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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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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…

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The Headache of Hurricane Prep

Better safe than sorry, they say. Yet, there’s always a part of me that wants to believe that no hurricane is coming closer than, oh, say, a continent away…. Hurricane Matthew is looking seriously bad. So, we pray and monitor the situation. Will it come close to the US? Hurricane preparedness is a very real…

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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…