Friday, July 31, 2009

Resources for Free Stuff

Free Stuff:
Put Your Money Away

After yesterday's post I got excited about the prospects for more free stuff. A little Googling and away I went.

Craig's List has become the GO TO place for college students needing free furniture for their dorms and apartments.

Swap-O-Ramas, ( check back on August 3 for a post on how these trading parties work) are perfect for baby boomers looking to downsize, redecorate, or re-energize their wardrobes after a diet. Young families looking to trade up on toys for their children who are growing can also find great value in this plan, or they can give Toyswap a crack. This online swapping service focuses on kids' stuff.

What about seniors? Craig's List is great for those who are computer literate and have access to the Internet. But many don't. Here's a book that provides lots of sources:

Free Stuff is another site that has a wide variety of items available. The site opened up with a free package of hearing aid batteries. Fortunately I don't need those yet, but I know many people who do. Hear that, Seniors? Check it out! I was shocked at all the stuff as I scrolled through. I'll be going back for a shopping trip right after I finish writing this post.

Thunderfap (strange name, huh?) had great graphics of all their cool stuff. Free Stuff Times' site wasn't as exciting, but they also had a lot to offer. Ditto for Just Free Stuff, although I liked their themed "departments", which made it easy to locate something in particular you may be searching for.

One last site I should mention, but hate to, is Free College Stuff. Notice I'm not providing the link here. I can't really recommend this, but free condoms and free term papers were definitely good for a laugh. Who knows how those terms papers would come up when plugged into the sites for checking plagiarism. Of even more concern, I'd be a little worried about what 130 degree warehouse those condoms had been stored in. Careful! I can't exactly say buyer beware, now can I?!!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

The Breathing Earth: An Amazing Simulation

© photo copyright Carrie Boyko

Tanner and I Stumble Upon
Fun Stuff When We Hike Together

Tanner and I sometimes take exploring types of walks, where I give him a bit more input into where we go. On these walks, since I'm giving him more of the leadership role, I use a backpack on him to assure he gets plenty of physical exercise, and knows I am the boss. He seems to feel very important knowing he has two jobs: (1) Choose the direction of our walk, and (2) Carry our water. We stumble upon all sorts of fun things when we walk outside of our neighborhood.

Just thinking about this reminds me of a site I wanted to tell you about. Perfect for my Woofing Wednesday post:

Sometimes when I'm simply Stumbling around the Internet, I find the most interesting places. The Breathing Earth is a fascinating simulation of real time CO2 emissions by country, with birth and death rates by country, as well. You simply point to a country you're interested in and all the facts appear. It's a great place to learn how the population and its treatment of the environment are working together at any given time. And if you're planning a trip somewhere, you can check out the carbon emissions for that location.

That got me to thinking about carbon, so I poked around a bit more and found CO2 Science, where you can answer all your questions about carbon and the environment. This site addresses all the controversy about climate change in many different ways. With the many views on this subject, you can't read enough. I'm still not sure which side to believe, despite the fact that I try to live a life that doesn't contribute too much to climate change. At least I try. I'll admit I'm no Ed Begley, Jr., but a lighter shade of green. Baby steps!

In honor of Woofing Wednesday, I'd also like to send you to Ecodater, where I have a guest post for green singles on a doggie date. Got pups? I've got your date. Go check it out. Have some fun with the dogs and your date.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Homemade Organic Pizza: Fresh From Your Oven in Just 20 Minutes

© photo copyright Carrie Boyko 2009
My Organic House Special:
Pizza with Sweet Peppers and Onions

This pizza was the hit of a recent family gathering. I made several different types, but sweet peppers and onions were the winners. I have to admit, the flavors are perfectly blended. Even the kids enjoyed this--the ones that used to say "Yuck! Onions!" So, I guess it has earned a post on my blog:

Carrie's House Special

Organic Pizza with Sweet Peppers and Onions


  • Organic pizza crust (we like the Whole Foods store brand)
  • Organic olive oil
  • Sea salt and organic pepper
  • Organic Pasta Sauce (I use Walnut Acres Garlic, Garlic, Garlic)
  • Organic Mozzarella Cheese, grated
  • 1/2 small-medium sized Organic Yellow Onion (for a medium pizza)
  • 1/4-1/3 Cup Chopped Organic Sweet Peppers: Red, Yellow and Orange (for a medium pizza)


  1. Preheat the oven according to crust package directions.
  2. Place crust on a pizza pan. The type with holes gives a crisper crust.
  3. Baste crust, including the outer edge, with olive oil.
  4. Top with pasta sauce and distribute evenly, just heavy enough to cover the crust.
  5. Salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Sprinkle liberally with mozzarella cheese.
  7. Mix onions and peppers in bowl.
  8. Sprinkle this mixture evenly over the pizza.
  9. Bake till the crust is golden brown. If you're using the Whole Foods Crust like I do, I bake the pizza for 13-14 minutes. Delisioso!

