A decidedly bad mix: Tevas, toes and a pit full of puppies. Eleven blond furballs were all very asleep when we got there to see them. Hoping that this visit, The One would show himself unmistakably to us, it was a disappointment to see almost a dozen peacefully rising and falling puppy tummies all around the corral, all looking exactly alike, save for the crude Magic Marker number found on one ear of each male. With our poking and stroking they did finally wake …

How Much is That Doggie: Searching for Tsuga Read more »

What a great way to start the new year: with a new puppy (lest he be put to sleep next week in Floyd.) Breed: Beagle      Sex: male      Age: young (under 2 years) found: seen running around downtown Floyd for several days by Exxon, Hardee’s & Food Lion. picked up: at Food Lion the evening of December 29th. *the Beagle will be taken to Floyd County Animal Control (for the opportunity to be reunited with his owner) on December 30th. Please …

Found: Looking for YOU? Give this Dog a Floyd Home. Anyone? Read more »

You make lemonade. No, that can’t be right. Truth is, I don’t know what you do–especially for the first hour of the day, starting of late around 4. This is about when we get up anyway, but during that hour she is a Tasmanian Devil-dog: nothing but mouth, an attention that does not span, and having forgotten anything she might seem to have learned the days before. I’m sorry to be so stuck on this one subject (no, let me get this right: WE …

If Life Gives You Gandy… Read more »

It was the first time Gandy got me up THREE times instead of the usual ONCE. She has not reached the point where she can do both jobs with one visit outside in the wee hours. She only remembers she needs to poop after coming back in and letting me sink into the lily pads and begin twitching in early REM sleep. Then she remembers. She will not get up and do what needs to be done outside if it is raining. We may …

Three Dog Night Read more »

This time of year is my most creative and productive, full of projects, potential and possibilities. In January, February, and March of 2006, I compiled and published Slow Road Home. In January, February, and March 2009 I compiled and published What We Hold In Our Hands. In January, February, and March of 2012, I’m not sure I will write anything at all. But I am sure that at the end of those three months, we will know much better who it is that we have …

Miss Congeniality or Junk Yard Dog? Read more »