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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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It’s My Birthday!

May Day signals my birthday, a day to rejoice, to be present and alive on Planet Earth. Opportunities to make a difference and an impact surround me. What a blessing! I’m taking it easy, accomplishing some work, and “watching the paint dry”— or the paint peel— as may be closer to the truth. Just coming…

Dogs Who Sense a Kindred Soul

Life in the country continues. I am surrounded by hunting dogs. At least I presume they are hunting dogs, I mean, what do dogs do? They’re big, they run around off the leash, and they live on a big farm of sorts. Most days, they languish in the sun. But when they see me, they…

Snow Day for the Scotties

Hello, are you following me? ~Grisha Welcome to the urban blizzard, we are Misha and Grisha, the famous Scottish Terriers of the Bartologimignano family! Whenever we hear of snow coming, it delights us. You see, waaaaay back when, in our family history, our ancestors lived in the highlands of Scotland. So when Snowmageddon was headed…

Working Out With Your Dog: Doggy Dream-Away

Most everyone knows that people with dogs are generally more in shape than those without dogs— they walk them, they play with them, they brush them, they bend down and pet them…. The feel-good hormones of dopamine and serotonin surge and the human family enjoys better heart health, skin health, mental health and so much…

Holiday Christmukkah Dog

There’s no doubt that Scotties Misha and Grisha are part of the family. They are my big babies and have spent the last decade celebrating the holidays with us. This time of year that would be Hanukkah and Christmas. So, we have a number of various decorations. When Benedetto and the kids wrestled home a…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…