The bond

In February few envisioned lockdowns, quarantines, masks, border closings, airline collapse, remote work, historic public debt, shut offices, mass protests in the streets, fear and pandemic. But here we are. In June. Living in an altered society, craving normal, but pried two metres apart.

Dogs don’t get it. They can’t social distance. Lately animal adoptions have been at record levels as people separated from people look for bonds, loyalty, touch and love from another species. Over the years this blog has used canines as the representation of trust, continuance and goodness in a sketchy world. These days we need it more, when everything else seems so irrevocably screwed up.

The smell of pads. The caress of fur. A waggy tail. Unabashed joy when you return. A soul never afraid of walking too near. Eyes speaking volumes. An utter dependent that’s also a fearless defender. A suck and a hero. Unashamed at both. Such is a dog.

In days of virus, economic chaos and civil unrest, here are a few glimpses into the lives of some readers whom the animals have captured.

“My son just sent me this photo,” writes Dharma Bum.

“He put in an application to foster a dog, and unexpectedly ended up with getting 2 puppies (among dozens) rescued from a reservation in Saskatchewan (he lives in Alberta). So, he and his girlfriend now have the responsibility of raising these cute little critters. Luckily, he’s maintained his employment throughout this recent COVID madness.

“I thought you might like the photograph and could use it for the sheer adorableness of the image. The puppies are pretty cute too! Hahahahaha!”

“Hi Garth. My beautiful friend passed away in my arms last Monday,” Elena tells me. “I thought I would send you her best pics, starting with the very last one of us together. Everything sucks.

“Her name was Hrusha (it means piglet in Russian) and she was 8.5. Dogue de Bordeaux dogs live a short life, and anything over six years is a huge bonus. She was tender, clumsy and so very good. She’s never not once growled at anyone (I guess who needs to growl if they look like a perfect liking machine! She was formidable when she ran.. every creature froze in its tracks, knees bent:)!) You are very welcome to use her pictures and name. Thank you. This means so much.”

“After a decade of reading your blog,” says Kate, “we finally got a dog.

“His name is Billy and he is 11 week old. Feel free to use his picture on your blog, if you want to. Your daily dog photos helped us to make the right choice albeit it took so much time.”

“I was turned onto your blog from a coworker around 2009 when I was a young and naive kid who just got up to Fort McMurray,” says Corey. “Appearances would put me square into the Male, Albertan, redneck, boom/bust energy sector worker but a balanced, diversified portfolio has given me the ability to weather anything and the confidence to take risky career moves that occasionally pay off. The wife knows that my longest relationship to date has been my used 1997 Lincoln towncar, followed closely by this blog.

“Louie is a two year old rescue dog, saved as a pup by my sister who works for an animal rescue in Edmonton. He enjoys destroying things with his baseball bat tail, fiscal responsibility and eating giant ice cubes that hit the floor instead of into a whiskey glass. Louie is not impressed with the thought of going to work.”

“Just a quick note to say thank you so much for being one of the few voices of calm and reason these days,” writes Aaron.

“Your blog has been very meaningful to me over the years, but a recent post really got to me. It was informative and blunt, but still kind and funny, as usual. It also made me realize anew what a dearth of common sense, honesty and true leadership there is at the moment. And yes, I suppose anyone with those traits would indeed make a lousy politician. ;)

“Anyhow, don’t let the haters get you down, and thanks again for continuing to try and save Canadians from themselves. As a small thank you, I did up a quick illustration of Bandit wearing a face mask. Take care, and stay healthy – we need you more than ever these days!”

145 comments ↓

#1 Cat lives matter on 06.07.20 at 12:39 pm

Garth – I think this blog is species-ist

#2 paulo on 06.07.20 at 12:46 pm

OK dogs drewal , cats rule:

#3 crowdedelevatorfartz on 06.07.20 at 12:47 pm

Doggie pics!
Awesome!

#4 Dog Walkers Vancouver on 06.07.20 at 12:48 pm

Dogs are the best. They teach us to live in the moment! My partner and I have worked with many breeds and sizes with our business. Thanks for sharing, and thanks for what you do!

#5 Beso on 06.07.20 at 12:48 pm

What a nice early morning surprise!! Thank you

#6 Paulo on 06.07.20 at 12:55 pm

Have to commend the Canadian protesters over recent events: the pen is always mightier than the sward and the message was heard by the masses with out criminal nonsense hats off and yes we will as a society make the required changes and address the short comings at least in this country.

#7 cmj on 06.07.20 at 12:57 pm

What an uplifting blog post! After a few months of craziness, dog pictures and stories are like glue to our fractured world. I’ve had dogs for over 30 years and am a better person for all the character traits they teach us.

#8 Brian Ripley on 06.07.20 at 1:01 pm

No dogs on the Plunge-O-Meter, just a couple of cats hiding under the bed:

http://www.chpc.biz/plunge-o-meter.html

Calgary and Edmonton SF Detached houses are trading at 2013 average prices.

The other 4 biggest Canadian cities are still 26-36% above 2013 prices:

Vancouver +26%
Toronto +36%
Ottawa +30%
Montreal +26%

Prices are sticky (except for over leveraged sellers) and inventory levels are still well below 2017:

http://www.chpc.biz/sales-listings.html

Market uncertainty for both buyers and sellers has replaced FOMO mania.

Apparently it’s a good time to walk the dog.

#9 TG on 06.07.20 at 1:04 pm

Awesome post once again!

#10 The Watcher.. Second Time Poster on 06.07.20 at 1:07 pm

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1356584767761439&set=a.197753850311209&type=3&theater

This is Roxxy – aka “Killer”
She lives in Lunenburg and reads Garths post daily.
She is just a drop in the bucket.

#11 NoName on 06.07.20 at 1:09 pm

Leaked video from sail away kannies training academy…

https://twitter.com/buitengebieden_/status/1269666424114511880

#12 Katherine on 06.07.20 at 1:13 pm

Love the dog pics but what about cats? They too bring so much joy and love!

#13 Deplorable Dude on 06.07.20 at 1:18 pm

Having watched all these protests……

….NEVER again ask or order me to curtail my liberties or to make myself unemployed to ‘flatten the curve’.

The betrayal and rank hypocrisy from these bleeding heart liberals, who last week were screaming at me to stay inside so I didn’t kill their granny, is simply astounding.

….And the politicians/government doctors/Epidemiologists who said they would be guided by science….turns out they’re all cowards, too scared of being politically incorrect.

#14 AB Bound on 06.07.20 at 1:19 pm

#7 Brian Ripley

Huge fan of your website, I check it far to often as a reminder to not get too house lusty after conversations with family/friends. Am I correct to understand that there has been a small bounce in AB the last 2 months?

#15 Felix on 06.07.20 at 1:29 pm

“Dogs don’t get it.”

Umm…not exactly BREAKING NEWS.

They don’t get anything, actually.

#16 Sail Away on 06.07.20 at 1:32 pm

Great post. Dogs are the best.

A few dog facts:

-first, can’t believe my new Munsterlander pup pic didn’t make the shortlist. Just like kids- mine’s the cutest.
-the delicious cornbread smell of dog paws is caused by foot bacteria. Basically toe jam.
-when humans smell a rotten animal, the one scent overpowers our puny nose. When a dog smells a rotten animal, it smells an intoxicating melange of delightfulness they can’t wait to bathe in.
-dogs can fully digest and process pure fat
-sled dogs can run 200 miles a day for weeks at a time
-dogs have ‘eyebrow muscles’, wolves do not. These allow dogs to give us that pleading endearing puppy dog look. Basically, they’ve evolved into con artists.

#17 TurnerNation on 06.07.20 at 1:34 pm

Last week Ace Goodheart made an amazing post, how this new system being rolled out has all the characteristics of a new religion. If he can the post

We are told that the germ is everywhere. Omnipresent. Like a god. And if you don’t perform the correct rituals – washing your hands – it’s gonna strike you down. A vengeful god.
You must purify yourself and clense.
Why the product is even named Purell right?
Attone at once. We are all considered diseased.

Hey did you notice the new saying they snuck in a few years ago? You might have seen it, on sweaters or on social media. ‘Merry Christmas you filthy animal”. See they got us convinced we are just dirty animals. This runs deeper than we’ll ever know. Predictive programming.
We are lined up shopping like cows in the chute to slaughter house. 6-6-6 feet apart standing on your mark on the ground. Coincidence I’m sure.

Other rituals include kneeling. Homage toward your new gods – freshly crucified live on your nightly news show. (And it is a show.).

Don’t take my word for it…the governments worldwide ordered all faith building closed. If ever reopened singing and open praise will be banned by law. That’s part of the old system. Just as well, they will be masked and muzzled anyway.
Keeping us safe! !

Time for your hand washing ritual. Repeat your chants:
Stay safe stay safe stay safe
New normal new normal new normal

#18 Rescue Dogs on 06.07.20 at 1:36 pm

My wife works with a couple of dog rescue organizations serving as both a foster mom and an advocate (meaning she helps match dogs with people with the intent of finding the dog a good home where it will be well treated). I assist in any way that I can.

Most of the dogs that come into Southern Ontario come up from Ohio, Louisiana, and Texas. Dire conditions in these States mean there are a lot of dogs coming up. With the current border restrictions, however, very few dogs have been able to make it up for the last little while although the restrictions may ease soon. Meanwhile, as Garth says, the demand for dogs is very high.

While some may want pure bred dogs from a breeder, for reasons various, sundry, and with the best of intentions, there are always dog rescue organizations that would be happy to match dogs with loving families. Usually based on a breed, but also offering mixed breeds, these rescue organizations run the gamut from the tiny but fierce Chihuahua to the massive Great Pyrenees. Part of their job is to help you determine if you are cut out for a particular breed. Believe me, Chihuahuas are one of the most formidable and aggressive breeds on the planet and they are not to be trifled with. I am not joking. They are also extremely loyal and affectionate if they decide that they like you. Pray that they do.

