Friday, October 21, 2016
If I were a dog, I would be a Terrier. But because I am a parent, friend, and daughter, most days I live as a more mild-mannered and easy going breed like a Golden Retriever. Not that I don't love Golden Retrievers; I do. Everybody does. But it's not really me. I'm a free spirit, feisty, idealistic, impractical, and sometimes mischievous. I do my best to impersonate a Golden, but every once in awhile I get a little crazy and rip up the drapes (not really), vow to quit my job and become a street artist, give a bunch of money away to animal in need OR better yet, bring that animal in need home without discussing it with the rest of my family.
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Three years ago today, we lost our sweet Pip. He was diagnosed in 2011 with heart disease and given six to twelve months. But he defied the odds and lived almost two more years. During that time, my mom battled cancer, my father had heart surgery and then a stroke, another family member was diagnosed with severe dementia, my daughter had her second surgery to correct a congenital birth defect, we bought and sold two houses, and moved twice.
Pip had an enlarged heart that was made worse by a partially collapsed trachea (the result of past neglect). But against all odds, he fought with all his terrier might to stay with us. And when we were finally settled in a permanent home and the various family medical crises were either resolved or stabilized, he let go. I still find it heartbreaking and sadly ironic that he died of heart disease, specifically an enlarged heart, because Pip was ALL heart. He had the biggest, most generous, beautiful heart of anyone, animal or human, I have ever known.
Monday, October 17, 2016
We had our first taste of fall last week with temperatures dipping into the 50s and 60s. The leaves are just starting to turn, but the air definitely feels and smells like October - which means it's time to pull out Ruby's outerwear for evening walks. Fortunately, she's a dog that enjoys dressing up.
Sunday, October 16, 2016
|Buddy in 2009. Clearly my photography skills have improved since then.|
Friday, October 14, 2016
This Sunday, October 16 is National Feral Cat Day! Launched by Alley Cat Allies on their 10th anniversary in 2001, National Feral Cat Day is a day to raise awareness about feral cats, promote Trap-Neuter-Release, and celebrate, empower, and mobilize the millions of compassionate Americans who care for feral cats each year.
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