Category Pets

First Blood

Gandy has discovered a toy that fights back: the 24” green gym ball that broods in the shadows, over in the corner under the coat rack. It was random, I suppose, that in the act of going after some other…

Who Dunnit

Well I told you that the time would come when she could leap tall furniture in a single bound. She came, she saw, she conquered. And she says thanks for upholstering the chair long ago in anticipation of her coppery…

Animal Magnetism

There comes an auspicious turning on the compass that guides the life a small dog, a redirection in space that changes everything. We are at the cusp of such a turning point. And in this case, the new direction is…

If Life Gives You Gandy…

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…

Three Dog Night

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…

Miss Congeniality or Junk Yard Dog?

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…

End of an Era: Beginning of…

It is now official: I will not continue for an 8th year of writing for the Floyd Press or a 4th for Star Sentinel. It just seemed, for a long list of reasons, that the time had come to move…

Gandy: Already Playing Her Part

This marks the first 48 hours with a new dog in the house, and only hours short of two weeks since Tsuga left us so suddenly on December 5, written out of this script and off this stage upon which…

Eight Pounds of Pounce

Posts promise to be fewer and shorter than usual. We are under siege. The source is a bipolar pup, half barracuda, half Miss Congeniality, a chimera of canine good and evil. The snickersnack of the jaws: how to divert over and…

Gandy Has Entered the Building!

We came home yesterday, as predicted, with one of the pups (on the left) in this picture. Her name is Gandy. Of the three we saw yesterday (playing in a grassy strip adjacent to the shopping center asphalt) her sister…

New-puppy Homework

Be careful what you ask for. Around these parts, the things you need will be sitting on your porch before you even tell your neighbors you need them. Anticipating our determination to get a new pup soon, and knowing the…