Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Coins: A Sign from Rob's Mom's Spirit!

One of the easiest ways for spirits to leave messages is by dropping coins.  Because coins are light, it doesn't take much energy for a spirit to move them. Spirits also have a way of moving the right coins, because they look for the ones that have clues to their identities. 
  How do they give a clue through a coin?  The Year on the coin!  The year on the coin will in some way be associated with the spirit or you.
   For example, after our dog Sprite passed, I asked my dad's spirit and our friend Ed's spirit to give us confirmation that they took him to the other side. They did. The next day, we found pennies with the years that each of them passed. We only found TWO pennies that day -one in the morning, one at night, and they each had the exact years of their passings.
  With spirit, there is no such thing as a coincidence.
Which leads me to my current story.

The dime my mom's spirit gave me in Mass.
  In mid-September I flew  to Massachusetts to the New England Pet Expo. Since my mother passed in late 2013, 5 years after my dad, their house was sold. So, I drove by the house to take a picture of it, and get one more look.
  I immediately sensed my mother in the rental car with me. I drove to the nearest Dunkin' Donuts shopping center. As I was coming out of a Walgreens store to head over to Dunkin' Donuts (The same one my mom used to frequent) I saw a shiny dime on the ground. I picked it up and looked at the year. It said "2013." My mom passed in December 2013 and that was her way of confirming that she was with me that morning when I checked on her old house! 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Our Review of The Amazing Spiderman 2 on DVD

Recently we finally got to see Spiderman 2 on DVD- the newest Spiderman movie starring Andrew
Garfield. We thought that he did a great job, and so did the actor who played Harry Osborne, the Green Goblin.
 The woman who played Gwen Stacey was a good actress and made the character come to life.
 However, the movie seemed to go on and on- smashing up Manhattan again.  Can't we have a superhero movie with less destruction?
  The Electro villain was okay, and we could've done without the Rhino character.
   Rob gives it a B- and Tom a less generous "C+."
Too much smashing, too many villains. They should've let it end after the Goblin encounter. That's all we'll say so we don't give anything away.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Funny 1 min. Video:UK Little girl doing the ice bucket challenge

 This is a really Funny 1 min. Video: of  a UK Little girl doing the ice bucket challenge.
Our friend Jeff shared this with us and we laugh hysterically every time we see it- so we thought you could use a laugh, too! 
VIDEO LINK (if you can't see the embedded video below):

Sunday, September 28, 2014

New England Pet Expo: Spirit of a French Bulldog Sends Clear Message

Last weekend I went to the Boston area where I had a booth and talked about my book "Pets and the Afterlife" at the New England Pet Expo in Wilmington, Massachusetts. The day was very busy and I met some great people and dogs and heard some amazing stories. This blog will highlight some of both!

Donna was excited to get a message from her late dog Basil
SPIRIT OF A FRENCH BULLDOG SENDS A CLEAR  MESSAGE - It didn't take long for the first dog's spirit to send a message to his mom. A woman named Donna came to my booth and talked with me and Ruthie Larkin (the Beantown Medium) about the passing of her black french bulldog, Basil. She said that she was looking for a sign from Basil and missed him more than anything.   Donna felt comfort from learning some of the ways that dogs will communicate from the other side. No sooner than I told her that dogs will sometimes lead to their pet parents other dogs that look just like them  - than a Black French Bulldog came marching down the aisle toward Donna!
  Clearly Basil orchestrated his doppelganger's appearance while Donna was at our booth, and right after I told her about pets use doppelgangers to tell their parents that they are still with them in spirit. It was amazing!
Ruthie Larkin at the booth!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Tyler's School Going Well!

going around a cone
Our 4 year old black and tan Dachshund, Tyler "The Terror" is actually really smart!! His second day of class was outstanding. He had to touch my hands with his nose to get treats and he did when I said "touch." 
- He learned how to go around an orange cone, in preparation for agility training (next year) and he learned pretty quickly
Waiting for the okay to get the treat
- He also learned that when I drop a treat on the ground he waits until I say "okay" before he gets it! That comes in handy when I'm cooking and I drop something he shouldn't eat. 
 Good job Tyler!!

Friday, September 26, 2014

New England Pet Expo: Great Personalities Visited

L to R: Ruthie, Jacquie, Rob
Last weekend I went to the Boston area where I had a booth and talked about my book "Pets and the Afterlife" at the New England Pet Expo in Wilmington, Massachusetts. The day was very busy and I met some great people and dogs and heard some amazing stories. This blog will highlight some of both!

