Tansy, the double digit doggy!

Poor Shmans is overdue for an update, so here goes. Believe it or not, Tansy is 10 years old. She turned 10 last month. Also, I just learned this year that she shares her birthday with Clint Eastwood! I find that kind of amusing, because I had a coworker who used to call the Shmans …

I wouldn’t Dream Of Being This Irresponsible! Or…Would I?

In some of my dreams, like the ones where I’m coming up with new tech ideas or predicting the future, I like to think I’m a genius. But in others, I think there’s a part of me that considers me to be the biggest moron on the planet. I know there are common dreams we …

New Regulations When You Fly With Your Service Dog

I just got this email a few days ago from Guide Dogs for the Blind about some new regulations to do with flying with your guide dog, whenever flying is a safe thing to consider doing again. It sounds like they’ve done most of this the right way. It could use a couple of tweaks, …

Good Boy! Who’s A Furry Little Omelette?

Barb wrote me about some assholes running a puppy scam in Kingston, Ontario. “I want to feel sorry for the people who got scammed,” she says. “But then I read the best sentence I’ve ever read in my life.” She’s not wrong. It’s quite fantastic. These malicious pet shop sites sometimes include poorly written testimonials …

Another Large Entry in the Shmans Chronicles

It’s time for another Shmans update, complete with new songs she likes sprinkled throughout. I’ve accumulated a surprising amount of stuff even though we haven’t been exactly leading an exciting life. She is definitely enjoying all this chill time. Now that we’re not going out nearly as much as we used to, she is enjoying …

It’s No Secret. You’ve Got Coronavirus!

Remember when I had that dream about sweating Coronavirus? Well, we might, and dogs might be able to smell it. In this new study, researchers based in France and Lebanon took sweat samples from the underarms of a total of 177 patients from four hospitals in Paris and one in Beirut — 95 had tested …

I Get Rough And Tough In The Puff ‘n’ Fluff! Noooo!

That soundtrack has nothing to do with the subject matter, but it’s what enters my head whenever I think about this invention…along with the imagined distressed sounds of dogs. I feel like a jerk making fun of an invention dreamed up by a third-grader, and maybe I can’t judge until I’ve actually laid hands on …

Another Step In The Shmans Retirement Journey

I got some news a couple of weeks ago that, in normal times, would have been up on the blog immediately. But because now is now, I hadn’t posted it yet. After some logistical hurdles and technical difficulties, GDB received all my guide dog reapplication stuff, and it went to the committee, and I have …