Dog of the Day: Rowdy the Catahoula Leopard Dog Australian Shepherd Mix

Rowdy is a 5-year-old hula-hula-cat-dog mix! He is finally starting to slow down at age 5, so he only goes on two hour-long walks a day.

Catahoula Leopard Dog Australian Shepherd Mix Lying Down And Grinning

He’s definitely slowing down, because this was after an hour of walking, and he didn’t really want to get back up.

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Dog of the Day: Tony the Tony Goldendoodle

Tony (m, 3 years old) is very tony indeed!

Goldendoodle With White Medallion And Goatee

Look at that goatee. I assure you it looks even more awesome in person.

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Sunday How-To: Make Your Own Iced Tea Brewer

Instead of a dessert review today, I thought I’d show off my latest work of art: I made an iced tea brewer, for loose-leaf tea and a gallon and a quarter of water at a time. It is slim and tall and fits nicely against the wall of my fridge on the top shelf, taking up very little room. And it makes great iced tea! And it was ridiculously simple to make.

Ingredients:

  • One slimline water dispenser. I had one already, from a while back, but it’s very, very similar to this:

(I don’t buy stuff from Amazon, but it’s the only place I could find one of these with a cursory web search. Oh well.)

  • An infuser. Specifically, this one, which I got for four bucks from Katom kitchen supply:

  • A water-system-approved glue. I spent a fair amount of time researching this: epoxies, even the ‘food safe’ ones, have chemicals that leech out of them that have been implicated as endocrine disrupters. I couldn’t find any silicone that was approved for more than ‘incidental’ food contact. But I finally found some glue that was approved for use in potable water transport and storage systems: Loctite 480 acrylocyanate adhesive. It works a treat, but it was a little pricey ($25), so if you don’t think you’ll be using it for other projects, you could skimp. If you don’t fill the jug up all the way to the top, the adhesive won’t be underwater anyway.
  • Finally, a pair of screw tops, one that fits the infuser’s threads and one that fits the top of the jug. If you’re feeling confident you could just use the jug’s top for the latter, but I am cautious by nature. Fortunately, I found a couple of lids that worked fine just by wandering through the house: the lid from a jar of Planters sunflower seeds fits the jug, and the lid from my (Nordic Naturals, in case anyone cares) omega-3 supplements fit the inner.

The procedure is straightforward enough: just glue the smaller cap inside the larger one. Make sure you clamp them firmly together while the glue is setting — a c-clamp is great for this, although I recommend using something to distribute the pressure around the entirety of both sides, either a c-clamp with very large surfaces or something like a huge washer. Then just wait for the glue to set. The acrylocyanate I linked to above said it would finish curing in 24 hours but I guess I used way too much because it took four days. You can tell when it’s finally done because it doesn’t smell any more. And then you… don’t do anything, because you’re done.

The glued cap next to the infuser.

You just fill the infuser with loose-leaf tea and then screw them together, like this.

The whole thing together.

And together, full of water, with some rather nice Ceylon black tea in the infuser. Just put it in the fridge for 24 hours…

…and you get some lovely iced tea!

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Caturday Supplement: Baker the Tuxedo Kitty Redux

Autumn’s little friends here just moved to Seattle, so she won’t be able to visit them quite as often any more. Terrible! And just as Baker was learning some … tricks!

Tuxedo Cat Perched On Top Of A Door

Apparently he recently learned to swing on the tops of doors, for example.

Tuxedo Cat Sitting On Upset Chair

And has figured out that chairs are much comfier when they aren’t in that pesky upright and locked position.

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Dog of the Day: Emilio the Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Ladies and gentlemen, you MUST meet Emilio (male, four years old). I just did, and it made my day!

Pembroke Welsh Corgi Looking Up Into The Camera And Grinning

Apparently there are two corgis named Emilio in San Francisco. This is not the one with his own instagram. Hopefully I’ll run into that one too!

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Dog of the Day: Ro the German Shepherd Border Collie Mix

I just ran across Ro (male, 4, short for “Rowan”) a couple days ago, being awesome right outside my front door!

Woman In Mask With German Shepherd Border Collie Mix

I lucked out: I was down at my front gate to pick up my packages for like 3 seconds when they walked by.

Floofy Border Collie German Shepherd Mix Grinning

German shepherd and border collie = dangerously smart.

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Dog of the Day: Oliver the Scruff-tastic Mutt

I just bought a couple things off Craig’s List from Oliver’s mom, who said that sometime like ten years ago I had taken some pictures of Oliver! I am not sure if I didn’t post them, or if I just didn’t have Oliver’s name right, but I’ll have to take her word for it.

Regardless, Oliver is a terrier mix, and is now twelve years old, and July 31st is his adoption-versary! Everyone congratulate him.

Scruffy Terrier Mix With Little Mohawk Looking Into The Camera

I love that tiny little mohawk!

Scruffy Terrier Mix Looking Winsome

After twelve years, someone still has a pretty good ‘puppydog eyes’ expression.

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Dog of the Day: Roxie the Fashionista Chihuahua

Roxie is just a little too stylish for words.

Chihuahua Wearing Pink Floral Dress And Sunglasses

FABULOUS!

Chihuahua Wearing Pink Floral Dress And Sunglasses

Of course, hers is not the only gorgeous dress in this picture. I wish I’d gotten a picture of both of them!

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Dog of the Day: Watson the ADORABLE CORGI PUPPY OMG!

I was driving home from picking up some stuff today and I saw a little bitty stumptacular pup walking around the corner and had to hang a left and stalk him and his somewhat hesitant but eventually understanding dad. He’s 14 weeks old, and just a ridiculous and nibbly and adorable pup.

Too many cute pictures for captions and hovertext, so just enjoy!

Edit: I’m going to leave this up top for one more day. Why? Because Watson’s dad chimed in in the comments to let us know that Watson HAS AN INSTAGRAM PAGE AND IT IS CALLED WATSON THE POTATO!

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Dog of the Day: Jet the Old Black Lab

The old black Lab is great like he used to be, great like he used to be, great like he used to be…

Black Labrador Retriever With Grey Muzzle

Okay, okay, Jet’s not actually old, he’s just five. It’s just the grey on the muzzle that makes him look ol- uh… DISTINGUISHED.

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