Surviving Eleanor…

Joel and I were talking tonight over dinner, and we suddenly realized that it was one year ago this weekend that I went to Montana to pick up Eleanor. Six weeks after losing Muddy and then Reba, our new puppy was finally big enough to take home. My friend Hilda and I were on the…

Have You Hugged Your Fog Today, or Overnights in Terminal B

So no, I have not hugged a dog (the “fog” was a typo from my original Facebook posting) today, but that is not by choice. I’ve just spent the night here on the floor of terminal B at the Denver airport (okay, that was by choice because I refuse to pay $154 for a crappy…

Too Much Fun, or When to Tip Excessively

Back when their dog, Greta, was still alive, my Uncle Jim liked to send me videos and clips of things that amused him. He also sent photos of Greta, his other wife. This is what came in one time over the weekend wires. Yes, Jim’s other wife (besides my Aunt Laurie) is a dog. My…

Itsy Bitsy Spider, or the Acrobatics of Early Morning Hikes

I’m a big fan of the early morning hike. On weekend mornings, I like to be out on the trail by seven. It’s still cool at that time of day, it’s not nearly as crowded, and it’s relatively quiet. It’s the perfect time to wear out two young dogs and get a little thinking done….

Why I Loved Zeke and Zeke Loved Me

A few years ago, I arrived home to a box at the front door. Since I am an Amazon Prime member and I’m a firm believer in that shipping things directly to me is one of the best things ever, boxes at the door are not uncommon occurrences. What was uncommon, however, is that the…

Things You Learn the First Time

Ever wonder why old veterinarians always leave a window down just far enough on their pickups? Easy–so when their dogs (and please note the correct usage of the plural there) step on the lock  and lock them out of the truck, they still have a way to break into their own vehicle. Who says that…

Maggie Gets a Lift

“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” –Roger Caras