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Let me introduce you to Harry & Daxter, the loves of my life.

Photos by Ben Powell

I know you all are anxious to know ALL about them because you are clearly as obsessed with them as I am, so away we go!

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Name: Harry James Powell
Birthday: April 28th, 2004
Likes: Pizza crust, sleeping on your lap, picking on Daxter
Fears: Umbrellas, loud noises, pretty much everything


Name: Daxter Edward Powell
Birthday: January 21st, 2010
Likes: Barking, destroying flip flops, following me into the bathroom
Fears: Nothing. Well, maybe the vacuum cleaner. But for the most part, he thinks he’s a Rottweiler.

My family got Harry when he was wee pup on our move up to Ottawa, Canada when I was 16. I’m ashamed to admit that we actually bought him from Petland. Back then, I didn’t know anything about puppy mills, or how Petland (and pretty much any pet store that actually SELLS dogs) supports them, or anything like that (where were the protesters that day?)

Harry Beary

Because Harry is an absolutely amazing dog I don’t regret getting HIM, though I do wish that the circumstances had been different. In case the whole puppy-mill argument itself isn’t enough to deter you from purchasing pet store pets, you should also know that Harry suffers from a rare and chronic condition that painfully affects his nail beds, a likely result of his poor breeding. I feel very strongly now that people should be informed and be responsible about where they get their pets.


In March 2010, I got Daxter from a small family breeder in Missouri and they were great to work with, but my next dog will definitely be from a rescue. There are breed-specific rescue organizations all over the country, so even as a devoted Miniature Schnauzer lover I don’t have an excuse not to. :)

Photo by Ben Powell

Have you heard that saying, “Dogs are not our whole lives, but they make our lives whole”? Well, no disrespect to the author who penned it, but my dogs really are my life. I’m not sure if that sounds crazy, or if maybe as a fellow dog-owner you might be able to relate, but they simply are the best.

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Photo by Ben Powell

Puppy FAQ:

What kind of dogs are they? They are both miniature schnauzers.

How much do they weigh? Harry weighs 24 pounds, and Daxter weighs 17 pounds.

What kind of food do you feed them? Currently, Wellness Super5Mix Dry Dog Food for Small Breed Dogs. I love it, they love it, and it has amazingly restored a lot of Harry’s youthfulness and energy. Win-win-win!


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