Once we get over this pandemic, the supply of dogs will resume and there is no happier dog than one that has come from an overcrowded shelter in the sweltering heat of the Southern States to a home here in Canada. This being said, there are also lots of dogs looking for homes from Canada. And if you are not sure if you want to commit to a dog, then you can always volunteer to foster, which gives you a chance to “test drive” dog ownership.

#19 EdwardBear on 06.07.20 at 1:44 pm

Thanks for this, your calm advice wry humour. We have always had cats as housemates but we were Uncle and Aunt and Uncle to our neighbour’s late black lab Jack for his ten years on earth and came to love his happy yelp of greeting over the fence and grateful tail wags at the regular milk bones flung from the at ready box of same in our porch onto his turf. Cheers.

#20 NSNG on 06.07.20 at 1:45 pm

Back when I was a gold zealot (not quite a gold bug but before I realized that government was using the gold paper market to put a chokehold on the price of gold), I would explain to people the problem with fiat money. Fiat meaning by force of law. In other words, the only value it has is what the government assigns to it. You might also recognize it as legal tender

The problem, I explained, was that if the government wanted to, they could double the money supply (which halves your buying power) with the stroke of a pen overnight. The only thing really stopping them was not economic but political. Politics is supposed to stop such a brazenly stupid act.

Little did I know that there were a bunch of liberal minions around (and possibly future PMs and finance ministers) that would actually take my idea and run with it.

For that, I apologize

#21 the Jaguar on 06.07.20 at 2:00 pm

Conrad Black just lost his dog Maya. I hope he reads Garth’s blog today.

#22 Dolce Vita on 06.07.20 at 2:07 pm

Bow.Wow.

2 paws up!

#23 Brian Ripley on 06.07.20 at 2:07 pm

“Am I correct to understand that there has been a small bounce in AB the last 2 months?” asked #10 AB Bound on 06.07.20 at 1:19 pm

Calgary Housing: http://www.chpc.biz/calgary-housing.html

SF Detached are still in demand (trading at average 2013 prices)… strata not so much. Sales volume is at the low end of the channel and inventory is growing.

Current months of inventory is at 5 months. (May data – based on TOTAL sales/listings)

According to my Absorption Rate and Months of Inventory charts:
http://www.chpc.biz/mar-moi.html

…it’s a buyers market in Calgary

#24 Ace Goodheart on 06.07.20 at 2:12 pm

So a bit of a discussion as to how to do the neighbourhood block party this year.

There is no way we are going to fit all those people into the space we have, two meters apart.

Then the BLM protests started.

And someone had a brilliant idea.

One of the largest houses on the street is owned by a business person. She is black, and quite well off. Her backyard is large. She has a pool. So we are going to have a BLM protest party. In her yard.

You can purchase banners and flags. BLM is a business:

https://www.amazon.com/Black-Lives-Matter-Feet-Grommets/dp/B01M8PC324

We are ordering banners. Flags. Doing the whole BLM theme. About 40 people and their children will be there. All dutifully protesting against racism. We are going to have a great time, for a good cause.

We might march down the street afterwards.

Hot dogs, burgers and craft beer.

Who ever knew protesting could be so much fun?

#25 Yvrmc on 06.07.20 at 2:16 pm

I bought a place a few months back because I could and it made sense. I have learned so much from you , and all the riff raff on here as well . It’s strange how I’ve come to appreciate the posts from all the regular posters and look forward to reading Dolce , Fartz, Flop , Dharma , et al … some great back and forthes between people , and some great laughs as well . Stay safe everyone and keep posting Garth !

#26 Dirty Dan on 06.07.20 at 2:33 pm

#13 Deplorable Dude on 06.07.20 at 1:18 pm
Having watched all these protests……

….NEVER again ask or order me to curtail my liberties or to make myself unemployed to ‘flatten the curve’.

The betrayal and rank hypocrisy from these bleeding heart liberals, who last week were screaming at me to stay inside so I didn’t kill their granny, is simply astounding.

COVID-19 was a media hype. Now that they have something else to sensationalize the virus is dead.

https://i.redd.it/aj8lfshtw2351.png

#27 mitzerboyakaQueencitykidd on 06.07.20 at 2:38 pm

Dogs are great
Beer is good
people are crazie

#28 Sail Away on 06.07.20 at 2:47 pm

#11 NoName on 06.07.20 at 1:09 pm

Leaked video from sail away kannies training academy…

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Haha- very good!

#29 Juve101 on 06.07.20 at 2:47 pm

Thank you for a beautiful uplifting post.

#30 JacqueShellacque on 06.07.20 at 2:51 pm

“few envisioned lockdowns, quarantines, masks, border closings, airline collapse, remote work, historic public debt, shut offices, mass protests in the streets, fear and pandemic”

Wonder if the protests and their lack of social distancing will lead to this “second wave” we were all supposed to be afraid of. Or will it be buried for reasons of political correctness?

#31 Thanks on 06.07.20 at 2:56 pm

Thanks Garth
A perfect Sunday to beat the news
And to fellow bloggers give Garth a break today no posts except about dogs and appreciation.
Cheers

#32 dosouth on 06.07.20 at 2:57 pm

We lost one of our pups to heart failure at Christmas, a blue merle mini Aussie who was 12. Always have two pups to keep each other in check, so we adopted a Chihuahua/Aussie 6 weeks ago…life goes on.

Thanks for your up lift today.

#33 Kathy on 06.07.20 at 3:24 pm

Thanks for a lovely post Garth. I share my life with two cats. The unconditional love of our animals helps us thru these challenging and unsettling times.

#34 Dave on 06.07.20 at 3:25 pm

Are the mortgage changes introduced by CHMC going to have a direct major impact on real estate?

#35 Flop... on 06.07.20 at 3:26 pm

#32 dosouth on 06.07.20 at 2:57 pm

We lost one of our pups to heart failure at Christmas, a blue merle mini Aussie who was 12. Always have two pups to keep each other in check, so we adopted a Chihuahua/Aussie 6 weeks ago…life goes on.

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Next time something happens to your Aussie, call me, I will fill that void short-term.

I will come around your house, shred all your curtains, eat all your food, and then poop on the floor…

M45BC

#36 LP on 06.07.20 at 3:29 pm

#18 Rescue Dogs on 06.07.20 at 1:36 pm
(about Chihuahuas being fierce)

Many years ago when we lived in a house with an enormous dining room (13 x 15 feet), we hosted a family dinner. My brother came with his Alaskan Husky, my parents arrived with their horrid little Chihuahua, and we had our Scotch collie. After dinner, all the men went outside with the kids and the women worked on clean up in the kitchen.

Suddenly there was such a whining and crying that I ran to the dining room to find out what the matter was. There was my collie cowering in one corner of the room near the walkout; the husky was marooned in the corner on the other side of the door. Standing in the middle of the room stretched up to her full 14 inches was the beast from hell, Mitzi the chihauhau, that wouldn’t allow the two big dogs to move a muscle.

I hated that dog!

#37 baloney Sandwitch on 06.07.20 at 3:35 pm

What, I came for my daily dose against house horniness, financial panic, virus baiting, and T2 and what do I get – dogs? The pandemic was great for dogs and the environment in general. Mother earth may miss it and send version 2 soon enough for round 2. Anyway I learnt my lesson -keep a diversified portfolio and 1 year of cash. Thanks for the blog, Garth. bow wow for now.

#38 Flop... on 06.07.20 at 3:46 pm

This is how far air travel has changed since I was born.

My wife asked my father in law where he got the machete he was gardening with from.

My father in law casually replied, he brought it across to Canada from Fiji in his suitcase in 1974.

I bet he got better service from the air hostess.

I would like another drink.

Chop, chop…

M45BC

#39 Michael in-north-york on 06.07.20 at 3:56 pm

#20 NSNG on 06.07.20 at 1:45 pm

The problem, I explained, was that if the government wanted to, they could double the money supply (which halves your buying power) with the stroke of a pen overnight. The only thing really stopping them was not economic but political. Politics is supposed to stop such a brazenly stupid act.

Nope, the problem is economic / fiscal. Basically, the government can run deficit as long as it can sell bonds with low interest rate. Bonds act like a sponge and remove the exess liquidity from the economy, preventing an inflation spike.

If (actually, when) the accumulated debt becomes so large that the government has problems paying the interest, a meltdown will occur. Institutions and individuals will be reluctant to buy new bonds. That will necessitate higher coupons, making the fiscal situation even worse, making the buyers even more reluctant etc.

Not in the next 2 years or 5 years, but eventually it will happen.

#40 Freedom First on 06.07.20 at 4:01 pm

Thank you for the pics and posts about dogs today!

Dogs have been in my life since I was a kid, and I have raised and trained dogs from puppydom to the end, but I think it was really me that was always being trained.

Freedom First

#41 Faron on 06.07.20 at 4:02 pm

Very nice post to read this afternoon. The dogs humanize us by teaching the virtues of optimism and play. Plus seeing photos from readers and commenters reminds me that we all have trying to live a decent life in common.

Just back from a good long walk with our basset Randall and a friend and their pup Maple. Smiles all around.

Enjoy these long summer days

#42 J on 06.07.20 at 4:04 pm

Great post Garth. You have a gift for writing and terrific content to boot. And you basically do it 7 days a week, for years in a row. And it’s free. Wow.

