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Shopping from Freeport, Maine

Maine Guide Wool Parka Commando Sweater Maine Guide Wool Vest Maine Guide Wool Pants River Driver’s Shirt Maine Island Fisheries and Hunter’s Tote Bag Maine Hunting Shoe, 16″ LL Bean Rubber Mocs British Slip Lead Bean’s Swiss Collar Bell I know that LL Bean has been shopped to death, but one must prepare oneself for …

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Archival Clothing with Dog

Sara and Chaz Filson Shelter cloth dog coat Barbour waxed cotton dog jacket New Zealand Rover Cozy merino wool dog coat Chaz in his Viz-Vest Snow Peak, purveyors of titanium sporks and luxury tent systems, offers a full compliment of companion dog accessories: From a Google translation of the Snow Peak page: “The dog’s life, …

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Shopping From the Amish: Leerbug dog leashes and collars

After a disappointing experiment with Filson dog products (all returned for store credit due to wet weather durabilty issues), I switched over to the the Amish-made leashes and collars sold by Leerburg Kennel and Video in Wisconsin. If you’re squeamish about how police and protection dogs are trained, you might squint your eyes and avoid …

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Shopping From The Past: Dog Obedience Manuals

Winifred, expert obedience trainer. The tweedy “crank and yank” handler. Training guru in original ’82 VHS instructional tape footage: nylon shorts, white socks and deck shoes (one training module demonstrates how to train your dog to wait for you by the ice machine outside of the local 7-11). Sara and Chaz in practice garb (animal …

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Shopping From Westminster: Poodles and Affenpinschers

Cruising network television for my next dog (to sit beside Irving, the hand puppet, on my AM console radio). Martha was in the audience at Westminster but she seems pretty focused on French Bulldogs–so no concerns that she’s going to scoop me on my most discovery of the world’s greatest dog breed, the Affenpinscher. I’ve …

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Archival Animals

I’m going through a bad bout of January dog fever at the moment. I live in a rental shanty piled high with newspapers, coat collections, cast iron pans, etc. We barely have enough causeway room for cats and two people. But that doesn’t keep me from dreaming up my future pet (pre-named Hector, Ida, Irwin, …

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