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Pooper-Scooper Contest

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

What kind of Dog Journal would this be if we didn’t salute National Scoop-The-Poop Week?

And the best way I know to celebrate is to share our favorite pooper-scooper stories.

Has your little friend ever humiliated you on that trip around the block?  Made you laugh?  Share your best pooper-scooper story here.

The winning entry will receive a free autographed copy of my upcoming book “The Dog Ate My Planner” and – who knows – maybe some of those nifty little scooper bags.

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Texting: the new salvation?

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

I’ve been pretty lukewarm about texting.  Much easier to send an receive voice messages, I thought.  That was before my car – driven by child #3 on a college campus – got towed to make way for the street cleaner.

“What?” I said when she delivered the news. “How could you have possibly known it was street-cleaning day?”

She looked sheepish.  “Third Tuesday,” she replied.  “The sign said.”

It is too painful to disclose the towing cost, though it was hers, not mine, to pay.  Suffice it to say she could have bought several weeks’ worth of groceries. 

The silver lining is that the experience introduced us to an amazing free service called Antitow, aka online as  This now month-old service sends free text message alerts when the street sweepers are coming into any one of seven campus neighborhoods.  

What a concept!  Just wish they’d expand their services to the off-campus world.  In case you’re listening, Antitow, how about texting me with Garbage Day alerts?  Rumpke reminders?  Nudges to get an oil change?  I’m all over this idea.  Anyone else?

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