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I decided to create a list of commands for our friends who are quarantined with us and sometimes need to politely ask Felix to stop sniffing their butts. In developing this list, however, I thought it might be useful to rank the commands from most to least effective, just so they know when not to get their hopes up too much.

Wait: Surprisingly effective, even outside. Do you want Felix to stop at doors before you go through? Have you dropped the leash and you need to catch up to him? Have you dropped something on the floor that he’s…


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Hannah and I have made no secret of our affection for Zak George and his Dog Training Revolution®. I find his videos entertaining and clear, I vibe with his training philosophy, and we have seen Felix make great strides using Zak’s positive reinforcement training methods.

However, Zak, dear Zak, seems to neglect one glaring training scenario in his mammoth catalogue of videos. …


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“Where are we going?”

It didn’t take long for us to realize that our six-hour drive from Dekalb, Illinois to Frankfort, Michigan might not be pleasant. A mere hour after our departure, Felix awoke from a nap and began barking frantically. We couldn’t simply pull over, so we had to endure yelps that seemed perfectly pitched to shatter glass (though our windows thankfully held up) for twenty-five minutes until we reached the next oasis along the highway (“Oasis” is the term used in Illinois to describe the establishments that the rest of the country, choosing practicality over fantasy, prefers to call “service areas”).

Upon…


According to research, only 10% of top-level decision-makers at venture capital firms are women.

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Photo by Austin Distel on Unsplash

How diverse is your board? If you work at one of the roughly 10,400 venture-backed companies in the United States, the answer is likely “not very.” A recent study by Crunchbase and the Kellogg School for Management analyzed data on the number of women on the boards of private companies (I couldn’t find data on racial diversity on private company boards).

The study looked at 200 private companies with nearly $100 million in funding or more and found that:

  • 60% of the private companies had no women on their board
  • 7% of board seats across all 200 companies were women


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Photo Credit: Dustin

Some weeks are tougher than others. This was one of those weeks. Felix celebrated getting his cone off by exercising his dog-given right to do whatever the hell he wants. He began taking a very strong stand about what matters most to him (ignoring instructions, actively avoiding eye contact, and turning away instead of listening).

This was most prevalent outdoors, where he would frequently sit and then not move for several minutes, ignoring commands, requests, and supplications to do anything else (this is ironic because we often command him to sit to keep him from running into traffic, which he…


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Image by chayka1270 from Pixabay

“The more famous the person, and the larger the stage, the lower the likelihood that you’ll hear anything of importance.”

According to my Facebook feed, nearly everyone I know watched the first presidential debate on Tuesday night, and plans to watch the next two. None of them, however, appear to be driven by genuine desire to watch the debates. Their tone is rather one of “grim resignation.”

That resignation begs the question: Why are we doing this to ourselves? If you don’t want to watch the debates, don’t watch the debates. …


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Just the biggest, goodest boy. Photo Credits: Dustin

Felix got his stitches out at the end of last week on Friday. He got his cone off the same day and celebrated by tearing my forearm into bloody tatters, such that a group of pixies could nearly do a maypole dance around it.

Still, it’s exciting to see him so much happier and more content. He can now lie down without the cone partially cutting off his airway, which is, I imagine, a minor improvement. …


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Photo Credit: Dustin

This week, I’ll lead with the good news to avoid leaving you hanging. Felix’s tumor was removed completely and without complications. His scar was large (about 8 inches long) because the vet had to take out a lot of skin to ensure that they got the whole tumor.


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Image Credit: IMDB

Enola Holmes offers something that too few recent movies provide: lighthearted fun. Most modern films and tv shows — influenced, no doubt, by the rampant success of shows like Game of Thrones — take on a sort of dour cynicism that leaves me exhausted, sad, and drained of hope. What I find strange is that these enervating viewing experiences appear so popular. People routinely say things like “Bojack Horseman is amazing. It’s so punishing and depressing to watch. You absolutely need to see it.”

I assure you, I do not.

In most cases when I sit down to watch a…


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Photo Credit: Dustin

Unsurprisingly, the defining event of week five was Felix’s surgery to remove his mast cell tumor. It’s difficult to remember that anything else even happened last week (something else happened last week? ~HLH), as the diagnosis and our anxiety around it infected just about everything we did. So, if you’ll forgive me, I may neglect the rest of the week as I work through what this diagnosis prompted.

Felix’s cancer diagnosis feels weird for two main reasons:

1. The outcome is very uncertain. We won’t know anything about his prognosis until the biopsy comes back, which could take up to…

Dustin Holloway

Freelance Writer, Part-Time Dragon Chaser, with a Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/gedFe1

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