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Dedicated to those who who have found what they have lost in the eyes of a dog


Welcome to my Blog.  To learn more about National Dog Week and my writing projects, please see ABOUT.

“Dogs are our link to paradise. They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring – it was peace.”  Milan Kundera, Czech. b. 1929

Wishing Dr. Patrick Mahaney a very Happy Birthday.  This hardworking Hollywood Vet took time to post his final review of my book on his special day.  Please follow the link below to read the completion of his ongoing diagnoses of  the characters of  Stipend of a Sucker and The House of the Happy Dog.

I thank my readers for sharing in this review process of my Short Story Collection, SOMETHING’S LOST AND MUST BE FOUND.  The writing of any book is labor intensive, and it is rare indeed when someone takes time from their very busy schedule to help spread the word about a creative project.  Dr. Patrick Mahaney has a very active and progressive practice in Los Angeles.  His blog posts are informative and up-to-date, and as a fellow-dog-blogger, I encourage you to visit his site.

With Pat’s help, I am happy to announce that National Dog Week has a new spokesperson, someone I will share with you in the next post when we again focus on Thomas Cole’s vision for Shelter Revolution. 

National Dog Week is not just about seven special days dedicated to the dog…it’s a mindset!

Here is Part III of “THE REVIEW.”

Dr Mahaneys Book Review- Somethings Lost and Must Be Found by Lisa Begin-Kruysman Part 3.

After a series of snowstorms have paralyzed my beloved Garden State, I am really looking forward to a weekend filled with some fun distractions.

I love the Olympics, and always enjoy the Opening Ceremonies.  And now it seems the Olympics are not just for humans, for those dogs sure seem to love their fun in the white stuff, too, and can be very good winter sportsters.  A recent item on AOL showed Tillman, a four-year old Bulldog, showing off his snowboarding technique at the site of the Winter Games.  And for those focused on Love, Sunday may be more your thing when Valentine’s Day rolls around.  Dogs make very good matchmakers, too.  Another article, I believe posted on Paw Nation, told stories about how dogs bring couples together.  The article quoted Mary Lee Nitschke of Linfield College in Oregon as saying, “Pets attract comments and that opens the door for conversation.”  I always advise single friends to get, or borrow, a cute pooch to help them get out and socialize. 

And of course, don’t forget that Big Dog Show over at Madison Garden in New York City.  DJ is groomed, and ready to show, and we wish him luck.  Details will follow, as we keep an eye on our shaggy boy from the Jersey Shore.

The photo top left shows another dog enjoying the extreme winter sport of canine free flying.  My nephew, Zac, and his girlfriend, Masha adopted Cooper (not to be confused with Hooper), a Lab-Pit mix over a year ago.  I can’t believe the Christmas before last, I could hold Cooper in one hand. 

Okay, the answer to that trivia question asked a few days ago:  What dog, called a terrier, is actually a member of the Herding Group? Answer: The Tibetan Terrier.

Do you know how many breed groups are judged at the Westminster show?  Also, bonus question.  What is the registered AKC name of President Obama’s Portuguese water dog, “Bo?”  Anyone who answers one of these questions correctly, or subscribes to this Blog, can submit a photo of their dog, and your personal “dog tale” to be presented in an upcoming Blog.

Have a great weekend, and Happy Valentine’s Day!


"Is it dog week yet?"

"Is it dog week yet?"

Michelle Mongelli and Wheezey

Pike, at Geiger Key

Hooper in the Keys

Hooper in the Keys

“Two Culprits” by Steven Hall

Logan & Koda


DJ Goes to Westminster

Zac and Cooper

"Look daddy, I can fly!"

“Hooper” – Best in Snow

Pita in Matt’s Garden

Hooper with cousin Roxy, Summer 2009

Me and my “Hoop”