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The boxer has gotten into a nightly routine that Isaac and I have found hilarious, because she won’t leave us alone until she gets her way.

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The boxer Val doesn’t really care for the harness I got her, but she seems to be getting used to it.

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The summer slump means I have more time to spend with the three fleabags, which is good, because since my son is working for grandpa on the farm, the dogs have been very bored without him.

The grumpy Shih Tzu Leonard has found a new spot to nap that’s become his favorite spot to snooze away the day -- when he’s not on my lap, of course.

Mom complains about Dad spoiling Bella, their teacup Yorkie -- and he does, but he’s not the only one. Mom is just as bad.

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But Republicans in Topeka aren't really interested in cutting the food sales tax. We know that because big corporations still get three times as much tax relief in the House bill as food-buying Kansans.

Ever since the boxer Val injured her foot, the pecking order in our household has changed. Val is no longer the top dog.

I’m not exactly certain, but I think the old dog Chester  has been more on guard than usual. He’s been pretty wild, and I don’t think it’s just because of the cold.

My son Isaac says the Shih Tzu is so lazy that if given the choice between getting out of the way or getting stepped on, Leonard would prefer to be stepped on.

In the last couple of weeks, the boxer Val  has had a little more freedom in our household. We’ve allowed her to run loose in the house for an hour or two at a time and have even let her loose by herself the whole day.

I think with all of the rain last weekend and this week, one dog in particular has been going stir crazy — the young boxer Val.

Even though I was feeling a little under the weather with a head cold and a cough, the dogs did their best last week to make me feel better.

The dogs were part of the family reunion over the weekend, and, though we had 11 dogs and 27 people there, we were only concerned about one dog.

It took them a few weeks, but I think the dogs finally miss not having Isaac around during the day now that school has started.

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