This is the pizza pan i use now. My old one, without holes, always gave me a softer crust; we like the crisper version much better.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Catch Up With Me on Twitter:

How could I make such a stupendous error?!! I've neglected to tell you all where to find me on Twitter. : Fortunately, this mistake can be corrected. So I hope to find you all on Twitter, just tweeting away. I'll be there most days with a comment or preview of a post. Fly away, now, to Twitter, and look me up at this link:

At Twitter, I have to multi-task. With two blogs, I'm like a juggler, doing the green and organic thing, while balancing my All Things Dog Blog along with it. Of course, my dogs lean to the green side also, so it's all good.

I am learning to live greener and eat organic. I love my dogs and enjoy training them and learning to be a better pack leader for them. For me, that's what it's all about. Hope you'll join me on my update page at Learning2Bgreen, where you'll get a splash of each along with whatever else is on my mind. See you there.

Need help with Twitter? Try this:

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Cremation: The Greener Choice

© photo copyright Carrie Boyko 2009
Xena, My Senior Citizen
at Age 12 1/2
We humans have a lot to learn from dogs. That wasn't terribly profound, but then, how can I say "they're smarter than us" without getting slammed with negative comments?
By living day to day, in the moment, as Cesar Millan puts it, dogs don't dwell on what's to come. They don't think about death or illness or worry about proper etiquette for their next party. They just enjoy each moment as it comes. If only we could live our lives this way.
Only recently have I come to terms with something in the death department: cremation. I used to think I wanted to be buried beneath a shady tree overlooking a meadow. Oh, how unrealistic that was. Have you visited any graveyards lately? You're not likely to find the oak tree and meadow you dreamt about these days, and if you do, you'll have to pay a premium to get it.
What got me thinking was the land our graveyards take up and how it should be handled in the future when the space is needed. I read an article about cities that have moved ancient, Indian burial grounds, and how this had to be handled according to the beliefs and desires of the ancestors. We certainly do make death a complicated thing, don't we?
After a beautiful day spent sailing on the Gulf of Mexico, spreading the ashes of an uncle and mother-in-law, I got to thinking. What a gorgeous setting that was for a burial. The sun was shining and the waves lapped quietly against the side of the sailboat. Family and friends caught up on each others' lives as we quietly skimmed along the calm water. It was then and there that I realized my dream of the oak tree and meadow view was to be replaced with an ocean sunset.
Meanwhile, I'm trying to take lessons from Xena, who at nearly 13, is teaching me a lot about taking my age less seriously. She still greets our visitors with a gift of a sock, whenever the doorbell rings, and enjoys a walk, a dog park outing, or a car ride. Any activity or destination will do, as long as she is with me. There's a lesson in there. Value your family, take your end in stride and give yourself back to the earth in a green manner, leaving the land to the living. Was that profound enough?
© photo copyright Carrie Boyko 2009
Xena Heads to Greet a Visitor
After Grabbing Her Trademark Gift

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Solar Power Doesn't Have to Be Expensive: Make a Generator Yourself for less than $300

Copyright Boa Boy Press 1996, updated 2008, 2009
Created by Phil Heiple

Ever since I started using Stumble Upon I'm enjoying my research even more. I feel rather like an archaeologist, always unearthing something surprising. Like this set of plans for a cheap, easy to build solar generator. The directions are drawn in cartoons, which I found really lightened the generally techie look of diy instructions.
I hope you'll visit Rain for some general exploration of other green ideas, as well. I know I plan to. Keep me posted on anything really exciting you find. Remember where my comment link is? Look beside the little white envelope icon, just below this line.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Trash to Treasure: Effortless Electronics Recycling

Please welcome fellow green blogger, Beth Buczynski, a freelance writer in Colorado. Her very useful post follows:

Do you have hazardous e-waste in the form of phones, televisions, VCRs, or computer monitors cluttering up your spare room or garage?

