Combating urban noise

Ever pull up to a stop light and have a bratty little teen-ager with his sub woofers pounding a dent in your quarter panels? Well, here is a canine solution to that!

Get a German Shepherd and Golden Labrador and teach them how to howl on command. Then, open the windows and start the ruckus! It may not stop the “music” but it is loads of fun to watch the surprised look on a teen’s face at this crazy white guy, howling away with his two dogs!

P.S. There is NO YouTube video of this… or ever will be probably…

Being authentic

Guy included me in his Alltop magazine rack early on in the site life (pets.alltop.com) and I’ve been a fan since. Actually, I have always been a fan of Guy. When Neenz sent a Facebook message to the Alltop group about getting some cool Alltop stickers, I was there. Sent my mailing address in and waited eagerly by the mailbox.

Anyway, this is what I received:

The hand-written address, the real postage stamp, the lack of any slick marketing! I feel like FAMILY!

Guy doesn’t know I’m here and doesn’t really need me to feel like I’m part of a family. But it sure makes Alltop one of more favorite sites all over again!

You can reach more people with a blog than a bullhorn

Last night, I met Kealan on http://election.twitter.com. We have not spoken, I know nothing about her, but she said something during the debates that I thought was interesting and I wanted to be a part of the next really sage thing she says, whenever that is. So, I’m following her on Twitter.

I saw she tweeted again this morning. Nothing of consequence to me, but what the heck, maybe her blog had something on it. Sure enough, it was a post-debate post titled 3 miles in the snow, uphill both ways. That got my attention right away because, while I knew it was going to be a GenY rant against old people, the title was so clever that I knew the rest of the post was going to be good. It was.

GenY may not be out in the street protesting the rapid decline of this country, but they are online with a vengeance. And, apparently, they do care and they get it. They understand that respect is the root of peace, that you can reach more people quicker and deeper with a Twitter account and a blog than you can with a bullhorn and a flag and that party and company affiliation doesn’t matter as much as not being obtuse and condescending.

And, not only are they watching as things are going on, but they are recording it, playing it back, digesting it and analyzing it. They are predicting the death of spin and revisionist history.

And yeah, mom and dad, they have been listening to you. If not, how would they know to use a phrase like “3 miles in the snow, uphill both ways” in the correct context?

I just can’t wait to see what Phil DeFranco is going to video about the debates. Please hurry, Phil. We dogs need our fix.

Big dogs go to war

This is disturbing on a lot of levels, but mostly because it buzzes around like a giant fly instead of growling and barking like a dog.

Thanks Guy for pointing me to this from your Tweet.