The Crappiest Time of Day

Without a doubt, 4:45-6:45 PM is the crappiest time of day. This is not a feeling, it is a fact. I have never, in all of the time that I have lived in the South Bay, departed my doorstep during these exact hours without encountering hordes of humanity carrying tiny little totes of turd. ...more

on meeting strangers

The weather in Houston this past weekend was...weird. Weird in that it wasn't 105 degrees with 90% humidity. It was 89 degrees with 45% humidity which is what I can only imagine Antarctica must feel like.  But really, it was cold for a Houston summer day....more

Furry Finches

Hello there! My name is Michelle: therapist-in-training by day, blogger by night. I’ve created Furry Finches to share my experiences of being a mid-20’s debt-free hopeful. My goal is to provide insight into the tips and tricks I’ve picked up along my way to help me achieve my goals....more

Rocky's Story - The Joys of Adopting a Senior Dog

I must confess that when we adopted Rocky, he would not have been my first choice of a second dog. A 13-year-old Lab with irreversible nerve damage in his rear legs was a challenge that we were not sure we could handle or afford. We were not even looking for another permanent dog, as our little house was full. We already had Roma, our wild and wacky 5-year-old yellow Labby girl, as well as usually having a foster dog to care for....more

Is a Poochon the most hypoallergenic dog in the world? If you have allergies but want a dog then read on!…

 My husband has allergies. Lots of them. In fact if it has feathers or fur then he is allergic to it. And he has asthma!But here’s the thing. We REALLY wanted a dog. So first we did some research and came up with a shortlist of pure and cross breeds that were known for their hypoallergenic properties…....more
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Obituary for a Good Dog

Tiburon Precious Castello Dunn died on February 21, 2016. She was approximately twelve years old, although little is known about her early life. She was found pregnant and sickly in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2006. She was brought to the CASPCA, where she was adopted by a pregnant volunteer named Rachel and her skeptical husband, Kevin. The SPCA staff had named her "Precious", but upon adoption her name was changed to "Tiburon"....more

Fishy fancies to keep your dogs tail wagging

When this little face wakes you up every morning you’d do anything to make her happy. Meet Tia, my 10 year old rather grumpy Shih Tzu!Tia has over the last three years battled with many conditions including polyarthritis and spinal disc disease and illnesses caused by the treatment of her original condition. So, in order to keep her occupied during her recovery we’ve had to get creative with her favourite thing .... food!...more

My Rescue Dog

Tibby is a rescue dog. I adopted her from the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA. I rescued her.Then, she rescued me.I don't talk about it a lot. I guess I'm embarrassed, although I understand I shouldn't be ashamed. I promised myself that in this blog I would be honest. I wouldn't paint too sunny of a picture on shadowed situations.I have depression. I have for a long time. Maybe since my teens... maybe longer......more

Praying for Good-bye

I'm beginning to write this while Tibby is still breathing. She's alive, but I think it is by sure stubbornness. She doesn't want to leave me. Her body is giving up.As much as I embrace my crazy cat and dog lady side, I swore I wouldn't be some one who spent tons of money keeping a pet alive. I heard stories of people carrying their pets out to use the bathroom, and I judged the owners. Wouldn't it be more kind to put the animal down?...more

Casting Books I Love: The Thing Is by Kathleen Gerard

If you really love a book, you get to the end, to that part where it all comes together in a twist you never expected but that’s so delightfully satisfying, and you scream to yourself “Yes! I love it!” and maybe do that little kicking thing with your foot. But, at the same time, you don’t want it to end because you don’t want to be separated from these characters you’ve grown to love and you don’t want to leave this world you’ve been inhabiting.  You bring your foot down and maybe sigh....more