The Promise of a Pink Grooming Kit, or How Girl Power Rules the Day

Sometime last year, a GoldieBlox video featuring three girls who’d had it up to here with princess make-believe and instead went about building their own Rube Goldberg machine took YouTube by storm. Three small girls went about using their everyday toys to build machines to open garage doors, twirl the baby, launch balls, all in…

An Open-Door Philosophy, or Leaving with More than You Bargained

In small towns, people leave the doors unlocked more often than not. It makes it quite handy to duck in and leave things on the kitchen table, but every once in a while you catch someone unaware. Like Nicky’s mum, who was visiting from England. Legend has it that a friend walked in to drop…

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…

Equine Vaccinations, or Determining What Shots Your Horse Really Needs to Have

Across the United States, veterinarians receive regular reports from various departments of livestock. According to the Montana Department of Livestock (MDOL) dated April 30, 2014, Montana had the third-highest confirmed case count of West Nile Virus in the United States. Equine herpes virus is a repeat offender in horse populations as well, also making the…

Mother Goose, or This Is How It Starts

My cousin, Caryn, posted this photo of the most recent addition to their household. Meet Buddy the goose!   My brother, Matt, tried raising geese as a science project back in the day. He (or rather my parents and Karen Hauge) had an incubator set up at the vet clinic. Every day, when Matt returned…

Who Do You Love, or Donkey Love Writ Small

I laughed straight out loud when I saw this photo from my friend Heather. Catching the first blush of donkey love on camera is a difficult thing, but she managed to do just that. This is not my first brush with tiny donkeys. When I first left Montana for the higher-education institutions of Illinois, it…

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…

And a Grin Big Enough to Hold Your Hat Up

I laugh every time I see this photo, and it’s not because Champ here had to get into the kiddie wading pool for the photo. It’s that grin on Hutch’s face. I cannot tell if he is showing off the fact that all of his teeth have come in or he is using it to…

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