Monthly Archives: August 2007

Tasteless Thursday

Apologies to Jimmy Carter whom I actually like and respect, but this was too funny to pass up (no, that’s not me getting felt up).

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Crikey!

My Aussie friemd Kat sent me this one. No, it’s not one of her kids. Perhaps a Steve Irwin fan was responsible for this? Or the croc is made of rubber?? Call Social Services, in any case.

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Weekly World News Calls It Quits

The Weekly World News, a tabloid newspaper of the worst order, will call it quits on August 27 when its last issue comes out. Self-proclaimed as “The World’s Only Reliable Newspaper”, this tabloid brought us oddities such as the infamous “Bat Boy“; headlines included “Hillary Clinton Adopts Alien Baby” and “Garden of Eden Found – Original Apple Recovered”.

The tabloid, which originated in 1979, was printed entirely in black and white.

For those who just can’t be without their weirdness fix, the “newspaper” will continue online according to Wikipedia. It was also pointed out that the future EBay potential of this last issue is promising – allegedly this issue will be worth a lot more in the future than the newstand price today.

Here are a few more “headlines” to consider: (items in paratheses are my wisecracks)

“Grossed-out Surgeon Throws Up Inside Patient” (and I forgot my spoon)

“12 Members of Congress Are Space Aliens” (now THIS ONE I could believe…)

“Amelia Earhart’s Barf Bag Found in South Pacific” (how can we know for sure that it’s not Lindbergh’s barf bag?)

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Wordless Wednesday

photo by Marcia

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Dogs Getting Off Prozac

Ever have that feeling that you’re going nowhere, not accomplishing anything?

Apparently dogs have this problem too. Dogs with behavioral problems such as shyness, moodiness, and destruction of the home, histories of abuse, and pent-up energy can actually improve when the dog feels it has a “purpose”!

According to West Magazine (a supplement of the Los Angeles Times), there is a place set aside for doggie daycare and “occupational therapy” called Drummond Ranch. It is located in Acton near the Angeles National Forest, and has a satellite location in Malibu.

Each day before their commutes to work, the dogs are dropped off here by their owners (at considerable expense, partially owing to the fact that Acton is rather far for most Los Angelenos to drive and at $3 a gallon, this is a serious consideration). The cost of the services dogs enjoy at these locations adds another $175 per month to the tab.

What goes on at these special facilities? Well the answer is…sheep herding. Janna Duncan, who runs the operations in Acton and Malibu has 60 sheep which are regularly “rounded up” by the visiting dogs (all varieties of breeds) each day. Apparently the presence of sheep awakens herding instincts in dogs that give them the sense of purpose they seek; they put aside their mental difficulties and concentrate fully on the job to be done. Even Pomeranians can be good herders.

Debbie Chase, whose Golden Retriever/German Shepherd/Chow mix dog James Dean is a regular says: “He was on Prozac. He was so shy and grumpy. He didn’t want to interact with humans or other dogs. But the first time he got in there with the sheep he did all the herding techniques right out of the gate. And he became a different dog.”

The chase is very tiring for both the dogs and the sheep. Dogs are allowed two runs of 10 to 15 minutes of herding per session. And the sheep are rotated as well.

The Malibu location is operates twice a week and is frequented by the dogs of film executives, authors and a surf shop owner. Jennifer Absey whose formerly aggressive German Shepherd Kayleigh is a regular at the Malibu site said “We have our share of industry people here, but no one’s famous or trying to show off their wealth. Besides, if you’re really rich, I guess you just get your own sheep.”

Sounds very L.A. to me.

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The Knife Cuts Both Ways

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Birthday Season

Today is my birthday! Can anyone guess by my photos how old I am? Hint: Over the hill, but not old as dirt.

My hubby is taking the day off so he can spend the whole day with me. That’s the best present of all!

Also Happy Birthday to my Mom whose day is Aug 19 – I was somewhat of a birthday present for her. Although after 3 days of labor, I’m not sure how she felt about her “present” at the time!

Another shout out to my good buddy Shirley, whose birthday is next week, and also to my neighbor Brigitte for her birthday last week. My brother-in-law Dennis celebrates the day after me, and my nephew James on Aug 29. Our friend Dave celebrates Aug 22, and my German friend Gisela on the 23rd.

What went on in November to cause all these birthdays?

Me and Mom hiding out at the harbor.

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