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Sniff test

Trash day is tomorrow here in NYC — heck , we have it three days a week — so the garbage bags were lining the streets during my evening walk with Rory.

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In my neighborhood most of the bags are Mint-X brand, advertised to be rodent-repellent…which got me thinking —

What do mice have against mint?

Is it poisonous to them? Does it make them sick? Will it irritate their creepy rodent skin?

Nope. They simply don’t like the smell.

Well, la te da. Sorry to offend the disease-carrying little critters.

Vintage softness

handsEvery time I shake someone’s hand, people comment on how soft my hands are.

If only one person said it, I would shrug it off. But it’s become a thing.

What makes it especially weird is that I hate hand lotion. Never use it. And I’m not doing anything to pamper them.

So what gives?

Well, I started paying attention of late, and have decided that the one substance that comes in contact with my hands several times a day may be the reason:

dawn ducks Dawn dishwashing liquid

I wash my hands so many times a day because I’m feeding the dog and medicating the dog and cleaning up after his various and sundry bodily functions.

It’s like a TV commercial from the 50’s.

But then again, they are that soft.

Time warp

My advice for today: never take time for granted.

As in, don’t assume your smartphone clock is always right. Like I did this morning.

alarm clock graphicI woke up and glanced at my phone — 6am.

Perfect.

I could turn off my usual 6:30 alarm (because I hate alarms) and check my email, Facebook, etc. before I woke up the dog, who I could hear snoring on his pillow.

A lazy, relaxing start to the day.

When the two of us ventured out into the living room some 45 minutes later, the DVR clock held a surprise  —

It was 5:45, not 6:45 like my phone seemed to think.

A quick check of my phone’s clock settings revealed that the “automatic date and time” selection that links your phone to the network time was unchecked.

I don’t know how that happened. I certainly didn’t do it.  But consider this post an opportunity for you to double check your smartphone settings…

And get all the sleep you deserve tonight.

Woof

It’s hard to believe that it has been 15 years since Christopher Guest’s mockumentary Best in Show sent-up show dogs and the people they own.

So imagine my surprise when two familiar faces from the movie appeared on my TV set tonight, hawking Petsmart in the same hilarious fashion:

It’s no coincidence — Christopher Guest directed an entire ad campaign for the pet food chain, with other Best in Show stars making an appearance as ‘pet-obsessed nut jobs.’

Funny — they seem perfectly normal to me.

Tasty

Happy National Puppy Day!

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Only my friends from the South are gonna get this.

Yum.

Open wide

My dog Rory turned 16 last December, but he has the appetite of a puppy.

Translation: he’s become a picky little shit.

I’ve tried rewarding him with treats after he finishes his dinner. When that stopped working, I gave him the treats first. Then switched to different treats. Then changed his food. Then his bowl. Then started hand-feeding him.

I’m willing to do the work.

Last week I learned a trick from my vet. I don’t know why she has been holding out on me for so long, but it got him to eat like gangbusters.

baby foodSmear a little baby food on top of the dog food.

She recommended chicken flavor with broth. I applied said smear, and could barely get the dish on the floor before Rory was face-deep in his dinner.

I was a very happy Mama Dog.

You can be, too.

Day One: Lucerne, Switzerland

Business travel can suck…

but not when they send you somewhere breathtaking.

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I arrived in Zurich this morning and hopped a train to nearby Lucerne, a beautiful city that has everything you probably associate with Switzerland.

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Moutains. A gorgeous lake. A slice of history around every corner. And a slice, too. (There are a lot of pizzerias…not that I’m complaining ).

I spent the day walking around this compact little town. I quickly abandoned my map and decided to see what I would see.

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I saw an amazing art installation at a local school.

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Historic churches.

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And a proud pup or two. (This is Figo.)

I also noticed that, in this pedestrian city, no one jaywalks. They don’t smile at passersby,  either. And the church bells peal on the hour, which was rather beautiful.

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Tomorrow I have to work (what?) and there is talk of rain, but I hope to fit in some indoor sightseeing during my brief visit.

What a treat

In my ‘other life,’ I write marketing copy.

Web, collateral, packaging — you name it.

As I was feeding my dog this morning, I received a reminder that any customer-facing text can surprise and delight…

Even something as simple as the freshness dating.

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Woof.

Baggage handler

When you travel for business,  you pack a lot. You get it down to a science.

I can pack for most trips 10 minutes before I leave.

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Personal trips are a completely different story.

I don’t know exactly what I am going to be doing every hour of the trip. There is no ‘uniform’ that I can put on for each activity.  Plus, my vacations are usually a bit longer…and I have to pack for the dog, too.

And he likes to have a lot of choices.