If you’re “In the Dog House…”


Image of custom dog house

“Chloe” in her custom-designed, luxury Dog House! This intricately fashioned piece features circular and diagonally placed windows made of Plexiglas, a front step and a shingled roof. For convenience and functionality, the windows and roof are removable.

Make it a luxury doghouse!  Pictured is a custom-created dog house, just one of the unique items conceptualized and  created by Justin Duchnick.  This innovative luxury home features brightly colored paint and a front step.  The dimensions of this delightful dog house are 19″h x 17″w X 21″d.

Meet Justin Duchnick, 33, a native and resident of rural Western New York.  Justin and his wife, Marcy, reside in Dansville, NY.  Justin is a current employee of Lake Country Woodworkers, in Naples, NY, as a craftsman in the furniture trade.  In this role, Justin assists in the fabrication of conference tables and office furniture.

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Don’t Call Me Ma’am

Kristen Hansen Brakeman


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There is a single word in the English language that has the power to ruin my whole day.  That word is Ma’am.

I could be having a perfectly fine day – a great day even – the kind of day where my car starts on the first try, my kids get off to school without a ton of screaming and, when I check myself in the mirror I actually think, “Hey, I don’t look half bad.”

Then I stop by the local coffee place and the hipster barista dude, the one who wears the gross earring gauges, hands me my non-fat latte and says, “Here you go, Ma’am.”

Ah, come on.  Really?  Did you have to?

Of course I politely say “Thank you,” back to the little whippersnapper, but in my head I’ve added a very irritated, “Don’t call me Ma’am, d#$%khead.”

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Why I Got My Dog Cosmetic Surgery

Kristen Hansen Brakeman

I’ve often IMG_5606made light of people who get too much cosmetic surgery, so the idea of putting my own dog under the knife seemed completely out of the question.  But two years into owning Buddy, our German Shepherd/hound rescue dog, I noticed that his appearance had changed somehow.  He wasn’t the cute, curious looking dog he once was.  No, age had not been his friend.

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