The Art of Racing in the Rain

As you guys know I love sharing with you my monthly book club meeting. This month was a small group so I am really excited to see if my blogging buddies have any input. The book we read was “The Art of Racing in the Rain” by Garth Stein. Look at the cover below, doesn’t it just make you wanna read it?

Now this book was written from the dogs perspective. That’ right. A Dog! His name was Enzo and I gotta tell you he was smart and funny! But whats more? It really made a lot of sense to think dog’s really think the way he said they do.

Now of course the parts about him learning from the T.V and being reincarnated with some of his memories from his dog life are fantasy. But he also talks about the dog’s ability to sense things on a greater level than a human can. In one part of the book a character comes down with cancer and the dog knew what was going on before the character did. Now the dog claims he could smell it. Whether that part is realistic is left for the reader to decide but I definitely believe dogs can sense their owners feelings on a level greater than any human.

I relate this book to my dog and how she interacts with me. If I am having a bad anxiety day, she is having a bad anxiety day. My boyfriend can often tell what mood I am going to be in by looking at the mood of the dog. If the dog is panting, I must be anxious. If the dog is attached to my hip, I am either sick or sad. If the dog is angry, I am angry. If the dog is relaxed and happy, hallelujah it is gonna be a good day lol!

I never really thought about this until the book pointed it out but it really makes a lot of sense. Dogs are much smarter than we give them credit for. This book helped me relate to my dog just a little bit more (and considering how attached I am to her that is pretty amazing) and I am really glad it did!

Bloggers how do you feel about this? Do you think pets can sense our emotions without us actively telling them?


Crazy Ants!

So the other day I come home from work and I start getting ready to go out. I hop in the shower, towel off and get ready to use my hair dryer…but it wont turn on. I try every outlet in the house- no luck. I then examine the wire and lo and behold there are tiny little bit marks, not chewed through, but chewed enough that the dryer will no longer work. I then proceed to check my straightener and hair curler to find the same fate. Realizing that my poor pup must be a little angry at me for all the time she has been alone due to the crazy hours I have pulled I decide to spend the night snuggled up with her.

Driving to work the next day I casually listen to random chatter on the radio- when I hear it- the answer to my problem that does not in any way put blame on my poor innocent angel of a pup. Crazy Ants! I was so excited to learn about these little buggers that I started telling everyone and the response was unanimous- laughter and a lot of it. Most people figured I dreamed it or made it up to keep my poor pup outta trouble. This post is for you naysayers!

According to ABC news (my source is even legit isn’t it?)  The Crazy Ant” finds its way into a transformer and grazes against a hot wire. It gets electrocuted, and immediately “waves its abdomen in the air (called gaster flagging) to release its own brand of perfume, which lures many more ants to the scene.

If they touch their fallen comrade, or a hot switch, they too will be electrocuted, sending more pheromones into the air and calling even more ants to their location.

Pretty soon, there are so many dead ants that the electric switches can’t close, or the insulation is fried and the system short circuits.”

See what I mean? This MUST be the answer! The fact that these Ants have mostly only been seen in Texas, Missouri and Louisiana is irrelevant. Clearly MY apartment is the first case! My dog is off the hook no need to be mad at her when clearly there is a new breed of ant that must’ve done this damage!

So bloggers have you come across this crazy little bugger? Or do you have an animal you would like to get off the hook by claiming you have?