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Category: Dogs and (grudgingly) cats

No description needed. Dogs are life. Cats are also necessary on the Internet.

Dog-rescue videos (or what I did online once I was well enough to surf the ‘Net but still not strong enough to stomach the news)

I promised dog-rescue videos. Here are dog-rescue videos. Mostly these are beyond the more ususal “rescue group gets word of an abandoned pup” stories. These are dogs snatched from the jaws of death. A drowning girl is pulled from a well where she’s probably been trapped and swimming for hours. The expression on her face is unforgettable. AWESOME men risk their own safety to save a dog who’s been valiantly trying, but failing, to save itself. Man gives CPR to a puppy that’s effectively dead. (And I’m guessing this tiny baby was thrown to its fate by some some cruel…

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Friday links

  • Five things to do to counter the culture wars against boys and men.
  • Nine-year-old girl wants to do mother’s helper work in her neighborhood. Multiple neighbors call the cops, making no effort to check whether the kid is really being marketed as a slave laborer. Jerks. (H/T MtK)
  • Border Patrol agent thought he was improving the world by killing prostitutes. (Never seems to occur to “do-gooders” that they might be the problem.) 7 Comments
  • Running a bit behind

    Sorry for lite posting. It’s been a busy couple of days. I shall return soon with more substantial content. In the meantime have some Irish Wolfhounds. Which, come to think of it, constitute pretty substantial content, all by themselves.

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    Good news for Ava

    This picture is almost seven years old. Ava’s a whole lot whiter around the muzzle now. But she’s been so puppylike lately, and today’s news was so hopeful, I thought it worked. Furrydoc got the kidney-function test results back ahead of schedule. I mentioned already that while the initial blood panel indicated 20-35% function remaining, a urine test (with no protein leaking into Ava’s pee, nearly normal specific gravity, and no sign of chronic infection) looked more hopeful. And so it was. This more sophisticated and specific test says Ava’s still got maybe 70-75% kidney function, putting her in stage…

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    Monday links

  • Despite backing off from movies, I agree with Aaron Harris that freedomistas should see Little Pink House, the tale of Susette Kelo. If you’re not up for the movie, the book by Jeff Benedict is even better.
  • Growing up around a dog can protect your child against allergies. (So can playing in the dirt.)
  • “Control the guns, control the masses.” Watch Ds and Rs collaborate to inflict universal background checks and, soon, a nationwide, red flag law to allow anyone with a grudge to send cops to seize guns.
  • OTOH, you can just plain turn in your really crappy homemade guns to get enough money to buy a good one (Via Borepatch) 9 Comments
  • These are a few of my favorite things

    More specifically, two pounds of my favorite things. Or (according to the label) approximately 200 pieces of my favorite things — those being nice, tart, puckery, juicy California dried apricots. A rare treat. Thank you AG & LG! That oughta keep me going for a good long while. —– Don’t ask Ava if it was a day of favorite things. If she could cuss, she’d give you an earful. After a blowy, rainy, miserable walk, I put her through the further indignity of another visit to Furrydoc. Ava thinks Furrydoc is just fine when we’re hiking in the woods. Ava…

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    Midweek links

  • The shutdown reminds us how redundant and pointless much of the fedgov is.
  • You’ve probably already heard that Brazil’s new president Jair Bolsonaro plans to enable all non-criminal citizens to bear arms. Good. But how does that mesh with the newly elected governor of Rio’s plan to have cops shoot all non-cops seen carrying rifles? (H/T M)
  • Eric Peters says “Happy De-Platforming!” and generally notes the weirdly Soviet state of social media today. 9 Comments
  • New Year ramblings

    Oh, that felt good. I stayed up much of the night reading Michael Connelly’s latest Harry Bosch novel, Dark Sacred Night. This one is a Bosch + Ballard tale, in which Connelly teams his dogged retired cold-case detective Bosch with a young, female counterpart introduced just a book or two ago, Renee Ballard. I suspect all the Bosch books are likely to be Bosch + Ballard from here on, and I’m going to make a wild guess that the author might eventually kill Bosch off. Someday. In, I hope, the far-distant future. Way distant. Meanwhile, his books are just getting…

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