Our doggo is a Maltese. Got her a couple years ago. Our oldest son chose the breed (he is allergic to dog hair but is good with this breed). Our youngest son chose the name. My wife chose the sex (she needed more girl power in the house :). I wasn’t sure I’d like a small dog (she’s only 7 pounds), but her personality and zest for life quickly won me over. Dogs are awesome. Us humans can learn a thing or two from them.

#43 Barb on 06.07.20 at 4:07 pm

Awwwww…how wonderful to see all those pictures!

And my heart goes out to Elena on the loss of her best friend. I’ve been there, and the hurt never seems to end.

Thank you Garth for this.

#44 Karlhungus on 06.07.20 at 4:08 pm

Im probably in the minority but I cant stand dogs. They are gross, unclean, take up too much time for care, and above all, you get to pay to have this experience.

Plus, they’ve been put on such a pedestal by society youd think that dogs werent animals

#45 Sail Away on 06.07.20 at 4:13 pm

#35 Flop… on 06.07.20 at 3:26 pm
#32 dosouth on 06.07.20 at 2:57 pm

We lost one of our pups to heart failure at Christmas, a blue merle mini Aussie who was 12. Always have two pups to keep each other in check, so we adopted a Chihuahua/Aussie 6 weeks ago…life goes on.

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Next time something happens to your Aussie, call me, I will fill that void short-term.

I will come around your house, shred all your curtains, eat all your food, and then poop on the floor…

M45BC

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Touch base with me before Flop gets there.

I’ll teach you the vinegar-tape trick.

It will help him be a good boy.

#46 wallflower on 06.07.20 at 4:17 pm

Tell me these reports of dogs having coronavirus is nonsense.
I live in peril that it haunts the species and society culls dogs.
More protests? Bring it on… cull the people.

#47 Tammy andrews on 06.07.20 at 4:18 pm

Oh Elena.. I’m thinking of you today. A gentle giant. It just sucks we get so little time with our pets.. hugs to you.

#48 Yukon Elvis on 06.07.20 at 4:47 pm

#38 Flop… on 06.07.20 at 3:46 pm
This is how far air travel has changed since I was born.

My wife asked my father in law where he got the machete he was gardening with from.
My father in law casually replied, he brought it across to Canada from Fiji in his suitcase in 1974.
I bet he got better service from the air hostess.
……………………

I flew to Hawaii in I think 1970. Student stand by return fare was $70 bucks. Hawt stewardesses in mini skirts. Real Hawt. Got upgraded in flight. Served me free champagne, snacks. Got a bit pickled, smoked half a pack of cigarettes on the way. Pilot got on the intercom and said something to the effect “ clear skies and clear water, gonna take us down low over the reefs so we can see the sharks.” We saw the sharks. None of that would happen today. I miss the twentieth century.

Ps. Had a hawt cousin who was a stewardess, she streaked the plane between Toronto and Vancouver while she was on duty. Got fired from Air Canada. Bummer.

#49 not 1st on 06.07.20 at 4:49 pm

Well I trust a rattlesnake more than Justin Trudeau after watching him break all his preaching to attend a packed rally.

There are weddings being cancelled, large groups banned, virtual funerals and our democracy suspended yet he can go into a crowd for a staged photo op. Disgusting to say the least.

From now on any directives or proclamations from politicians and so called experts will be filed directly into the garbage. I disavow them.

#50 SeeB on 06.07.20 at 4:51 pm

If only us worthless renters could find pet friendly housing in BC. It might help the sanity of many a soul…

#51 Lead Paint on 06.07.20 at 5:03 pm

#44 Karlhungus on 06.07.20 at 4:08 pm

Dogs are animals, but in fairness, so are people.

Lots of people love dogs, and dogs love people in return. But if they were allowed to roam fee and had plenty of food sources and shelter, a lot of owners might not see much of their pets ever again (especially cats). Be good to your pets!

#52 SOMETHINGS UP!! on 06.07.20 at 5:05 pm

TRUE STORY…

I lost my house, wife, and dog last year.

A friend suggested I listen to COUNTRY music backwards.

Happy to report I got my house and dog back….. then shut off the music immediately.

I am more thrilled than ever!!!

#53 YouKnowWho on 06.07.20 at 5:11 pm

SCOOP THE POOP!

Don’t forget new dog owners.

Just because you wanted a dog doesn’t mean others should step on your dog’s poop.

Please provide your mailing address. – Garth

#54 Pam on 06.07.20 at 5:16 pm

Memorable and beautiful post, much needed, thank you.

#55 Green Day on 06.07.20 at 5:17 pm

Summer has come again,
but I’m forced inside my room,
Wake me up,
When the lockdown ends…

#56 Mark on 06.07.20 at 5:19 pm

Nothing about the new CMHC changes? Really?

#57 Keith on 06.07.20 at 5:23 pm

#48 Yukon Elvis

We saw Burton Cummings play the PNE in Vancouver last year. He’s great at telling little stories about the songs and life and times with the Guess Who. He talked about when they would fly back to Winnipeg from the U.S. in the early days of the band, they would always connect through Montana. In hunting season, they would be seated in the first class cabin, surrounded by hunters with their weaponry on the floor between the seats. Different times.

#58 Win Not Lose on 06.07.20 at 5:26 pm

Here’s a cat photo explaining the difference between cats and dogs.
https://bit.ly/2Y7ZmVe

#59 Kick out the jams on 06.07.20 at 5:30 pm

Hey Garth, it would be great to hear about some of the influences in your life and how you got to be where you are in your life – dog blog God – sometime… Cheers!

#60 KNOW IT ALL on 06.07.20 at 5:40 pm

Nice for a change.

If you have a dog or 2 and a few dollars for rent and food what more do you really need?

I only hope Covid-19 has taught mankind what are the more important things in life.

We just don’t realize how fragile we really are.

#61 Soon to be..um...er..Retired (that's it!) Buffalo Police Officer on 06.07.20 at 5:43 pm

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#62 Chester loves dogs. on 06.07.20 at 5:45 pm

Dogs of the TSX…

https://milliondollarjourney.com/dogs-of-the-tsx-2020-dividend-stocks.htm

#63 Coho on 06.07.20 at 5:48 pm

Beautiful post Garth.

Many of us that have loved and cared for a pet/s recognize their depth of thought, feelings and awareness. This holds true for animals in the broader sense, both wild and domesticated. It is amazing how they can communicate with us considering they cannot express through verbal language. Their eyes, sounds they make, ears, tails and body language say a lot if we pay attention.

My dog taught me a lot about myself. In that way perhaps I learned more from him than he did me. I taught him to be obedient without breaking his spirit. And sure, he learned some silly pet tricks and other “commands”, but he was his own “man”. More importantly he was my beloved companion that also taught me how to be a good “dad”.

Even the worst among us need to love and be loved and a pet will never betray that love.

#64 Wrk.dover on 06.07.20 at 6:07 pm

#38 Flop… on 06.07.20 at 3:46 pm
This is how far air travel has changed since I was born.

My wife asked my father in law where he got the machete he was gardening with from.

My father in law casually replied, he brought it across to Canada from Fiji in his suitcase

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I had an Estwing 32 oz straight claw hammer in my Carry on from Yarmouth to Hfx to YYZ 25 years ago.

#65 Grandma on 06.07.20 at 6:08 pm

#49 Not 1st
Truer words were never spoken

Thank you Garth for everything you do!

#66 Drinking on 06.07.20 at 6:10 pm

Great post, even my lab liked the pictures; although when she saw Felixe’s post she growled! Good dog, gave her an extra treat for that! ;)

#67 Wrk.dover on 06.07.20 at 6:10 pm

Make that 30. Time flies too!

#68 MicroGX on 06.07.20 at 6:13 pm

A fun post. Thank you

#69 kc on 06.07.20 at 6:24 pm

49 not 1st on 06.07.20 at 4:49 pm

Well I trust a rattlesnake more than Justin Trudeau after watching him break all his preaching to attend a packed rally.

There are weddings being cancelled, large groups banned, virtual funerals and our democracy suspended yet he can go into a crowd for a staged photo op. Disgusting to say the least.

From now on any directives or proclamations from politicians and so called experts will be filed directly into the garbage. I disavow them.

XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Another person has woken up to the realities of our rulers….

Bend over and pay your taxes. Don’t ask where the money went.

#70 Statsfreak on 06.07.20 at 6:25 pm

Love it!
Just doesn’t get much better than Dog Love.
Thank you Garth!!!!!!!

#71 Stephen on 06.07.20 at 6:26 pm

Thanks for the cheerful blog post today. This past few months have been so bleak for so many people, but your words today made my wife and me both laugh.

#72 Lee on 06.07.20 at 6:47 pm

Just a note that both today and yesterday’s blogs refer to the riots and protests as the negative/disruptive events, without reference to the heinous anti-black and anti-indigenous acts of police brutality (in the US AND Canada) that triggered the backlash. This suggests that the problem for you is that people are protesting—which in turn suggests you would prefer that peope of colour quietly accept discrimination and abuse. Since I doubt this is actually your viewpoint, I would re-think your word choice next time. It’s something to think about, anyway. We all need to update our lexicons at times.

I referenced “mass protests in the street” and “civil unrest.” Both dead accurate. The topic was dogs. Now run along. – Garth

#73 Drill Baby Drill on 06.07.20 at 7:21 pm

Garth this is your best blog post yet.

#74 Attrition on 06.07.20 at 7:30 pm

“To his dog, every man is Napoleon, hence the constant popularity of dogs.” – Aldous Huxley

Now if only all the dog owners would pick up after their canine emotional support surrogates, the world really would be a decent place.

Alas, every time I visit a park on this rock, I can’t figure out why they’ll all been allowed to turn into open air dog sewers. I’m paying taxes for this?

I also can’t understand why soooooo many righteous dog owners ignore the signs saying no dogs after June 1, dogs must be on leashes, pickup after your dog etc. etc. etc.

