Natural Encounters

I have found that unexpected encounters with wild creatures can sharpen the senses, are often exhilarating, and are always educational. One thing is certain: these meetings with the natural world capture all of your attention and are seared into your memory.  But the encounters that involve reciprocity between wild creatures and humans touch our souls […]

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Time to Take Up the Leash Again: Part II

I decided to post our exciting news on Mother’s Day because I am about to become a mother again. I know what you are saying: “At her age?” (either with a healthy dose of skepticism or rolling your eyes and laughing hysterically). Let me tell you the backstory. In March of 2019, our precious Archie, […]

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Meet Cali: Our Newest Family Member

The invitation was for dinner and a “surprise.” We approached the front door of our son Chris and his wife, Marlene’s, home and heard an unusual sound—barking!  “They did it!” I said to my husband, John, excitedly.  “Finally,” he responded with feeling.  The door opened, and running excitedly around the whole family’s feet was Cali, […]

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Our First Rescue: Tigger, the Cat

Through the years, my husband and I have had many feline companions. I admire their individuality, independence, and their loving and perceptive ways—all on their own terms, of course. But there is one cat that stands out among the others: a truly wonderful male Siamese cat named Tigger … I remember the day Tigger came […]

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Loving an Old Dog

“Old dogs, like old shoes are comfortable. They might be a bit out of shape and a little worn around the edges, but they fit well.”  —Bonnie Wilson Note: All the dachshunds featured on this page are available for adoption through Dachshund Rescue of Los Angeles. I came into the house and waited. In a […]

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Meeting My First Dachshund

When my son, Chris, was in high school, from time to time he would bring home a stray animal. He would generally find homes for them or find their owners. Two cats became permanent residents. While this was an admirable and kind thing to do, I never knew what creature would be in residence when […]

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