What Is It Like to Have Puppies? Part IV

“I just didn’t see myself here at this time in my life,” my husband, John, said with an expression that would have done a bloodhound proud. It was the kind of day in the life of a puppy owner when you ask yourself, “What was I thinking?” This was supposed to be our year to […]

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The True Parable of the Three Girls and the Tsunami

When I was around twelve, I was swimming at Zuma Beach. Zuma Beach is just north of Malibu and is known for having unruly and large surf. On this day, my friends Martha, Barbara, and I were far out from shore, diving under the waves. I recall watching as big waves with foamy indigo crests […]

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The Dog Days of Summer: A Blog by Marcy Mary

Well, it has been hot here. So hot that the patio scorches the pads on my beautiful feet. Trips outside are only for necessities. This morning I thought I would have a little grass to refresh my palate, but it was dry and lifeless. Ugh! I did a half-hearted morning patrol, but as the story […]

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Yoda’s Wisdom … and Facial Hair

Because of the surge in coronavirus cases in our county, we were among those who took several giant steps backward. No more mani-pedis or haircuts. No indoor restaurant service. No more gym, and no more indoor church. And don’t think of having a party. Hiking in the park and trips for necessities were our only […]

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What Is It Like to Have Puppies? Part III

When you think of puppies, what is the first picture that pops into your mind? Innocent, sweet, new, lovable—adjectives like that, right? Now, when you think of the word toddler, what comes to mind? I picture a brown-haired little boy in striped Oshkosh B’gosh overalls that gives extravagant hugs, has incredible energy, is busy exploring […]

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Walking in Faith

Have you ever had a day so strange that by the end of it, you feel completely unsettled—that anything could and probably would happen? Yesterday, I had a day like that. It started out as usual. I had consumed about half a cup of coffee when Teddy came in from outside, crying in distress. One […]

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In a Grateful Frame of Mind

Today is a soft day. It feels like someone is praying for me or that angels are in attendance. For several days I have been pondering what to write for this blog, and the word that keeps surfacing is gratitude—gratitude for being able to sit at my dining room table while the pups take their […]

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marcy mary to the rescue

I know you are all bored out of your minds reading all these blogs about the puppies, Teddy and Sadie, when you would much rather hear about me. The past few months have been challenging for the canine nation. We have been taken on endless walks (file that under “too much of a good thing”), […]

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WHAT IS IT LIKE TO HAVE PUPPIES? Part II

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the utter shock and joy of owning two puppies after a twenty-year hiatus in puppy parenting, likening it to having twin human infants. Well, I’m here to tell you it is—but tiny canines develop at warp speed. Just when you are thinking of calling the puppy farm and […]

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Technical difficulties

Due to technical difficulties—namely, my poor, aging Mac laptop—there will be no blog post this week. In the meantime, I’m working with my own personal version of tech support. He assures me that he knows what he’s doing …

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