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Rags to Riches – A WWI Dog Story.

In a blackout darkened alley of Paris in 1917, an American soldier stumbled over what he thought was a pile of rags. It turned out to be a scruffy terrier, who decided to not to leave the soldier’s side, even when he went to the front. “Rags” assisted the soldier in his dangerous job of […]

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Horrifying Home Stories for Halloween, #2.

An agent listed a home in Antioch, California. When she periodically visited it she started to have “experiences” in the home. On one occasion she was shoved by an invisible force. She was also told during a showing to get out by a disembodied voice. Despite all this someone ended up buying the home. Hopefully […]

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Horrifying Home Stories for Halloween, #1.

Inside a foreclosure in which the previous owner had passed away, an agent and her buyer felt a strong presence, as if someone was watching them. Seeing nothing, they continued on their tour. Halfway through the home all the exterior doors started to slightly open and close. The agent’s first thought was it was because […]

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Dobermans in Action in the Pacific, Part 2.

Although Doberman Pinchers started out as the Marines’ official combat dog, by the end of WWII they were replaced by German Shepherds (see my blog Dobermans Flunk Out of the War). An example of why Dobies were dropped is the experience of Clarence Rea when out on a mountain night patrol on Saipan. The dog […]

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Bing the Parachuting Dog.

An Alsatian and Collie cross, Bing made more than 20 parachute jumps in World War II. He joined the British army in 1944, and his first action was in Normandy on D-Day. It wasn’t all smooth sailing – he had to be ‘helped’ out of the plane with a piece of meat, and then landed […]

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They Shoot Horses? Operation Cowboy.

In the last days of the WWII, American soldiers captured a German spy with photos of beautiful white horses in his briefcase. They pictured the world famous Lippizzaner “dancing” horses, which were being kept on a farm behind enemy lines, in the future Russian occupation zone. But with the starving Russian army closing in, the […]

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IRS Announces Opportunity Zone Designations.

Want to pay less tax on your real estate investments? A new community redevelopment program for economically distressed communities called Qualified Opportunity Zones (QOZs) offers significant tax benefits. One of the incentives works like a 1031 exchange, allowing a taxpayer to defer tax on gain from the sale of appreciated property in a QOZ if […]

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Dobermans in Action in the Pacific.

Although Doberman Pinchers were the Marines first choice, they proved to be unsuitable as a combat dog in WWII. Their replacement had to do with Dobermans not being fierce and fearless enough in combat. But in some situations they did prove useful. In 1944 Jim McEnery served in New Guinea (the same place Smoky the […]

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A Yorkie in WWII.

My latest entry about pets in wartime is about Smoky, a 4 pound female Yorkshire Terrier. She became a war hero and has six memorials honoring her nationally. Smoky was found in the South Pacific in February 1944, sitting in an abandoned Japanese foxhole in the New Guinea jungle. The soldiers thought she belonged to […]

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International Napping.

If you shop for a home overseas, work habits in many countries may be different from what you are used to. For example, in Spain, the siesta is sacred. People work from early morning until 1:30 p.m., and then in the evening from 5 p.m. on. From 3 p.m. until 4:30 – 5 p.m. its […]

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Horrifying Home Stories for Halloween.

A real estate photographer was taking photos of an old home with the agent present. Afterwards he looked at one of the photos taken in a room with a mirror when the agent was standing behind him. But in the reflection from the mirror, instead of showing the agent, the picture had an old man […]

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More Horrifying Home Stories for Halloween.

An agent’s buyer had a sister-in-law that was a medium. After the buyer put a contract on a home, the sister-in-law went through the home during the inspection to make sure there were no malevolent spirits lingering. As she left, she said: “I got rid of two, but there is a spirit in the front […]

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Horrifying Home Stories for Halloween.

In an Oklahoma City neighborhood, an old two-story house was on the market. The floors weren’t level, the steps squeaked, and it felt like someone was watching anyone inside. But what really creeped out an agent previewing the home was when he noticed light coming from the basement – but the house had no electricity. […]

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Support Animal Charities Through SimplySOLD™.

Do you love animals? SimplySOLD™ does, and donates each time a qualifying transaction closes. The organizations we support include the Arizona Humane Society and the Hermitage Cat Shelter in Tucson. This year so far, we have made out checks for over $850 to various animal charities. If you love dogs and cats, buy or sell […]

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Dobermans Flunk Out of the War.

Although Doberman Pinchers started out as the Marines’ official combat dog, by the end of WWII German Shepherds had replaced Dobermans as the preferred breed. The problem was said to be that Dobermans were a thinking breed, so could alter their behavior based on their experience. For example, they might avoid following an order when […]

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