Australian Shephard Mix. My soon-to-be ex-husband and I adopted him from the local shelter about a year after Spot died. He proved to be an excellent hiking and horseback riding companion. He liked going out on horseback rides so much, that he once followed two friends of ours when we let them ride our horses without us. He was a true “desert dog,” spending most of his time loose in the backyard, overseeing the scant traffic on the road that led to our house and barking at any vehicle that didn’t belong. When he was forced to spend time in Phoenix, in the tiny condo my husband had bought, we did what we could to get him out and about on long walks. But I know he was happiest at home and on the 40 acres of ranch land we owned near the Grand Canyon.
Charlie came about a year after Jack’s demise. My husband and I had gone to an adoption event in Phoenix, feeling ready to bring home a new dog. After taking two unsuitable dogs for short trial walks, I spotted Charlie, wet from a dog wash and looking pretty ragged. We took him out for a walk — against his will, I might add — and decided to make him ours. It’s unfortunate that he spent most of his time at that damn Phoenix condo, but when I was with him there, I took him to various Phoenix dog parks so he could run free with the other dogs. We also played catch daily with tennis balls at the condo’s unused tennis courts. Like Jack, he was happiest in Wickenburg, though, roaming around the yard or accompanying us on Jeep rides or hikes in the desert. The horses were gone by then, but I sure think he would have liked accompanying us on rides. It saddens me to think of his current life with my husband in Phoenix and Scottsdale, in walled-in yards and boarding facilities. A dog like Charlie needs to roam free.
I got Penny the Tiny Dog in Quincy, WA near the end of June, 2012 as a foster dog. I missed Charlie terribly — he had become an important part of my life during the long days I was stuck at the Phoenix condo the previous winter. Although my husband and I had been talking about him and Charlie spending the summer with me in Washington, my husband had gone silent (again). Still, for some dumb reason, I had high hopes of them arriving, perhaps on my birthday at month-end. I really looked forward to seeing Charlie and Penny playing together — Charlie loved playing with our neighbor’s Chihuahua in Phoenix. But three days after I got Penny, I got the birthday call from my husband asking for a divorce. Penny has been a huge comfort to me since then — I officially adopted her only two weeks later. She travels almost everywhere with me — even in the helicopter and on airlines — and, like Jack and Charlie before her, loves hiking out in the desert. She’s outside now, as I type this, walking along the top of the short wall around the backyard, looking for lizards on the hillside below her.
My days in the Arizona desert are numbered now — when the divorce winds up, I’ll finally be on my way with Penny. Although I’ll miss the hiking and Jeeping here, I know there are new adventures ahead of us — in other deserts and in canyons and forests and along rivers. Penny and I are both up to the challenge.