Category Archives: Family Pets

MY DAY: Flyer’s last trip….

As I was wrapping up my time on the deck, this evening, I noticed there was a notification from Google of some photo journeys awaiting to be experienced. Five years…. 29 June 2013, my beloved Flyer and I took our … Continue reading

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MY DAY: It’s a Sunday

It was a restless night, but a return to bed after feeding the dogs and my self-seemed to cut the edge of tiredness. The sinus infection seems to have abated and my infrequent cough is productive. The rain, which has … Continue reading

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MY DAY: The Girls… 4 years ago

Christmas night, 2013, I returned from a home at the corner of Tylersville and LeSourdville Roads with two little bundles of joy, Bailey and Harrigan. Four days before, tragedy struck when Chief’s sister and littermate, Navi, was hit right in … Continue reading

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MIAGD: The Deck

MIAGD: Make it a great day It’s a warm, lovely day. I spent the morning attending to a few things around the house before breakfasting on the deck while the dogs guarded the premises against squirrels and rabbits.  By 10:30 … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Sunday…. and we’re off….

It’s 10:25 PM, Sunday night, and my day that began at 1:00 PM is finally complete. I love these long days exhausting though they can be at times.  Once I get started the momentum only increases.  By 9:00 PM I … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Saturday of Seuss & Spaghetti

It’s nearing 7:00 PM and despite the sadness of last night, I can say this has been a beautiful day. I putzed around my study most of the morning, accomplishing precious little, but I can say I managed to get … Continue reading

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MIAGD: Pythagorean Pets

MIAGD: Make it a great day “Animals share with us the privilege of having a soul.”  – Pythagoras Just after midnight, we finished burying Flanagan in the back yard beneath the elevated bird bath that is used to hold baskets … Continue reading

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Our little pal…. Flanagan

I wrote a Facebook post on Flanagan’s page regarding his current status at 9:30 PM. I went to hold him before we headed up to bed and within 15 minutes our little fellow passed away. We had him only one … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Nursing

I’ve always admired nurses and those who take care of loved ones on the home front.  A hometown family friend, Gloria, has been nursing her husband and this week, as I’ve adjusted to including nursing Flanagan throughout my day, I’ve … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Regarding Flanagan….

Flanagan, not yet one-month-old, came to live with us July 27, 2017.  Within hours he had won the affection of the entire Haasienda, and all those who spend time here as students and family friends. Yesterday, August 31, there was … Continue reading

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Endings… and beginnings…

This is a rather strange place to be. As Flyer, my dog of nearly twelve years, continues the dying process, I know this chapter of Flyer and Me is coming to a close.  I am also pondering the fact that … Continue reading

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A Most Satisfying Day…

It is 2:20am, Saturday morning. I woke Friday morning at 6:00am, only to discover Flyer, who had gotten into the kibble food bin the previous night, had urinated all over my study’s area rug due to her diabetes.  At 7:30am, … Continue reading

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10 Things Your Dog Would Tell You….

This is really neat… 1.  My life is likely to last 10 to 15 years.  Any separation from you will be painful: remember that before you get me. 2.  Give me time to understand what you want of me. 3. … Continue reading

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A beautiful February day…

Navi, Chief and Flyer were not about to rouse themselves at 5:00am when The Haasienda began stirring as Quintin showered, and readied himself for a 6:00am rehearsal prior to the MEPA/Bellbrook HS competition. After Quintin left, Mother and I talked … Continue reading

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…Why We Love Dogs…

Man is a dog’s idea of what God should be.  ~Holbrook Jackson The dog is a gentleman; I hope to go to his heaven, not man’s.  ~Mark Twain, letter to W.D. Howells, 2 April 1899

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…Before the sun is up…

My alarm went off at 5:10am.  I squinted through very eye-lids to see the bathroom door closed, and heard the sound of water smacking against the bathtub… whew… Quintin was awake, and showering.  I smelled coffee I knew Mother was … Continue reading

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…Wet Dogs…

The dogs are all bathed for their presentation for Queen Grandma who will visit this weekend. The last time I bathed the pups, they were not thrilled, and I figured I would have a chore on my hands getting them … Continue reading

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Final Blog Entry for 2011…

“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.” – Vince Lombardi Well, in 45 minutes the curtain will come down on 2011 and … Continue reading

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"Your Dog's Dead"

Several folks have asked me if I’ve ever had a pet die. Yes, I have; however, my first dog, an American Eskimo, died when I was about two or three years old, and my second dog, Pokey, died my senior … Continue reading

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…A Fond Farewell…

As I write this while sitting up in bed at my hospital table used for working mostly late into the night, Logan snuggles next to me. This is a familiar sight, and the warmth of her fur next to me … Continue reading

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Chief… oh, Chief…

It was so cool this morning and this afternoon that I set a box fan just outside my study so it would push in some cool air. Chief kept walking in front of the fan, nudging his nose in the … Continue reading

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"Higher, Orville, higher!"

On May 25, 1910 at Huffman Prairie, just outside Dayton, Orville Wright piloted two unique flights. First, he took off on a six-minute flight with Wilbur as his passenger, the only time the Wright brothers ever flew together. They received … Continue reading

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My corner of the sky…

Everything has its season Everything has its time Show me a reason and I’ll soon show you a rhyme Cats fit on the windowsill Children fit in the snow Why do I feel I don’t fit in anywhere I go? … Continue reading

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A Day of Thanksgiving…

What an unusual, yet exciting year! I have received so many blessings this year, and I hope, as an individual, and fellow traveler on Planet Earth, that I have been able to be a blessing to others, as well. My … Continue reading

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UPDATE: Flyer

It is Monday night, and the wonderful pet with whom we were prepared to bid farewell is an entirely different creature than the one from last Wednesday through Friday. When we brought her home Friday afternoon, both Jose and I … Continue reading

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