Take Your Dog To Work Day, Friday, June 22, 2012

When you work from home, every day is Take Your Dog To Work Day! Here's Bandit, hard at work ... (c) 2012 Joanne Brokaw

This Friday is Take Your Dog To Work Day! Because I work at home, it's always Take Your Dog To Work Day. But if you bring your pup to work this week, we want to see your pictures! Post them on our Heavenly Creatures FB page and we'll share some here on the blog. Or if you take video, upload it to YouTube and share the link in the comments section below.And before you bring Fido to the office, here are a few things you need to consider to make the day enjoyable for you, your dog and your … [Read more...]

Just another day at the Funny Farm (video)

 Regular readers of my columns and personal blog (ie: my friends and family) know there's a reason I've dubbed my house "the funny farm." Not only do I write humor ... it's just madness over here. Disorganization, clutter and chaos. And that's just me. Add in the animals and it's a non-stop barrel of fun. (No, I don't have a monkey, but that would be fun, wouldn't it?)So I thought you'd enjoy this little video I captured of our rescue pup Bailey. I think she learned this trick from the … [Read more...]

Pit bull shot by sheriff’s deputies; community responds

photo: www.facebook.com/JusticeForDiablo

There's a hot controversy stirring here in my hometown of Rochester, NY. I confess I'm late coming to the story, being wrapped up as I am in family tree research. But I've finally had time to catch up and ... well, it's quite a story. Here's what happened.Last Friday, June 2, two Monroe County Sheriff deputies responded to a call at a home in the Rochester suburb of Perinton, NY. News reports say the officers were responding to a call for a car blocking a driveway at the home of Gary … [Read more...]

Summer Top 10 Reading List – dogs, dogs and a little mystery

As summer nears, we bloggers here at Patheos have been asked to share our summer reading lists. Let me tell you, when you're talking about books, you're talking about my biggest love.I try to average a book a week every year; sometimes I make it. Sometimes I don't. But I always have several dozen books next to my bed, either in various stages of reading or in the "to read" pile. And I'm always adding more.So let me whittle my bedside pile down to a few books I'd love to read this summer, … [Read more...]

Writing, organization, and giant balls of dog hair

nancy french novel photo

Fellow Patheos blogger Nancy French posted a photo today of her novel in progress, note cards spread across the table in perfect organization as she works on plotting her story. As a writer always working on book and article ideas, all I could think when I saw the photo was … man, she's got a clean house. Where are the paw prints on the table? Where’s the cat rearranging the notecards while the dog is shredding couch pillows?I'm always amazed to see other writers' creative process, especi … [Read more...]

A year of animals, blogging and Patheos

Bandit, Bailey and Scout, summer 2011. A year later, two dogs are still here, and they can't be left alone together in the same room.

I was excited this week to receive a notecard in the mail from the staff at Patheos, congratulating me on my one year anniversary blogging about animals and faith.Really? A whole year? Where did the time go?I love writing here. The columnists, bloggers and editors have been kind and welcoming, and I love hearing from readers who have shared photos, shared thoughts and engaged in discussions on a variety of animal-related topics. It's been a nice change from my decade-plus experience … [Read more...]

Scientists use MRI to see what Fido is thinking

What do you think Bandit is thinking right now?

There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t look at my quirky Border collie, Bandit, and say, “I wish I knew what you were thinking right now.” My guess is that, if you have dogs, you often think the same thing.Well, researchers at Emory University have found a way to study what’s going on in Fido’s brain with what is likely the first functional MRI performed on a dog.In this kind of brain scan, dogs were studied while they were awake and unrestrained – no sedation, no leashes. Just a dog … [Read more...]

Pet foods recalled due to Salmonella outbreak at Diamond Pet Foods

Diamond Naturals Lamb Meal & Rice dry dog food tested positive for Salmonella, as did Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul Adult Light Formula dry dog food and Diamond Puppy Formula dry dog food.

It's been a busy day here at The Funny Farm as I've been trying to keep up with the recalls of dog (and now cat) foods associated with Diamond Pet Foods.It started last month when the company recalled their dry Lamb Meal and Rice formula after a bag tested positive for Salmonella.Diamond Puppy Formula dry dog food and Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul Adult Light Formula dry dog food also tested positive. Other recalls soon followed as a precaution.Right now, the pet food recall i … [Read more...]

Washington Capital’s defenseman Karl Alzner’s dogs make a pretty, Twitter-worthy mess

Karl Alzner's dogs weren't happy about the Washington Capital's loss. They were just happy to show off their handiwork!

After a marathon triple overtime loss to the New York Rangers on Wednesday, Washington Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner headed home, and was greeted by his dogs - who had a little surprise for him:Alzner tweeted the photo early Thursday morning (1:57 a.m, to be exact), with the message, "Dogs not happy about the loss either."Poor Alzner. I didn't see the game and can't imagine how exhausted he was when he opened his front door. But you know that those dogs were so happy to have him … [Read more...]

Animal testing and a little Monday morning crankiness

(source: Wikipedia Commons; Janet Stephens, photographer)

It's Monday, and to be quite frank, I'm feeling a little cranky, animal-wise. It's 10:30 AM and I've already been out to clean and feed the chickens, who are raising such a ruckus the neighbors must think I've been plucking them bald. The dogs are engaged in their daily in and out and in and out, and considering that Bailey and Bandit still can't be in the same room, it's a little exhausting.So when I read this article at GlobalAnimal.com, my initial response is probably more sarcastic than … [Read more...]


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