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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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Lumps and Bumps in Older Dogs

Our Scottish Terriers are now approaching ten and eleven years old. Doing fine, other than their dark black hair turning to salt and pepper patches, they appear to be aging with grace. After a bath or a meaningful bowel movement, they revert to puppies, kicking up their heels and wanting to run around like wild…

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Doctor in the House? No—They’re All on Vacation-!

It’s across the board (get it—? Board-certifiied??? lol- this early in the morning, I’m making myself laugh-), doctors are on vacation. Whatever you do, don’t become ill during July or August, because you’ll be up the creek and in deep trouble, for sure. Everywhere one turns, there’s a physician on vacay, if my interactions are…

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A Myrtle Beach Vacay-!

Just about the time I’m going through my own way-of-sorrows renovation stories (and believe me, I have enough work to be done in my places that could keep me busy another 20 years…), we have friends who have accomplished an amazing feat with a 1950s beach house in lovely Myrtle Beach, SC. This is one…

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Analyzing Dog Poop

This is what my life has come to, analyzing pet poop. One of our little Scotties seems to have a problem, he whines and cries and can’t seem to get comfortable. Usually, it’s when the rest of the family is out, so I think he’s depressed and moping around. But if I ask if he…

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Papa and his Pack of Dogs

We have two of the cutest Scottish Terriers on the face of the earth. Misha and Grisha ooze charm and charisma as our goodwill ambassadors to the nations. Even if not to the mailman and any wayward Mormons who dare to approach our property. Then the two turn into snarling, protective warrior dogs with much…

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On Stock Trading and Dog Walking

There’s some scary stuff going on in suburban basements across America these days. It mostly involves young people trying to grow up and find careers, but not knowing exactly how to do so. A percentage have college degrees, but many have only partial schooling. They have grown up with a sense of entitlement, that life…

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Russian Christmas

Russian Christmas Eve begins tonight on January 6th, with the actual holiday on January 7th. Orthodox Christians celebrate this date as the birth of Jesus due to a difference in the Gregorian and Julian calendars. So Russians sing carols house to house, enjoy a meal of 12 different dishes and attend church. In our family,…

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Lovable Cafe Dogs

My idea of a good time would be to take our dogs to an outdoor cafe, get them a bowl of water and me a cappuc and relax for a few minutes. Unfortunately, not all countries allow this, due to health laws. So I take what I can get. And what I can get is…

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A Long Winter’s Nap… with My Scottie

Our two Scotties love to nap… whenever they’re not eating… or out walking… or chasing a toy… or sniffing in closets. All of which means about 95% of their time is taken up with snoring in heavenly bliss… …with the occasional snort of delight and twitch of the leg during their dream-induced state. Fact of…

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Making Family Memories at the Beach

One of our homes is not far from the beach, now recovering from the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.  All of us moved mountains of debris over a couple of weeks’ time— pine cones, limbs and branches, palm fronds and everything else that goes with a tropical storm— from rising water to floods and mud. But…