Easter with a dose of reality: The way some stock photographers see the world.

Easter with a dose of reality, the way some stock photographers see the world

  Nobody’s perfect.  But you wouldn’t know that based on the way stock photographers see the world.    Do a search on Google Images with keywords like Easter or Holiday Traditions and you’re sure to discover images painting the holiday experience as one of delightful perfection. The images that are returned will be a beautiful …

Condo living: Mastering the art of adulting.

Condo living: Mastering the art of adulting.

  One of my daughter’s favorite sayings is, “I don’t want to adult. I’m not ready to adult.”   She may say this, but she and her brother both seem to be mastering the art of adulting at full speed.   There’s nothing much new to say about Stuart, really. He still works at the …

Is crate training good for your dog?

Evidence of Goddess Athena's crime.

  For new dog owners, the question of crate training their dog is often one that seems a little confusing.   Off the cusp, it may seem like an inhumane thing to do. After all, you wouldn’t want to be trained to enter a single room at any given time – for any length of …

Goddess Athena: Back in the dog house.

Dog House

  Well, l should have known better.   After all, we raised two kids through their toddler years – and numerous cats and dogs. The one thing I learned was to not enjoy silence, but to be highly suspicious of it.   Today, I’m sitting at my laptop ‘tippy-tappin’ away on blog posts and my …

Unusual pet vets: Do vets specialize like doctors do?

Unusual and exotic pets.

  We’ve owned animals all our lives and we’ve had numerous occasions when we needed vet care for a pet.   Our pets are pretty normal: two dogs and two cats. The most exotic, or unusual, pet we’ve ever owned was our daughter’s hedgehog ‘Hamisch.’   With the increasing number of exotic and unusual pets …

I’d rather just love our cats than worry about urinary health or hairballs. #PetSmartLovesCats

Bob, Mew, Oliver, and Frankie

  Among the many animals we have rescued over the years are our two beloved cats. They are definitely members of our family and I’d much rather just love and cuddle our cats than worry about urinary health or hairballs.   First, there’s Mew (aka Miss Mew, Mewcus, MooMoo, and Putty Kitty), our 12 year …

Mark with Frankie and Oliver
Mark with Frankie and Oliver

There's nothing like a quiet cuddle with the 'buds' to recuperate after 20 hours of driving in a 32 hour time span. / /