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Fool for Love When You Don't See Me

Someone Like You I'm Your Man

He's The One It Had To Be You

The Mammoth Book of New Gay Erotica Best Gay Erotica 2007

Best Gay Love Stories: New York City Best Gay Love Stories 2005

Three Fortunes In One Cookie The Deal


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Feb. 19th, 2011

you dropped a bomb on me

I woke up today feeling as though my eyes had been scrubbed with sandpaper and one nostril had been used as storage for fifty pounds of bromide while I slept. It's been warm and spring-like in Houston this past week, which is all it takes around here for things to start blooming and allergens to be everywhere. I recently vacuumed and dusted, so I blamed the dogs for how I felt today. They haven't had a bath in quite a while, so they're nothing but dander machines. Walking, jumping, playing, rolling, drooling, dander factories.

Yes, Rex has issues, as well as a need to challenge my authority. You'd think he'd be the worst dog to bathe. On the contrary, he's the easiest. He loves the attention and just stands in the tub like a diva at the spa. So I saved him for last. I bathed Pixie second, because I knew she'd be trouble. Sure enough, the second I turned on the water she climbed my torso and tried to masquerade as a scarf. "Oh! Oh! Help! Nobody here but us scarves!" So I put on my swimming trunks and led her outside to the hose. She didn't like it much better, but at least she kept four paws on the ground and let me get it over with.

I didn't know how Penny would react, so she got the first bath. Penny is pretty much fearful of everything, so I knew I'd have to calmly talk her through it and reassure her. Her reaction was to freeze in place at the opposite end of the bathtub from the faucet, in an ignore it and it will all go away sort of response, which was perfect for my purposes. I kept telling her how great she was doing, and how clean and pretty she would be afterward. She seemed to like the attention. That is, until I poured water over her head to rinse away the shampoo on her head. She panicked and pooped, and that was the end of bath time for Penny.

Jan. 24th, 2011

pretty persuasion

The following email was in my in-box this morning, so I felt compelled to post it here for my five or six Houston readers to see, and so I could link to it on Twitter. Hopefully the five or six of you can tell your local friends about it, and they can do the same, and we can find these good dogs a great home. Thanks!


We have all been working so hard to find great homes for the animals in our program so that we could rescue more. Well, after a few months of having to cut down on intake because of the number of animals in our program and dwindling finances, we are happy to announce that we were able to start the New Year out right by doing a BARC pull! This past Saturday Scout's Honor Rescue was able to rescue 11 dogs from BARC (Houston pound). Now we desperately need your help!! We desperately need foster homes for all of these great dogs so that they can experience love and compassion while waiting for their forever homes. It makes such a difference as to the adoptability of a dog when we are able to have him/her in a foster home and learn more about each one's personality, habits, etc. So, that is where you come in! Please consider opening your heart and home to one of these precious babies. I promise it is one of the most rewarding experiences!

Of course, if you cannot foster, funds are ALWAYS appreciated. You can donate at the “donate now” link at In the description section, please indicate “BARC dogs” so we can earmark the donation. If you have trouble indicating the purpose of the donation (which can be an issue on PayPal), feel free to email us at that you made it. Checks are also welcomed and appreciated. Just make it payable to “Scout’s Honor” and mail it to 1302 Waugh Drive, #245, Houston, Texas 77019.

All of the dogs below (with the exception of a few of the ones that are in poor condition or are too young) are spayed/neutered, up to date on vaccinations and microchipped. Due to the number of dogs, we tried to keep the description of each short, but we have additional details and pics on each that we can provide.

Josie: Josie is a Shepherd mix of some sort who was at BARC for almost 2 months without being adopted. She is just a big goofy girl with lots of energy and lots of love to give. She loves to give hugs and just be close to you. Some mean person docked her tail, but that just means she will wag her nub so hard her butt will shake. Josey is about 2 years old, weighs about 85lbs and she is also potty trained.

