Tell Me What You Really Think

Jake speaks … Charlie barks. There is a difference. My beloved departed Golden, Eli, was the only other dog that took on the English language. Note to self: Find pictures of Eli. What an amazingly bizarre experience to watch a dog forming sentences that go on and on and on. No,  I haven’t captured it…

Picking My Battles

Thinking I’m the smart one, I secretly gave Charlie the last coveted chicken chewy bone from Trader Joe’s, leaving the almost as popular (last) $3 Bully Stick for Jake. Sidebar: Every now and then, Charlie needs to win;) They both went their separate ways and I went back to the computer. Two minutes later, Jake…

Wait For It

When my fingers aren’t stuck to my camera, keyboard or dogs ….          I glue. This is a re-post from a blog that I started in January 2009. While I’ve been blessed to have had over 109,000 people visit over the years, I rarely have anyone but Viagra peddlers comment. The one saving grace is that…

Steward of The Dog Boots

Minnesota winters are cruel … makes it tough for even the avid dog walker who puts boots on both dogs and has to get motivated for one walk a day, let alone two. If a Minnesota winter wasn’t bad enough … Jake hate’s dog boots so … I thought it would help to put them…

Who’s In Control Here

Playtime came and went.  I could tell Jake was pissed that we were out of routine … tried to bribe him with a treat … he turned his nose up and walked away. He finally looked back at me, after I said,  “Really?” Held the treat out. No movement. Dropped the treat on the floor,…

Remembering Petey

Going through photos and found a picture of my first dog Petey. He’s the black and white Chihuahua Fox Terrier sitting with my brother. I’m the one in the middle. He may have been named after the infamous Petey on ” The Little Rascals” although … my mother has no recollection of his naming. She…

Bump in the Night

It’s an old building … Circa 1864 to be exact. Sometimes you hear things. Sometimes you see things. Case solved 🙂 Not. Chow!

Protect the Paws

If you haven’t had much success with the dog boot thing,  you can always smear Vaseline  on dog paws to kinda-sorta protect them against the sidewalk salt of the winter. It’s better than nothing! and … when you get home … don’t forget to gently wash off paws … after they’ve thawed out … with…

Don’t Know What I’ve Done To Deserve That Kind of Friend

“I can’t think of anything that brings me closer to tears than when my old dog — completely exhausted after a hard day in the field — limps away from her nice spot in front of the fire and comes over to where I’m sitting and puts her head in my lap, a paw over…

Black Dog Wisdom

Once again my ferocious bark has saved my family from being attacked by the mailman and the backyard is rabbit free. Job well done. Related articles The Wisdom of Dogs (challengeschanges.wordpress.com)

Listen Or We’re Not Going

Jake gets suited up first for our walks. He’s nowhere to be found and he isn’t coming when called so … Charlie got to go first. Called him a couple more times. No response. Looked out in the shop … he’s just sitting there like a statue. This isn’t a shop photo … it’s just…

Everything is Black and White

Or, at least it was yesterday. Below zero temps, black ice, high winds, layers of clothes, hoping not to fall down and … if and when you try to look up … just for a second … hurry before your eyelashes freeze off …  there it is … the full definition of breathtaking. Trying to…

Black Dog Wisdom

It’s a good thing that dogs don’t speak in words … it would just make people feel really stupid silly. It’s so simple … when loved ones come home … always run to greet them! If you’re having a bad day … be still and snuggle up. Life is like a sled dog team ……