Hara Arena was authentic before “authentic” was a buzzword and unpretentious before I even knew what that word meant. The dingy, 1960s-era arena was arguably the center of suburban north Dayton in my youth during the 1980s and early 1990s, with the exception of perhaps the nearby Salem Mall. Back in the day, big-time events were either held at Hara or at the slightly larger and (somewhat) nicer UD Arenaº. Hara is holding its last event Aug. 27 after being open for more than 60 years. Even though I left my native Dayton 10 years ago—and believe me, Hara even then had seen way better days—news … Continue reading Off the Leash: Hara today, gone tomorrow—arena from my youth to be shuttered
Even at about 3,000 feet with the engine running and while wearing a noise-canceling headset, I swear could still hear Katniss, my German shepherd mix and … Continue reading Off the Leash: How was your weekend? I flew a plane
Since it’s my blog and it seems like there’s only so many posts I can write about its star, my dog, Katniss, before I drive myself … Continue reading Off the Leash: ‘Star Wars’ fans make me wonder: Am I a nerd, too?
I bet Christmas is a strange time for Katniss. On one hand, my wife LOVES the holiday season. She decorates the house, sings Christmas songs and … Continue reading Dear Santa Claws: Katniss shares her Christmas wish list
If you are going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair. Actually, don’t bother buying flowers because you’ll need the money. … Continue reading California dreamin’ becomes real—just not for my dog
I’ve mentioned before that Katniss, my 42-pound German shepherd mix, BFF, mischief addict and serial cuddler, has a middle initial but not necessarily a middle name. … Continue reading Katniss and I have a ‘swell’ time at the emergency vet clinic
One morning about 10 years ago I got a call from one of my best friends, Brian*, who needed me to come over and help him … Continue reading The wolf of your street? Hybrid beast could be coming to a town near you
Ask My Vet is a series based on questions I have—and maybe you do, too—about dogs. Katniss’ veterinarian, Dr. Katharine Kennedy of Arbor Animal Clinic here … Continue reading Ask My Vet: Should I get a DNA test for my dog? How much to they cost?
Katniss wants to say hey and thank everyone for reading about her. As if she needs any more attention. Continue reading Happy Friday from Katniss
Within about five minutes of walking in our neighborhood recently, I heard Spanish and possibly Chinese being spoken. We also have several residents from India or … Continue reading My dog isn’t deaf—she just has ‘selective hearing’