This morning as I was doing a prolonged Downward Dog stretch on our rarely sunny floor, I recognized that if my blog is to be true to its name (An Intelligent Dog’s Guide to a Troubled World) it actually has to ignore this troubled world. Miss Emily Dickinson wrote and I recklessly paraphrase: “we must see things slant.” This means that at times it is not wise to face reality head on. In keeping with this notion, you will not be harrassed by the grimmer aspects of this troubled world here on my page –no deluge of horrific material from the 24-hour news cycle and the windbags of cable television. To offer a guide (I reflected as I eased the kinks out of my Labrador hindquarters with a gentle stretch), one must offer perspective. And sometimes perspective is only possible by taking a kind of holiday of the mind. Beyond Downward Dog, yoga does not appeal to Yours Truly, but apparently it works for these three characters at http://dogyoga.com/ who seem to be doing their flexible best to sell clothes.