Friday, August 31, 2012

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Saturday, August 25, 2012

THE MANY FACES OF DACHSHUNDS . . .


No matter which type of dachshund you see, they are all so very special in their own way.  Which one do you like best?  Since both my granddawg Shadow and my own doxie Duke are black and tan, I will have to go with that variety!

Long-haired beauties




Gray cutie




Brown puppy


Thursday, August 23, 2012

GRAMMAR NAZIS, UNITE!




 
The three little words featured on the cartoon are probably abused as much (or more) than any other words in the English language--I see them used incorrectly on a regular basis, along with scores of other errors. A friend on Facebook sent me the cartoon because I am . . . well, a self-described Grammar Nazi. I am proud to be a Grammar Nazi. After all, somebody has to do it! We have to root out illiteracy and shoddy syntax wherever we can, right?


When I've marked such errors on writing assignments over the years, some of my English students have flippantly retorted, "So what? Who cares? It's no big deal!" Well, my dear misspellers, such errors are a big deal to prospective employers who seek to hire, even for entry-level positions. When weeding out applications before tossing those that are poorly written, such people want applicants who pay attention to detail. They reason that if an applicant cannot complete a job application with at least decent conventions (spelling, sentence structure, usage, etc.), then said applicant will not be hired where such skills are expected--or required. For example, a business letter with this kind of error turns off prospective clients, because a company or business is judged as competent or not by its written words. Attention to detail can make a big difference in business growth.

There, their, they're--you'll find another job--maybe.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

GRANDSON AND GRANDDAWG





Our grandson Asher and our granddawg Shadow (upon whom Sarge in my books is based) are enjoying the waning days of summer together.  Asher is two, Shadow is eleven, and they're good buddies!




Friday, August 17, 2012

WARNING!



 
I have been known to include snippets of conversations--even entire scenarios--in my books, so watch out!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

MY WINDOWS AREN'T DIRTY . . .



Duke and Shadow sunning themselves
Yes, our doxie Duke loves to look out the large windows of our sunroom to see what's going on in the backyard.  The windows are 72 inches high and less than a foot from the floor, so even with his short legs, he can prop his front paws on the windowsill and get a good view.

My husband keeps bird feeders full back there, so we see a myriad of birds, as well as chipmunks, squirrels, and I've even seen a rat (yes, a rat) partaking of birdseed which fell on the ground.  It's really interesting watching the critters sharing food together, mostly ignoring each other, unless a furry creature happens to get in the way of another.

But I digress.  Duke's nose art decorates most of the twelve windows out there as he barks his comments to those creatures eating down below.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

ANIMALS AND CHILDREN: ADORABLE!

I thought of creating captions for these adorable pictures, but they are so cute, they need no captions! They remind me of Norman Rockwell paintings that tell us stories without words. Besides, you might want to envision the stories behind these captivating animals and little children. I love all of them, but the one I dubbed "Two Pacifiers" is probably my favorite. I laughed out loud when I saw the dog in that one!




Monday, August 13, 2012

Saturday, August 11, 2012

IF IT'S NOT A DACHSHUND . . .



I think most dachshund lovers/owners feel just this way . . . I certainly do. Although I love most dogs, there's just something about our doxies, right? Perhaps it's their innate ability to be comical (and they'll really ham it up if you laugh at them). Or maybe it's their multiple facial expressions--whatever that doxie essence is, this breed is a fabulous dog, a furry friend, and wonderful companion.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

NEVER TAKE FOR GRANTED!

















I agree totally.  My doxie Duke is so loving, especially if one of us isn't feeling well.  He takes his responsibility of caretaker seriously:  he stays close, gazes into eyes, gives doggie kisses, and looks concerned. 

Very sweet.