Scratching the Itch

Jake’s severely dry skin followed him into the spring. My hunch … his curly tail was creating static electricity and shocking his hind end. It seemed logical, considering how dry it was this winter. Rob kinda, sorta agreed with that I don’t think so face … so I weeded out certain snacks and went to…

remembering bud

“What greater gift than the love of a cat.” ― Charles Dickens

teaching dogs to spell

Rob just started asking me if Jake and Charlie got a “Tip” (meaning snack) after going potty outside. His reasoning … we’ve overused the words snackies, treats and chewy bones. I was listening.  He went on to say that since we already spell  W.A.L.K  we should probably spell  T.I.P  so we won’t have to find…

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…

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…

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…

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…

If

If you can start the day without caffeine, If you can be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains, If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles, If you can eat the same food everyday and be grateful for it, If you can understand when loved ones are too busy to give you time,…

Man Up

To err is human, to forgive canine. “The dog’s agenda is simple, fathomable, overt: I want. “I want to go out, come in, eat something, lie here, play with that, kiss you. There are no ulterior motives with a dog, no mind games, no second-guessing, no complicated negotiations or bargains, and no guilt trips or…

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)

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 ……

Don’t Eat Yellow Snow or Poop

The grand kids were over on Sunday night and the next morning mom thought I was dying … well … not really dying but you get the picture.  She’s so theatrical … just ask dad. She was so sweet telling me it was going to be okay, as I was throwing up all over the…

The Nature of Things

Dogs just know how to suck in nature. Literally. A huge part of our day consists of examining trees, scrubs and inanimate objects and then peeing on them.  Our mission … to search and expel any indication of others being there. Charlie always waits his turn and he’s usually the victim of my back kick…