Sep 082014
 
The Big Sulk

“Sigh.  Life’s just not fair.” You may be wondering why Loki is sulking like a child whose mom is making him leave Disneyland before he gets to ride Space Mountain . . . for the tenth time.

Aug 252014
 
Happy Juno-versary!

Last weekend, we all celebrated Juno’s 7th birthday and 6th anniversary with us. Instead of the typical family day with just the four of us, we took a very big hike in the mountains with some friends and dog pals. Juno is nothing if not social. She enjoys the company of other dogs on our [...]

Jul 062014
 
Brought to You by the Letter B

This month’s masthead is brought to you by the letter “B.”  B is for butterfly, bee and bull thistle.  I could watch nature’s co-workers for hours as they each take what they need from the thistle. As long as I didn’t have to move much.

Jun 092014
 
She's Still Got it!

The other day, I came home to find not one, but two pairs of leather shoes, completely in tact, sitting exactly where I left them,  right under Juno’s nose. I thought that maybe she had finally grown out of her mastication crimes and it made me kind of sad.

Jun 052014
 
Where the Hell are my Wings?

If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”  ~ Martin Luther King Jr. A flock of brawny pelicans soar the sky above the sea one evening. I’m feeling weak and my headaches have returned. All [...]

May 272014
 
Happy Loki-versary!

This past weekend we celebrated Loki’s sixth year with us and his seventh birthday.  I could live three lifetimes with Loki and it wouldn’t be long enough to truly understand the complexity of his emotional and behavioral make-up.

May 212014
 
Hard Core

A few weeks ago, the cracker, the criminal and I had a fantastic 6-mile hike, climbing up 1500 feet. Yes, it’s true. I’m getting a lot better.  But I still have a long way to go. I’m functioning anywhere between 30-40% my normal level. And while a 6 mile hike may seem like I’m fully [...]

Apr 272014
 
So You Think You Can Herd Goats

It was 7 pm on a Friday. Rush hour for the mountains. I spotted a man looking down the hillside at our pasture where the goats were grazing. I sighed contently. “Another lookie-loo admiring the goats,” I thought. It made me happy that people enjoyed watching them. But as I passed the man, I noticed [...]

Apr 212014
 
Squeeeeeee!

The Saturday following the arrival of our Hungry Goats, Mr. Wild Dingo and I entered the pasture from Lower Nitwit trail to begin our dog walk.  As usual, I began taking photos while Mr. Wild Dingo, the cracker and the criminal all patiently looked on.  Then I saw a little black blob that wasn’t there [...]

Apr 192014
 
Gone to the Goats

It’s that time of year again when the pasture at the end of NitWit trail becomes overgrown. Normally we use our fantastic land clearing crew who’ve not only developed Lower Nitwit trail but have been instrumental in keeping the property fire-safe. We were at a point though that it was becoming more difficult to manage [...]

Apr 022014
 
A Game of Inches

Anyone can end up in hell: by the choices you make or by the luck of the lottery. Since nobody’s going to reach in to pluck you out of hell and plop you into paradise, you have two choices:  stay there and be miserable or claw your way out—one inch at a time. That clawing [...]

Mar 132014
 
Boy Toy

It’s beautiful, sunny, shorts and short-sleeve weather in March. It must be California. There’s our boy, caught between his two favorite bitches.

Mar 052014
 
Standing Still at Warp Speed

Sometimes I feel like Lyme disease is a black hole and I’m standing on its event horizon. Petrified, yet consumed with its mystery. My feet too heavy to move from the crushing grip it has on me. One second of my life spent frozen on the event horizon and a life time of the world [...]

Feb 172014
 
A Love Story

“Hello handsome! My name is Lily!” Sometimes I think Loki is oblivious to the power of his suave, striking good looks over the (insert Barry White voice) ladies.

Feb 102014
 
Around Every Corner Mischief Awaits

It seemed like an eternity passed before I could find an angle that would capture both the dogs and a good portion of one of my favorite walking spots. After a few minutes of positioning the dogs, testing the angles and arguing with the cracker that “stay” means “stay” and that “look” means “look at [...]