There Must be a Dog God

Over the weekend, Andrew wanted to make a stop at a local minimart to pick up a few things on the way back home.  It was a cold, dark evening, and the parking lot of this little strip mall wasn’t very well lit.

Since I was not in need of anything, I stayed in the car while  Andrew hopped out to go get his items. A moment later I watched a guy walk up, put his old beagle mix in a sit-stay, not on the sidewalk, but in a parking spot — in a parking lot where cars frequently whiz in and out. Then he turned without looking back, and casually walked inside.

I watched this little dog sit for, oh, maybe […]

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By | 2018-04-17T07:27:33+00:00 April 18th, 2018|Dogs in General|9 Comments

What It Takes to be a Successful Writer

editing paper

Several people have asked what it takes to be a successful writer. In order to address this question, it requires that I ask a question in return: What is your definition of success? Because there are many kinds of successes–and failures–one can experience in writing. The writing experience can run the full gamut from simply loving something you’ve written, to getting it published, to experiencing writer’s block, to not being able to get a foot in the publishing door.

As I wrote to one of my blog friends, the thing about writing — especially writing with the intention to be published — is that you will fail. There’s no question about it. […]

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By | 2018-04-13T09:15:19+00:00 April 9th, 2018|.My Favorites, On Writing|8 Comments

It’s Official – Lyme Season Has Begun

Just pulled four dear ticks, the carriers of Lyme disease, off of Wink today — in March. Let the Lyme wars begin! :(

I’m too bummed to explain our Lyme protocol for you today, but I will give a refresher soon. Until then, you can review here where I have a photo of what a Lyme bulls-eye looks like, and here where I outline various options for tackling Lyme.

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By | 2018-02-27T15:27:55+00:00 March 28th, 2018|.My Dogs and Me, Dogs in General|0 Comments

How to Eat a Pomegranate

pom1 It’s not often that you get to introduce someone to a food they’ve never tasted before. The last time I had someone surprise me with a new taste was when my best friend, Ceres (very Greek and the queen of foods you’ve never tried before), gave me an Asian Pear. It looked like an apple, tasted like a cross between a melon and concord grapes, and had a sweet fragrance with a juicy crunch.

Last week, I had the fun of introducing another friend to the delectable taste of a ruby-red pomegrante. Her face lit up with delight as she savored the distinctive sweet and sour taste that exploded on her tongue in […]

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By | 2018-02-27T15:21:42+00:00 March 16th, 2018|Life|2 Comments

Mind Meld

Several times a day, Graidy comes and sits on my lap, and then gently presses his forehead to my forehead, with his nose to my nose. He does this with deliberate precision, until we are staring eye-to-eye. Then he closes his eyes and breathes his warm breath on my face. I feel his body relax. We stay like this, merged, for several seconds.

I wonder, is he trying to read my mind? I’ve no doubt that if he could climb into my skin, he would; he loves me that much. Maybe he just needs to feel my breath on his face. I try to read his mind. I decide that I’m his touchstone […]

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By | 2018-02-27T14:53:22+00:00 March 8th, 2018|.My Dogs and Me|0 Comments

I Understand…

I’ve never been one to turn away from the raw and real, and nitty gritty about life. I don’t seek it out, but if it comes looking for me, I’ve tried to equip myself to the best of my ability to meet it. Hence my training as an EMT, my training in psychology, and my involvement with dog training and rescue. I figure that pretty much covers most of the bases.

As life often has a tendency to bunch up, I’m in a period where many people I know are being faced with emotionally wrenching decisions. The phone has been busy…

Two calls last week were from opposite sides of the same coin of a very tough decision.

One was from a woman […]

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By | 2018-02-17T11:34:26+00:00 February 28th, 2018|Dogs in General, Life|2 Comments
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