How Much Is That Doggie In The Window?

Back in 1953 the great Patti Page had a number hit in America with the song, “How Much Is That Doggie in the Window?”  They say it sold two million records and in the UK, Lita Roza had a hit with it too, going #1 there also. More than just a commercial success, it also provided a vision into what our relationships with canines might look like in 2016. (Check out the song/video here)

A very odd thing about the United States of America is that anybody can have children.  It doesn’t matter if they are drug addicts, thieves, mentally ill, chronically homeless and/or borderline abusive.  However,in the USA,  if you were to go to an animal rescue shelter or a high-priced dog breeder to get that special little puppy, you very may well have to sign a seriously binding contract complete with seriously expensive fines for violating that contract which states you agree to provide your new puppy/dog  with 20 minutes of daily exercise, daily teeth brushing, weekly fur/hair brushing,  animal socialization, an environment that creates a healthy emotional landscape and an opportunity for exemplary physical health, monthly visits to a veterinarian, and a pre-puppy adoption agreement in case the married owners get a divorce. Oh yeah, you might also have to be interviewed by the organization’s board of directors.

I don’t have a problem with any of that; I just wish we took our human “puppies” as seriously.

Let me now introduce to you….Gracie…the cutest puppy ever!  We brought her home today.


And, don’t think for a minute I have forgotten my duties to the 3 day old chicks.  I went and bought this book today.  Someday I am going to be able to communicate with these chickens without even using my big boy voice!