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Retrospective

Although it’s not the purpose behind the holiday, Labor Day seems to many of us to mark the end of summer.  For those of us in academia, it’s a gentle ease-in to the fall semester.  I started teaching last week, but my first weekend is a long one.  It’s my birthday weekend, too!  Best present […]

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Some Kinds of Help

Long ago when I was young, I had a an album — on a RECORD! — titled “Free to Be You and Me”, by Marlo Thomas and friends.  I looked it up before I wrote this post, and I see that it was a successful project featuring bucketloads of celebrities: Rosy Grier, Alan Alda, Tom […]

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House Rules, Redux

Exactly one year and one day ago, I posted a list of House Rules for Jackson’s benefit. I don’t think he read them. But we’ve updated them, now that he’s been with us for a year and he rejoices in the gravitas and maturity of an adult dog.  (I read that aloud to B and […]

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Pathos

Jackson has been having some problems. Last week, he split a toenail.  It doesn’t sound like a big deal, does it?  But dogs walk on their nails; in fact, the ground helps wear them down.  A split toenail meant that every time Jackson put his paw down, he put pressure on the split.  Not only […]

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Good Day/Bad Day

A dog who is having a good day: A dog who has had a bad day: The two are, of course, related: if one rams around like a wild thing in the park, one is liable to get not just muddy, but hurt.  And then one is pathetic and bandaged and limpy, and tries to […]

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Dilemma

New Year’s Day just ended, and tomorrow (today, really) is Monday.  It’s back to real life for most of us.  Other bloggers are already talking about tearing down the greenery and dragging out the tree. Not me. Granted, I’ve probably toasted the poor thing to a crisp, putting it by the fire like that.  But […]

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Animal on Animal Print

I got out Jackson’s winter beds the other night. Yes, our dog has winter beds.  No, we have not owned him through a winter yet.  I was thinking ahead.  (Or, “spoiling him.”  Depending on who you ask.)  He has a bed in every room, so that he has a spot of his own; knowing where […]

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Small Dogs Survive Jackson’s Visit

When I picked Jackson up at doggie daycare tonight, they told me that he’d spent the day in the small dogs’ room.  I was so startled that I didn’t ask WHY — all I could manage was, “Did he roll them over?”  Because that’s how he plays with his small, mop-like friend Biscuit: he shoves […]

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All By Ourselves

B is away at a conference. I took him to the airport yesterday, between classes, so when Jackson came home in the evening there was only one person present to love him.  Despite a full day at dog daycare and a manic romp in the park with his friends, he was so unnerved that he […]

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In Which We Visit a Shelter

The city’s pound is located in a veterinary hospital, which seems like a good sign.  We had to fill out an application before we could see the dogs, and while we waited we talked to a big black Lab who was VERY excited to be there, to meet us, to investigate the corners of the […]

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