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Beer, Steak, and Writing: Dog Training by Metaphor

I am blessed with a generous friend who is also a great trainer. She has witnessed Peeka and Hawkitt in their native habitat, has seen me managing them, and has been my “go to” person for all training and behavior … Continue reading

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Meeting Needs, 5 a.m. Puppy-Style

I spent a few years of my adult life as a single mom. Tuck that fact away for future reference. This morning Tom and I were awakened at 4:50 a.m. by impassioned whining. Bindi was crated for the night and … Continue reading

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Bindi Bendy Paw

Against the backdrop of autumn in the western Catskills – a riotous clashing of cornflower blue skies and sulfur-yellow maple leaves showing off – I drove the bendy-pawed puppy and her striped chaperone across three upstate New York counties to … Continue reading

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Day 7: Call The Police

I adopted a 6 month old puppy and I am an committed hater of puppies. Don’t get me wrong; I adore other people’s puppies. But do I long for one of my own? Nope. Not even a little bit. Puppies … Continue reading

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Garlic Dill Mood Swings

It all happened so fast. One moment I was my regular self, basically easy-going but cyclically emo and tense. It was knowable – annoyingly predictable. The next thing I knew, I had to make pickles. Garlic dill pickles, with all … Continue reading

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The Devil In A Day

3 a.m. is, in my book, last night. 3 a.m. is reachable by staying up late. It belongs to the night. 4 a.m., however, is this morning. It’s a respectable time to get up and start your day, if you’re … Continue reading

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Where joy resides

Last night a classic August drama unfolded with thickening clouds at 4 pm and an evening of downpours punctuated by bangs, flashes, and crashes. This morning the air is soft and damp, and if you tilt your head the right … Continue reading

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