Cast off for their newer, faster replacements, you know these gadgets should be recycled, or donated, but there never seems to be a good time to sit down and find a place that will accept them ('cause you sure can't put them at the curb with your bottles and cans). And then there's the worry that the electronics "recycler" might just ship them overseas where they'll be picked over and incinerated.

Would getting paid to recycle your e-waste help motivate you to make it happen?
Well here are several online companies willing to do just that. All you have to do is search for your device, agree to sell it back at the offered price, ship it in and wait for your check!

Gazelle provides a practical, responsible, rewarding way for consumers to get value for used electronics. So, instead of the under-whelming experience of leaving your old phones, faxes and video games to an unknown fate at a semi-annual recycling event, you can be handsomely rewarded for disposing of your e-waste responsibly and rest easy knowing a reputable organization will be putting your things to good re-use. Even if Gazelle can't make you an offer for your Zac Morris phone, they'll still let you send it in for recycling at no charge.

YouRenew is another company dedicated to taking the hassle out of selling or recycling your old devices: you don’t need to make an account, use your credit card, or pay for shipping. Also for each item you recycle with YouRenew, they'll give you the choice to make a positive impact on the environment. They’ve partnered with and to allow users to donate the price of their electronics towards domestic renewable energy or reforestation efforts, respectively. also offsets all of its carbon emissions through

But what if it still works?
If you’ve recently upgraded a phone, television or other popular electronic appliance, but the old version still works, it might seem like a waste just to ship it off to a recycler, even if there are few bucks in it for you. If no one in your immediate circle of friends can find a use for the item, consider putting it up for grabs on the Freecycle Network, a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who give (& get) stuff for free in their own towns. More trust worthy and locally focused than Craig’s List, each local group is moderated by a local volunteer (them's good people). Membership is free. To sign up, and start keeping these items out of the landfills and putting them in the hands of people who need them, find your community group at

Beth Buczynski is a freelance copywriter and environmental blogger living in Colorado. Until she can realize her dream of living off the grid, she's content to inspire others to live and laugh more sustainably at the EcoSpheric Blog and several other environmental websites. Connect with Beth on Twitter: @ecosphericblog.

Take the Green Living Quiz

This quiz a little bit tempermental. If it's hiding, just click in the blank space above and it will appear--like magic!

I found this green quiz at Green Earth Traveler. I love these things; especially short ones like this that teach you something. This will take you all of a minute and a half. It's just so cool to see how you stack up to the TEST! Did you submit a question? I'd love to hear from you if you did. Let me know what your question was. Hit the comment link under the post and toss me a bone to gnaw on. Thanks!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Baby Tanner is Here to Welcome You to Woofing Wednesday AND Our New Look

© photo copyright Brent Boyko 2006

Tanner's Ready to Explore

After His First Bath

You asked for it; you got it. A lighter blog background is here. I'm still tweaking some of the features, but for the most part what you see is what you get.

If you go back into the archives looking for something, you may find difficulty reading photo captions, as colors were chosen based on the black background. All I can say is good luck with that. I won't be going back to change every photo caption color. Talk about labor intensive--ouch!

Let me know what you think. As always, your opinion matters. If it didn't, you'd still be looking at the black background. So, welcome aboard my new Organic Journey Online. Now....Sit. Stay. Read! And don't miss the fun video at the end of this post. I dug this up (pun intended) just for you. Enjoy, and we'll get back to green and organic tomorrow. Sometimes its fun just to take time to enjoy the pups...or is that the roses? Ahh! I'm allergic to roses, so I enjoy the pups. Hope you do too.

Let me know your thoughts. Each post has a comment link under it, just beside the white envelope icon. Click this to leave a comment. I would love to hear from you.

I made mention at All Things Dog Blog that I wished I had digital photos of Tanner from his first days with us. My son surprised me by locating these on his camera and sending them. Wasn't Tanner adorable?!

© photo copyright Brent Boyko 2006

Tanner's Second Day

Finally, this video is amazing. I received it a long, long time ago in one of those emails, and I just found it. You know the ones. Everyone passes them around because the contents are so cute that they want to share. This Doberman is having the best time playing on a pool slide. Tanner would love to join him now!

Can we add one of these slides to my wish list? Or maybe we'll start a wish list for Tanner. Yes, that works!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Hazardous Waste Hoedown!