I guess bylaws don’t apply to them. But crack a beer in and park, and watch the doggie walkers sneer and stink eye and call a bylaw enforcement officer…

I just buried my dog after 17 years. Not once in those 17 years did I let my dog drop pooch bombs in park or public without picking the little nuggets up.

Wish the same was true for every other dog owner.

#75 I still remember ... on 06.07.20 at 7:51 pm

a fellow (from rural Idaho) telling me at a wedding on Dragon Lake in the Cariboo … that his dog came home one Christmas day with a fully cooked turkey. Had a few beers though …

#76 Nonplused on 06.07.20 at 8:00 pm

We have a pure bred Morley as I like to call him (he was rescued from the Morley reserve as a pup, found with presumably his brother all alone in the ditch). It is my first dog and he has been a great addition to the family. He does not social distance very well though. But we also have 2 rescued cats and they are even worse because they don’t think twice about jumping up on everyone’s lap when we have our social distancing meets in the driveway. I think it is true what they say, cats are always plotting to kill you. That’s why they sleep on your head or lay on the stairs. Now that they know about this virus, they see it as a good way to kill a bunch of people all at once whilst appearing to just want innocent snuggles. Never trust a cat.

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Masks are back in stock at Co-Op! Lots cheaper per each than the ones at the Centex too especially if you buy a box of 50. No hand sanitizer yet and strangely no nail polish remover. The lady said they hadn’t had nail polish remover for over a month. Why my wife wants to wear nail polish when she can’t go anywhere anyway I do not know. Bored I guess. And there was a simply huge pile of toilet paper, they can’t fit it all on the shelves anymore. I guess it was bound to happen as the hoarders won’t be in the market for TP for some time.

Still “one per customer” limits on bulk items like rice and flour. And no tonic water. I think someone spread a rumor that the flavoring ingredient in tonic water was the same thing the British army used to ward off malaria in India (which is where “gin and tonic” came from. The British would give the soldiers some gin to wash the “tonic” down.) I don’t think it is though, it’s probably some artificial concoction these days. Remember, “natural flavors” can be anything because the food regulators consider everything to be natural even if it is made in a lab. “Natural” doesn’t really have a definition any more so than “organic”. Anything can be labeled “organic”. It’s a plant isn’t it? Sure maybe the farmer put some non-organic fertilizer on the dirt but the plant itself is organic. What else could it be? Heck they don’t even label genetically modified tomatoes, which almost all of them are, because it is not exactly clear that a tomato that has genes from a salmon isn’t still a tomato that just happens to last longer in the fridge. And who says the normal human selection process couldn’t have evolved them anyway? Remember, there are no wild cows, chickens, or pigs. We made those over 10,000 years (or possibly more, records have been lost) by deciding which males got to breed and which went straight to the table. Even what we know as dogs and cats are a result of interference by humans in their mating process. Dogs (all dogs in every shape and size) descended from the European wolf. In the case of dogs and cats though they probably domesticated themselves because being friendly to the humans meant table scraps.

#77 Nonplused on 06.07.20 at 8:13 pm

#74 Attrition on 06.07.20 at 7:30 pm
“To his dog, every man is Napoleon, hence the constant popularity of dogs.” – Aldous Huxley

Now if only all the dog owners would pick up after their canine emotional support surrogates, the world really would be a decent place.

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Certain people are crap. While out and about today including my Co-Op trip, I went to the recycling station because I had a whole truck load of recyclables and where I live they do not pick that stuff up door to door. As I stuffed my cans and boxes into the bins, I noticed that people had deemed it appropriate to discard a hot water tank, what looked like it might have been an air conditioning unit, a BBQ, and several other items in front of the bins. That is not how you dispose of such things. Somebody is going to have to pick those things up now and bring them to the appropriate facilities. Home Depot might decide this isn’t worth the effort and take the recycling depot out all together. Then what am I going to do? The garbage man can’t take that stuff anymore.

The people who decide to make their problems somebody else’s problems are the same types who are looting the Targets. Target is probably not coming back for a long time. Now how do you spend your food stamps?

I was involved in a commercial real estate company for a while, mostly store fronts, and a constant problem was people dumping their old furniture in the store’s trash bins. If one of our representatives came up and told them this wasn’t permitted the people would tell him to “f-off” even though they were clearly trespassing. Somehow they had it in their heads that they had a right to use our bins so they didn’t have to pay the dumping charge at the landfill, even though that meant we did.

People are clearly inferior to dogs. Be weary of cats though, they are evil.

#78 Felix on 06.07.20 at 8:14 pm

#74 Attrition

“I also can’t understand why soooooo many righteous dog owners ignore the signs saying no dogs after June 1, dogs must be on leashes, pickup after your dog etc. etc. etc.”

So true. It’s just dogawful.

#79 Canadian Moose on 06.07.20 at 8:18 pm

Dogs are the best! If only humans could be more like dogs, such a better society it would be. Loved today’s topic!

Cheers from the Hinterland

#80 Ronaldo on 06.07.20 at 8:21 pm

#50 SeeB on 06.07.20 at 4:51 pm
If only us worthless renters could find pet friendly housing in BC. It might help the sanity of many a soul…
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It’s not the dog or cats that are the problem. It’s the renters who allow their pets to damage other peoples property. I have had more than one experience in that regard. But on the other hand there are renters that do more damage than the animals as well. I would never consider being a landlord again. Especially now with the current rules protecting the tenants as they do.

#81 Ponzius Pilatus on 06.07.20 at 8:36 pm

I’m a cat person, but I like dogs, too.
As long as owners leash them and pick up after them when they poop on my lawn.

#82 Sensor Ship on 06.07.20 at 8:40 pm

“We’re currently in the worst global pandemic since 1918.”

Ryan Lewenza, Greater fool.CA blog – June 6th, 2020

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Garth, yesterday, on this blog,I pointed out that the statement above was incorrect on many levels.

I indicated to the author that 35 million people have died from
AIDS and that people continue to die at a rate twice that of Covid19 annually.

I also pointed out that during the pandemic of 1968 as many as 5 times the number of people died, if not 10 times.

Alas, I was shocked to find out that my post was not made. I suspect the author didn’t like being called out on this fake and made a decision to censor the truth thinking nobody would be the wiser.

Just thought you might want to know what goes on durine your days off. (The true test will be whether this post gets posted.)

Was an official global pandemic called over AIDS and in ‘68? If not, Ryan’s statement stands. – Garth

#83 Sydneysider on 06.07.20 at 8:43 pm

#72 Lee
“the heinous anti-black and anti-indigenous acts of police brutality (in the US AND Canada) that triggered the backlash”

I thought it was obvious to all that these disturbances were the popular, instinctive, reaction to the period of confinement.

#84 Keswicken on 06.07.20 at 8:47 pm

Thank you Garth for this blog, in the dark days of this pandemic I was down a lot of money and my business had a lot of unknowns for its future. On the days I thought about going to cash I read your blog and was reassured things would get better. So glad I stayed invested over the last 50 days. my dogs and I thank you. Life would be so different with out dogs and dog blogs

#85 NoName on 06.07.20 at 8:54 pm

#76 Nonplused on 06.07.20 at 8:00 pm

Now that you mentioned hand sanitizer and gin&tonic, here near by me they is a small bach destilery that make good gin and even better rye and of course hand sanitizer.

You should check them out Iam sure they could ship some tonic to you. And by the way where are you?

https://store.dillons.ca/spirits/

#86 Reality is stark on 06.07.20 at 8:57 pm

Trust is a funny concept.
At one time a handshake and a person’s word were as good as a certified cheque.
A pet is loving and loyal and represents what we believe people should be.
The real estate market is more representative of the people of today. You need an ironclad contract. Even with one of those, good people will try to exit the agreement if prices fall.
The folks of today are all victims. There is no need to be responsible since the government of today always owes you a bailout.
As such you cannot trust anyone. There are few consequences for bad actions. No one cares to build a good character.
Pay your rent.
Be a good dog. Live within your means and don’t expect others to bail you out of your reckless choices.

#87 Keyboard Smasher on 06.07.20 at 9:14 pm

Ugh, a horrific dog post. I again defer to Lovecraft who examined the type of person who declare naturally affinity to the servile, slavish and genetically stunted creature:

“The dog would appear to me to be the favourite of superficial, sentimental, emotional, and democratic people—people who feel rather than think, who attach importance to mankind and the popular conventional emotions of the simple, and who find their greatest consolation in the fawning and dependent attachments of a gregarious society. Such people live in a limited world of imagination; accepting uncritically the values of common folklore, and always preferring to have their naive beliefs, feelings, and prejudices tickled, rather than to enjoy a purely aesthetic and philosophic pleasure arising from discrimination, contemplation, and the recognition of austere absolute beauty…”

#88 Russ on 06.07.20 at 9:32 pm

We are sorry for your loss Elena.

It is good that Hrusha got to live a life on the West Coast. It is Heaven on earth.

Where is the beach… Gabriola Island?

Cheers, R

#89 Russ on 06.07.20 at 9:47 pm

Flop… on 06.07.20 at 3:46 pm

This is how far air travel has changed since I was born.
My wife asked my father in law where he got the machete he was gardening with from.
My father in law casually replied, he brought it across to Canada from Fiji in his suitcase in 1974.
I bet he got better service from the air hostess.

I would like another drink.

Chop, chop…

M45BC

================================================
.
Archie Bunker had air travel figured out in the 70s.

Simple.
Arm all the passengers when they get on the plane and retrieve the pistols when they get off the plane.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3o57hOxXHFc

BTW, Meathead was one of the original SJWs. Whatta maroon!