Cooter: Cooter looks like he might be a Hound/Bernese Mountain Dog mix of some sort. He is a super friendly guy that loves attention. Cooter is about 2 years old, weighs about 80lbs and just wants a home where he can play and get lots of attention. He would be a great family dog and a great running partner Will you give him that home?
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If you are interested in fostering or adopting any of these BARC babies, please contact us at right away. These sweeties deserve to be in loving homes as soon as possible after the terror they no doubt experienced at BARC. To read about Scout's Honor's fostering procedures, please visit our website at As always, Scout's Honor pays all costs associated with fostering (including providing a crate), and if requested, the foster can receive a tax deduction receipt from Scout's Honor for all of his or her own documented expenses related to fostering.

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Jan. 10th, 2011

penny and me

Penny is still with us. She slid through an other Saturday With Scout's Honor event without being adopted. Penny is very good at sitting quietly in her crate and going unnoticed, because that's her modus operandi when she's nervous. One of the other SH volunteers said there was a woman interested in fostering Penny and possibly adopting her if they got along well, which would be wonderful, but the woman took a foster application and was never heard from again. So, we'll see if anything comes of that. (Doubtful.)

When we returned to The Compound Penny was ecstatic to be back. She ran around Becky's house a few times, pooped, played with Pixie and Rex, and then took a long nap in my apartment. From then on she was on her best behavior. She's usually a bit standoffish with me and Mr. Becky, leading us to believe some dude was mean to her at some point in her life. But after adoption day she snuggled with me on the sofa while we watched TV, and she ran up to Mr. Becky and let him pet her, which is unheard of. On Sunday she was playful and friendly all day.

This morning, however, when I exited the bathroom after showering, I found Penny sitting in the middle of the sofa and happily gnawing on one of my socks without a care in the world. Luckily, she's damn cute.

Jan. 5th, 2011

big fun

Pixie and my latest Scout's Honor foster dog, Penny, have become fast friends. A few weeks ago Becky and I were admiring Pixie's ability to make friends with every foster dog that has come through here in the past year. I said, "You know why that is?"

"Because she was a foster dog herself and is empathetic to their plight?" Becky guessed.

"Nope," I replied. "Because, like every skinny bitch, she needs a fat friend to make her look good. Penny is her fat friend."

"She's not fat."

"Every dog is fat next to Pixie. She's a supermodel."

"Penny is Janeane Garofalo to Pixie's Uma Thurman."

"Bess to Pixie's Nancy Drew."

That's how Penny acquired the nick-name, "Bess."

pixie and penny

Dec. 16th, 2010

shake dog shake


Meet very handsome Tundra! Tundra is a 1.5-year-old chocolate lab. Tundra was rescued from LaPorte Pound and was so sad and super skinny. When he first came to Scout's Honor Rescue, he was thin and boney with swollen paws and soars all over, and his coat looked just awful.

Tundra is now 80 pounds of playful puppy personality (he will likely fill out with another 10 pounds before he is at proper weight). After a few visits to the vet and a good diet, Tundra has been slowly gaining weight and looking better each day with a healthy looking coat. I think he can actually say, “Look at me NOW!”

Silliness is a must when Tundra is in the room. Remember the “Marley Mambo”? This boy puts a whole new twist on it. Tundra’s entire body fills with such excitement; I think he might burst with happiness! He can go from a dead sleep to wiggling head to toe in the nanosecond it takes you to walk in the room. Happiness is contagious and Tundra is living proof. If you can be around this dog without your day brightening and without giggle….well, then you don’t deserve him!

Tundra is a great companion. He loves to go on long walks, and he absolutely adores toys of all kinds; ropes, squeakies, and balls. He can fetch, sit, and stay. Tundra is great with other dogs and kids. He is not a huge fan of cats and will bark at them. Tundra is also house trained.

Dec. 14th, 2010

the gift


Rex is modeling two necklaces that I've been wearing lately. One is a silver skull pendant from Silverlust that a friend got for me from Scout's Honor's movie night and silent auction a few weeks ago. Which, by the way, was a very fun and successful event. The other is a map tile pendant from my friend Kate's Etsy shop, Maine Days Designs. It's a tiny map of where I'm from in Maine, which I jokingly refer to as my "if lost, return to sender necklace."