© photo copyright Carrie Boyko 2009

E-Scrap Goes to the

Hazardous Waste Drop

Excuse me while I kick myself. I took this long-planned trip to the dump and forgot my camera. I wanted to display the layout for you. It's not at all scary and strangely quiet, for such a huge, well-organized area. I suppose that could be because we went on July 3rd--sort of a holiday.

I've been collecting this electronic stuff in a corner of my garage for months. Late last Summer we got nailed by one of Florida's trademark electrical storms and blew out nearly everything in the house that was not on a surge protector. Fortunately, that meant we saved all the TVs, major appliances and computers.

That's not to say I didn't have a lot of E-scrap. Check out that picture above and then imagine what is underneath the stuff you can see. Here is my inventory:

  • 4 DVD players

  • 1 boom box

  • 4 wireless home phones (land lines)

  • 1 old fashioned caller id unit

  • 1 digital answering machine

  • 1 desktop computer (not from this storm)

  • 2 CRT's (not from this storm)

  • 1 microwave oven

  • 3 computer keyboards (again, not from this storm)

  • 5 CFL light bulbs

  • 1 scanner

  • 1/2 gallon waxed paper milk container of used batteries collected from all the junk in this haul) Did you know there are batteries inside computers?

  • 6 remote controls

  • 1 cell phone ( not from the storm)

  • 3 computer mice (mouses?)

The inside of the Hazardous Waste Disposal area was amazingly organized. They had giant shipping cartons, with huge labels, for most items like cell phones, batteries, light bulbs, and all sorts of automobile discards like oil, oil containers, etc. When I saw a special box for empty oil containers, I looked around to see if they had a container for chlorine buckets, but didn't see one for those. Despite the fact that they are made of recyclable plastic, the recycling facilities near us won't take them. With all the swimming pools in Florida, that's a surprise, not to mention a real shame.

The E-scrap area for larger items was a series of pallets that people were piling their electronics on. They were all neatly stacked by shape and size, almost as if Suzy Homemaker had done it herself. I didn't expect such organization.

Back against the wall, massive containers that could not be reached, were labeled with the likes of "CRT's, Laptops, Desktop Computers, Keyboards," etc. There was a special tractor with an arm that would load the items into the appropriate container. That would have been fun! A real life, giant Tonka toy to drive.

As we drove away I felt good to know we had cleared all that stuff out, yet there was still a sinking feeling in my stomach about where it has to go. Once they remove the hazardous components from the insides, I don't know if anything else can be recycled or if they just go to Electronic Heaven. That's pretty lame, I know. At least I didn't just toss them in my garbage. That was the main point. I made a check mark on my mental To Do list: E-scrap disposed of properly. Felt good.

You're probably wondering if I've replaced all that stuff. Who could afford to? We axed the landlines and save $40 a month with a cell line added to our family plan--kept the same number too. Most of the rest of the list we were able to do without, but 2 of the DVD players were replaced. They're actually quite a bit cheaper now. That's the only good news.

Most importantly, we added a bunch of these:

Need to read up? This looks to be the most thorough manual I found:

Friday, July 10, 2009

Carbon Footprint=Eco Footprint?

I think it's 6 of one and a half dozen of another. They're basically the same. Every footprint calculator I find, including Evaluating Your Eco Foot Print, has a similar take on the measurement. I would recommend that if you are looking to continuously improve your footprint, you use the same measurement device each time you reevaluate. This will assure that you are comparing apples to apples.

This site's take on things is unique in that they offer the opportunity to measure your personal footprint, a business or municipality's footprint, etc. These variations could be useful in your work considerations. I hope you'll let me know, if you found this helpful or insightful in some way.

I like to offer these opportunities occasionally, as we all come to that point in our lives at different times, when we are ready to know how we impact the Earth. The way their site states it is "How much land area does it take to support your lifestyle? Take this quiz to find out your Ecological Footprint, discover your biggest areas of resource consumption, and learn what you can do to tread more lightly on the earth."

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Safe Disposal of Unused Medications

We've all seen this typical disposal method--the flush method. But according to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, this is an absolute No-No. It makes sense, of course. Water in the sewer systems may dissolve medications, but the chemistry remains. Since medications cannot be removed from gray water through the cleansing process, it is shed into waterways, irrigation systems and other places where humans and animals can come into contact with it. Herein lies the danger.

The recommendations of the Florida DEP are as follows:

  • Leave medications in original containers, with medicine names exposed in case they are accidentally ingested.

  • For your privacy, mark out your name and other identifying information about you.

