Remember the Furry Ones at Christmas

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It’s less than a week until Christmas. I hope you’re finished your shopping for everyone. Little girls and little boys, husbands and wives. Uncle Jimmy and Aunt Sue. And the fur babies. You did remember the fur babies, right? Contrary to popular belief, pets DO love Christmas. Cats and dogs love the shiny, dangly things from […]

A Story of Friendship

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I think the biggest naysayers when it comes to pets believe that we merely project our human emotions and sentiments onto our pets. But the biggest advocates for the unconditional love we get from our pets know better. In watching the relationships between my dogs over the past few years, I’ve come to understand a […]

Life Is Most Certainly Better With Pets

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If you could talk to your pet in a way that you knew they would understand, what you would say? I’m might say something like, Hey Layla, could you please stop chewing everything in the house? But I’d also say something like, Hey Beamer, I never thought I’d love another cat the way I loved […]

Eating My Own Dog Food: Part 2

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Back in the day, I used to play Buzzword Bingo at every corporate meeting. I played it in my head, that is. I listened while marketing metaphors were thrown all over the place. And when I started this blog over five years ago, it was because I wanted to be part of the space I […]

The Fish Who Shall Not Be Named

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Pets help make our house a home. A hairier and sometimes smellier version of home, but home nonetheless. We had tons of pets growing up. At one point, I think we had four cats and three dogs (although it may have been more). As a result, I never thought twice about sharing my space with […]

Happy Birthday, Grumpy Cat

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If you’ve visited the internet sometime in the past two years, you are well aware of the feline sensation known as Grumpy Cat. But I’m getting ready to blow your grumpy mind. Grumpy Cat is a girl. What? I mean, maybe you knew this but I just assumed he was a boy. Maybe because he had […]

A Tribute to Emma

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It was almost five years ago to the day that I brought Emma home. I wasn’t even looking for another dog when I found her but they say our pets always find us. I walked into the PetSmart to get some supplies and a rescue group had several dogs in pens. And then I saw […]

The Perceived Sense of Quiet

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Sometimes, it’s the loss we feel the most. Or at least, it’s what we feel immediately – the warmth, the cuddles, the wet nose, the haphazard licking searching for my face. There’s a hole in my heart for sure. It’s an actual physical pain and ache to complement the emotional loss as well. But the […]

Pets Who Love Too Much

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There are a few things in life that I love: my family, good Champagne, chocolate chip cookies right out of the oven, very long baths, the change in seasons, and my pets. Oh, how I love my pets. As much as I love them, some days I really want to run away from them. Or […]

The Night My Dog Spoke to Me

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If I had a category for wacky things that most people wouldn’t believe even if I told them, that’s exactly where this post would be filed. Now I’ll admit I have a non-traditional view of religion and spirituality but I’m pretty comfortable with that. As a former scientist and science teacher, it would be easy […]

A Night in the ER

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Sometimes the universe swirls around you and says I’m not going to let you off easy today. You try anyway, though. You say that it will be okay. We can fix this. And then life will go back to normal. Sometimes I think the universe read my post a few weeks ago on changes. Because since […]