My friend and amazing Medium Ruthie Larkin, also known as the Beantown medium ( worked the booth with me all day. She is so in tune with spirits and had an amazing time meeting all the folks that came by and their special dogs.

My old friend Jacquie Murphy, radio personality, whom people in the Boston area will know for her work on air doing weather and traffic also came by and spent some time helping out. Jacquie and I were broadcast meteorologists for the same employer many years ago. 

A big thanks to Maureen Cappuccino, too, who came with her dog Lily from southern Mass to northern Mass for the expo. Maureen is a personality in her own right, a  mom, a great friend who is like a sister to me, and a dog mom, too!  I also got to meet her friend Kathy with her great dog (she has a Lhasa Apso, just like Maureen)

Some friendly visitors and their awesome dog
Weimaraners have a special place in my heart
WEIMARANER RESCUE - I volunteer with Weimaraner and Dachshund rescues, and I was supposed to represent the DC Area Weimaraner Rescue at the expo, but because of red tape with clearances for out of state rescues, I couldn't do that. I am, however, donating a portion of my book's proceeds to the rescue.
   DC Area Weimaraner rescue is located in the Washington, DC Area and always needs foster homes (The rescue pays the vet bills, you cover food and shelter). Contact them at: 
You can also DONATE, too, because there are a LOT of dogs needing rescue 

MY DOG BUZZ WYATT- People who have a couple of my books know that my late Weimaraner Buzz Wyatt was the world's best canine communicator from the other side. He INSPIRED me to write my first book "Ghosts and Spirits: Insights from a Medium."  He gave me so many signs that there was no question he has been around me since the minute he crossed over and many years later. 

 PETER LOVASCO, Host of the Radio Show "Wicked Weather" - The week before the expo, I had the great fortune to talk with Peter and be a guest on his show. We talked about weather and climate change and then talked about the paranormal. Peter is a weatherman He is a storm chaser, spotter, and does live reports. He is a founder of G.E.T.W.E.T., Gloucester's Enthusiastic Trio Weather Extreme Team.   You can find him at: 
Peter Lovasco and Rob Gutro

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Morning Adventure of the "Poo Shoes"!

Being a dog dad sometimes means surprises, especially when you're tail walking
your 10 year old Dachshund outside in the backyard in the dark at 4:30am when you get up. Tom and I pick up the dogs' business every night, and occasionally we miss one. Well, this morning I (Rob) apparently found it on my sneaker, but didn't realize it until the sun came up at 7am when I took the kids outside again. 
  When I stepped out into the ceramic tiled sun porch I noticed human footprints... Uh-Oh!  Yeah, I hit something hidden in the grass on target. Darn it!!!  
   Fortunately, we take our shoes and sneakers off before coming into the main house, so the kitchen was saved. Anyway, that meant wiping down the floor with toilet paper and flushing it. Then I grabbed the mop and mopped the floor this morning and cleaned my sneakers. 
  THEN I took the kids out again, being extra careful (and picking up the "Stealth poo."  :) 
Off to a flying start today! 

Enjoyable Light-reading Book: Ghost Dog Secrets by Peg Kehret

I came across a bargain (children's) book and since the title mentioned 2 things we love: dogs and ghosts, I bought it! -It's called "Ghost Dog Secrets" by Peg Kehret.
   It's a good story, written from the perspective of boy who is a middle-school student in a single-parent home. He wants to rescue an abused dog and sees the ghost of a Collie dog near the abused animal. The Collie's ghostly identity is revealed, and the ghost pushes the boy to save the living dog.
   The book touches upon difficult decisions and exemplifies the struggles that everyone deals with to try and to the right thing.
You're never too old to read a good story, even if it says it's written for children.Really enjoyable!

Each day, sixth-grader Rusty feeds a dog that's left chained in the frigid weather with no shelter, food, or water. When he realizes the dog has been injured, he tries to have Animal Control help - but when that fails, Rusty and his friend Andrew unchain the dog and take it. With the dog in their hideout, the boys face multiple challenges, including Andrew's snoopy sister and the escalating threats of the dog's abusive owner. Even more challenging? The appearance of a ghost dog that appears in Rusty's room, and is trying to lead him to an even deeper secret. .

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Super Yawn from Krypto (Dolly)

Super Yawn from Krypto (Dolly)