  • To reduce misuse of medications, add a small amount of water or soda to pills, which will begin to dissolve them. Liquid medications can be rendered unusable by adding a small amount of inedible product such as cat litter or soil.

  • Secure bottle caps with duct tape.

  • Small medicine bottles can be placed inside a liquid detergent container, which is made of hard plastic and is not visible inside. Likewise, duct tape this container shut, as well.

  • Discard the above materials in a closed garbage bag, not in a recycle bin.

Keep in mind that the key here is to disguise and disable the medications from use by scavengers who might take these medicines and become ill from them.

These guidelines are suggested by the Florida DEP not only for human safety, but also for that of our aquatic environment, where treated waste water often ends up. This is a reminder that even treated water cannot remove medication. Please! Do your part to protect our water quality.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Staying in Shape with the Pups: Teamwork

Most days at my house start with a brisk walk or bike ride around our neighborhood--about 2 miles. If I bike the dogs separately, it's 4 miles for me. This wears the boys out and I'm energized for some writing time while they nap. Besides that, this exercise is good for helping me stay healthy and relatively in shape. I say that loosely, of course.

If you're interested in trying biking with your dog, I've just done a post on this topic at my All Things Dog Blog. Check it out at All Things Dog Blog: Biking with Your Dog.

Recently, while working on my blogs, I came across an adorable website, just perfect for you dog lovers. This Yorkie will perform most dog commands. Just type your command in the box and he'll do it. Take a few minutes to play with this at I Do Dog Tricks. You'll be glad you did. A good laugh is great for the soul.

© photo copyright Carrie Boyko

Oliver and Tanner Enjoy their Pool Time

After a good nap, the pups enjoy some pool time and a fetch game for Tanner. Oliver would probably call this something more like "Chase Tanner Around the Pool" time. Either way, they enjoy themselves and get another workout that's cooler.

I wish you all the happiness that owning 3 dogs has brought to me. Despite the effort involved, they're always worth it, and they do help me keep active. Happy tails!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Alkaline vs. Acid: Your Diet Choices and their Reasons

© copyright 2009 Carrie Boyko
My Favorie Alkaline Fruits and Veggies

You may have read in my profile in the sidebar that I am a cancer survivor. It wasn't just a tumor; it had spread to my lymph nodes and there was concern of further spreading. That experience taught me a lot that I never would have expected. I tried things that I always believed were voodoo and here I am writing about organic foods and the like. If you had told me 2 years ago that this would be in my future, I'd have laughed in your face. The point is, we don't know what we don't know. That lesson is embedded further in my brain each day.

Early after my diagnosis, I received a book from a friend, explaining the benefits of acid vs. alkaline foods in cancer. I began to research this premise, learning that cancer cells grow much more rapidly in an acid environment. Evaluating my diet, I soon learned that I had created the perfect place for cancer to grow. Boy, howdy, did I make some changes.

That's not to say that I didn't have my doubts. I did. I talked to many alternative medicine specialists and they referred me to cancer survivors who never took any traditional treatments, yet cured their cancers. One in particular, stands out in my memory. He spent nearly an hour on the phone with me, sharing the names of various alternative clinicians in our area who had helped him.

After learning he had terminal, inoperable cancer from the doctors at the largest hospital in our area, he had turned to alternative medicine for other solutions. Five years later he is walking proof that these measures worked. His MRI scans continue to show no signs of tumors, where there were previously multiple tumors in numerous organs. Clearly, to him, this is a miracle. His life goes on. What's not to believe about that?

My first approach was to begin the switch to more alkaline foods, reducing my sugar and other high acid and acid-creating foods. Litmus test paper is available at Whole Foods Market and this proclaimed the proof that my changes were working, as my PH worked its way slowly higher.

My other major home treatment was to swallow Garlic tablets with Wheat Grass Juice added to numerous daily glasses of carrot and apple juice. This I squeezed fresh from organic carrots and apples. It may sound awful, but surprise! I actually found the flavor to be enjoyable. I still drink the wheat grass juice as a preventative, added to organic apple juice. My results? Two years and no signs of cancer.

The following link, Acid and Alkaline Foods, will allow you to educate yourself on foods that are alkaline vs. foods that are acid. There are tons of other places you can find these lists also, not the least of which is the Internet. My advice? Don't kill yourself trying to completely eliminate acid foods. Being a purist will only cause you to crave those foods that are at the top of your favorites list. You've got to indulge a little to feel fulfilled, even in your diet.

