walk on

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walk on

Ash was a wild child. Her first owners must have named her Ashley because of her coloring, because it does not suit her personality.  She was about eight months old and sixty pounds of pure energy when my ex-husband brought her home to me. I’d seriously wanted a dog. Ash is a great dog, but she’s never been […]

how are you today?

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how are you today?

“How are you today?” Such an innocent question. Such a loaded question. I mainly tried to avoid eye contact as I filled Indigo’s prescription at Costco. The Zip Fizz sample guy was amped up (“Come on! Try some!!) but I made it out of his territory safely. The pharmacist, though – she read the paperwork. […]

freaks

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freaks

If given the choice between hanging out in the yard with a cool drink all day and being dragged along on a bunch of tedious errands that didn’t concern me at all, I’d choose to be left alone in the yard any day. But my freaks – my crazy mutts – don’t think the way […]

uprooted

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uprooted

I spent what felt like a long time untangling jasmine vines today. They’ve been growing and twining up the patio for several years, longer than I’ve lived here, but we want to bring them along. I tried to be gentle, but almost immediately my hands were sticky with their sap. The newest growth was supple […]

patently patient

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patently patient

When my dogs were young, I took them to obedience school. The wrong schools, as it turned out. The positive reinforcement school didn’t work out for rebellious young Ash, but would have been perfect for skittish Indigo. The strict disciplinarian class was totally opposite, but unfortunately Indigo was the one enrolled there. In both classes, […]