my dogs, bechet and abita (abby), when they are not causing trouble around the house, can be found at Copper Star, a local coffee shop in the melrose district of central phoenix, right across the street from the "wag-n-wash", a popular hangout for wannabe cosmetic surgery obsessed urban chic dogs. if you happen to stop by and grab a cup of coffee, you will find them inside knocking down triple expressos, and putting the final touches of their soon-to-be forthcoming monograph "six dogs in search of a behavioral economist".  the book is part self-help book aimed at targeting those pesky impulsive and time-inconsistent behavioral "issues" that plague the daily lives of most socially inclined, yet somewhat irrational, furry friends; part mediation on pirandello's historical role in painting the now dominant portrait of the suburban absurdist quasi-hyperbolic dog lost in the grasp of what appears to be an endless expanding cave of burnin' phoenix-arizona existential abyss; and part exploration into the new and intriguing question:  "what happens to the predictions of classical economic theory if we replace rational economic agents with their canine counterparts?"

in the last few months, the dogs have become increasing interested in this new awe-inspiring-particle of pop philosophy, "liberal paternalism", that off-the-charts billboard-level popular user-friendly bit of behavioral political economy most notably found in every word richard thaler and cass sustein seem to have written during the first decade of this century. bechet is particularly interested in such well-known behavioral "anomalies"  as myopic loss aversion, framing, status quo bias, reference dependence, and herding as explanations for why his parents appear to be somewhat dim bulbs, and he is trying to understand how to use the results of the multitude of lucrative NSF funded behavioral experiments to guide him in calibrating the correct mixture of assorted  "nudges" and "suggestions"  that will turn his seemingly oblivious (yet remarkably happy) parents into even more dog-friendly, cat-avoiding, treat-dispensing machines who enjoy nothing more than following him mindlessly around the house petting him.

on this page, i hope to eventually also include pictures of my dogs past (e.g., sammy and zoot), both fantastic dogs and sorely missed, some snaps of my mom's charming bichon, casper, as well as some pics of my mom and dad's dog rags, who passed away a number of years ago.

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mom and abby, san bernardino, june 2013

mom and abby, san bernardino, june 2013

bechet, woods canyon lake, along the mogollon rim, az, summer 2011

bechet, woods canyon lake, along the mogollon rim, az, summer 2011

bechet, pondering the origins of the universe, at mom's, san bernardino, july 2013

bechet, pondering the origins of the universe, at mom's, san bernardino, july 2013

abby and bechet, in the cabin at chris creek, summer 2011

abby and bechet, in the cabin at chris creek, summer 2011

bechet, san bernardino, ca., summer 2013

bechet, san bernardino, ca., summer 2013

abby, sleeping. san bernardino, july 2013

abby, sleeping. san bernardino, july 2013

bechet, san bernardino, july 2013

bechet, san bernardino, july 2013

abby, in san bernardino, july 2013

abby, in san bernardino, july 2013

bechet, san bernardino, july 2013

bechet, san bernardino, july 2013

bechet, at mom's, san bernardino, july 2013

bechet, at mom's, san bernardino, july 2013

before bechet and abby, i had the good fortune to have zoot (named after zoot sims), and sammy (actually, his name was beckett, but i called him sammy). so, i post a couple of picture of my original troublemakers.

the first pictures are sammy, and the second ones are zoot.

sammy in the courtyard, april 2006

sammy in the courtyard, april 2006

sammy doing his trick.....at mom's, san bernardino, ca. 2005

sammy doing his trick.....at mom's, san bernardino, ca. 2005

zoot, in the couryard, phoenix, 2007

zoot, in the couryard, phoenix, 2007

zoot, at christopher creek, 2009

zoot, at christopher creek, 2009