Posts made in March, 2013

Fantabulous Friday: Debonair, Suave & Dandy!

Our friend Ricky Salzillo, the "Staten Island Ladies Man" among Standard Poodles, is turning 2, and his people friends and family are offering great words on his looks!

Our friend Ricky Salzillo, the “Staten Island Ladies Man” among Standard Poodles, is turning 2, and his people friends and family are offering great words on his looks!

We love wonderful words! And several interesting words have come our way this week to describe our good friend Ricky Salzillo of Staten Island, N.Y.

Ricky is celebrating his second birthday and is receiving lots of fun gifts, including this wonderful spring green tie and cable knit sweater. He is quite the fashionable poodle, wouldn’t you say!

Friends have said that he is debonair, suave and dandy. These words may sound a little old-fashioned in our society today, but Mom Karen and I consider them to be intriguing and worth passing along, so we looked them up in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary to get clarification:

Debonair: Adjective, meaning “gracefully charming.”

Suave: Adjective, meaning “smoothly polite and agreeable.” It is often used to describe someone having “worldly manners” and being very sophisticated.

Dandy: Noun, meaning a man who gives “exaggerated attention to his clothing and personal appearance.” When used as an adjective, it means “something excellent in its class,” such as “that was a dandy of a game.”

Ricky has described his appearance to his Facebook followers as “chick magnet,” which sound a little less polished. We consulted the Online Slang Dictionary for the meaning of these words and found “someone skilled with attracting women.”

Now those of us who follow Ricky’s adventures know that his heart belongs to the red Standard Poodle beauty, Rosie Winburn in Florida. Nevertheless, in true debonair fashion, Ricky does flirt with the ladies.

We’ll never think of Ricky as a dandy because his romps in the great outdoors and through New York prove that a little dirt and mud never ruined a guy. But a true dandy would never allow dirt on his paws (or feet)!

Happy birthday, Ricky Salzillo, and may you celebrate many, many years as a chick magnet because of your debonair, suave style!

AND P.S. — At Ricky Salzillo’s birthday party on Sunday, one of the guests described him as “dapper.” So, we are amending this post to include another great word. “Dapper” means “neat and trim in appearance,” according to Merriam-Webster. And, yes, that would apply to Ricky on the occasion of his birthday!

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Thoughtful Thursday: Lessons on Life Via Dogs


We recently heard someone say that they were so sad after the death of their sweet dog that they could never own another.

Never have another dog! How can that be?

So, when we found this great quote, we knew we had to share it. Lessons in life don’t always come from books or people. I constantly remind my Mom how valuable I am in her life. And I think she’s gotten the message pretty well!

Take  a chance and bring another dog into your home — and most especially your heart!

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Wordy Wednesday: Shout Out for Spring!


Wouldn’t you know it?

Mom Karen and I were searching for a really great quote about spring, and we found 10 great quotes all together at

Find one that you like and enjoy the first day of spring. The winter chill is fading, the azaleas are beginning to open their blooms, and we’re hoping for happiness.

  1. “Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!'”  ~Robin Williams
  2. “Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems.”  ~Rainer Maria Rilke
  3. “April hath put a spirit of youth in everything.”  ~William Shakespeare
  4. “If I had my life to live over, I would start barefoot earlier in the spring and stay that way later in the fall.”  ~Nadine Stair
  5. “The earth laughs in flowers.” ~ E.E. Cummings
  6. “The world is mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful.” ~ E.E. Cummings
  7. “I thank god for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees & for the blue dreams of sky & for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes.” ~ E.E. Cummings
  8. “Behold, my friends, the spring is come; the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see the results of their love!” ~ Sitting Bull
  9. “It’s the fans that need spring training. You gotta get ’em interested. Wake ’em up and let ’em know that their season is coming, the good times are gonna roll.” ~ Harry Caray
  10. “No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.” ~ Hal Borland

Which of these great quotes is your favorite? From the words of a poet to those of comedian to Harry Caray’s love of baseball, these quotes have spring pretty well covered.

I like, “The world is mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful,” except that I’d say “poodle-wonderful.”

Think about it — “mud-luscious and poodle-wonderful.” I’ll bet my handsome poodle friend Ricky Salzillo on Staten Island would agree! I think he loves getting his paws wet and muddy!

Move your paws (or feet), dear friends! Spring is in the air!

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Terrific Tuesday: Women and Great Books!

The American Library Association honors the achievements of Coretta Scott King through book awards honoring authors and illustrators.

The American Library Association honors the achievements of Coretta Scott King through book awards honoring authors and illustrators.

March is Women’s History Month, a time for us to honor women whose contributions make a difference in our lives.

Without question, one of these women is Coretta Scott King, a civil rights leader whose husband Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was killed while working to end racial inequality without violence. Mrs. King continued his work and became known internationally known for her own efforts to promote world peace, women’s rights and education and economic success.

In 1970, the American Library Association began presenting the Coretta Scott King Book Awards in her honor to recognize African-American authors and illustrators of children’s literature.

The 2013 Author Award Winner was presented to Andrea Bryan Pinkney for “Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America.” The book of 10 biographies pays tribute to men who “acted with fervor and rose to greatness through education and how they chose to live their lives.”

Bryan Collier was the 2013  Illustrator Award Winner for his picture book rendition of the Langston Hughes poem “I, Too, Am America.”

On this Terrific Tuesday during Women’s History Month, we pay tribute to Mrs. King for her contributions to equality and her desire to promote education through great books that inspire young readers to achieve success in their own lives.

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Mixed-Up Monday: It’s Time for “March Madness”!

We're ready to take on "March Madness," don't you agree? I've even got a pink whistle to prove it!

We’re ready to take on “March Madness,” don’t you agree? I’ve even got a pink whistle to prove it!

Is there more March “madness”? Apparently so, according to Mom Karen, my writing assistant. For all of you who like basketball, you know that the NCAA men’s basketball tournament gets under way this week. Our team didn’t make it into the tournament, so we’re not sure which team to follow. We do know that sports fans call this period of time “March Madness.” But do you know how the phrase started?

Henry V. Porter of Illinois is credited with the origin of the phrase, which dates back to 1939. Mr. Porter was an official with the Illinois High School Association, and he wrote an article called “March Madness” for the organization’s magazine. Then, three years later, he wrote a poem called the “Basketball Ides of March,” which read in part: “A sharp-shooting mite is king tonight/ The Madness of March is running.”

The phrase wasn’t used nationally until 1982 when a sports broadcaster named Brent Musburger used it to describe the CBS-TV coverage of the NCAA tournament. Some legal problems followed when the Illinois High School Association wanted to trademark the phrase.The outcome was this: The association can use the name on the high school level and the NCAA can use it for the college games.

March Madness is beginning.

And we’re sure that there’s more to come. Keep reading to know!

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