A New Year of Learning

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    It has been an interesting number of learning years since when I studied Latin at Howland High School in Warren, Ohio. I’ve outlived many of my best teachers but am continually blessed with opportunities to learn from and with … Continue reading

A Busy Nine Years for the Newf

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Robin the Newf owns the couch.

Robin the Newf owns the couch.

Patiently waiting for Saint Nick.

Patiently waiting for Saint Nick.

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Rudolph’s Backup

Bewitched

Bewitched

The Devil Made Me Do It!

The Devil Made Me Do It!

Harley Newf

Harley Newf

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FETCH

Rapping with the Pink Biped Who Feeds Me

Rapping with the Pink Biped Who Feeds Me

Reading Together

Reading Together

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Discussing Where Newfoundland Is…

Time's "Person" of the Year

Time’s “Person” of the Year

Identity Confusion

Identity Confusion

Canine Grading Assistant

Always Contemplative

Always Contemplative

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Newf Ball

Who SAYS I bat like a girl?

Who SAYS I bat like a girl?

Managing the North Lake Newf team

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Meeting Three-Year-Old Annie

Canine Ruminations: Robin the Newf Helps Me Write a Blog Post

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Robin

Robin the Newf is a guest collaborator tonight. Because of her presence (at my feet) I’ve been ruminating tonight about canine companions. My father-in-law, Walter G. Schmidt,  also loved dogs. In fact his love of dogs was extolled in his eulogy given by the Reverend Charles Valenti-Heine:

…”And that world, for Walter, included his beloved Canines. Lucy, Canis, Oaf, Chaucer, Trollope, and Freud, the last named because Walter was told that the companionship of a good dog was of greater worth to people than any other therapy! The one time I remember Walter speaking in church was when Trollope died, and he stood up during joys and concerns to opine: ‘If there is a place in heaven for Presbyterians, then surely there is a place for greyhounds.’

To which I add, amen!

Rudyard Kipling warned us of how dogs can capture your heart!

Do dogs match their owners in physical appearance? in personality? There is an interesting body of research dealing with these questions. Here is one citation. Here is another entire  article (Download Roy). Under what circumstances does pet ownership reduce stress? increase it? Why in the world did I spend $250 tonight on pet treats? Perhaps I still am affected by my first reading of Argos‘ blind enduring faith. Robin, the patient gentle giant, knows.

These might be questions to give my Introductory Psychology students to encourage them to conduct a scholarly literature review.  Perhaps in the process I’ll teach them about EvernoteDiigoDelicious,  Zotero, and  Google Scholar and have them help me compare the strengths and weaknesses of these tools in addition to comparing the kinds (and quality) of answers they get using Internet search engines versus library data bases.

Here is some anecdotal evidence provided by one of my playful students that owners like me (though there is a debate between Robin and me as to who is the owner) may start looking like their dogs!

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 Trivia question from Robin:

What was the name of the Newf who accompanied Lewis and Clark?

Answer is here if you fail to find out—and even if you do.