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A Dog: Man’s Best Physician?

In the ancient world, dogs were thought to have knowledge of medicine. It was noted that dogs elevate an injured leg, just like Hippocrates (the father of medicine) prescribed for injured limbs. And dogs know to lick their wounds to ensure they will remain clean and to speed healing. As a result, dogs were featured […]

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The Dog Who Could Fly.

Antis is the only dog who officially was allowed to fly with his master in World War II. He was found as a just weaned German Shepherd puppy in no-mans land in France in 1940, after his future master crashed landed near the locked home he had been abandoned in. From there they were inseparable, […]

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Read the Fine Print and Win Money.

Do you read all of the contractual terms before you click “accept”? As a lawyer, I try to. You may want to start also, as a woman read the fine print on an travel insurance contract ended up winning $10,000. The insurance company Squaremouth said that many travelers buy travel insurance without actually reading the […]

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Where did Trusts Originate?

The modern Anglo-American trust is a unique legal device. In the U.S. we use trusts as methods to hold and convey property, often to heirs as an estate planning device. There are a couple of theories concerning the origin of the trust, with the latest being that the trust may actually be traceable to an […]

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Colorado Legalizes Rain Barrels.

Until recently it was believed to be illegal to connect a down spout to a rain barrel in most urban areas in Colorado. Rain barrels are a great way to collect our periodic rainfall for garden use – I have three with 40 gallons capacity each. The problem in Colorado was an interpretation of the […]

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My Scottsdale Ranch Listing.

This single story home (MLS #5848631) is located in the desirable, gated Scottsdale Ranch neighborhood of Suntree East. The entry is through an inviting courtyard with plenty of room for relaxing outdoors. A two-way, real wood burning fireplace divides the dining and living areas. The kitchen boasts a granite counter top and back splash, stainless […]

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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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