If you are looking for a great dog this month I highly recommend Merlin. Merlin is a 15-pound terrier mix with that ‘I-just-got-out-of-bed’ hairstyle the girls seem to dig. My hair looks the same no matter what I do. I think Merlin is using some product. If it helps him get adopted (and noticed by the ladies) I fully support him.


This month the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe’s shelter is overflowing with cats. There are so many that five of them are staying at HSTT’s office. Rey, Ginger, Daphne, Pie, and Rudolfo make any visit to the downtown office fun. My favorite of the bunch was Rey. Rey, allegedly an Egyptian Mau, is the longest tenured cat at the office. Rey is a mellow girl, which jives with her Egyptian heritage. Egyptian Mau’s are known for their exceptional speed. I don’t know how they time them but apparently these kitties can get up to 36 miles per hour. It’s getting cold outside. Nothing warms you up better than a fast girl like Rey. Catch her if you can.

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  • Flip Speckleman

    RIP 1999 – 2011

    Flip Speckleman was one of Moonshine Ink's original columnists, writing his beloved column "Flip's Friends" for almost a decade. His wry sense of humor, eloquent style, love of shelter animals, and appreciation for Tahoe living touched readers over the years, with many citing Flip's Friends as their favorite part of Moonshine.

    A sample of his writing:

    “I’m getting cranky in my old age. Ok, I’m getting crankier in my old age. A few random neighborhood dogs have been wandering by my house lately. My immediate response is to bark, ‘Get off my lawn,’ and then mutter something unintelligible under my breath about kids today. Excitable young dogs jump up enthusiastically when we greet on a walk. My response is to not even make eye contact. If they persist I show my teeth and growl. I don’t know what it is with young pups today. I blame social media. The cats are texting. The dogs are tweeting. I look like a caveman showing up with my notebook, pencil, and press pass. I think it’s time Moonshine Ink bought me a laptop.”  

    ~ “Bruno: Short, Brown, and Handsome,” published in Moonshine Ink, Dec. 10, 2010

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