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Meet Lucy

John Federico

Last week, I went to visit some of the dogs at Abandoned Angels Cocker Spaniel Rescue in Flushing, NY. If you love Cocker Spaniels as much as they do and are looking for a canine friend, please give them a call. You can see what dogs they have available on

While I was there, I was lucky to find Lucy and even luckier that she decided she wanted to come home with me. ;)

She was dropped-off today by a volunteer around 11 AM after having had been spayed on Tuesday. Between the surgery and the change of environments, she was scared. After a few hours, she calmed down and started to explore her new home.

Lucy's Story

The Rescue indicated that on January 3rd, Lucy was surrendered by her owner when he learned that his bank would foreclose on his home. She was never housebroken, but did live with and lovingly tolerate a 3-year-old boy.

The owner indicated that Lucy never had pups, but it appears to my wife and me that she's nursed. We'll never know without a full exam by a vet.

That said, we don't really care - just as long as she's healthy. (Which she is.)

Challenges Ahead

Lucy is a dog that needs to learn how to be a dog again. After a year and a half of relieving herself in the house, she's not too sure what she's supposed to do. Couple that with her submissive urination and it's going to take some time to get her housebroken.

A Sweet Girl

After only a few hours, Lucy has started to trust us. She's started playing fetch, she gives kisses, and after dinner tonight she unexpectedly jumped into my lap - she's very loving and patient with all of us. Once we overcome her housebreaking challenges, she's going to be a blessing to this family. We're glad to give this beautiful little girl a loving home.

You can see more of Lucy here.


Gone, but never forgotten

John Federico


April 4, 1994 - October 12, 2008

UPDATE: This thoughtful email was written by wife earlier today:

Dear family and friends,

It is with very heavy hearts that we share the news of Oliver’s passing as a wise, old sage at 101.

Oliver came into our lives in the form of an 11 pound, fluffy, spirited engagement gift and sealed John and I as a family long before we spoke our wedding vows.

Oliver was unique, truly one of a kind and here are just a very few of the special reasons why.  Oliver didn’t lick ice cream off the cone, he bit it off.  He loved Pete’s Wicked Ale, cantaloupe, would choose rice pudding over filet mignon and was always able to identify who in the room would give him the best shot at what he desired (you know who you are).  We would throw one hundred tennis balls, he’d chase everyone as if it were the first or his last, often going air born but he never, ever brought them back.  Needless to say our yard perpetually looked like Wimbledon or as if the Easter Bunny had just departed.  He barked at the background sounds in TV shows and movies…you’ve really no idea how hard those sound folks work to make the scene look and sound realistic!  He sighed loudly if we stayed up too late and he was ready for bed.   His short little tail never stopped wagging and if he were overly excited he could actually wag himself right off his feet. He relished walks on the beach even though he was always a bit timid of the surf and adored his hikes in the park and reservation…soooo many good smells. He was stoic and brave. Ollie was a lover, never short of kisses and he 'spoonsied' like the best. He loved his belly kissed and his ears rubbed and we’re certain he considered himself a person, not a dog.

After 8 years as an “only child” he graciously welcomed Jack and took on the duty of protector and big brother as Jack’s puppy.  He accepted the new and awkward walk routine with a stroller and was with me/us every step of the way with our new child.  He took to sneaking into Jack’s room (we would hear the creak of the door on the baby monitor) and he chose to sleep on the floor next to the crib rather than in his own down filled bed.  Even during the toddler years, with middle-age upon him, he showed the patience of a saint…never a snap, a snarl or disdainful look but rather always grace and love shone through for his family, even the newest, tail-tugging member.

As Oliver’s freckles faded over the years he never lost the spirit of a puppy and when we shared his age with people in the park or on walks they were always shocked to hear that he was 14 years and not 14months. 

What I will miss most about him are his big, brown soulful eyes, soft ears and belly, snuggles, his sweet smell (even his “low tide” breath) and how he helped me to slow down and take in the moment.  Ollie and I have shared miles and miles of walks over the years both in Hoboken and Maplewood where we’ve resided but also in the other places we’ve traveled.  As our miles, became blocks - and this past Spring our blocks became simply a walk around our own block - I discovered many a Georgia O’Keefe sky, the sounds of our neighborhood and the beauty and nature surrounding me.  Oliver gave me the priceless gift of his love and showed me how to slow down long enough to actually feel myself breathe and to take the time to relish the joys and blessings that life has presented to me and our family.  Thank you Ollie Bubba.

Our hearts ache terribly, we will miss him daily but feel truly blessed and honored that he chose to share his very special self with us.  For those of you that touched Ollie’s life and were equally touched by his we thank you for your love and support during this sad time.

Love, D, John and Jack

Old Name, New Name

John Federico

Things change when one comes into their own.

I'm gadgetboy.

I've been gadgetboy since I was eleven years old and my brother gave me the nickname after taking apart the vacuum cleaner to see how it worked. Most people in the social graph know me as gadgetboy. So from now on, my blog will reflect that.

Welcome to where not much will change from the old blog, except the name.

Tempo: putting twitter into your daily workflow

John Federico


Do you bill your time to clients or have a need to keep track of what you do throughout the day?

Time tracking service Tempo supports the twitter API, so you can tweet your time. You can also use SMS, email, a browser and even an iPhone web client.

Does this mean twitter has become mainstream, or is this just an example of a novel use of the twitter API for early adopters?

Take the Tempo tour here.

[tags]Tempo, Time Tracking, Twitter, iPhone, SMS[/tags]

Fragrance or Beverage?

John Federico

It's a beverage actually, but you wouldn't know it based on the advertising. The posters resemble old Chanel ads. Couple that with the odd shaped bottle and golden liquid and you might expect to wear this rather than drink it.

[tags]Advertising, Liquor, Beverage, Wildings[/tags]

What Santa Left for Me

John Federico

Posted by mobile phone:
Santa was good to me this year. (As was my family.) This year, the people who love me presented:

  • An iPod interface kit for my R56 Mini Cooper

  • An Atari 2600 Classic Game Console

  • A Vagitarian T-shirt

  • A Velvet Blazer

  • An Amazon Kindle

  • A Homedics Shiatsu Massage Chair Pad

  • Some beautiful Christmas ornaments

  • Some time with my new niece

  • Some time with all my other nieces and nephew

  • Some time to play with a Wii(!)

  • Time with friends and family

  • Big smiles and laughs from my son

  • Sincere appreciation from my wife (due to a surprise gift)

  • An opportunity to watch the kids play Guitar Hero

I'm grateful for it all.