Terrier Management
Nov18

Terrier Management

Any one of my readers with terriers knows that the energy is endless. As in bouncing off the walls endless. But I’m here to say, that in the interest of science, I have been conducting experiments on this matter. And I can now say, with certainty, that it is possible to tire out a terrier. I mean tire them out to the point of having them crash for most of the evening and sleep through a good part of the night. Here’s the...

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The AM Terrier Routine
Nov15

The AM Terrier Routine

Here’s the way it works every morning Chez Terrier: 1. Terriers wake up at 3AM to 4AM. 2. Get taken out for a wee. 3. Have breakfast. 4. Humans stumble around in a fog checking alarm clocks to verify it really is that early. 5. Terriers bogart the warm spots in the bed. 6. Humans try to get back into the small areas of the bed not occupied by terriers. 7. Terriers start to snore. 8. Humans stare at the ceiling unable to go back...

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Talk to the Blog, People!
Nov14

Talk to the Blog, People!

I’ve had this talk with you people before! What’s the big deal about leaving comments on the blog? Some of my most read posts seem to spur people to comment on Facebook or Twitter or send me emails. Why does no one want to leave comments? Talk to the blog, people, ’cause the paw ain’t listening....

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The Virtual Dogpark
Nov13

The Virtual Dogpark

Because Oscar and Lucy travel so much — and because they are thoroughly modern terriers — many of their buddies are actually on-line. But just because we haven’t romped with them in real-time doesn’t mean they aren’t part of our pack. We meet our pals in a number of Facebook forums dedicated to Smooth Fox Terriers and those who serve them. Or they are terriers who stopped by this blog for some virtual bum...

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And How Did You Get Here?
Nov12

And How Did You Get Here?

This blog is not much more than an outlet for my writing. Along the way, I hope I amuse a few people and maybe even inform anyone who 1) has a terrier 2) is interested in wine 3) likes the country life (even if I only do it part time) 4) travels and 5) likes to laugh at English people. So we’ve established that I’m not blogging professionally. However, I do have Secret Squirrel Hit Counting Software. And I am interested in...

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After the Wood Rat

Since we have a lot of woods up here in Sonoma, we have a lot of wood rats. Specifically Dusky Footed Wood Rats which are native to California oak forests and scrubland. I’ve never actually seen one, but their “houses” are everywhere. Apparently, they haul in sticks, leaves and twigs and build pretty complex houses. With bedrooms with separate bathrooms and a series of larders where they bring in fresh nuts, then...

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Fox Terrier Art
Nov09

Fox Terrier Art

We own Smooth Fox Terriers. We are the elite. These are the most elegant dogs in the world. So, of course, we have a never ending appetite for dog art. Specifically renderings of Smooth Fox Terriers. It’s always a good weekend when we find more dog art. The trick is most artists don’t get the nose right. It’s got to be long long long. And even though Oscar’s ears would keep him out of the showroom, we think...

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Getting Shit Done
Nov07

Getting Shit Done

A vineyard, like any farm, has its own rhythms. Most of those are tied into the seasons. Or into the County authorities who mandate certain work be completed seasonally. In our part of Sonoma County the climate is technically “semi-arid” — which means, in a good year, we have torrential rains starting in November, lasting through about February or March, then a long dry season with no more moisture than what remnants...

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Another Post About Proust
Nov06

Another Post About Proust

If you are wondering why there is a sudden barrage of posts from me, and you didn’t see the badge down at the lower left hand side of this blog, be aware that I am participating in NaBloPoMo. That’s National Blog Posting Month. The idea is to commit to putting up a post every single day in November. Easier said than done — especially for me since my posting style tends to be long wordy essays. By Day Five, I was...

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The Other Royal Wedding
Oct18

The Other Royal Wedding

One things the British do better than anyone is weddings. That is if you rate weddings by the number of wonderful large hats and fascinators that show up. Of course, if you grade weddings on the volume of extended family that can be gathered and embraced, you can’t beat an Italian wedding. So imagine a wedding that combines a bride’s British family with a groom’s Italian and Egyptian family. Besides the fact that it...

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