Category Archives: Dogs

The First and Only

ME:  Do you have pets? HIM:  I have fifteen plants. I also collect movies. I have 1,200 on VHS and DVD. I collect art, too. Pets would make a mess. ME to MYSELF:  This date could end before the waiter … Continue reading

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Hu-Mom, We Have a Problem

There is nothing worse, for me, than having a dog who does not feel well. Without words, it is difficult to ascertain what is wrong. At 2:30 am, Houston started to vomit. He coughed, almost like a cat with a … Continue reading

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Gus’ Trust

For three years, Gus lived in a puppy mill. To be honest, I do not and cannot understand what his life was like. I am, even as a rescuer, unable to look at photos from puppy mills. In 2010, he … Continue reading

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Questions from Under the Covers

Questions from Under the Covers   For years, I prided myself on never taking a sick day. What I didn’t realize was that, even though I tried not to breathe on students or colleagues, I was spreading my nasty germs. … Continue reading

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4-Letter Words

We knew we were in trouble if mom said, “Oh! H-E-double. . .” But, she never finished it. At six, thinking I was smarter than my parents, I wrote 4-letter words on paper and delivered to my mother at the … Continue reading

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Dogs, Donuts, and the Divine

Dogs, Donuts and the Divine At the end of 2015, a year I did not particularly enjoy, Faith’s sister from another litter was diagnosed with cancer. “GETTING FAT” was added to her bucket list. I keep the Affirmations for the … Continue reading

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Bigger Broken Hearts

In eighth grade, I barely made it through the dissection of a frog in Mr. Webb’s science class at Churchill Junior High.  Even though I grew up watching my dad sick from his heart failure and endure and open heart … Continue reading

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It’s Going to Be a DWIGHT Christmas

It’s Going to Be a Dwight Christmas After All A few days ago, someone Dwight loved very much met me at my front door, handed me a box and told me, “Here. Here are some of Dwight’s ashes. He would … Continue reading

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Elusive Sleep and 5-Dog Nights

One of my all-time favorite scenes is from The Scarlet Pimpernel.  “The seek him here, they seek him there, those Frenchies seek him everywhere. Is he in heaven, or is he in hell, that damned elusive Pimpernel.” Recently, sleep has been … Continue reading

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Snow Nights

Snow Nights 12 January 2015 Today started out almost balmy. But, by 9:00 am, the snow was falling like big pieces of confetti on New Year’s Eve in Times Square. From the window in my classroom, we watched the snow … Continue reading

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