Cheers, R

#90 WiseMan on 06.07.20 at 9:48 pm

I love your passion for K9s, I just wish more people showed the same compassion to pigs and cows. If you look into a pigs or cows eyes, you see their love and you can also see their pain.
A pig is sad d to have the intelligence of a 3 year old, there is no need for the human species to eat animals. Just saying…everyone turns a blind eye like they do to many of the other social injustices that we witness occurring in the USA and elsewhere.

#91 Dave on 06.07.20 at 9:51 pm

what a useless post. Get back to the analysis of economics, politics, finance….

Want your money back? – Garth

#92 NoName on 06.07.20 at 9:55 pm

@Ponzi the mieow mieow

only dog can give you gemütlichkeit, cats cant.

#93 Sail Away on 06.07.20 at 10:06 pm

#81 Ponzius Pilatus on 06.07.20 at 8:36 pm

I’m a cat person, but I like dogs, too.
As long as owners leash them and pick up after them when they poop on my lawn.

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Every night after dinner and after dark I bring my three dogs to your house to take care of business. If your neighbours see me, I pretend to pick up the leavings.

Consider it free fertilizer! You’re welcome.

#94 kingston boy on 06.07.20 at 10:41 pm

@#74 Attrition on 06.07.20 at 7:30 pm
“To his dog, every man is Napoleon, hence the constant popularity of dogs.” – Aldous Huxley

Now if only all the dog owners would pick up after their canine emotional support surrogates, the world really would be a decent place.

Alas, every time I visit a park on this rock, I can’t figure out why they’ll all been allowed to turn into open air dog sewers. I’m paying taxes for this?

I also can’t understand why soooooo many righteous dog owners ignore the signs saying no dogs after June 1, dogs must be on leashes, pickup after your dog etc. etc. etc.

I guess bylaws don’t apply to them. But crack a beer in and park, and watch the doggie walkers sneer and stink eye and call a bylaw enforcement officer…

I just buried my dog after 17 years. Not once in those 17 years did I let my dog drop pooch bombs in park or public without picking the little nuggets up.

Wish the same was true for every other dog owner.
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meh, unfortunately there are a few loser dog owners out there. really depends where you live. if there’s no vested interest in the community then you can expect a ton of dog excrement lying around.

#95 willworkforpickles on 06.07.20 at 10:46 pm

I owned a house in downtown Toronto in the 80’s and commuted back and forth then between Canada and the US. About the same time I came across my first ever Garth Turner column was back then 1979 maybe 1980 in the Toronto Sun. Had to have a Sun paper every day for 3 reasons. The sunshine girl on page 3 …The Garth Turner column and the Lubor Zink column…everything else in the paper was just filler to me. I could be mistaken but I don’t remember Garth talking about
being a dog owner then. At any rate, reading a Garth column back then was like getting your fix for the day.
I have always loved and owned dogs myself…they have had a unique calming effect on me especially at times when circumstances some days get the blood boiling. Wouldn’t live without them.

#96 Gays into my eyes! on 06.07.20 at 10:58 pm

#82 Sensor Ship on 06.07.20 at 8:40 pm

Was an official global pandemic called over AIDS and in ‘68? If not, Ryan’s statement stands. – Garth

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When millions die across the world, it is a global pandemic. And yes, by all accounts, these and others are referred to as global pandemics. You can easily verify that yourself. I guess people just don’t care about it if it doesn’t affect them directly. After all, it was predominantly gay people who were afflicted initially, like covid kills the older people.

Regardless, that doesn’t account for why my post wasnt posted yesterday. Smells like cover up to me. Trust is so important in the investing business. I’ll be in early this week to withdraw my investments.

“First identified in Democratic Republic of the Congo in 1976, HIV/AIDS has truly proven itself as a global pandemic, killing more than 36 million people since 1981”

#97 Ace Goodheart on 06.07.20 at 10:59 pm

I’ve had cats and dogs. Very different creatures.

Wife had only had cats. Wanted a dog. I told her, be careful. A dog is a high maintenance pet. Really, other than a horse, there is nothing more high maintenance than a dog. You are going to be doing a lot of work keeping a dog. They are nothing, at all, like a cat.

A cat, you leave food out for it, if you remember, and you change the litter whenever it starts to stink. The cat will find you when and if it wants to. Sometimes you won’t see it for a while. If you call it, it will look at you like “are you nuts?” and walk away. If you annoy it, you will find some random thing around the house destroyed. You will never, ever see the cat do it. But you know that it did.

A dog? Different animal entirely. Wake up, and your life is dog, dog and more dog, until you go back to bed again. Walk it, feed it, train it, it will follow you around everywhere you go. Leave your house, it will be upset and will let you know about it. Come home, and it is like welcome home Roxy Carmichael. Biggest party you ever saw. Then it needs another walk, and more food.

Litter box? Forget it. It has to poop outside. And you have to pick it up, each and every time. Get used to shovelling poop. It will become your life’s calling.

Cats are good for working people who do not have a lot of time.

Dogs are good for people who want a 24 hour a day, 7 day a week companion who will worship them, treat them like they are the most important person ever, but who will require a lot (a lot, a lot, a lot) of detailed, day to day care and concern on your part, in return.

Wife did not understand this. She learned the hard way. Her dog is now at her sister’s home, where it has found a new master.

Some people are not dog people.

Me? I do not like pets. Animals belong in the wild. No one should ever have domesticated them. There is no point to having an animal in your house. It is a self destructive, self centred act that benefits no one.

#98 Ponzius Pilatus on 06.07.20 at 11:12 pm

#93 Sail Away on 06.07.20 at 10:06 pm
#81 Ponzius Pilatus on 06.07.20 at 8:36 pm

I’m a cat person, but I like dogs, too.
As long as owners leash them and pick up after them when they poop on my lawn.

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Every night after dinner and after dark I bring my three dogs to your house to take care of business. If your neighbours see me, I pretend to pick up the leavings.

Consider it free fertilizer! You’re welcome.
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In my hood, we have some problems lately with dog owners not picking up the stool.
My neighbor has 3 Rotweilers and has agreed to patrol the hood, until this nonsense stops.
You and your Wiener dogs are welcome, but you have been warned.

#99 Ponzius Pilatus on 06.07.20 at 11:13 pm

#93 Sail Away on 06.07.20 at 10:06 pm
#81 Ponzius Pilatus on 06.07.20 at 8:36 pm

I’m a cat person, but I like dogs, too.
As long as owners leash them and pick up after them when they poop on my lawn.

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Every night after dinner and after dark I bring my three dogs to your house to take care of business. If your neighbours see me, I pretend to pick up the leavings.

Consider it free fertilizer! You’re welcome.
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In my hood, we have some problems lately with dog owners not picking up the stool.
My neighbor has 3 Rottweilers and has agreed to patrol the hood, until this nonsense stops.
You and your Wiener dogs are welcome, but you have been warned.

#100 Nonplused on 06.08.20 at 12:04 am

#23 Brian Ripley

Well, my property taxes still went up.

#101 TurnerNation on 06.08.20 at 12:21 am

#49 not 1st yup they rub the New System in our faces. Protesting is allowed as it divides not unites.
The New System is chaos. Where do you stand, which stores are open: new rules daily.

You wonder why weddings are banned by government decree all over the world?
The fact I’ve been hammering here for weeks.
In the New System all compassion has been removed.
No weddings. No visitwng blood relatives in old folks homes. Courts closed no due process. Definitely not for landlords either. Private property ownership is being targeted now and always.
The New System is brutal and it shows.

As this rolls on into 2021 some more people might get it. Others simply will give up on the Old System.

We’re 3 months into the New System . Re-education is needed. This fall worldwide kids will be prevented from playing with each other. State orders.
We won/lost WW2 right???

#102 NSNG on 06.08.20 at 12:33 am

#39 Michael in-north-york on 06.07.20 at 3:56 pm

I think you missed my point

#103 NSNG on 06.08.20 at 1:36 am

I wonder what the dog thinks when its person is picking up the poop?

#104 Buy? Curious? on 06.08.20 at 2:46 am

As boring as I think Garth is (totally different from being sexy), I’m thinking he’s right about this dog thing. I may get one.

He’s most right on the financial razzle dazzle too.

Living in Nova Scotia? Ya, maybe if I was 100 or had insomnia.

#105 Sky on 06.08.20 at 3:50 am

Garth – Thank you for your sublime and touching tribute. But for pity’s sake, please stop making me cry.

Elena – ‘Yasnayu.’ It feels like your whole world blew up. Because it did. Your eyes. And Hrusha’s eyes in that picture. :-( :-( It brings back so many painful memories. Words aren’t much comfort for what you’re going through.

Nothing much helps except for bawling your eyes out and hitting the bottle. Garth’s title says it all – “The Bond. ”

That bond is something death can’t take away. Physically, yes. But emotionally and spiritually? Never. Because, unless this universe is nothing but a sadistic joke , then you and Hrusha are going to get together again. Another time. Another place. Until then – Chin up, girl. And much love.

Here’s something for all you blog dogs. But especially for Elena and Garth .

Chaser: Unlocking the Genius of the Dog Who Knows a Thousand Words

” My grandmother used to say that if you bring a dog into your home, someday you’re going to be very sad. They don’t live forever.”

“Animals, especially dogs, are not machines with blood.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J982KYWohT8

#106 Sky on 06.08.20 at 6:31 am

It’s wonderful that many of the posters here love dogs.
But how many of you REALLY understand them? And what a gift they are. Coho # 63… he gets it. Read his/her post again.

It’s sad that we humans are not only the apex predators on this planet, but many of us are also so full of arrogance and stupidity that we actually think we’re SMARTER than the other animals.

