I just wanted to publicly thank two people for developing some Blogger hacks that add some important functionality to this blog (things that Blogger hasn't yet built in to their otherwise fine--and free & easy--product):
Phydeaux3 developed a fantastic hack called Blogger Categories with Del.icio.us. He has made possible that list of categories in the sidebar on the right, which I hope will steadily grow as I blather on about dogs.
Amit Upadhyay wrote a hack that lets me create expandable post summaries. In other words, I can write outrageously long posts but show only the first few paragraphs on my main page, allowing my readers to click if they are willing to endure more.