From Our McMinnville Paper…

Is dog slobber good for your health?

Researchers are now preparing a study seeking to confirm that dog slobber, by itself (and not just the psychological advantages of playing with and petting a dog), might provide human health benefits, such as relief from asthma, allergies and inflammation. Specialists from the University of Arizona and University of California San Diego point to existing evidence of the comparative healthiness of dog-owning families and suspect that canine saliva, like yogurt, may have unusual probiotic value.

Jaxson sure has lots of slobber. Hmmmm… maybe I can get Mr. Basketmaker to try it and see if it’s true? I’ll keep you posted…

* Above article from Southern Standard, McMinnville, Tenn., Sunday, March 29, 2015 • Chuck Shepherd’s column ‘News of the Weird’

Now Both Yawn at the Same Time

Mr. Basketmaker scored some free wood!

On a trip over to Manchester, TN, he passed by a pallet company with stacks of wood sitting next to a blue dumpster. So he turned the van around and stopped in. The proprietor said, “Take as much as you want.”


Here’s the wood he stacked on our walkway so it could dry out. I decided to take photos of it – more for a “before and after” pic since I see a pallet wood wall in our future.


And of course, in the middle of it, Mr. camera-hog Chance, ran into the frame, as he always does. But now his pal Jackson has caught on to being a ham as well.


And seconds after they pushed their way into the frame, they both let out a big yawn at the same time.


I’d like to say that our dogs are really smart and I told them to both yawn at the same time.

Guess yawning is instantaneously contagious with dogs as well!

The Grass Grows Fast Here in Tennessee

One of the downsides of being away from home for three weeks…. how much the grass grows down here! We literally, between the both of us, have spent the last few days mowing sections of our property. During one of my “turns at mowing” I grabbed the camera because I noticed that the dogs love playing in between the “short grass that just got mowed” and the “long grass that hasn’t been mowed.”


The above photo is one of my “first passes” at mowing this lawn! Next time, we will definitely hire someone to mow our property while we are gone, if we ever go away for three weeks again. I say “if we ever” because when we got home, we both said to each other “we should never leave home as long as we did ever again!” Yes, we are total home-bodies! 100%!


Here’s Chance in the semi-long grass, deciding on where to dig next.


And here’s my favorite pic… Jackson, completely blurred because he was running back and forth… chasing me on the lawnmower, hopping in the long grass, rolling in the cut grass piles, annoying Chance in between his jaunts…. he literally was so happy to be back at home in middle Tennessee! But I got no good photos of him frolicking because he never slowed down!