cropped-maggie-at-valley-view.jpgI have known for quite some time that the term “redneck” in my blogs title is seen by some as derogatory slang. The term is also used broadly to degrade working class and rural whites that are perceived by urban progressives to be insufficiently liberal. At one time “redneck” characterized farmers having a red neck caused by sunburn from hours working in the fields. This last definition actually fits me the best due to my Irish root and propensity to sunburn easily.

I have considered changing the name of my blog but was unable to come up with a better title. That is until a recent blog post in which I discovered that my Australian Shepherd, Maggie, is quite popular with my followers. Since Maggie has a red coat she became the inspiration for my blogs updated name, Red Dog Garage. With my blog post on making a rat trap extremely deadly still getting multiple visits a week, and still my most visited blog post, it will be no time until Red Dog Garage becomes the number search result for killing rats.