We’re not smarter. We’re just more psychopathic. And psychopathy is a deadly and bloody substitute for intelligence. Trained dolphins can understand over 150 human verbal commands. How much of their language can we understand? That’s right. Not a single word!

Thankfully, dogs don’t deal in psychopathy. They’re here to dish out joy and protection with a side order of mischief and entertainment.

More than anything dogs want to please you. They willingly sacrifice themselves for the police and military and make life worth living for the disabled. Never underestimate a dog. Underestimate humans and you’re on the right track.

TUNE IN to your own dogs. They’re all unique. And train them accordingly – not with some one-size-fits-all method.

The love-of-my-life rescue dog (Black Lab/Border Collie X ) spent pretty much his first year hiding under our deck, that’s how starved and abused he was. He wanted to shelter in a den. Had to keep tricking him inside.

But what a dog! Canine Einstein. Not only fiercely protective and empathetic, but also psychic. When the hiking trail was about to split into 3 options, you only needed to THINK about which trail you wanted to continue your hike on and… he was always there ahead of you.

My husband and I have been groundskeepers on our 3/4 of an acre of landscape hell for 30 years now. Saner people would have fled long ago. But how can you give up the visiting mice, rats, marmots, squirrels, ducks and geese? The wandering deer and the bears. The dogs live for them. This is THEIR yard.

And in an elm and maple shaded corner in the bottom of our yard, surrounded by lilac bushes, there lies my pet cemetery. I know the day will come when I’ll have to leave all this. But that day’s not today.

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I just KNOW that a few of you are thinking that the video which I previously posted was an exaggeration of Chase the dog’s abilities. It was not.

Here’s INDEPENDENT verification. Watch this dog use deductive reasoning to identify an unfamiliar toy. And please note… the names of Chase’s 1000 toys are inked onto the toys themselves with black felt pen. Why? So the HUMANS don’t forget their names. HAHAHA!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omaHv5sxiFI

What a loving and amazing man John Pilley was. RIP 2018

“…retired psychologist John Pilley,{and Chase, the dog } have moved on to further impressive feats, demonstrating her ability to understand sentences with multiple elements of grammar and to learn new behaviors by imitation.”

“His groundbreaking approach has opened the door to a new understanding of animal intelligence, one that requires us to reconsider what actually goes on in a dog’s mind. Chaser’s achievements reveal her use of deductive reasoning and complex problem-solving skills to address novel challenges.”

#107 Sky on 06.08.20 at 6:49 am

Oops. My apologies to Chaser the dog. Should have proof read, but one of my niece’s chocolate brown Labs is named Chase and my doggie brain kept forgetting the “R” in Chaser’s name. I know Chaser will forgive. Dogs are like that.

#108 Mehdi on 06.08.20 at 7:26 am

Let me paste this one again as it summarizes my thoughts:

“Anyhow, don’t let the haters get you down, and thanks again for continuing to try and save Canadians from themselves(…) Take care, and stay healthy – we need you more than ever these days!”

#109 Tater on 06.08.20 at 7:32 am

#17 TurnerNation on 06.07.20 at 1:34 pm

Hey did you notice the new saying they snuck in a few years ago? You might have seen it, on sweaters or on social media. ‘Merry Christmas you filthy animal”. See they got us convinced we are just dirty animals. This runs deeper than we’ll ever know. Predictive programming.
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Or, and stay with me here, it’s a line from a movie from the 80’s and had a moment of nostalgia-fueled revival.

No, that can’t be it, must be a vast conspiracy.

#110 OK, Doomer on 06.08.20 at 7:45 am

I just saw that pop singer John Legend and his potty mouth wife Christy Teigen have the whole disband the police thing figured out.

I’m so glad that they’ve got this one. I can sleep peacefully now.

#111 OK, Doomer on 06.08.20 at 7:55 am

I also saw that kneeling in public isn’t enough now. To show proper contrition for your privilege one must now:

1. Lie face down on the concrete
2. Put one’s hands behind ones back and
3. Bring one’s own foot to one’s own lips and lick it.

I’ve seen my puppy perform this manuever numerous times, as well as other impolite tricks and acts which no doubt will make their way onto the next Antifa list of approved contrition positions.

I can hardly wait to see T2 demonstrate his solidarity with these new Antifa edicts. Mere kneeling was sooooo last week.

#112 crowdedelevatorfartz on 06.08.20 at 8:45 am

@#85 Noname
“a small bach destilery that make good gin and even better rye and of course hand sanitizer.”

+++

It not hard to make Gin or Hand sanitizer at the same distillery.
All you have to do is change the label on the bottle since they both taste and smell the same.

#113 TurnerNation on 06.08.20 at 9:00 am

#109 Tater and you willing repeat an movie line as reality, on ugly sweaters and social media, calling your fellow humans Animals. You’re a quick study. What’s your point again? I know your kids cannot play with each other, no longer, they are considered contaminated.

#72 Lee wonder if our fourm host is up to date with their methodology. Direct quote from the web site. They’ve been co-opted into the New System. Comrade.
Can’t make up this stuff:

“We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement

We practice empathy. We engage comrades with the intent to learn about and connect with their contexts.

Every day, we recommit to healing ourselves and each other, and to co-creating alongside comrades, allies, and family a culture where each person feels seen, heard, and supported.”

…..

Ok Comrades what is really going on. Governments have banned any activity which unites people. Sports, faith groups, singing, dancing, family reunions, fall fairs, even school Frosh weeks. Instead large cities are turning into war zones.
Premier of ON called the lockdown protestors Yahoos. $800 ticket. But the latest ones, a-ok — the police even prostrate themselves, kneeling and praying with one hand up. All levels of government encourage this. Total scripted. Local mayors tweet the same, as do CEOs.
But if you visit your neighbour or family member in a elderly care home you are going to jail.
Communism play book: divide and conquer

#114 David Hawke on 06.08.20 at 9:02 am

Was an official global pandemic called over AIDS and in ‘68? If not, Ryan’s statement stands. – Garth

No, however, this CVOID BS fits NO recognized definition of the word “pandemic”!

As to the doggie theme of today’s blog, IMO dogs are stupid, cats are better while pigs are the best!

Keep up the good work trying to enlighten the “blog dogs” TurnerNation!

#115 Dharma Bum on 06.08.20 at 9:12 am

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NozVpZj4i2Q

#116 chris on 06.08.20 at 9:18 am

I’m allergic to dogs as was my father so I don’t get your adoration of the barkers in any normal sense. Here’s what it looks like from a distance: dogs are wolves that were selectively bred into distorted forms and put into service in the 21st century as love slaves. Glad it gives you comfort.

#117 Tater on 06.08.20 at 9:20 am

#113 TurnerNation on 06.08.20 at 9:00 am
#109 Tater and you willing repeat an movie line as reality, on ugly sweaters and social media, calling your fellow humans Animals. You’re a quick study. What’s your point again? I know your kids cannot play with each other, no longer, they are considered contaminated.
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You seem to be unhinged. Maybe you should speak to a mental health professional. Seeing conspiracies everywhere isn’t healthy.

#118 TurnerNation on 06.08.20 at 9:30 am

And this is not going away. We will not be getting our freedoms back in the same fashion. Total tracking of all 7 billion tax slaves, real time. To keep us safe.
It’s not like this was planned or anything by our global rulers. Naw it’s a natural and spontaneous reaction. Much as if you check the twitter accounts of any city mayor in the country, or any politician, it’s the same script – protests are good. Gatherings are bad.

I always ask what is a man’s price. The CEO of this company was lock-step script tweeting about this same issue last week. Cha-ching – contract coming.
Look it even say A.I. will be running the show – I’ve been posting this for months. A.I. will run our live in the end.

“Post says Shopify pitches feds with contact-tracing app

The Financial Post reports in its Friday edition that the federal government has ruled out an endorsement of one of the highest-profile Canadian efforts to develop a COVID-19 contact-tracing smart phone app. The Post’s Martin Patriquin writes that the Covi Canada app, developed by Montreal’s Mila Institute, uses artificial intelligence to predict the user’s risk level. The decision against adopting Mila’s app, which is based on the protocols developed by Britain’s National Health Service (NHS), strongly suggests the feds will instead endorse an app based on Apple and Google exposure notification application programming interface.
Ottawa’s Shopify, which has developed an app based on the two companies’ technology, is probably the country’s most prominent remaining contender. On May 22, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the government was in discussions with several potential partners on a digital contact-tracing app. “

#119 Sail Away on 06.08.20 at 9:43 am

#98 Ponzius Pilatus on 06.07.20 at 11:12 pm
#93 Sail Away on 06.07.20 at 10:06 pm
#81 Ponzius Pilatus on 06.07.20 at 8:36 pm

I’m a cat person, but I like dogs, too.
As long as owners leash them and pick up after them when they poop on my lawn.

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Every night after dinner and after dark I bring my three dogs to your house to take care of business. If your neighbours see me, I pretend to pick up the leavings.

Consider it free fertilizer! You’re welcome.

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In my hood, we have some problems lately with dog owners not picking up the stool.
My neighbor has 3 Rotweilers and has agreed to patrol the hood, until this nonsense stops.
You and your Wiener dogs are welcome, but you have been warned.

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My three Rotties and I vigilantly patrol the neighborhood delivering vague and unsubstantiated reports to our neighbours. Just… ahem… taking care of business. Mostly at a certain Austrian expat’s house.

#120 TurnerNation on 06.08.20 at 9:45 am

This is a business blog. And what will the contact tracing apps be used for? To further destroy small business. You can be sure only small business and FOOD places will be shut down.
(Weed and Liquor plants and stores will always be unaffected. )
Rolling shut downs and lock downs, all run by the A.I.
And ‘selfish’ people will get the blame. We are the bio-weapons you see, at war with each other.

