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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POOP-SNIFFING DOGS

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Dope sniffing dogs? No way! These are poop sniffing pooches. Researchers are using shelter dogs to sniff-out the droppings of other animals. The dogs are doing what comes naturally. But Jennifer Hartman of Conservation Canines says "they don't get to roll in it." The program is based in the University of Washington's Department of Biology. The dogs have been used from Mozambique to the French Pyrenees, as researchers track endangered animals. The Spokesman Review reports the dogs have even been trained to ride in boats and sniff for the poop of killer whales.

STUCK IN CHIMNEY

PHOENIX (AP) -- He's no Santa Claus. Phoenix firefighters had to rescue a guy who got stuck in a chimney. Fire Capt. Aaron Ernsberger says the man's friends had locked him out of the house as a prank. The 23-year-old thought he could get back in Ol' Saint Nick style. Ernsberger says it took about a-half hour to free the stuck guy. He was covered with soot but was able to walk, though appeared to be limping. He was taken to a hospital in stable condition.

DUI SENTENCES-WARNING SIGNS

ASHTABULA, Ohio (AP) -- Two men in northeast Ohio spent part of their holiday weekend warning about the dangers of drinking and driving. Jeffrey Yenyo and Marcus Perry were sentenced to street-corner duty for their repeated drunken driving offenses. They held handmade signs, as ordered by Judge Laura DiGiacomo. The men tell WJW-TV the punishment was fair. They add they hope can help stop others from making the mistakes they did.

TREETOP MUSEUM

TUPPER LAKE, N.Y. (AP) -- It's one way to get to the top -- the tree tops. Visitors can get a bird's-eye view of the Adirondacks in upstate New York from the Wild Walk. It's set on 80 wooded acres at the Wild Center, where the elevated nature trail is suspended 40 feet above the ground. There's even a 30-foot-wide bouncy spider web for people to explore. Four-year-old Beckett Lasher, of Warrentown, Virginia, says the spider web was his favorite.

 
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