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 [...]

Jan 202014
 
Criminal Sibe Investigation

CSI Criminal Sibe Investigation  On a routine property stroll, a local mole tenant was found murdered at 11:03 A.M. this morning on a hillside next to his home in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Subject appears to have been dead for over 36 hours. There are multiple signs of forced entry.  Eight holes were found dug [...]

Dec 102013
 
The Stoic Ice Queen

Well, she’s done it again. She zoomied herself into a gnarly injury that won’t go away. This time, her shoulders. Over the summer, I  noticed a very subtle “head bob” at the beginning of our walks, but it would vanish within a minute. Each time she over-zoomied, her head bob got worse, but any time [...]

Dec 032013
 
Temptation Waits

“Princess I can resist anything but temptation.” “Yield to temptation, Big Boy. It may not pass your way again!”

Nov 272013
 
If Not Nitwit Then What?

Long time readers will remember Nitwit bridge and trail. We constructed that trail and bridge to make it easy to avoid walking a dangerous country road where people drive much too fast. It’s a trail that leads up to another area of our property and out roads that have safe sidewalks for our local hikes [...]

Nov 162013
 
He Wouldn't Hurt a Fly

Poor Loki stood outside the bedroom, hiding behind the door and refusing to go to bed. I invited him in, coddled and scratched his favorite places, but he only stood there, afraid. Something was wrong but for the life of me, I couldn’t see the problem. So I brushed my teeth and ignored the situation, [...]

Oct 212013
 
Better Days

“Princess, why is Mom so darn whiny and slow? She’s got a total handicap with those big wheels. Geesh.” “Big boy, your guess is as good as mine. She looks totally healthy and fine to me.” Lyme Disease is nothing if not deceptive and a complete mind-f*ck.

Oct 152013
 
The Enemy

Meet Borrelia burgdorferi. Otherwise known as the spirochete bacteria that causes Lyme Disease. It’s what has been setting up shop, wreaking havoc and thriving stealthily under the standard diagnostic radar for 8 years in my body. To be honest, Internet, I wasn’t going to even mention this because when I first heard “Lyme,” I thought it [...]

Oct 072013
 
Go Team Jodhpurs!

Team Jodhpurs (Juno and Mr. Wild Dingo) had a fantastic ride yesterday, dropping Team Cracker (Loki and I) in the dust all the way up to the top of the big climb.

Oct 032013
 
Passionately Dedicated to the Pursuit of Short Term Goals

It’s time to take a page out of my dog’s book on living. In my life, I’ve been disciplined, dedicated and goal-oriented. I’ve had ambitions and dreams, just like anyone else. For the past few years, I’ve been struggling a bit with guilt that surrounds my no longer having any dreams. Lately, even my hobbies [...]

Sep 302013
 
Five Easy Steps to a Dream Team

Step 1: Teach the criminal to bikejor. Step 2: Teach the cracker to bikejor. Step 3: Teach Mr. Wild Dingo to bikejor (and convince him its fun). Step 4: Tell Mr. Wild Dingo to stop reading this post. Step 5: Que up the chick flicks while Mr. Wild Dingo takes the dogs bikejoring.

Sep 172013
 
The Best Kind of Mess

“Essscusuuuzzze me? What exactly did my pal Jim say about me?” A few weeks ago, we ran into one of Loki’s biggest fans Jim, not once, but twice in one weekend. Jim was one of the first people who not only didn’t shriek or flee when he first met the cracker, but laughed and delighted [...]

Sep 102013
 
Ain't No Mountain High Enough

“Ain’t no mountain high enough to keep me from woo!” It’s been far too long since we last saw this view, when we did this big loop.  But through the hot summer, we’ve been keeping our bike rides to about 5 mile round trips, in the shade. The only thing holding her back this summer [...]

Sep 082013
 
Reinstated

Mr. Wild Dingo had been traveling last week leaving the Husky to feel, well, a little bummed out. You see our nightly routine starts when I prepare their dinner, then I prepare our dinner while Juno sits on the far end of the kitchen fascinated with the food smells. The routine follows up with the [...]

Sep 032013
 
Excuse Me While I Kiss the Sky

Purple haze all in my brain. Lately things don’t seem the same.   I’ve got Jimi on my brain for September’s masthead. In addition to having difficulty writing simple blog posts, it seems my amateur capacity for moderately decent photography has gone to crap. Sifting through all my photos taken in the past months was [...]

Aug 292013
 
Bikejoring with Amateurs

“Swiss Cheeses! Daddy-O! You’re embarrassing me.” One of these dogs is doing the sled dog thing all wrong. Can you tell which one? Poor Juno. She’s the only pro among the four of us. We’re all amateurs compared to her.