Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Doxiefest - A day of Doggone Fun

Doxiesfest is an annual event sponsored by Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, one of the rescuesthat we work with. It's an outdoor event in April that's filled with vendors of all things dog, agility trials a costume contest, fundraising for the rescue and other things- ALL for DACHSHUNDS, although other dogs are welcome. :)
My table with my new poster and books
 - This year, I participated with my new book "Pets and the Afterlife."  Thanks to our friends Kristin and Thomas Sparkman (who also work with rescue- and in fact, organized it this year!), I had a table where I set up under a shady tree.
   I met several people who told me about their dog or cat (whom passed) clearly came back and given signs that they were still around. From seeing them out of the corner of their eye, to feeling them brush against them.  It was really interesting to hear more of the stories that I wrote about in the book.
   There were a good number of people in attendance, and I met one gentleman and his wife who owned 6 Dachshunds and transported them in a baby stroller. I had to get a picture of that!
Melissa and her new doxie baby!
This guy had 6 Dachshunds in a stroller!
  Our friend Melissa was there, too- she managed the rescue for a long time. She brought her new Dachshund baby - a Dachshund-Chihuahua mix that she recently adopted. Melissa also has the coolest dog things, and had a cloth bag with a shoulder strap that comfortably held the dog!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 - Final Trailer (OFFICIAL)

Coming out on theaters on May 2, The Amazing Spiderman hits the theatres!  Here's the story: Peter Parker runs the gauntlet as the mysterious company Oscorp sends up a slew of supervillains against him, impacting on his life. and below is the trailer. Looks great!

Monday, April 21, 2014

A Musical Message of Love to Shelley from Webster the Dachshund

On April 5, I was responding to an email from my good friend Shelley, who is also a dachshund
rescue volunteer. She just lost her beloved dog, Webster. As I wrote in my new book, Pets and the Afterlife" - losing a dog is the same as losing a child. My heart hurts for Shelley and everyone who loses a pet (as I've lost several dogs).
As I was writing to Shelley, her dog Webster's spirit came through to me immediately. I happened to log onto radio, and one of the stations I listen to is music from the 1980s. As soon as the music started to play, I wrote to Shelley and said "Webster JUST sent me a song for you. I've never heard it come up on Pandora and I instantly knew it was a message from him. It's Somewhere Out There by Linda Rondstat and James Ingram. I'm sitting here all teared up. This song is from Webster with love:

PETS AND THE AFTERLIFE: The loss of a pet is like the loss of a child to pet owners. The love we share with our pets never dies, and in a new book called "Pets and the Afterlife" by Rob Gutro, the author provides proof that our pets do communicate with us from the other side.    Available in paperback and E-book, on and other outlets at: To order paperback of Kindle- click here

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Part 2: A Meeting of 4 Minds and Mediums

Our friend Ruthie Larkin, the Beantown Medium ( stayed with us an
 extra day after her big meeting with four families who each lost a teenage son last year. On her second day, we invited some friends who share medium-like abilities to come over in the afternoon for lunch and some medium-stuff, like meditations.
L to R: Troy, Ruthie, Tom, Kyle
   Tom and I had the day off of course, and we were joined by Troy C. and Kyle MacQ. Like us, Troy is a member of the Inspired Ghost Tracking Team, and he's also a pretty amazing medium. We recently befriended Kyle, whom I met during a presentation about ghosts/spirits at a UMBC class. Kyle also has an amazing intuitive gift, and we took him on a ghost investigation with IGT to an historic house, where he confirmed the messages that we also got.
Working on a meditation
  Ruthie led us in a guided meditation, and if you've never done one, you should. If you're missing someone that passed away, it can really help get in touch with them. Ruthie had us picture a beach, and then a ship on the horizon. Someone from the ship got into a rowboat and came to shore. That would be someone who passed. That person is up to you, of course, as is what happens next.

Chris Evans, lifeguard  in Rob's meditation
During the meditation I encountered my mom and dad, who didn't say anything to me, but we just all walked down a beach and were happy. I also tuned in to a visitor for Tom, too.

IT'S ALL ABOUT PERCEPTION -   What's interesting is how everyone perceives things.  Ruthie mentioned in the beginning that we had to ascend 10 stairs on the beach from the sand. So, while some were picturing wooden stairs to a parking lot, or twisting cement stairs, I pictured ascending 10 steps up to a lifeguard platform. Inside the platform was the hot actor, Chris Evans, acting as a lifeguard. I think my meditation was the most exciting. LOL

Of Dogs and Bunnies...

Dolly look-alike
 Easter makes our dogs think of one thing- hunt and chase that Bunny! We couldn't get our kids to wear Bunny ears, so we found these similar looking dogs on-line. Enjoy your day!
Tyler and Franklin look-alikes

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Part 1: A Meeting of Minds and Mediums

On April 10 and 11, we took the day off to welcome our friend and medium, Ruthie Larkin - who came to visit 4 families, each of whom lost a teenager in a car accident one year a
go in eastern Maryland. I (Rob) got to go with Ruthie and meet the families, and provided a background on how mediumship works, and how spirits send signs and messages.
Rob and Ruthie
RUTHIE'S IMMEDIATE CONNECTIONS - Ruthie really is amazing. She told me on the way over that someone's mother died in the last year or two (one of the teenage boys' grandmothers)  and that one of the boys is with her. She gave other details, too. Once in the house, she walked up to a young woman and asked if she was a sister. She nodded "yes." Ruthie said that her brother's spirit told her that she got a tattoo in her honor (the girl was wearing long sleeves and didn't have any visible tattoos). She rolled up her sleeve and showed Ruthie a big tattoo in her brother's memory.Ruthie stayed the rest of the day and met with each family member and provided a lot more amazing signs and confirmations!

