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Once Upon A Time: “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter”

The first half of the first season of ABC’s “Once Upon A Time” series closed out with (IMO) their best episode yet. If you’re familiar with the series each episode has a story about each fairy tale character and parts of their past – mainly how they came to be. This episode was about “the huntsman” from Snow White who is also Sheriff Graham (played by Jamie Dorman). In the fairy tale land he has a companion, a wolf and after he kisses Emma Swan (played by Jennifer Morrison) he starts to have visions of his life in the fairy tale land. He also starts to see the wolf in modern day. Continue reading Once Upon A Time: “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter”

Get a Great Gift – Support a Great Charity.

“Tis the season” where we are all out shopping for holiday gifts for friends, family, and other loved ones. Today (Black Friday) millions of people are heading out to retailers and will spend billions of dollars for such gifts. Sadly, the vast majority of these gifts will only go to fund some deep pockets of large corporations. I am asking for people to “shop with a conscience” this year. There are many organizations out there who have online stores that support their cause.

One such organization is Wolf People. They have been around for almost 20 years and have been working hard to educate the public the unbiased truth about wolves. Continue reading Get a Great Gift – Support a Great Charity.

Dances With Wolves

The 1990 “western epic” film starring Kevin Costner, “Dances With Wolves” is about a Union Lieutenant who is injured during the civil war and instead of having his leg amputated he decides on a “suicide by opposing forces” attempt (by charging on his horse towards confederate troops). His suicide attempt fails but the Union Army wins. He is later awarded a citation for bravery and is given the horse he rode on and his choice of any post he wants. He chooses to head out to the western frontier so he can see it before it is claimed and developed. There he meets up with local Native Americans as well as an unlikely companion – a wolf he named Two Socks since it looks like he is wearing socks on his paws.

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Breed Spotlight – Greyhounds

(IMO) One of the most underrated breeds of dog in existence is the greyhound. Most people think of greyhounds as racing dogs and while most are used for racing, many retired (and some not born to racing kennels) greyhounds go on to live very long lives with families. Some, go even further than that. Some have gone on to acting careers like Winnie and Mia who co-starred with Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts in “Charlie Wilson’s War”.

Greyhounds make great pets and are quite often referred to as “big cats” or “cats in a dog costume”. They have a very short coat so they do not shed that much, are typically not barkers, are smart enough to understand some obedience, and while they do love to be with their people they are independent enough so they are not on you 24-7. Continue reading Breed Spotlight – Greyhounds

Mollie (Capt. Janeway’s dog) – Star Trek: Voyager

Can you guess the breed of dog that has made 3 appearances in Star Trek?

The Star Trek: Voyager series features a crew who gets lost in the delta quadrant (the other side of the galaxy) by an entity known as “The Keeper”.  The captain of the Voyager is Captain Katherine Janeway.   During the series Janeway makes several references to her dog, Mollie, who is an Irish Setter.  In the beginning of the series (first episode, “Caretaker”) she convinced her fiance (Mark Johnson) to watch over Mollie while she is very pregnant, while acting reluctant he agrees to her and even comments that he’s already moved her bed and toys to his place.

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