It’s medical martial law, your business will be shut down, no appeal, as no one is allowed to get sick. Only corporations can ‘keep us safe’.

https://huddle.today/fredericton-doolys-closes-after-customer-fails-to-self-isolate-after-quebec-trip/

According to the release, the bar will remain closed until test results have been confirmed

#121 TurnerNation on 06.08.20 at 9:51 am

Tater why do you care about my mental health. It’s not healthy diagnosing people when not qualified to do so, and over the internet. Also you didn’t tell me to “stay safe”. Stick with the script next time.

#122 IHCTD9 on 06.08.20 at 9:55 am

#97 Ace Goodheart on 06.07.20 at 10:59 pm
I’ve had cats and dogs. Very different creatures.

Wife had only had cats. Wanted a dog. I told her, be careful. A dog is a high maintenance pet. Really, other than a horse, there is nothing more high maintenance than a dog. You are going to be doing a lot of work keeping a dog. They are nothing, at all, like a cat.
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Cats do more work around the house too. Living out in the country, especially in an old house, occasionally you get some unwelcome visitors. Mice, chipmunks, and the odd bat all handily “escorted out” by the cat while we sleep.

One night “Charlie” took out a bat as it circled our living room (amazing if you’ve ever tried to smack a bat). Launched himself 5 feet straight up to knock it down. I hate killing off bats under any circumstances, but this thing was like having a seagull flying around in the room. It was a big brown, and measured 15 1/4” wing tip to wing tip.

I think cats would be good to have during a SHTF event too because they share food with their staff. Charlie escaped one day and spent 3-4 nights out side. The only sign he was still around was the little “presents” he left for us on our walk. A mouse, the next day a squirrel, and then half a rabbit (guess he didn’t want to share all of that one).

Cats are independent, lone survivors – that’s what I like about them.

#123 James on 06.08.20 at 10:28 am

#122 IHCTD9 on 06.08.20 at 9:55 am

#97 Ace Goodheart on 06.07.20 at 10:59 pm
I’ve had cats and dogs. Very different creatures.

Wife had only had cats. Wanted a dog. I told her, be careful. A dog is a high maintenance pet. Really, other than a horse, there is nothing more high maintenance than a dog. You are going to be doing a lot of work keeping a dog. They are nothing, at all, like a cat.
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Cats do more work around the house too. Living out in the country, especially in an old house, occasionally you get some unwelcome visitors. Mice, chipmunks, and the odd bat all handily “escorted out” by the cat while we sleep.

One night “Charlie” took out a bat as it circled our living room (amazing if you’ve ever tried to smack a bat). Launched himself 5 feet straight up to knock it down. I hate killing off bats under any circumstances, but this thing was like having a seagull flying around in the room. It was a big brown, and measured 15 1/4” wing tip to wing tip.

I think cats would be good to have during a SHTF event too because they share food with their staff. Charlie escaped one day and spent 3-4 nights out side. The only sign he was still around was the little “presents” he left for us on our walk. A mouse, the next day a squirrel, and then half a rabbit (guess he didn’t want to share all of that one).

Cats are independent, lone survivors – that’s what I like about them.
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I never saw a cat that I trusted. They have a void in their eyes when you look at them like you are staring into the eyes of the devil himself. Dogs are high maintenance yes but when you stare into their eyes they have a total look of devotion to you and a connection with your soul. Keep the cat I’ll take a dog any day! Oh and my old dog could catch birds, chipmunks and anything that came into the yard but mercifully he would only mouth them and would always let them go after he figured out he could catch them.

#124 James on 06.08.20 at 10:34 am

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#125 Felix on 06.08.20 at 10:35 am

#122 IHCTD9

You nailed it.

Cats are the best.

#126 NoName on 06.08.20 at 10:36 am

#112 crowdedelevatorfartz on 06.08.20 at 8:45 am
@#85 Noname
“a small bach destilery that make good gin and even better rye and of course hand sanitizer.”

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It not hard to make Gin or Hand sanitizer at the same distillery.
All you have to do is change the label on the bottle since they both taste and smell the same.

Funny thing you sad that, first day at work me, colleague of mine comes over to say hi, and sad “dont you think that sanitizer sanitizer smell like…”

I remember story from few yrs back about some germofob teacher and some prschool kid licking hand sanitizer of its hands and getting all mellow. Pook kid.

Apparently there is more some are making cocktails, i am not making this thing up.

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!!! NOTE !!!

People please dont drink or make coctails from hand sanitiser!
Dont do it, it expensicve, unsafe and just stupid.

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interesting read

How People Drink Hand Sanitizer
Drinking hand sanitizer goes by special names, like “hand sanitrippin’,” “getting hand sanitized,” “getting a hand sanity fix,” and “getting drunk on Mr. Clean’s tears.” People may have been drinking hand sanitizer since it came on the market, but it didn’t become a “thing” until the media reported prison inmates using it to get intoxicated back in 2007. While some people ingest the gel, others craft minty cocktails by mixing mouthwash and hand sanitizer or use salt to liquefy the gel. Others distill the alcohol from hand sanitizer to purify it.

https://sciencenotes.org/can-you-drink-hand-sanitizer/

i think we as a specisis are doomed if corona doesn get us stupidity will…

#127 Damifino on 06.08.20 at 10:42 am

I’m fond of both dogs and cats. They are fine species remarkably adaptable to the world in which they find themselves: Our world, where we put them.

Any time I’ve had issues with either a dog or cat, a third species was invariably the root cause. My own.

#128 willworkforpickles on 06.08.20 at 10:58 am

For all you dog haters out there, I have a dog who birps pukes farts drools bites rolls in anything that smells bad unless I stop him chases skunks sheds and can rock a vehicle back and forth violently from within scattering people away in all directions. He licks too.
All you need is a garden hose and soap and you can have yourself a real dog.

#129 Handsome Ned on 06.08.20 at 11:18 am

During my Asian vacation, I found dogs to be tougher and more gamey than the delicate flavour of cats. Kidding…just kidding.

#130 Westcdn on 06.08.20 at 11:31 am

The house beside me remains unsold and I feel for the people who renovated for a flip – decent people as far I can discern through they are from away. Anyway they have begat home improvement in the neighbourhood – small houses on large lots. I chatted with the guy pouring cement the next door over. He said this area is amazing for renovations. I am not sure what that means but I may end up with the cheapest house on the block. Don’t get me wrong but keeping up is just being decent for me, sides, I don’t have the money. I would build a solarium to replace my back deck if I did – goals.

I have recovered 70% of my investment losses so I still have a long ways to go. My big problem was illiquidity of small companies in the face of covid lockdown. They are good so I expect to be made whole again plus. My foray into options has been a meh although I scored big on a call. I have not done well on Puts but then we are talking chump change. Lessons have been learned.

Overall, I did well to use my Helco to buy in March. I am buying preferred over Reit. I am not keen on ETF’s or mutual funds. If you are going to be a player, look at cash flow and take castles in the sky with a grain of salt – get your investment back first if you are lucky and let the rest ride. This may a contributor why I find myself in steerage – it sharpens me so no harm, no foul.

All dogs matter… and cats too. Lets just say life is a miracle.

#131 Pandemic my @#s on 06.08.20 at 11:33 am

German Official Leaks Report Denouncing Corona as ‘A Global False Alarm’

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2020/06/no_author/german-official-leaks-report-denouncing-corona-as-a-global-false-alarm/

This infamous document 93 that should never have been leaked, it shows Coronavirus for what it really is.

Some of the report key passages are:
The dangerousness of Covid-19 was overestimated: probably at no point did the danger posed by the new virus go beyond the normal level.
The people who die from Corona are essentially those who would statistically die this year, because they have reached the end of their lives and their weakened bodies can no longer cope with any random everyday stress (including the approximately 150 viruses currently in circulation).
Worldwide, within a quarter of a year, there has been no more than 250,000 deaths from Covid-19, compared to 1.5 million deaths [25,100 in Germany] during the influenza wave 2017/18.
The danger is obviously no greater than that of many other viruses. There is no evidence that this was more than a false alarm.
A reproach could go along these lines: During the Corona crisis the State has proved itself as one of the biggest producers of Fake News.

So far, so bad. But it gets worse.

The report focuses on the “manifold and heavy consequences of the Corona measures” and warns that these are “grave”. More people are dying because of state-imposed Corona-measures than they are being killed by the virus.

The reason is a scandal in the making: A Corona-focused German healthcare system is postponing life-saving surgery and delaying or reducing treatment for non-Corona patients.

https://www.ichbinanderermeinung.de/Dokument93.pdf

Stay safe, sane and above all trust your government…ROTFL

So yeah, Ryan Lewenza is definitely wrong or has a different agenda…

#132 SeeB on 06.08.20 at 11:35 am

#80 Ronaldo on 06.07.20 at 8:21 pm

#50 SeeB on 06.07.20 at 4:51 pm
If only us worthless renters could find pet friendly housing in BC. It might help the sanity of many a soul…
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It’s not the dog or cats that are the problem. It’s the renters who allow their pets to damage other peoples property. I have had more than one experience in that regard. But on the other hand there are renters that do more damage than the animals as well. I would never consider being a landlord again. Especially now with the current rules protecting the tenants as they do.

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If only the rest of landlords were as sane as you in that regard. But yeah, if a tenant lets their pets mess everywhere and make noise at all hours, or the tenant is putting holes in the wall and playing loud music all day disturbing others, there ought to be some recourse.

Unfortunately, the majority of good tenants and good landlords are all outweighed by their really crappy counterparts.