Dec. 4th, 2010

in for a penny in for a pound



When? Saturday, December 4th, from 10am to 3pm

Where? 1128 Heights Boulevard (b/t 11th and 12th Streets) Houston 77008.

Why? To find your perfect pet and help get these wonderful homeless animals into a permanent home and, while you are at it, grab a hot dog and burger and have some fun!

I'll be there with my latest foster dog, Penny:


Sweet Penny is ready to bring her new forever home some luck! Penny's a young Saint Bernard/hound mix, fully grown at about 35 pounds. Penny was living in a parking garage when she was rescued, but she's quickly adapted to indoor life. She's fully crate trained and housebroken and has had no accidents in her foster home.

Penny loves other dogs and plays hard, so she would do best with an active companion dog. (There are four dogs in her current foster home, and she gets along with all of them.) She is best suited for a home with no or older children, because with people, she can be a little timid. She responds best to gentle treatment. She seems to adjust more quickly to women than to men, but with time and love, she will probably outgrow most of her timidity.

She has quickly learned her name and basic commands like "No" and "Down." Sometimes she's shy about coming through doors, but she responds to treats for training and rewards. She will need a well-secured yard until she truly understands what a forever home and family are. Initially she liked to dig; she now seems to understand she shouldn't, but may have to learn again in a new yard.

Penny loves chewing toys and marrow bones and may need a little training to know when chewing isn't appropriate. Because she's been such a fast study and wants to please, all she needs is the right attention and lots of love and praise to give you her heart and grow into a beautifully behaved dog.

Oct. 12th, 2010

what a good boy

I love this ad! And speaking of Harveys, this Harvey could use a good home, too!

Sep. 29th, 2010

can't help falling in love

This morning I received an email about some puppies that are now available for adoption through Scout's Honor Rescue. The power of the cuteness compels me to share.


Oh my gosh! Cute puppy alert! You may remember sweet Bellini, a pregnant momma blue heeler that we picked up several months ago. Bellini has been adopted, and now her puppies are ready for their new homes too! These kiddos were born on June 28, 2010, so are a little over 3 months old and currently weigh around 10 pounds. We do not think they are going to get very big (their momma was small, but we have no idea who the dad or dads were). They are fully vaccinated. They will be getting spayed or neutered in the next week, but we are taking applications now! Here is a little bit about each one of these adorable creatures:

Sitka (female) is the smallest of the litter. Although tiny, she has a big personality and won’t let her bigger brothers push her around. She loves to be cuddled and played with and is happiest sitting in your lap.

Kiawatha (female) is a little love bug who loves everyone she meets. Her easy-going personality and soft coat make her irresistible. Kiawatha is a snuggly girl who is happy just being with you.

Chinook (male) has a sweet, mellow disposition. His markings make him look like a happy Buddha which fits his personality. A sturdy little boy, Chinook likes to take an occasional break from playing for a quick cuddle.

Lakota (male) is an active little boy who loves to give kisses. One of the larger puppies, Lakota will play until he’s too tired to play anymore and then flop on your lap for a nap. Lakota is a smart boy and is very good at figuring out how to get what he wants.

Niwah (male) is very outgoing. With two floppy ears (one of which keeps standing up), Niwah is a bit of a clown. Fun-loving and silly, Niwah’s antics will keep you laughing.

Caedus (male) loves to play. He’s always at the center of the action whether it’s playing with his littermates or getting into trouble. Caedus is very affectionate and loves attention.

If you are interested in adopting one of these cutie patooties, please contact Laura at [Redacted. If you're seriously interested, contact me in comments below or email. Or...]. To read about Scout's Honor's adoption procedures or to fill out an application for a puppy, please visit our website at



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Sep. 20th, 2010

get the balance right

I love this! Somehow, I doubt I could get The Compund dogs to do anything close to OK Go's choreography. Although, Rex could probably manage the leaping that one dog does at 2:37. [via Towleroad.]

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