Category Archives: Dog Stories

First Crisis of 2015

Years ago I threw in the towel on expecting much out of January. (Apologies to all of you with January birthdays. I know your perspective must be quite different.) It’s that double whammy of post-Christmas adrenaline drain and cold, snowy, …
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Maggie

It’s been a hard year for dogs in our family. Diamondqueen had to have her beloved Frank put to sleep in early May. My eldest younger brother’s Shelby was aged and sick, and he worried about her throughout the first …
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What I Didn’t Blog About Last Summer

It’s officially fall now. I’d made my peace with summer’s demise weeks ago, so it always takes me by surprise to realize the season is just now “officially” changing. In looking back at summer 2014 once more, I realized there …
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Farewell, Beloved Frankenpuss

This morning Diamondqueen made the brave and totally correct decision to have Frank, her ailing family dog, put down. Her explanation and tribute are here; I have a few thoughts of my own. Frank was a big, goofy sweetheart. He …
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Riding in the Car, Car

When we brought home Addie, the newest canine member of the family, we didn’t realize we now had a dog who loved to go for rides. Good old Rusty didn’t appreciate riding in automobiles at all. I don’t know if …
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She Barked!

A week ago this past Saturday, Mom and I traveled with Diamondqueen, That Poor Man, and the Hooligans to an adoption event called My Furry Valentine. There we met up with a sweet beagle mix and her foster mother. Mom …
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Missing Rusty

Thursday night (actually the wee hours of Friday morning) I was partly in shock, partly numb from crying. I wandered the kitchen and living room, gathering toys, leash, medicines, and putting them in the closet in my room so Mom …
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Rusty in Old Age

                    According to the old equation 7 = 1, he’s 91 in human years, but can still cut a mean path through the house when he goes on a tear. His …
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A Heartbreaking Anniversary

Today is depressing enough with all the bad news coming out of Chardon, Ohio. For many of us in the Greater Cincinnati area, it’s also the one-year anniversary of a dreadful event: the fire at the home of Shannon DeBra, …
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NaBloPoMo Day 16: Your Nice Warm Bed

Last weekend I watched the “Austin City Limits” program that featured Randy Newman. I love Newman’s work, from “Dixie Flyer” and “Political Science” to the soundtrack to “The Natural.” One of my least favorite songs (I like it; I just …
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