#133 dosouth on 06.08.20 at 11:52 am

#35 Flop… on 06.07.20 at 3:26 pm
#32 dosouth on 06.07.20 at 2:57 pm

We lost one of our pups to heart failure at Christmas, a blue merle mini Aussie who was 12. Always have two pups to keep each other in check, so we adopted a Chihuahua/Aussie 6 weeks ago…life goes on.

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Next time something happens to your Aussie, call me, I will fill that void short-term.

I will come around your house, shred all your curtains, eat all your food, and then poop on the floor…

M45BC
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Guess who needs a hug….mom and dad not love you. Get over yourself.

#134 IHCTD9 on 06.08.20 at 12:22 pm

#123 James on 06.08.20 at 10:28 am

I never saw a cat that I trusted. They have a void in their eyes when you look at them like you are staring into the eyes of the devil himself. Dogs are high maintenance yes but when you stare into their eyes they have a total look of devotion to you and a connection with your soul. Keep the cat I’ll take a dog any day! Oh and my old dog could catch birds, chipmunks and anything that came into the yard but mercifully he would only mouth them and would always let them go after he figured out he could catch them.
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There is a general consensus out there among those that study cats of all kinds, that if it were 30 lbs bigger; it is only a matter of time before your house cat would kill you and everyone else in your family.

I believe it too. “Charlie” is a 15 lb male orange tabby. He’s drawn blood on all of us multiple times over his 10 years in our house. All without an obvious reason. The older he gets, the more of a pr!ck he becomes. He pushes his luck all the time, and his temper is getting shorter every year. Recently, he’s taken to hissing at us just because you walked by too close for his majesty’s liking.

Somehow, I find it endearing. This little furry @sshole with an ego bigger than David Hasselhoff, running around treating us like we’re slaves. You should hear him when he’s getting his claws trimmed lol! What an arse.

Alas, I don’t like needy (people or animals), so I’m probably doomed to like cats forever. Same reason I like Geese and Barn Swallows.

#135 Ace Goodheart on 06.08.20 at 12:46 pm

RE: #131 Pandemic my @#s on 06.08.20 at 11:33 am

Reports from Ontario’s long term care homes are scary.

These are the places where more than 80% of our COVID-19 deaths occurred.

But now we are learning, that many of the old folks who died in the long term care homes, apparently did not die of COVID.

When the lock down began, all relatives were banned from attending at LTCHs. There are videos online of people visiting their aged relatives by hiring scissor lifts and elevating themselves up to their windows. Someone apparently used a forklift.

Staffing at LTCHs was also cut back to skeleton levels.

Residents were isolated in their rooms, with no ability to get fresh air or go to common areas.

The result?

Many residents have died of starvation and dehydration.

Ie, no one was feeding them or giving them liquids. In many cases, they were just abandoned, locked down in their rooms, and they slowly starved to death. This actually happened in the Province of Ontario.

This was the direct result of the COVID-19 lock down, and NOT the result of death due to a virus.

We also have the situation where our hospitals continue to be mostly closed, and elective surgeries cancelled.

There are many, many, many accounts online of people who are now dying of various curable illnesses, with the big ones being heart disease and cancer, because they cannot get surgery. They closed the hospitals. COVID-19 only.

When all of this nonsense gets flushed down the pipe, there is going to be a lot of explaining to do.

#136 SoggyShorts on 06.08.20 at 12:57 pm

#220 Faron on 06.05.20 at 12:32 pm
Wow, just tuned into the internet. Sorry Sail Away, you make some interesting points, but I’m not wading in this morning. These discussions would be best had in person so folks can see eye to eye in the literal sense and approach from a humane basis.

Anyhow, on the topic of “OMG look at the markets”, I’m going to relay my foibles from Feb 21 onward so you can either laugh or identify with any good or bad decisions. A story of my investing during the pandemic….
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That sounds even more painful than my YTD:
-go DiY at Christmas of 2018,
-choose all equities because “I can handle it”
-second guess everything 30x on the way down
-be shocked that it almost all came back already
-Thank Garth and a few other reasoned voices (sailed away) for keeping me sane and invested.

I’m totally ok with the fact that I didn’t get any additional gains from the run-up from selling bonds (since I had none) because I caught all of it with my nest egg since I held firm.
All around A VERY cheap lesson.
Now I just need to convince myself to trim the right stuff and be more balanced for the next time.

#137 SoggyShorts on 06.08.20 at 1:06 pm

#27 SunShowers on 06.05.20 at 3:22 pm
People like saying on here that CEOs and investors deserve higher pay than their workers because of “risk.”

Well…I looked at the Service Canada data (and OSHA in the states) of most dangerous occupations, and somehow CEO and investor don’t even make the top 20!

I challenge anyone to look at the iconic photo “Lunch Atop a Skyscraper” and try to convince themselves that the owner of that skyscraper is taking a bigger “risk” than the 11 workers on that girder.

Logging is the most dangerous occupation in Canada, with nearly 3% of workers injured or killed on the job. That’s a pretty significant risk, so why does the pay suck?

What percentage of CEOs are injured or killed on the job?
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First of all, let us separate investors from CEOs.

CEOs of megacorps are compensated based on perceived value, might be unfair in some cases, but often isn’t.
CEOs of smaller companies generally don’t make that much more than employees and risked a lot to get there. Yes, they might be safe now but many struggled for years with unbelievable stress before taking off- I couldn’t pay myself for years, despite working 70h weeks and almost bottomed out more than once.

As for investors vs tree choppers, how often does the logger get a negative paycheck?
Also, if prudent, that logger should save some money and become an investor too. In fact, everyone should.

#138 Monika on 06.08.20 at 1:09 pm

Great post Garth! It’s nice to step back sometimes and appreciate the good things in our lives.

“Work like a dog, play like a puppy”.

#139 SoggyShorts on 06.08.20 at 1:36 pm

#91 Anthony on 06.05.20 at 5:52 pm
Corporations provide jobs to millions. Get it now? – Garth

No. Customers provide those jobs. If a company can’t make it a couple of months without government pogey they have no business being in business.
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What an ignorant statement. How huge do you think profit margins are for most companies?

Picture this:
A company has
♦110 to 120 in sales depending on the month.
♦70 in fixed costs like rent, leases, and loans.
♦20 for labor.
♦10-20 in material inputs based on sales.
This company, therefore, makes around 10 profit each month.

To keep money on hand for 3 months where the government shutdown this business would mean having
(70+20)*3 = 270.

Do you really think that companies should have more than 2 years of profits sitting in an emergency account?
What about companies that are only 1-2 years old?
What about expansion? What about paying the owners?

Even if you had the last couple YEARS of profits sitting in your personal account to re-invest in your company, imagine choosing to invest your life savings in a company that has been closed by the feds “until further notice”.

Would you? Or would you pull the plug, let the corp go bankrupt, and try something else?

Sometimes I think that everyone who complains about companies getting help this year has never run so much as a lemonade stand, and it shows.

#140 dogman01 on 06.08.20 at 1:37 pm

Good article on topic.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/opinion/lola-charley-1.5273073

#141 SoggyShorts on 06.08.20 at 1:46 pm

#169 Amok on 06.06.20 at 3:13 am
It’s[This blog] an echo chamber for dying white privilege.
Tick tock…
Full disclosure I am a white man, like basically everyone who reads this blog (I don’t know it for a fact I just know it’s true).
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This bolded statement above is why I love the internet.
@Sailed away, this one’s for you, I guess you should check your Venezuelan white privilege? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

#142 SoggyShorts on 06.08.20 at 1:52 pm

#173 Steven Rowlandson on 06.06.20 at 6:40 am
A real recovery means every working man gets paid the price of a home over equal to or less than 6000 man hours per hour with full hours.
Until then it is a let’s pretend slave labor market.
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So what should change? should minimum wage go up to $166/h to buy a 1m house with 3 years’ wages?
or perhaps house prices should be capped at $90,000?

Please, enlighten us with details on how you would accomplish either of these.

#143 Faron on 06.08.20 at 1:59 pm

#136 SoggyShorts on 06.08.20 at 12:57 pm

Good on ya for hanging on w/ 100% equities. Must feel relieved right now.

Interestingly, among index type portfolios, over the long time horizon, a 40/60 has performed similarly to mixes on up the scale from there at near 7%. This seems not to work anymore given the obscene growth in equities since the GFC that continues to this very moment.

Did my once monthly rebalance today. Trimmed some winners and consolidated back into XBAL and AOR. Bought some DLR too for cash holdings.

#144 IHCTD9 on 06.08.20 at 2:06 pm

#133 dosouth on 06.08.20 at 11:52 am
#35 Flop… on 06.07.20 at 3:26 pm
#32 dosouth on 06.07.20 at 2:57 pm

We lost one of our pups to heart failure at Christmas, a blue merle mini Aussie who was 12. Always have two pups to keep each other in check, so we adopted a Chihuahua/Aussie 6 weeks ago…life goes on.

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Next time something happens to your Aussie, call me, I will fill that void short-term.

I will come around your house, shred all your curtains, eat all your food, and then poop on the floor…

M45BC
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Guess who needs a hug….mom and dad not love you. Get over yourself.

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LOL! Dude, Flop was just having a little joke with you there for crying out loud!

Good grief…

#145 Sail away on 06.08.20 at 2:31 pm

#139 SoggyShorts on 06.08.20 at 1:36 pm
#91 Anthony on 06.05.20 at 5:52 pm

“Corporations provide jobs to millions. Get it now? – Garth”

No. Customers provide those jobs. If a company can’t make it a couple of months without government pogey they have no business being in business.

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What an ignorant statement. How huge do you think profit margins are for most companies?

Sometimes I think that everyone who complains about companies getting help this year has never run so much as a lemonade stand, and it shows.

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Yep.

Clueless sounding off is like a human explaining smells to a dog.