Category Archives: Odds and Ends

End of life care for pets versus people

On Saturday, April 6, 2019, my Uncle Charlie passed away. The atmosphere around his death versus that of my dogs got me thinking about the ongoing debate over physician assisted suicide for terminally ill patients. The option to euthanize I … Continue reading

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Think you need to be perfect to deserve love? Try some Whiskey.

Dogs – like us, each has, let’s say, “unique quirks.” We love them anyway. Sure, my Topper rolled in cow pies and the occasional dead animal. Casey spent most of his time behind the sofa. Rudy growled if I sat … Continue reading

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Happy birthday, Rico! I say he’s in the 10-12 year-old range. For a big guy, that’s … well, you know. That’s why this first snowstorm of 2019 was so special. It was his birthday present from Mother Nature. He’s always … Continue reading

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Vacation!

November is our annual family vacation. In years past, I’ve come home with some bigger insight, courtesy of the dogs, of course. Things like being brave enough to let my mutts run free, getting out of my comfort zone, and … Continue reading

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It’s Not You, It’s Me

“Can’t you be just a little more grateful? Don’t you remember where you were?” I hadn’t even finished that second sentence when I flinched. Immediately I recognized my scathing remarks were more about myself than Whiskey. It felt like I … Continue reading

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What To Do When Life Hands You Lemons (Besides Throw Them At Whoever Came Up With That Phrase)

I had a good run. I took a huge leap into the unknown in the name of growth. I planned to launch my own business. Live the American Dream. Be a risk-taking, adventure-seeking, go-it-alone maverick. Except I’m not. So that … Continue reading

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A new way to make decisions

Recently, I took Rico and Whiskey to visit my elderly uncle, who lives on a farm. It’s smaller, with a quintessential red barn, a field that still carries hidden scents of cows long gone, a meandering creek, various old chicken … Continue reading

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Whiskey’s revenge

This is a different kind of post for Dog and Dojo, but it was so funny, I have to share it. It’s a series of text messages I sent my boyfriend, beginning with an evening walk with Rico and Whiskey. … Continue reading

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Feel the doodie, don’t be the doodie

I’m walking the dogs the other day. Per the usual, Whiskey ventures out as far front as her leash will allow, and Rico lags behind at the full extent of his. I hear cars and the high-pitched squeal of arguing … Continue reading

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Self-talk, the first ingredient in humble pie

I recently ate a piece of humble pie, served up by Whiskey, my pit bull mix. I’m glad she dished it and not anyone else, though. Having your faults exposed by your dog is harder to see – it’s not … Continue reading

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