just in case you were wondering (and some folks have been)

This blog is not a dog blog or even a Golden Retriever blog. The topics covered will never be solely about our beloved companion animals. As the above adage details, there is sometimes laughter and sometimes tears but always food for the soul.

Certainly, for 1000+ pages that are SOLELY dog-themed, one merely visit my foundation’s main site at landofpuregold.com. Or folks can visit those cutesy sites that present new adorable puppy or kitty faces on a daily basis. JUST DO NOT LOOK FOR THAT HERE. Here, the scope will always be somewhat larger.

In that same token, my advocacy for the disabled, which goes back to my high school years, and my continued advocacy for children & their families many years thereafter, is clearly the backbone of my devotion to intelligent rearing and health practices with our companion animals. Folks are greeted with the latest and the greatest in dog research, principles, practices, and products due to that same sense of advocacy.

My own post-graduate work and published articles on cancer as experienced by the family system has influenced my emphasis on canine cancer. It has also been a function of my stress on the importance of research in comparative oncology, which is the study of cancers that occur similarly in people and companion animals (such as prostate & breast cancers and osteosarcoma).

I am enamored with research and scientific inquiry and believe very much in stem-cell research, already having detailed its success with our canines in a previous blog entry. If that is political, so be it. That is who I am. I will always want the most for people and dogs alike. I will side with the politicians who are concerned about the quality of our food supply and the safety of those products coming in from foreign countries.

I will always poke fun and share satirical pieces from others that are related to the complexities of our world. You just never know when it may actually help someone to be able to think for him/herself more fully. It is one of the reasons I love the Daily Show with Jon Stewart, as he has so effectively used humor to dissect persons from both ends of the political spectrum.

I can tell you that one of the most hideous of cognitive distortions responsible for so much of our irrational thinking is all-or-nothing thinking. You know, the kind where folks look at things in absolute, black-and-white, terms. Sadly, Bush only thinks in this way, as countries are either good or evil, or folks with us or against us, etc.

Life is never black and white. It always involves shades of gray. No one person or ideology is ALWAYS right or good or more moral than another.

So, to get back to the topic again. Please go elsewhere for 100% doggie fluff. There is too much going on in this world not to be striving to make a difference and to provide our commentary related to it. Hopefully, for the few folks who do benefit from my “Daily Golden Thoughts” or sharing of what I believe are instructive pieces of media, it will prove to be worth the effort.


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