The Afternoon Palate Cleanser

doggies in a shopping cart

I must, Must, MUST find this store. It has everything!

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Now that’s how you negotiate a settlement.

(Hat tip unindicted co-conspirator GRS)

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And it is not just puppies, there is also a monkey.

Squeee! It’s National Puppy Day!

Dogz Rule, Catz Drool

Longtime readers know that I am firmly on Team Dog, and in fact my greatest wish is to come back as my own dog (it makes sense to me). I’ve long said that if you want to become a better person, adopt a dog, preferably from an animal shelter.

Anyway, today is the best day of the year—National Puppy Day.

Dogs are our better angels, and they love us in spite of ourselves.

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I laughed out loud. But in my defense, dogs driving a car in the suburbs!

Maybe This Will Help Cheer Us Up, Seattle


(Hat tip: Scissorhead Fran)

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jazz hands

Today is UberKITTENS:

TODAY – UBER IS DELIVERING KITTENS ON DEMAND IN 7 CITIES [Austin, Chicago, DC, New York, Phoenix, San Francisco, and Seattle]!


  1. Open your Uber app between 12 pm & 4 pm.
  2. Request the “KITTENS” option in your app. In NYC or DC? Enter promo code kittensnyc or kittensdc to unlock the option in your app.
  3. Once the kittens arrive, you and your friends will get to enjoy 15 minutes of kitten cuteness! PRO TIP: Make sure to have an enclosed space purrrfect for playtime! In New York City, kittens can only be delivered to offices.
  4. The best part? In most cities, kittens are eligible for adoption.

Regular readers know that I am firmly a member of Team Dog, but that doesn’t mean I am anti-cat; cats just don’t happen to be dogs. Cats make terrific pets, and if you are so inclined, UberKITTEN is a wonderful way to donate $30 to the SPCA and get your kitten-on, and perhaps find the little furball of your dreams.

Dogs Rule

Job Creators

Sorry cat lovers, your argument is inoperative.

The Midday Palate Cleanser: Hero Dog Awards

The Hero Dog Awards

I thought we could use a break from the Thrilla from Wasilla and look at some heroic dogs instead fighting bitches.

Over her long career, Bretagne has made a significant contribution to the Search & Rescue community not only through her many deployments including 9/11 World Trade Center – 2001, Olympic Winter Games – 2001, and Hurricane Rita – 2005, but through her talents as an ambassador of Search and Rescue Dogs.

Bretagne is alleged to be the last surviving 9-11 search dogs.

Chaney is an eight-year-old lab who retired from the Marines in 2013 after multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan as an IED detection dog. While deployed, Chaney not only saved countless lives by locating IEDs out in front he also served as a great morale booster for everyone in his squad. Since retiring, Sgt. Chaney was adopted by one of his handlers: me, Cpl. Hatala. …instead of being on the front line Chaney has continued to save lives through education about PTSD and the ways service dogs can benefit those suffering from PTSD.

And then there’s a peace-time doggie, too:

The Hickey’s of Johns Creek, Ga., adopted Xena the Warrior Puppy in March 2013 — and this is when Xena proved to be a hero for an 8-year-old boy who needed her. Autism had left Jonny closed off and isolated. He could speak, but spent most of his time in silence. After Xena bounded into his life, he began talking and singing to her non-stop. Now a happy chatterbox at home, Jonny thrives in Xena’s company. Jonny’s thrilling his parents and teachers with the progress he’s making in school. Xena’s story has been shared in more than 105 countries around the world. Together they are “Spreading the Words” – raising awareness about animal cruelty, the kindness and gentleness of pit bulls, autism, and that shelter animals make great best friends.

I’m truly convinced that if we could become more like dogs, we would be better people.