How My Wife and #Dogs Differ – Ten Ways, Part One


Okay, I’m kidding. Well, sort of. Of course my dogs and my wife are not the same in ANY way but their differences are sort of striking. I love my dogs but I have NEVER equated the love of my pets with my love of human beings. Nonetheless, there’s a reason people are fanatical about their pets. Mostly, I think it’s the unconditional love. In our human relationships, we actually tend to expect something from one another.

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Adopt or Buy (a Pet)?

Dogs and Cats

This week’s Moral Question of the Week is simple: should you adopt or buy a dog/cat/pet? I will prejudice the question with my point-of-view that there are FAR too many dogs and cats in shelters and FAR too many dogs and cats that are killed each year for anyone to go out and buy a “special” kind of dog or cat? What do you think? Comment below…

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Instagram Reveals Who We Are

Cartoon about Instagram

Instagram is one of those new platforms that have been an instant success. Like most new things, I tend to wait and get aboard only when I have to – I’m forced to – or really, when I finally get over my anxiety about learning it. Now, I love using it and I share really important things via the photos I take with my phone. Things such as what I’m eating for breakfast, hundreds of photos of Simon (my dog), and my feet, when I’m napping.

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Cats vs. Dogs at #PetRap Sunday

cats vs. dogs

It’s the eternal debate. Cats vs. dogs. Are you a cat or a dog person? Sort of like are you are you a Beatles or a Stones person. Let’s have a catfight – or dogfight, if you prefer, this Sunday at #PetRap at 5:00 p.m. PT/8:00 p.m. ET. I expect some PASSION and some persuasive arguments on both sides. I’ll declare now that I am DEFINITELY a dog dude!

Difference between cats and dogs

#PetRap begins Sunday with a Photo Contest

Cool Kat - Cool Dog #petrap

#PetRap is finally here! If you’re a pet-lover, like me, you’re slightly kooky, passionate, and loving. It goes with the territory. #PetRap begins this Sunday, May 26, 2013 at noon -1:00 p.m. PT/3:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET, with a favorite pet photo contest. Just for the fun of it. Bring your fav photo and we’ll have two winners. The prize for the winners is PDF copies of my two books, but the big WIN is the bragging rights. I am promising to create a community of pet lovers that will get together on lazy Sundays to have fun together. This is NOT going to be an activist community.

NOTE: I just discovered that there is an existing PetChat so we’re going to be #PetRap. Please note hashtag change!

All photos must be submitted DURING our first #PetRap hour on Sunday, May 26 between 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. PT/3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET. The winners will be announced at next week’s #PetRap and their photos posted in next week’s #PetRap pre-chat post!

Book Cover from The Empty NestA Dad's Point of View book cover

Bring YOUR #Pet to #DadChat

My dog, Simon - enjoying the wind and the view!

We talked pets and had a pet photo contest Thursday, November 8 from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. PT/9:00 – 10:00 p.m. ET. There were THREE winners of a copy of my soon-to-be-published new e-book for best/cutest pet photo! The were @GemWebb, @KimWhix, and @Casudi. The cover is pictured at the bottom of this post. Trey Burley was our co-host. Share in what you missed via the transcript.

#DadChat has been having some HEAVY topics lately so I felt it was time for a lighter night for our community.

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Dogs in Bed?

I love my wife, I love my boys, and I love my dogs.  In that order.  As I re-married after a contentious divorce, the blending of my family—my two boys, my two dogs, and me with her and her one dog, was a challenge.  She had to deal with more adaptation, without a doubt, but we had to deal with a woman in our midst and one that, surprise surprise, actually cared about cleanliness and order.

For me, the biggest challenge in dealing with the mostly positive changes in our all male household, was giving up the warmth and companionship of my dogs, in bed with me.  They were there, for me, in the darkest hours of my separation and divorce, when my boys were with their mom, when our then large home felt cavernous and terribly quiet and empty, and I literally think they saved my sanity.

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