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Destinations, Dreams and Dogs - International adventure with a fast-track family (& dogs) of Old World values, adopting the Russian-Italian-American good life on the go…!

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Our Scotties & Their Doggy Sleep Positions

It’s only a matter of time. Somebody’s got to design a doggy-adjustable sleep bed. I mean, the canines have needs, judging from their nighttime gyrations, not to mention how they sleep in the middle of the day. Look, Grisha is on his back, growling and wrestling! Now Misha is stretching out and taking up half…

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Teaching Adoptees & Rescue Dogs How to Share

It’s often an uphill battle when a newly-adopted child or rescue dog comes home. But stick with it and new attitudes and behaviors may be taught. The point is, when a child or a new family pet understands that there are more than enough resources such as food or toys to go around, much of…

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My Needy Scottie, Misha

Sometimes my big baby Scottish Terrier, Misha, needs his mommy. The other day, I was turning in to bed and I heard a jingling outside my upstairs door. Misha. Now, mind you, Misha and Grisha are not allowed upstairs near the bedrooms in our one house. However, at the dacha, they can come and go…

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Monday Mottoes – #152

Look at that sweet doggy face. He stares up at you, waiting, longing to get a response. He nuzzles into your leg or stretches across your lap, luxuriant in sleep, twitching and running free in his dreams. He lets you pick him up, cradle him like a baby, dress him in a coat, brush his…

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Signs of Summer

Personally, I’m in the midst of a number of special projects this summer, similar to mergers and acquisitions, time-consuming and not at all allowing me to move forward in other, vital areas. I barely know that it’s summer, other than my now-becoming-sporadic daily power walk. So today, I am recounting the highlights of summer and…

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While The Cat’s Away…

(From your correspondent, Benedetto, while my wife wings her way back to the US…) Alexandra is traveling and working in Europe and  the Middle East, while I hold down the home front. My days fill with work and children, cooking and cleaning, work and children, and more cooking. Don’t forget the two dogs.  I alternate…

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Out to the Wild… Sans Scotties

Heading out to the field for a couple of days. Not sure if there will be any internet. I will keep you posted, possibly by smoke signals. Pray that my Scotties survive without me. They may twitch and mumble in their sleep, but they will still be dreaming of me. Everyone should have such loyal…

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On Orphans and Rescue Dogs

Just recently, a number of acquaintances have passed away and as I searched my own photo archives for any possible pictures of them for their loved ones, I came across photos of our kids when they first came home. Amazing. Shocking. Night-and-day. All were cute, even in the Russian orphanage. Their hair and clothes appeared…

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Dogs Who Feel Deeply

Our Scottish Terriers, Misha and Grisha, are the family’s big babies. They love to cuddle, snuggle, play, eat… and get into trouble. The Scotties sniff in closets, trash cans, suitcases and backpacks for a tasty morsel or a dirty sock. Their trouble-seeking behaviors are exacerbated when they are missing the family. Let one of us…

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Chinese Girls Raised by Rats

In one of the most surprising discoveries of our decade, twin girls in Shanghai were found to be living among rats in the city sewers. Lacking language, clothing and possibly any significant previous contact with humans, sewer workers glimpsed them there and then again at a city dump. They were followed by thousands – thousands…