National Pet Day - 04/11/14

  It's National Pet Day today. I have no idea who decides these things or why they do it, but let's just go with it.

  The reality is that in our house, it's National Pet Day every day. Our Tibetan Terrier "Diego" is treated so well that he doesn't need a special day. My wife is so good to him that I refer to him as her "golden child."

  Two of our previous dogs had died over about a six month period prior to getting Diego, and I was looking forward to being without dogs. Every day I had to talk them for a walk and deal with ticks and fleas and serious health problems as they got older. It was kind of a pain.

  Then I didn't have any dogs. It was so quiet, and nobody asking me to go outside or making me feel guilty if we didn't go for a walk. It was terrible. It was too quiet.

  Dogs give a great amount of love and attention. They fill dead air with excitemnt and a positive feeling that actually puts you in a better mood. Not having a dog was a good idea for a time -- mainly because it made me appreciate the hassles associated with having them is still worth it for what they add to your life. It's kind of how my wife looks at me.

 

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TURNPIKE PIZZA-LAWSUIT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- The New Jersey Turnpike Authority wants to take a bite out of a Florida pizza shop. The authority charges Jersey Boardwalk Pizza uses a logo that looks too much like the Garden State Parkway's green and yellow signs. The agency is suing the pizzeria in federal court. JoyAnn Kenny is the lawyer for Jersey Boardwalk Pizza. She says there's no way anyone would confuse a highway and a pizza place 1,300 miles away. The company operates two pizza shops and sells merchandise online. The Turnpike Authority is asking a judge to order the company to stop using the logos.

VETERAN-LOCKED IN VA CLINIC

DELTONA, Fla. (AP) -- Marine Corps veteran Jeffrey Duck says he was forgotten at a V-A clinic -- and locked inside. Duck says he went a central Florida community clinic operated by the Veteran's Administration Monday afternoon. He tells WKMG he was sitting in a consultation room for more than three hours, then realized he was alone. Walking in the lobby set off an alarm so Duck called 911 on his cellphone. The V-A is apologizing to Duck. Officials say they're reviewing their closing procedures.

NO NIKE SWOOSH

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- The swoosh is squashed -- at least for the moment. Adidas has invaded Nike's hometown, Eugene, Oregon, to sponsor the world junior track championships. Hayward Field has the trademark Nike swoosh logo. Crews preparing for the meet are covering the logos and pinning Adidas posters to the fence alongside the track. The Register-Guard newspaper reports the Adidas contract calls for a clean venue. But Bill Bowerman gets to stay. There won't be a bag thrown over the statue of the Nike co-founder and legendary University of Oregon track coach.

GOOGLE-FREE SHUTTLES

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) -- It would be another perk for Google's Silicon Valley neighbors. The technology giant is offering to provide free shuttle bus service in Mountain View, California. Google is proposing to foot the bill for four electric-powered shuttle buses. The San Jose Mercury News reports the plan is expected to be approved by the city council in September, with the buses rolling the next month. Google also provides free Wi-Fi in the city.

 
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