A persistent Robin visits
  During Ruthie's opening, I got some messages that were confirmed.One was about robins, one was about airplanes.

ROBINS - MORE THAN A SIGN OF SPRING -  Two of the teenage boys' spirits told that their parents were sent Robins who lingered around them for days. That was a sign from them that they're both still around they're families.  
   NOTE: Spirits will send birds, insects or small animals to people to let them know they're around. It's just not a matter of a bird coming, but lingering and returning over and over, which is what happened here. 
  While I was giving my introduction, I mentioned this and two different parents acknowledged they each had a Robin around them. One father said that a Robin has been returning to his window over and over. Another father and mother said that a Robin has been around their lawn - the same one, over and over in a certain spot (not in a tree). 
U.S. Navy Fighter Jet. Credit: USN
AIRPLANES - One of the teenage boys also showed me visions of planes flying overhead and coming in for a landing. He "told" me that he loved watching planes and was fascinated by them. I clearly saw the underside of a  plane landing. He told me to tell his parents "whenever a plane flies overhead, I'm standing with you." His dad disappeared for a minute and returned with a photo of he and his son in front of a Navy fighter jet and told me his son loved airplanes.
   - It's simple messages that help identify a spirit and let others know that they're around.

NEXT: Part 2: A Meeting of 4 Minds and Mediums!

Friday, April 18, 2014

12 Surprising Uses for Leftover Coffee

Thanks to our friend Alan in Calif. for sending this really interesting article!
12 Surprising Uses for Leftover Coffee
There are lots of ways to reuse coffee grounds, but what about uses for leftover coffee itself? That brown beverage is good for more than just your morning wake-up.


On average, Americans spend almost $1100 per year on coffee, and you know that we aren’t drinking every drop of it. How many mornings have you poured out a few cups or even most of a pot of coffee that you didn’t manage to drink before work? All of that wasted coffee adds up, but you don’t have to feel guilty. Instead of pouring that precious leftover coffee down the drain, you can use it in your cooking, around your house and in the garden. Check out these surprising ways to reuse that leftover coffee!

Cooking with Leftover Coffee
1. Make coffee ice cubes. Frozen leftover coffee cubes are great for iced coffee that won’t get diluted as the ice melts, or you can put the cubes in a glass of vegan milk for instant(ish) iced coffee.
2. Add it to your oatmeal. Thin your oatmeal with leftover coffee instead of milk. Yum! Pro tip: add some cinnamon and dried cherries or apricots.
3. Doctor up hot cocoa. Replace some or all of the liquid in your homemade cocoa with coffee.
4. Make brownies. Replace some of the milk in your next batch of brownies with coffee for mocha brownies.
5. Make iced coffee. This might seem obvious to some folks, but not everyone thinks about iced coffee as just hot coffee that’s gone cold. Store leftover coffee in a pitcher in the refrigerator for an iced coffee any time you want one. This is how we “made” our iced coffee at the coffee shop I worked at in high school and college.
6. Season your chili. A little bit of coffee adds a nice depth of flavor to a pot of chili.
7. Frosting. Instead of using milk to thin your frosting, use leftover coffee. It adds a little bit of color and flavor.
12 Surprising Uses for Leftover Coffee
Home and Garden uses for Leftover Coffee
8. Feed your plants. In moderation, you can use leftover coffee to water acid-loving plants like tomatoes. Just try not to do this too often, because even plants that like acidic soil don’t like it too acidic. See Buffalogal’s comment on this thread. She pours about half a pot of cold, leftover coffee on her lupines every couple of weeks.
9. Dye fabric. Coffee is great at staining fabric, so put that stain power to use! Soak fabric in leftover coffee for a lovely, earthy mocha color.
10. Create coffee-dyed paper. Give your next paper craft project a lovely aged look with coffee.
11. Clean the grill. The acid in coffee will cut through the cooked-on grease on your grill. This is best if you have a lot of leftover coffee, since you’re going to be soaking the grates.
12. Repair scratched furniture. Simmer some leftover coffee until it reduces by half, then rub that paste onto any scratches in your dark wood. Wipe away the excess with a damp cloth.
Have you found any interesting uses for leftover coffee? I’d love to hear your suggestions in the comments!

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Ouch! Franklin's Painful Trouble

Anyone who says having dogs isn't like having kids doesn't likely have a dog. Kids are kids, and our 10 year old Dachshund Franklin got into trouble and pain yesterday.
Franklin recovering from losing a nail
  In the mornings I let the 3 kids outside to do their business at 4:45 a.m. then they come in for breakfast with Tom. Yesterday morning I didn't notice anything out of the ordinary when they came in and ate.  After Tom left for work I noticed that there was a stain on one of their blankets where Franklin was laying and he was licking his foot. That's when I realized that one of his entire toenails had come off outside!
  Of course, there was blood, so I needed to clean that up. It was a bit of a struggle to put hydrogen peroxide on his foot because it hurt so much. I gently wiped it with a towel, then soaked his paw for 10 minutes in epsom salts. After drying it, I applied triple antibiotic ointment and bandaged the area, topping off his foot with a sock (and velcro around his leg so he  can't tear it off to get to the bandage).
  So, he gets his foot bathed and cleaned, re-medicated and bandaged daily. He's also on pain meds and recovering this week.  Kids!!

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