Greetings and Salutations

“If people in general could be got into the woods, even for once, to hear the trees speak for themselves, all difficulties would vanish.” ― adapted John Muir

Dog Toes

“You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed.” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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…

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…

Dog Spelled Backwards

Looks like a great day to start my digital file don’t pile agreement.  Can’t I just throw them away and start over?  Ridiculous. Found  “The Creation”  in one of those piles and it actually warmed me up. The Creation When G-d had made the earth, the sky, 
the flowers and the trees,
 He then made…

Black Dog Photography

Taking photographs of a black dog wasn’t a problem, until someone told me it was.  Just the words, “It’s really hard to photograph a black dog, that’s why you never see black dogs in the movies.” Great. Don’t you hate it when that happens?! Then I checked and yep, out of the Top 10 Famous…

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…

Dear Dogs and Cats

Dear Dogs and Cats: The dishes with the paw prints are yours and they contain your food. The other dishes are mine and they contain my food. Placing a paw print on the food in the middle of my plate does not make it become your food and dish, nor do I find that paw…

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…