Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town

Oh Ruby, you do so love being the center of attention, so much that you’re perfectly comfortable moving to the middle of the circle, sacking out, and letting Sam McDowell use you as a footrest. Quite literally, you’ll let love walk all over you. Sam McDowell is a professional. Professional cowboy. Professional builder of log…

The Trouble with the Light, or How Green Is the Valley

I cannot say enough about the benefits of sagebrush to cure whatever ails you. It’s certainly enough for me to forgive three dogs for thinking that I needed to get up and feed them at five in the morning. (You’re not included in this sin, Bob. You would have been more than happy to snooze…

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…

Maggie Gets a Lift

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