It’s a dog blog.
Well, not quite.
I am technically qualified to write about the following things: Western history, especially as it pertains to the international political economy; politics, international politics and political economy; and campaign strategy and current political intrigue.
There will be very little of that on this blog.
I will mainly write about dogs and their place in our society, the history of that relationship, and how that relationship can be improved.
I will also write about nature and ecology. I am full of nature writing and meditations on nature, as well as interesting stories about wild animals, including those that lived near me when I was growing up in West Virginia.
I am prone to writing stories about my childhood dogs and bragging about my current dog. As you may have noticed, I love golden retrievers, and I have a deep appreciation for their history and that of their close relations.
So what I’m basically saying is that you can expect lots of things on this blog. I hope you’ll find something you like here.
Feel free to disagree with me when I’m polemical. It keeps me honest.
And also don’t be a stranger. E-mail me at retrieverman1[at]yahoo.com or use the Contact Page:
I love getting feedback from readers.
I am also available for freelance writing and blog work, so please e-mail me if you’re interested. I am a nearly expert at using WordPress’s blogging software, and I have some expertise in SEO. I know how to build a community around a blog and produce good quality content. (Check out my Elance Profile).
However, if you just want me to write about the things I normally discuss on this blog, I would be fine just doing that.
And if you would like, feel free to join the Facebook group.
Update: As of 11 December 2011, “Retrieverman’s Weblog” has been renamed “The Retriever, Dog, and Wildlife Blog.”
Comments policy: I moderate comments. If you’re here to troll or bitch about pictures (read this post to tell you why I won’t approve your comments), you will NOT get a comment approved. Although I do reserve the right to publish really stupid comments and make fun of you! If you don’t like me, then I already don’t like you.
I generally tolerate those with different views for me, but creationism is not tolerated on this blog. You produce one creationist comment, and you will be banned. This blog does not exist to spread such terrific ignorance, and all creationist comments will be excoriated– if I choose to publish them.
I spend a lot of time taking down the Victorian toilet science that underpins the Dog Fancy. I have no tolerance for Bronze Age fairy tales and Medieval superstition.
Also I reserve the right to delete comments I deem offensive. More than likely, I will simply not approve them. I further reserve the right not to approve comments if I simply don’t like the cut of your jib. Offensive comments include– but are not limited to– attacks on a person’s ethnicity, national origin, race, gender, or sexual orientation.