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Hi, This is Wayne. This is my site, my stuff, my blog, blahblahblah. The site itself is powered by WordPress and the Scary Little theme. I thought it was cool, and I still do.

… so good.

One of my bestest blog and IRL buddies, Jennefer, pointed this little site my way. Have you heard of Animoto? It’s called “the end of slideshows” because you upload photos (or point it to a collection like Picasa or Flikr), pick some music, and then it renders a VERY cool video for you.  It’s like making your very own music video.  For Realz, yall.

You can create 30 second videos for free, pay $3 per full-length video, or get a yearly pass for $30.  You can get $5 off that pass if you sign up through my referral code.  Be careful though – once you create a 30 second video, you will likely want to purchase a full-length one.  I just did.  And judge for yourself how good the quality is.

So here’s “my” first creation, featuring the dogs that we’ve owned for the last 20 years. The music is provided unwittingly by the great and masterful Jonathan Coulton with a song I can’t get enough of called “So Far, So Good”.


And below, you can see the little honorific (or is that horrific?) video Jennefer made for me. I suppose it’s a tribute, but… hmmm, you can judge for yourself :). Um… Thanx, Jen. I think.

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We got a new dog.

Zina on the couch

Everyone, meet Zina.

I haven’t blogged about this next part yet, but as some of you know, our 15yr old dog Nitro passed away last month.  It’s not something totally unexpected; I mean, he was 15 years old, and was showing the signs of failing eyes, failed hearing, etc, but still, it’s difficult to deal with that kind of loss of a big part of your family.

Needless to say, Nitro left a pretty big void, even though we had Jupiter around.  We knew we would likely get another dog after some time, but we were thinking at the end of summer, after Caitlin had volunteered at an animal shelter for a while and got to know, you know, just the right dog for us, with personality, charm, etc.

Nitro in the bluebonnets

Well, the family couldn’t wait.  We rescued Zina through PawMatch, and she’s a Border Collie with some unique qualities that work well within the family. 


 She seems to be about 6 years old, and we’ve done the vet visit and the grooming and she’s starting to get accustomed to all of us.

Jupiter is showing a little bit of jealousy, though.

Jupiter looks up in jealousy

But he knows deep down we love him more than ever.

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Today we had a visit from Ann Elliott, owner/operator of Dirty Paws Mobile Pet Grooming to get the dogs groomed.  We had a great experience.

We’ve taken Nitro (15yr old Toy American Eskimo) and Jupiter (2yr old unknown, probably Belgian Shepherd-type) to PetSmart in the past, and they’ve done a decent job, but there’s something special about using someone who loves what they do enough to come to you and do it, not to mention the convenience of having the work done at home.

The price was more than reasonable for both dogs, and she gave a bath, did grooming, whatever trimming we wanted, brushing, toenail clipping, and brushed down the pads.  The dogs loved the extra care and attention (even Nitro, who typically would choose to attack visitors to our property and would prefer to not let anyone leave with the ability to walk or sit down), and look absolutely great. 

Here’s Jupiter after his spa treatment:


 And Nitro – well, he’s so old just about anything wears him out, so he’s resting.  Ann even put on a little green bandana as a gift.


She shows up with her truck with a mobile grooming trailer and just needs to hook up power and outside water faucet.  She has a tub, trimmers, pump, and everything someone would need for great pet grooming.


I highly recommend Ann’s service, so if you’re in Cedar Park or that area and need some special attention to your pets, give her a call.  512-259-8992 is the number or you can email her at ann@dirtypawsmobilepetgrooming.com.

And remember – if you ever need pet sitting service, you should call or email Jennefer at Flawless Pets.  She can make sure your pets are fed, loved, taken care of, medicated, attended to and safe while you’re away.

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