Monday, January 9, 2017

Paws & Books

Hi! Tootsie's Mom, Renée, here.

In 2017, I'm going to run a series called "Paws & Books." I'll post about works of dog literature -- poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and maybe a few doggy-user manuals, too, because we all need help being properly trained by our dogs. My longtime dream is to write a work of dog literature, so I'm collecting an annotated bibliography of my research, and these posts will be part of that process.

If you have ideas about what you would like to read or learn about these books, please let me know in the comments! If you have dog-book suggestions -- even if you think I know them -- please let me know.

To start, I'll share with you one of the first books I ever read about a dog: Harry the Dirty Dog.

Harry the Dirty Dog is essentially about how you can be seen as two dogs, and how because of how you're seen, you can be lost (and found), unknown (or known), but that inside you're essentially the same dog. After a bath, Harry runs away, and gets all sorts of dirty, so when he comes home his family doesn't recognize him. What is Harry to do? The book asks an essential question: if your appearance changes, are you still the same dog?

Did you know that you can listen to and watch Betty White reading Harry the Dirty Dog online? Here's the link.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

My Pledge. Love, Tootsie

This screen capture is from our Instagram account. You can find us there, too. Or here. Or in your hearts. We're there, too. XO

Find the link to our Instagram account here. We post pictures of Italian cookies, dog poetry, walkies, and the love of paws.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Am I A Wreath?

It's an existential time of year. Time for our favorite poster from our greatest hits!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Extreme Flight Practice

Times like these demand extreme flight practice. So much wind, Tube of Fur's ears flopped back. Her plane could not lift off. And the mountains did not have enough snow. Several Austrian hikers asked me what's going to happen now to the country of my birth, to the Paris Accords, to climate change. I tried to sing, to ask, "what did you hear, my blue-eyed son?" But the wind blew my words away. The wind blew my heart away. 💔 And so we wept on a mountainside.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Thanksgiving Abroad

We're sending love and gratitude to all this Thanksgiving. Since we're abroad in Switzerland, we're reaching for this book.

And check-out my lovely Snap-a-Danna from Dachshund Delights. Remember to shop indie for all your pawful needs -- "Canine high fashion is a SNAP with the Snap-a-Danna"!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Letter from Tootsie: My Favorite Places

I am a lucky and savvy Tube of Fur. Here are some of my favorite places where I hike, nap, and snorfle.

The woods in Idaho with my fur-brother Truffle (RIP).

The shores of the Ligurian Sea.

The shores of the Pacific Ocean.

The shores of Lake Pend'Oreille, Idaho.

And let's not forget the mountains. The Alps!

How we love to hike.

But now the world has gone upside down.

Because the USA has elected a man with no morality and no compulsion about lying. We've been told that Trump says what needs saying and that he doesn't mean what he says. But words matter. You don't get it both ways. Those who think they can define his meaning as it suits them have been scammed.

Trump denies that global climate change is an urgent threat to civilization. The Paris accords are dead. This is what the USA has unleashed. This is what the USA has done to the world.

My new anthem.

There is no silver lining to this election. Here's what you can do now:

Consider making a donation to -- on behalf of climate change. (One example, the most common sentiment to my mom in Switzerland: "What has America done? This affects us all." On the other hand, we have talked to Europeans who think the American elections do not affect them; they are mistaken.)

Consider making a donation to the American Civil Liberties Union -- on behalf of the American constitution.

Consider making a donation to the Southern Poverty Law Center -- on behalf of our sisters and brothers so at risk in America. (Two personal examples from this past weekend -- one friend's daughter had hate speech written on her apartment and her car, and another friend had hate speech written on her campus organization's door with flyers distributed across campus.)


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