Three months later and half the time I still find myself going to fill Kiera’s food bowl… I’ve had enough human and animal loss in my life to know that there’s nothing that can be done except to wait out the sadness.
The last few weeks, I’ve been busy planting my vegetable gardens, and pruning my grape vines and fruit trees. The thing I love most about Spring and gardening is always the renewed hope and excitement I feel at getting to watch what I plant grow. So imagine my delight, when I went to check for signs of fruiting and spied this!
First, I want to thank everyone for your kind, supportive words. It’s been a rough patch and your compassion and sensitivity have been much appreciated. You guys are the best!
One of my favorite dog-loving friends and I were talking about how our dogs have changed our husbands as well. I think it’s safe to say that Kiera is the first dog Andrew ever completely bonded with. And so he’s been just as deeply affected by her loss as I have.
My friend, Judy, lost a dog that changed her life not that long ago too, so we do the only thing people can do when they can’t possibly feel an ounce sadder than they already do–they start telling funny stories. And Judy is one of the funniest people I know. I thought you might enjoy a little levity about her partner and her beloved (albeit very difficult) rescue dachshund. Continue reading →
With a beloved dog getting ready to move on to the next world, and a beloved daughter getting ready to move on to college, I’m doing all I can to slow down time. I’ve been laughing all morning looking through an old scrapbook. Any parents out there–I thought you could relate to this one.
When I come across products that really work, I love to pass these finds onto friends. The following two items pass both my form and function test. They do what they are intended to do in excellent fashion. You can find both of these at your local Bed Bath & Beyond store, or click on the photos to buy them online.(Images and description courtesy of BB&B website.) Have you made any great product discoveries lately?
Oxo Good Grips® Salad Dressing Shaker $14.99
Oxo Good Grips® Salad Dressing Shaker helps make, mix, serve and store dressings, sauces and marinades. The Shaker unscrews to reveal a wide opening that is ideal for adding ingredients. Cup, milliliter and ounce markings are printed on the sides for easy measurement. Once ingredients are added, screw the top closed and shake to quickly mix dressings with no spills. Shaker is watertight! Can also go straight to the table and is ideal for serving. Flip back the top lever to pour, and flip it forward to seal. Allows easy storage of leftover dressing and sauce right inside the fridge. 1 1/2-cup capacity. measures 2 1/2″ diameter x 8 4/5″ H. Dishwasher safe. BPA free. Lifetime warranty. Imported.
simplehuman® 8-Ounce Sensor Pump Soap Dispenser features a silicone valve to prevent drips and clogs. High-efficiency pump mechanism provides quick and precise dispensing. Easy-to-use buttons control how much soap or lotion to dispense, while the wide opening with pop-off lid makes refills fast, easy and mess-free. Manual back-up dispensing. Clear soap chamber shows soap level at a glance. Uses 4 AA batteries (not included). 8-ounce capacity. Measures 2 4/5″ W x 5 7/10″ D x 7″ H. Model # ST1018. 2 year warranty. Imported.
Cait’s schoolwork load is insane this year. When she expressed discouragement to a friend, this is the video he sent back to her. I know many people worry about the quality of this younger generation coming up the ranks. But if this is some of the stuff kids are sharing, maybe we don’t need to be so worried after all…
If you want to enter our house in relative peace, it’s best to come bearing gifts.
Specifically, dog food treats are most welcome. But if you’ve forgotten yours at home, no worries. I’ve attached a container of kibble right at garage door knob level. You can’t miss it coming in.
Think of it akin to entering church, where you bless yourself with holy water before entering. Kinda like ensuring good luck–
Only, here, the good luck is that if you throw the kibble for Graidy before you enter, instead of being greeted with non-stop barking and rushing, you’ll be greeted with licks and wags.
If you have a guarding or sentry dog, this is one easy step you can take to help condition your wary dog to more easily accept letting your friends into your home.
Once your friend has thrown the kibble, then you just need to remind her to stand sideways, not speak in high-pitched squeaky voices, avert her gaze, and not try to pet your dog, until your dog is calm and approaches your guest on his own. Easy Peazy.
I’ve been a little under the weather, and wanted to make myself a healing soup that wasn’t the usual boring Chicken Soup. This Seafood Curry Chowder, with its Indian spices (which helps open breathing passages) and chicken broth (general fixer-upper elixir) gives a one-two punch!
It’s so rich and delicious and special–and SIMPLE to make–that you could serve this at any dinner party and get rave reviews. It’s my family and friends’ all time favorite soup! Continue reading →
If you’ve had animals your entire life, you’ve probably had the experience of frantically searching for a lost pet somewhere along the line. And you also know how truly heart-wrenching and helpless it makes you feel. Well here’s a tip that can literally be a life saver in helping you find any lost pet.
Recently, talking with one of my more orginal-thinker dog friends, she shared this tip for how she’s found her and some of her friends’ missing animals. Continue reading →
Early post this week so I can share one of my favorite holiday presents with you. This Thursday night into early Friday morning, we’ll get to watch one of nature’s most wondrous annual celestial light shows–the Geminids meteor shower.What’s perfect about this year is that the moon will have set before the meteors come out to play from around 10 p.m. through 3 a.m., so the sky should be nice and dark for optimal viewing. There could be as many as 100 to 150 meteors an hour!
It’s been an eventful and interesting day, starting at 3:30 a.m. this morning…
…with a pit stop at the emergency vet’s, along the way.
Kiera had a little issue that was easily resolved, and all’s well that ends well on that front.
That’s by way of saying that if you don’t know where your nearest emergency vet facility is, you should find out now.
My day was made a lot more manageable by knowing exactly where our emergency clinic was located, and feeling comfortable that it was staffed with people I respected and trusted. So that when there was an emergency, I knew exactly how long it would take me to get there, and I could call ahead and alert them to be ready for my arrival. Continue reading →
I was recently asked by an interviewer what I’ve learned from my dogs. Since he was referring to Dogs of Dreamtime, he was specifically asking about Kiera, Magic, and Molly.
To put into context some of what I’ve learned from my animals, it helps to know that, left to my own devices, I gravitate toward intense herding breeds. Kiera is an Australian Shepherd. Graidy is a Border Collie mix. Magic was an English Shepherd mix, who died from Lyme Disease. Molly was my deaf Australian Shepherd. They all came when they were just a few months old.
I mention this because while all dogs (really all animals) offer us lessons in unconditional love, and the joys and responsibilities of companionship, herding breeds have added a whole other layer for me. Since herding dogs thrive best when they get to live as working partners, that requires a level of commitment, training, observation, and communication skills that can take us into uncharted territory if we let it. And while herding breeds aren’t for everyone, they continue to provide me with one of the most thrilling and challenging adventures I’ve ever embarked on.
Put most simply, what I’ve learned from my dogs, interestingly enough, is how to be more fully human. Which has helped me, in turn, learn how to let my dogs be more fully dogs.
! was having a conversation with a friend who works with Australian Shepherd Breed Rescue. We were discussing how we both hate the term “Rescue.” It’s pejorative to all the people who have legitimate reasons for having to relinquish their dogs, and not sufficiently incriminating to those who irresponsibly or impulsively get a dog and then irresponsibly or impulsively look to dump the dog.
So we were trying to come up with a new term that doesn’t have an aura of baggage associated with it. I came up with INOH dog. As in dog “In Need Of Home” but reads as “I know.” Thus, we could nix “Rescue” and “Shelter” from the dog lexicon in one swoop.
My secret thought for the meaning behind the meaning is the dog saying, “I know” just because one human wasn’t in a position to do right by me, doesn’t mean the next one won’t. Continue reading →