A Letter to You

Dear Readers, Last Saturday morning, November 21, we discovered that seven-month-old Sadie was in heat. As I mentioned before, the new thinking on spaying female dogs is to wait after the first heat. This event has upended our household, and writing has become almost impossible. Teddy, who is fully mature at seven months, is off […]

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Giving Thanks in 2020

After a very warm October and November, fall seems to have truly arrived in Southern California. Today there is a crisp wind, bright trees in autumn shades, and clear blue skies. Soon Thanksgiving will be here, and like everything else in 2020, it will be different. Looking out on our serene valley, it is easy […]

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Houseguests: A Blog by Marcy Mary

I know it has been awhile since I wrote, but I have not been inactive. It has been a chore keeping my humans calm during the current election season. Some days I have been suddenly snatched from my bed and hauled around by Mom, Dad, or Grandma Bella. My ears have bald patches from being […]

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Seven Steps to a Dog-free Vacation

The puppies are almost six months old, and we really felt we needed a break. The big question was, could we leave these creatures that take up so much of our time? And yes, that is one reason we wanted to go on vacation—but don’t tell them.  This would be the first time we left […]

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Count Your Blessings

I’m sitting here thinking I would really like to have a glass of wine to accompany my thoughts about the day that is almost over. Alas, the last of the wine went into the pasta-shrimp dish we had for dinner. What a sacrifice. Do your days start out with a blank slate and an imaginary […]

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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 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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