Dani

Not quite two weeks ago, we welcomed a new resident to our Island of Misfit Toys. Joining Asta, Issy, and Mia and Sayuki, is Dani – a 40 pound, 2-year old beagle/dachshund mix. She is very timid. Not just timid, but painfully timid – timorous.  The staff at the animal refuge where we adopted her, […]

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100 Word Challenge: Spoil

Sunday is a very special day at our house and no, it’s not because of the Super Bowl. None of the teams I cheer for made it through the playoffs… bygones. No, Feb. 2 is the 7th anniversary of bringing home my little Lab, my little Misfit Toy, Asta – her adoption day. She had […]

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Hitting the ground strolling

Today I went for my first solo hike since my knee surgery. Well, almost solo – Asta was with me. You know just in case I needed her to channel Lassie and seek help if I fell down a well, or the marsh embankment. We went slowly, navigating the gradual inclines and uneven ground without […]

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Gentle journey

We said, “goodbye” to our sweet, dear Hershey this morning. She has been a special part of our family since 2006 when our daughter came home begging to rescue a little chocolate Lab puppy. Hershey’s first weeks with us were rough, and she barely survived the parvovirus that killed the rest of her litter mates. […]

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100 Word Challenge: Bath

My oldest dog, Hershey, has allergies. When springtime rolls around, there is something in the air – pollen, grass dander, fairy dust – that makes her miserable. Scratching, chewing, snarfing, it’s enough to drive anyone mad. She gets meds from the vet, and I’ve been known to slip her a little Benadryl, none of which […]

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Hiking companions

Black Labs walking

These two – my furry, nuggets of unconditional love – are my always eager hiking companions. They are quick to rush out the door, straining hard against their leashes, taking me along whether I’m ready or not. Hershey, our nearly 8-year-old grandame, a Valentine’s presents from a long-gone high school boyfriend, is the calm to Asta’s amped […]

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