My Afternoon Of Reading (Or Trying To)

A photo essay about what happens when one woman tries to read on the farm. It seems the animals did not approve of her reading choice. ...more
Typed by mom for R:  I am asking if we can borrow this photo (the last one) and use it for my ...more

Are You a Dog Person or a Cat Person?

People love their pets – 62% of U.S. households own a pet, which equates to 72.9 million homes. Those 72.9 million homes have 86.4 million cats and 78.2 million dogs. And U.S. pet owners are spending money on those beloved pets – to the tune of $48.35 billion in 2010 – according to the 2011-2012 APPA National Pet Owners Survey.That's a lot of dogs and cats. And the majority of their people can be easily classified:...more

Creature Comforts: Are Pets More Comforting Than Husbands?

One of the many reasons I adore my ex-husband is that he starts so many sentences with: "So, it turns out you were right about …"Today he called to say it turns out I was right on two counts: the woeful emotional inadequacy of husbands and the healing love of a good dog.My ex is often alerted to my inalienable rightnesses by our paper of record, The New York Times, which is what prompted this morning's most recent example....more

Holiday Gifts for Pets

According to a recent poll, over half of American pet owners will buy pet gifts for the holidays, spending an average of $46 per gift. These animals can expect to receive primarily food and treats, followed by bedding, clothing, leash/collar/harness and grooming products. (What, no toys?) Also, one can assume that some lucky pets will receive more than one gift which is another version of Cute Overload....more
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Constant Dog

She warms me.She has been at my feet all day, occasionally lifting her head to look out the window and protect me from the ever present stream of people walking to the park. She lays still until a truck rolls onto our street and she begins to shiver with fear and I feel her trembling against my leg....more
I think of my own Maggy. She is 6 and by my side at every step. I think about the day she will ...more

Talk Like a Dog...

Sometimes at the best moments a single word or a look is enough.  ~ Honore de Balzac...more

Theraputic...Heck Ya!

My dogs. We have 2 beautiful and loving pugs. I love pugs. As in love them!! When we got Mr. M, pictured above, I was not a pug lover so to speak. I loved their cute faces. And all that other jazz. However, I wasn't gagga over them. I am now, gagga over pugs. Mr M is a beautiful 4.5 yr old pure bred fawn pug. We have a 3.5 month old black w/silver pug. Mr. M hasn't always been such a good boy. You know, those puppy years can be rough. He has always been beautiful, gentle and loving. (Except of course when Mr. B gets on his case a lil to much and well then not so much). He loves his humans....more

My Dogs Are Finally Housetrained

I was a little late writing this essay -- I meant to do it a week ago, but was in the middle of moving from one apartment to another. The reason we were moving was because our apartment had become Manhattan’s answer to the Amityville Horror. It wasn’t haunted by poltergeists or ghosts, but instead by extremely bad plumbing and the occasional rat riding the elevator. Also, there was no gas, going on for some seven months, and there were drug dealers on the fourth and eighth floors. Though the walls hadn’t actually bled, we’d seen blood on them, as well as on the floors and in the elevator -- some sort of “stabbing incident” was the explanation we got. ...more
That's awesome! I don't know how you lasted so long. We just moved and our dog wasn't happy, so ...more

General Letter

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Grooming Your Cockatiel

I finally got up the nerve this morning to tackle trimming the nails of Daniel's cockatiel, Nick. He used to be a sweet bird, honest. He would ride around on Daniel's shoulder and perch on his head. But we've ruined him. Now he's a nasty little SOB, hence, me putting off this long overdue task. To be sure of what I was doing, I got out our cockatiel book and reviewed the section entitled "Grooming Your Cockatiel"....more
@Anne Kimball Ours has never been friendly. Ever. Darn it.more