The People I Meet

Saying Goodbye…Again   In early May, Beth Schroeder will say farewell to Gable (the handsome fellow on the right).  Over the course of 25-years, this brave lady has endured countless goodbyes.  Beth  is a puppy raiser for Canine Companions for Independence, a nonprofit organization that provides assistance dogs free of charge to individuals with disabilities. […]

Dangerous Animal

Miss Skitters’ Vet Chart   A red “dangerous animal” warning label adorned my cat’s vet chart. My sister’s cat, Rascal, boasted this same badge of honor on his chart. Which got me to thinking …which feline was the worst patient? This thought warrants a story, but until then, here are some highlights of their escapades: […]

I Can’t Believe my Cat Did That!

On a Mission The above mugshot: Miss Skitters Her lifelong mission: find food and devour. Onions? Garlic? Carrots? Pizza?  She never encountered a food she didn’t eat.   Ever hear of a cat that pilfered food from the garbage can and hid it underneath a bed? How about a cat that closed a closet door […]

What Is a Komondor?

That’s What I said… when my husband suggested, “Let’s get a Komondor.” We sat in Barnes & Noble at the time, reading about dog breeds. He slid a book across the table opened to the Komondor section.  (To see a Komondor in full cords check out Beck’s Odelay cover.) I thought he was joking.  “Yeah right,” […]

Meeting a Komondor

Fourth of July with Marley This is one of my favorite pictures of Marley:  the first photo we ever snapped. Shortly after we’d wrangled this 6-month old, 60-pound Komondor puppy into our house on the Fourth of July (a story in and of itself), we grabbed the camera. Over the years, this character’s shananigans made […]

Life Lessons from the Dog

Our Canine Tactician: Marley When our 60-pound Komondor puppy arrived one Fourth of July, Marley turned our lives upside down – and provided plenty of writing material. An additional 109 pounds (For a total of 169!) and many stories later, his adventures continue to grace the pages of a variety of publications. Check out the […]