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Today’s post will probably come as a shock to the grand majority of you, which is kind of a cruel joke for me to play, as I’ve thought (read: tortured myself) about it for a really long time. As of today, phetched is going on indefinite hiatus. What does that mean? Well, I don’t exactly know. It may just be a break for the summer. It may be a break for forever. I’m just not sure.

The truth is, I’ve been writing this blog for a little over two years now (anywhere from 5 to 7 days a week), and as much fun as it’s been, I’m itching to try something new. Inspiration’s knocking, and I need the freedom to see where she takes me. I want to hike mountain trails with my dogs and explore my city. I want to take more pictures. I want to finish decorating my house. I want to write about the other things that interest me, like fashion and music and art and feelings. Maybe I’ll open an Etsy shop. Maybe I’ll write a book of mildly autobiographical short stories. Maybe I’ll learn to play mandolin and record a rootsy reinterpretation of The Fame Monster. I’m not really sure what I’m going to do just yet, but I’m pretty excited about the question mark.

Regarding you, dear readers, I need better words, but these will have to suffice: Thank you. Thank you for tuning in every day, for making me laugh, for sharing your love of dogs with me, for getting it. I started this blog for completely personal reasons, as a way to rediscover my voice and feel creative again. But knowing someone was out there reading it, enjoying it, sharing it? That just fills me up to bursting. Thank you.

In all honesty, though, I’m not going too, too far. Starting in a couple weeks or so, you’ll find me over at Dog Milk (a super awesome modern dog blog that you guys probably visit every day already — and if you don’t, why the heeze NOT??) as a weekly contributor. I’m super stoked to be joining the Dog Milk team, as it’s a fabulously fun site and they are all way cooler/prettier/nicer than I could ever claim to be. Please, please, PLEASE bring your eyes and your love and your comments over to Dog Milk, and let’s reconnect there. (And so you’ll be the first to know when I grace this space again, become an email subscriber using the link to the upper right.)

Peace, tail wags, and high fives –

Katherine (with Mingus and Dottie)

P.S. That shot above was the best we could do.

We’re takin’ a break today. See y’all tomorrow!

UPDATE: We’re back in business and will return with new posts Monday morning! Hollerrrrr.

Hey, everybody! You may have noticed lately that it sometimes takes approximately 8 years and 4 days for phetched to fully load in your browser. It’s not you – it’s us. We’ve been having some slow server problems, but our hosting is doing their best to help us out. So over the next 24 to 72 hours they’re going to be migrating us onto a grid something or other (blah blah blah sis-boom-bah lots of computer stuff I don’t understand), and while that’s going on we’re just going to hold tight and wait. So, stay tuned, and we’ll be back with new posts soon — maybe tomorrow, maybe by Friday, maybe not till Monday. It’s all part of a fun game we call Waiting for the Hosting to Migrate (hey, I didn’t say it was a good name).

See you soon!

phetched is taking a vacation this week! We’ll see you back here on Monday, September 27th.

Be good!

The pups and I are super stoked to be featured in the Fall 2010 issue of Modern Dog magazine! There’s a little write-up on phetched in the section entitled “Surf: Top Dog Sites.” Super awesome, right? Thanks, Modern Dog!

This is even more exciting than when my vitriolic letter to the editor was published in Vogue (the actual Vogue!). Makes us want to give everybody at Modern Dog a big ol’ slurp on the mouth (which Dottie will freely do to anyone, often in somewhat inappropriate ways).

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I was perusing my hearted shops on Etsy this weekend and realized, to my utter surprise and supreme dismay, that I’ve never featured retro-inspired, custom-made Lucky Fiona collars here on phetched. This is completely unacceptable, and I humbly apologize. I’m a dummy.

But seriously, look at these collars. Looky how pretty! Dottie totally needs to rock one of these. She may be dirty, but she’s ALL FASHION.

Fetch one for your little lady at Lucky Fiona.

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We hope everyone has a relaxing weekend. Take care of yourselves and your pups in this heat.

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phetched is taking a little break today… see you Monday!

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I haven’t sat down yet and drawn up a formal list of resolutions for 2010. (I’ve never done it before, why start now?) I’ve kind of tossed around some resolution-like thoughts, though, in my head over the past couple of days. I have vowed to myself that I will be patient and let my hair grow out, as much as I may get frustrated at it and want to go all Britney on it in a psychotic rage. I want to turn off the TV and read more, and I want to learn how to cook some new and interesting things, like daikon radishes and homemade veggie burgers.

I’ve also decided to give myself a little weekly break and stop running Sunday posts in 2010. I’m going to devote that time, instead, to sniffin’ out more cool doggie stuff for your amusement, or going on longer walks with my pups, or learning how to cook daikon radishes.

Happy 2010, y’all! See you Monday.

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Hey, y’all! We’re heading into the hills – or the mountains, really. Our little family is in the process of moving from Raleigh, NC to beautiful Asheville, NC, so I’ve got to take a little break from sniffin’ out cool doggy stuff so we can get packed, moved, and unpacked.

Phetched will return to daily postings on Monday, December 7th — including a super-sweet grand-relaunching giveaway — so come on back, OK?

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