• A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself. ~ Josh Billings
  • I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me they are the role model for being alive. ~ Gilda Radner
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Thanks for your thoughts and prayers

pastoral scene at Stebbins-- path and bridge

I’d like to express my heartfelt thanks to you readers who left sympathetic thoughts and prayers. I’ve been in a bit of a funk since my buddy Maytag was killed. But time marches on, and some say it heals all wounds. I’m not so sure about that, but I am feeling the urge to write some more posts. I’ll have a really great one for you this weekend, because a REALLY BIG EVENT is happening in our family tomorrow.

Be sure to check back and read all about it!


Jingles enjoys the sunshine

Old Jingles is still hanging in there, even though she was diagnosed with congestive heart failure more than one year ago.  She gets her meds daily, and she just keeps plugging along.

The Old Lady enjoying the warm sun

Jingles still walks around the block, but sometimes we have to carry her the last little bit up the hill toward home.  She’s going on 15 years old, and hopefully she will be with us for many more.

The sun makes her sleepy


At last, we have some rain!  We really need it too.  Not because its dry here, but because everything is covered in pollen!  Hopefully this rain will wash away all the pollen overnight and everything will be nice and clean in the morning.

A Stand Up Cat

This cat is pretty cool.  He has better posture than I do.

He reminds me a bit of Puss in Boots from Shreck.

I’m concerned about Maggie

Come on, Maggie, you can do it!

Last week while we were walking the Gyllendogs, Savannah pointed out that Maggie was walking with a weird gait.  She seemed to favor her left rear leg, and the leg motion seemed to have a slight “twist” when she put the leg forward.   She was fine on the walk, however, and showed no sign of any pain or even discomfort.

Over the weekend, we took them to Riverside Park for a swim and a romp.  She and Jake ran up and down the riverbank, a drop of about 40 feet, jumping in the river, then climbing back up the bank and spraying us with river water as they shook from head to toe.  (You would think they would shake off BEFORE they climbed back up, but no.)  They did this for a good 90 minutes, and hardly seemed tired at all.

Again, Maggie showed no signs of discomfort, but she did have some trouble with the last bit of the climb.  Here you can see her pausing for a moment before scrambling up.   Jake had no trouble making this last jump – he just bounded right up.

So now I am a little concerned that Maggie might have an issue with her leg, maybe even hip dysplasia.  We have an appointment with the vet next month for a 1 year checkup, and I am going to ask him about this.   (If it gets any worse, then we will pay him a visit right away.)

We’ll keep y’all posted.


Today Lauren, Savannah and I watched “Hachiko: A Dog’s Story“.  It is modernized and transplanted to the USA, but it is based on the true story of the most famous dog in Japanese history.   My words cannot do it justice – just know that you should see it.   And be sure to have a few tissues handy.

Seeing this movie was especially nostalgic for Savannah and me, because we visited Japan in 2007 on a school trip.  While there we saw the statue of Hachiko that stands at Shibuya Station in Tokyo.

A trip to the vet

Hey y’all. We had an interesting week this week. Mom and Dad took us on a trip the the vet. They said we were going to get “fixed”. They left us there to spend the night. It was kind of scary at first when they took us in the back with all of the other dogs and cats. Each one had his own little room, and there was a lot of barking. We relaxed after a bit, and then the vet took us to a little room where we took a nap. When we woke up from the nap we were still very sleepy. We slept really good all night.

The next morning, Dad came and took us home. We sure were glad to get back home. But Dad said we have to go back to the vet in 10 days to get our stiches out. We don’t know what that means, but it doesn’t sound too scary….

Jake and Maggie, home from the vet

Jake and Maggie, home from the vet