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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Time to Pick Up the Leash Again

I was sitting in the backseat as our friend Mike wove his truck through the orange-and-red-hued mountains of Utah. John was riding in the front passenger seat. In my lap was my newest canine friend, Rusty, a Jack Russell terrier of a certain age. Because of his color and size, Rusty is a poignant reminder […]

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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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