Chef Elaina Love, a raw foods proponent, explains the effects of acid vs. alkaline foods in our systems in this short video. I know it's not exactly mainstream. This whole post may throw some of you off. It's something I've been meaning to share; take it or leave it.

I've been researching alkaline water machines for some time. Most are counter top models that hook up to your faucet. They're quite pricey and not terribly attractive. Not to mention that they take up a lot of space.

Currently I have a Brita water filtering pitcher on my kitchen counter, as well as one in the refrigerator. We dropped the bottled water habit a while back when I learned about the many chemicals emitted from plastic. Now we use BPA free bottles and filtered water. We reserve bottled water for those times when we won't be able to take them home to wash and reuse.

There's another surprise, too. I just found a similar pitcher that creates alkaline filtered water in a pitcher much like my Brita. Granted it is a fair amount more expensive than a Brita pitcher, but certainly not like the other models I had found. This is a real possibility. Another item for my wish list. Is my family reading this? Hope so. My holiday gift list is getting longer!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Happy Independence Day!

© photo copyright Carrie Boyko

Independence Day

Calls for Pool Time!

It's almost the Fourth of July. A day when families gather to celebrate our independence. We eat, we drink, we enjoy the sun and the water. Here at Organic Journey Online, we just want to remind you to celebrate safely. Designate a DD if you'll be enjoying Caledonian Promise Organic Beer. Wear your PABA-free, paraben-free sunscreen, and reapply regularly throughout the day. And don't forget the hat and sunglasses to protect your eyes and delicate facial skin.

Keep a close eye on swimmers, especially the youngsters. Even my pups are required to swim with supervision. Tanner knows he's supposed to wait permission to go in the pool. Silly boy, he will sit at the edge, with his paws dangling in, watching me inside, until I give him the signal.

If you're looking for recipes for a cookout with friends, check out:
Lazy Cook's Holiday Organic Cookout

  • Stay cool and enjoy your family's day together. See you next week.

    © photo copyright Carrie Boyko

    Toni and Xena Enjoy

    a Dip in the Pool

    Don't forget the sunscreen, if you're like Toni. She burns easily.

    Thursday, July 2, 2009

    Want to Get Greener? Save Money with Tax Credits

    Tax credits for homeowners are looking pretty good for 2009 and 2010. For instance, you can take a 30 percent tax credit, up to $1,500, when you install energy efficient home equipment such as windows, doors, solar, roofs, air conditioners, and other items. For details, visit Energy Star Tax Credits.

    Solar energy systems installed in Florida can qualify for up to $20,000 in rebates, depending on the wattage. You have until June 30, 2010 to make these installations, but don't put it off. If you're interested in taking advantage of this, understand that last minute shoppers will find providers busier and prices likely will be higher as the deadline grows nearer. Rebates are also available for pool and water heaters. More information can be found at Florida Climate. To locate this the easy way, type in "solar energy incentives" in the search box.

    Florida also has federal funding for weatherization, which is available to low income families for repairs, air conditioners, insulation and water heaters. Contact your county office for details on requirements, which may vary by county. I'd like to hear any success stories. You can email me at
    Source: Sun

    Wednesday, July 1, 2009

    Cuddly Puppies are Good Therapy

    © photo copyright Carrie Boyko 2009
    Tanner Enjoys Snuggling with Tiffany

    © photo copyright Carrie Boyko 2009
    Sometimes Tanner Gets a Bit too Comfortable!
    © photo copyright Carrie Boyko
    Falling Asleep in this Position Seems Impossible
    Tanner Clearly Trusts Tiffany!

    © photo copyright Carrie Boyko

    Oliver Likes to Cuddle
    Just Like a Kitten

    Pets are not just enjoyable companions. Scientific evidence has shown many health benefits of contact with pets. Here's just a few of the many resources you might be interested in:
    For more information on dogs and all things about them, I invite you to visit my All Things Dog Blog, where I talk dogs 24/7. Every post is plastered with photos to enrich the topic of the day. Search your question or area of interest at the top, or drop me an email and perhaps I can help: . Hope to hear from you!

    Thursday's Green Tip of the Day Preview
    Tomorrow I'll be talking tax credits, every body's topic of interest. If you have appliances to replace or improvements to make in your home, there are probably tax credits to help you reduce the cost. That's what this post is about. Check in tomorrow for details and learn what you can do to save money, while improving the value of your home.
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