This year’s flu season seems to be a bit out of control, so everyone is looking for ways to stay as healthy as possible given the circumstances.
Some people are just working from home for weeks on end while the funk runs through their office co-workers. Others are keeping their kids home from school or daycare for the same reason – which is a shock to everyone that there are people who will actually keep their kids out of school for illness reasons!
Naming your new puppy or kitten is a pseudo-exact science.
Some people let their kids name the pets, as that’s a way to encourage ownership with the kids and hopefully force them to remember to feed or clean up after their new furry companion. (Ha! Likely not to happen, but it’s worth a shot – right, parents?)
Others base the names they select off the pet’s coloring (black cats would be “Smokey” or “Shadow”. Spotted dogs would be, well, “Spot”)
And others may decide to name their pets after their own favorite hobbies. Which may explain why there are so many pets named after either spices or alcohol.
You own a dog. But your dog gets bored, and decided to chew up your furniture.
Hey, it happens.
Dogs need seemingly constant attention and distractions to keep them occupied and entertained. While cats could care less about the humans they keep around to help get them tuna every once in a while, a dog craves interaction with their owner.
Are you watching the current BRAVO TV program LOLWORK?
It’s a reality TV program that allegedly shows the real-world behind-the-scenes workings of how the Cheezburger Network — home toLOL CATSand millions of other funny animal pictures and videos — does business.
While most the show appears to be purposefully driven to make what is supposed to be good TV, there are specific business-aspects that get aired that really for-real give a reasonable peek behind the curtain of what it takes to run a popular content-driven website.
Watching LOLWORK will give you a good reminder that it’s always hard work to create good, compelling CONTENT for your website, but that it’s that same content that also brings eyeballs to your site in the first place. Focus on the content, let everything else fall into place later.
Animal carcasses by the side of the road. Usually it’s a skunk or an opposum.
Sometimes a raccoon. Occasionally a rabbit. Wild animals that just don’t know how to cross a road safely (which may explain why we never see a chicken at the side of the road — apparently, chickens know how to cross the road).
Once in a while we see a deer.
We even saw a dead moose once. No idea how the car that hit that monstrosity survived.
And like many of Boulder’s proud residents, Patrick is extremely environmentally conscious. Being a plant ecologist and wanting to be environmentally-friendly sort of go hand-in-hand – but throw in the Boulder mystique, and Patrick’s really got something.
A disclaimer: Web Watch loves Boulder. We have a number of friends who live there, and we enjoy every opportunity we get to spend some time out there.
More importantly, how well does your dog know you?
Have you ever noticed that your dog does really well with sensory clues around them to react to? Web Watch remembers a former pet we had that would sleep in the corner all night long… but the one time that we knowingly get up to go to the refrigerator for a snack, they would wake right up and follow us to the kitchen.
Every. Single. Time.
It’s like they knew something, sensed something about what we were doing – and acted upon it.
Turns out, our observation isn’t that far from the truth discovered by scientists.
Web Watch would like to own a dog, but we’re more “borrow a dog” people over “own a dog” people. Too much hair and upkeep with a moving pet. We owned one of those beta fighting fish for a year or two. That seemed to work out okay, since the fish seemed to stay in its jar throughout the day.
But we’ve never owned a pet where we had an emotional connection that would come into play in an emergency situation.