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Influence Positively Interview - Paris Permenter


Paris Permenter publishes along with her husband and writing partner, John Bigley. Since the late '80s, Paris and John have been professional writers, specializing in travel writing and authoring numerous magazine articles and 26 guidebooks. Concentrating primarily in Caribbean and romantic travel, the couple launched their first website In 2000. However, it wasn't until 2008, with the adoption of two shelter dogs, Irie and Tiki, that Paris and John switched their focus to dogs. Their newest book, Barkonomics: Tips for Frugal Fidos, combines their love of dogs with a lifetime of frugal living and Paris' academic background in Economics. 

Paris and John live out in the country in the Texas Hill Country with their two dogs and four cats. When not at the keyboard, Paris enjoys long hikes around their property with the dogs, wading in the creek, and photography.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

I think my idea of perfect happiness is to wake up every day and feel excited about the day ahead, whether that day is going to be spent working or playing. Being self-employed, sometimes it's difficult to find a dividing line between "at work" and "off work" time but recently I came to realize that it doesn't matter. I'm really lucky that the line between work and play is blurred so an afternoon photographing our dogs is fun...and "work" at the same time!

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Grouchy Puppy Helps Petfinder Take Over Interweb March 15

March 15, 2011 is Petfinder’s 15th anniversary and they’re asking bloggers (all bloggers, not just pet bloggers) to help spread the word about the great pets available for adoption on Petfinder.  We heard that call and eagerly jumped up and over to our laptop.  Take over the interweb and show our appreciation for having Cleo, our rescue dog, in our lives?? Sign us up!

Petfinder Adopt-the-Internet Day

Anniversary Gift. Petfinder is asking people everywhere to pledge to spread the word online about adoptable pets.  We are so committed to this that we're a Petfinder Partner.

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Weekend Playtime Video: Cleo the pig and her doggy play pose

A seriously cute video candidate for an Unlikely Animal Friends on NGC or part of a program on Animal Planet for sure, but until then enjoy this adorable video of two pals playing together.

Cleo the pot bellied pig plays with her buddy Ginger, a dog. The best part is that Cleo clearly responds to the play gestures that Ginger is throwing down and tries her piggy hardest to roll over and do that donkey kick that my Cleo does on the beach. Tell me you don't chuckle.


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Influence Positively Interview - Deborah Flick

BoulderDog_Sadie_Deborah Deborah‘s life changed four years ago when she brought Sadie home. Deborah was consumed by Sadie’s fear and helping her to overcome it. She was two and a half years old when Deborah started blogging about the joys and heartache of loving a fearful dog. Deborah soon discovered a community of smart, compassionate, and very knowledgeable dog bloggers. What started out as a blog exclusively about their journey soon evolved into a vehicle for improving the lives of animals in community with other like-minded bloggers. Deborah has a Ph.D. in Communication and a M.A. in Psychology and resides in Colorado.

What is your idea of perfect happiness? Hiking in the foothills west of Boulder on a cold, sunny day after a snowfall. I love to watch Sadie confidently dancing and prancing down the trail, invigorated by the feeling of snow between her toes. She's so joyful, jumping and spinning in mid-air between forays into the brush to sniff out new scents that the moisture of the snow has amplified.

If you could come back as a dog or a cat, which one would it be & why? Well, it depends. If I could come back as my sister-in-law's cat, then a cat, definitely. On the other hand, if I could reincarnate as my friend's dog, I think I'd rather be a dog. I'd have fresh food prepared for me daily. We would hike, off-leash, on a different trail everyday with my doggie BFF. Then I'd go to work with my person where I would make the rounds of her colleagues offices and soak up 'ear scritches' and goodies. After that I would be tired and take a nap in my comfy memory foam bed next to her desk. 

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