Don’t Go There: Dogs and Digital Rabbit Holes

I’m gathering sources now about how using the Internet impacts our ability to focus, complete tasks, and think about and within the real world.

Somewhere down a rabbit hole while briefly focused at the beginning of this journey, I second-guessed my use of the words “affect versus effect” and swung over to Grammar Girl for clarification. That very helpful page sent me off to follow a link in her sidebar to–what?–a nice article on Why Dogs Hump.

And herein lies part of the danger of a modern-day hyperlinked train of thought. Our rogue locomotive soon is off on the wrong set of tracks to the wrong country and planet than we’d set out for, and our initial cargo of dictionaries ends up morphing a boxcar full of exotic monkeys! But then, had I not gotten diverted, I’d never have known how helpful it is to become acquainted with said monkeys; my life is richer for it!

I really need to try to get back on track here in a minute, but do recommend both of these pages:

Grammar Girl Tips for Better Writing: Affect vs Effect

The Dog Trainer: What To Do About Your Humping Dog

With regard to the latter, we’d often say of our former black lab, Buster, that he “had a date with his girlfriend” when his soft bed became the object of his, er, affection. Or is that effection?

Tsuga, our yellow lab, has not been guilty of leg humping behavior. However, although neutered, he has the occasional auto-erotic moments when I shout: “Hey dog! Get a hobby.” He has one, I’m afraid.

Do you have a way of dealing with the “mounties” at your house?

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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