On Unsuitable Topics of Conversation

As you might be aware, I work from home and my main company for most of the day are four adorable but malodorous pugs. Among other things, this has had the effect of making my already suspect social skills into something approaching shut-in level. As we head into Xmas party season, this is a cause … Continue reading On Unsuitable Topics of Conversation

What #SmallChange Can’t Live Without

Based on the New York magazine series, here. Tea I was not much of a tea-drinker back in the old-country, but genes will assert themselves eventually. My wife discovered this particular brand and I like it so much that the raspberry flavor has become my “treat myself” tea on long work days. I'm prepared to … Continue reading What #SmallChange Can’t Live Without

So you’re planning to adopt the JCs

Big JC and Little JC are the first dogs we’ve ever fostered, so they’re going to be hard to say goodbye to. We’ll miss their squishy faces, their little personality quirks, and their warm doggy breath in our faces; but maybe a full night’s sleep, a 50% reduction in dog poop, and lack of food-time … Continue reading So you’re planning to adopt the JCs

On Our First Fosters

We have decided to become foster carers for pugs in need. After that, things moved pretty quickly. We picked out a cute-looking little guy from the charity's website and made our claim. To our surprise, we got him...and then he got sick and wasn't ready to be around other dogs, so they offered us a … Continue reading On Our First Fosters

On Not Being Trusted to Fight Off Tigers

When two dog owners get together, it doesn’t take them long to get to the point of all dog stories: poop. Every dog owner has a good poop story. Don’t they? I mean, it’s not just me, is it? Before we got John Henry, I tried to read up on dog behavior, dog training – … Continue reading On Not Being Trusted to Fight Off Tigers

On Dog Training Mistakes

When you become a dog owner, a whole world of previously unimagined delights are opened up to you. The thrill, for instance, of finally finding a trash container for the full bag of poop you've been carrying around in 100-degree heat. There should be a word for that simple but profound emotion. It had been … Continue reading On Dog Training Mistakes