May 1, 2013
On any given day, 43 percent of Connecticut residents feel stressed out, the pollsters at Gallup reported this week.
But, as my woman would say, "it can always be worse."
You could live in Rhode Island, where 46.3 percent of people are stressed out daily; or even worse, West Virginia, where the number hits 47.1. I'm guessing the .8 percent difference between Rhode Island and West Virginia lies in West Virginians' lack of access to a nice dish of calamari.
Not surprisingly, the happiest, least-stressed state in this country is Hawaii. No explanation needed.
But we don't live in Hawaii; we live in Connecticut, perilously close to that Debbie Downer Rhode Island. Therefore, we must learn to get happier and calmer.
Lucky for you, I'm an expert at contentment. Here's my advice; ignore it at your peril:
Nap frequently. Preferably in the sun. If it's cloudy, choose the most comfortable bed in the home. Unmake it if you must and lie on the cool sheets.
Ask for what you need: be it head scratch, tummy rub, romp in the park, martini.
Never lie: It gives you wrinkles.
Eat whatever you like. Stop before you feel queasy.
Run around crazy just for the fun of it every day.
Drink lots of water, sloppily if you must.
Make friends with those you were told are your enemies.
Visit Dairy Queen as soon as it opens. Repeat.
Listen to music in the car, not the news.
Play with a ball.
If you feel bad, howl.
That said, my woman is taking her opposable thumbs and leaving employ at The Day this week. Since I need her to type this, my blog is now available on tumblr. You can find me at gooddawgrufus.tumblr.com
April 23, 2013
Tuesday afternoon I was deep in meditative thought on "my" bed, gazing out the window at the squirrel-free no-man's land commonly known as a front yard when my broker called.
He said the whole Street...
April 11, 2013
Three words: Dogs wearing pantyhose
March 14, 2013
Full disclosure: I am not Catholic.
But I do have a lot of Catholic friends. Really. I’ll invite some over for my next cookout; you’ll see.
March 4, 2013
In the morning I check out the Internet to see if, while I’ve been ridding the world of squirrels in my dreams, I’ve missed any big news, such as plans to remake the "Lassie" franchise starring a neutered German...
February 13, 2013
I watched President Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night and was glad to see the lawmakers with their green Sandy Hook ribbons and the families of gun violence in the audience.
Then later I...
February 7, 2013
Some weeks the news is downright odd. But you already knew that.
Still, this week I read a couple of dog-related items that seemed Twilight Zone-ish in their oddness.
January 31, 2013
According to the pound people, I am a German wire-haired pointer. I have to take them at their word because I don’t remember my parents, or whether they were named Klaus and Gretyl or had wiry hair.
January 25, 2013
I've been remiss when it comes to updating my blog lately, but here's why: I've been really busy. Seriously. I started a new pet therapy job in September and I love it, though I do need a good nap when I get home.
January 16, 2013
Dogs don't bite people, people bite....
Oh, wait. Dogs actually DO bite people. I admit it.
And guns actually DO kill people.
September 24, 2012
What do you mean you didn’t know it was National Dog Week?
Don’t you have it marked down on your calendar?
Well, consider yourself informed, so start...
September 20, 2012
If I were a betting dog and you asked me to choose sides in the battle of the gator vs. the retiree, I would pick the gator every time.
Most of the time I’d be right.
August 10, 2012
It’s been a long wait for my fans, but as many of you know, my film with Tommy Lee Jones and Meryl Streep finally opens nationally today. "Hope Springs" had its Stonington premiere the other day, and cinemas were...
July 11, 2012
I love my job.
True, I work only one morning a week. Also true, I’ve worked just one day. But I can’t wait to go back.