The Bad Side of Sanctuaries

Life Is Short I often talk about our sanctuary and how much fun we have with the animals. It’s true. They bring a tremendous amount of joy to us, and great rewards for the work we do. But there is a bad side to sanctuaries, and it’s the part I hate. Last year was a […]

What If My Dog Is Gay

Is Your Dog Or Cat Gay?  Do you know? I did a post a few weeks ago about the haters. Much to my surprise it did not solve the world’s problems. So I started thinking about these issues again. What issues? You ask. Prejudice against people of color, against different religions, and against people of […]

Invisible Signs

I have never believed in invisibility, unless you count that time when I was six-years old and saw The Invisible Man for the first time. For three days I pretended I was invisible. It was a hell of a lot of fun, until my dad—tired of playing the game—spoiled everything. “You know I can see […]

Help Save Animals At No Cost To You

A Chance To Help Animals As many of you know, my wife and I have an animal sanctuary where we take in abandoned, abused, and orphaned animals of all kinds. We’ve been doing this for 20 years, and for the past 10 years we’ve had between 35 and 50 animals. We currently have 45. We […]

Have You Thanked A Pig Today?

Have You Thanked A Pig Today? My name is Dennis. Most of you know me. Either that or like all humans you have a bad memory. Us pigs, though, we never forget. (No, that saying didn’t start with elephants. They stole it from us.) Anyway, the reason I’m writing this post is to provide a […]

How Smart Is A Pig?

Animal Intelligence Depending on which list you look at, the order of intelligence for the different species usually looks something like this: 1. human 2. ape 3. dolphin 4. pig 5. elephant 6. octopus 7. dog 8. crow Most scientists agree on the first two, though I personally have doubts about the number one ranking […]

Have You Kissed a Pig Today?

Your Characters Don’t Have To Be Pretty I was reading a mystery book the other night and a few pages into it, one of the main characters was introduced. The author did a fantastic job of describing how beautiful she was. I was in awe of this author’s talents. I could picture everything about her […]

Stepping in Shit

Shit Happens I know this seems like an odd topic for a blog post, but it’s one worth discussing. “Stepping in shit” has many meanings, like getting in trouble, or finding yourself in a bad situation. But it also means the literal definition—the real McCoy, the stinky stuff. SHIT! As you go through life you’ll […]

I’m Supposed to Be Dead

Inspiration I’m Dennis. Ya’ll know me by now. Giacomo saved me when I was just a baby, but now I can take care of myself. It was touch and go for a while; the vet even told Giacomo to, “put him down.” Imagine that! It had me worried, but I had some good advice from […]

The Toughest Decision of All

My name is Dennis. Most of you know me by now. I’m the smart one. The one who writes all the clever posts. I missed my blog last week, and now the old guy (Giacomo) is trying to hijack this week’s post. The truth is, we lost one of our own last week, and he’d […]

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