farewell simon

by | Saturday, April 27, 2013 |

yesterday we said goodbye to simon; our boo, our captain, our elder statesmen.  i have 13 years of memories of simon, 13 years of stories and countless hilarious episodes that i could impart here.  i could tell you how smart he was or what an amazing first alert system he was and how seriously he took his job.  i could fill the page telling you what a character he was.  i could regurgitate all over you and still fail miserably in getting the essence of boo across.  as i...

almost missed my connection

by | Thursday, March 21, 2013 |

one thing i’ve learned from living with a pack of dogs for the last 18 years is that each and every dog is special in their own way and you establish different levels of connection with each one. i’ve been lucky enough to have deeper than usual connections with several of our dogs. that is not to say i’ve loved them more than others or they were more important to me but for whatever reason our souls seemed to speak to each other (i’m looking at you kody, murray, reilley and owney). last year a...

out of the darkness

by | Monday, March 11, 2013 |

my apologies for being mia of late.  the truth is that life with a pack of dogs can sometimes be messy and heartbreaking and these past 5 months have been jam packed with pain.  i should note that dave is much better at updating the earthdog facebook page so to keep up with timely news and his photos head on over and "like" us.  i don’t want to belabor the ugliness of the recent past but i do want to let you know that we lost dooley early in february after a prolonged,...

out of retirement (temporarily)

by | Friday, November 16, 2012 |

i knew it was going to take a special situation to ever pull me out of foster retirement.  about 13 years ago dave & i had 2 fosters (along with our 11 dogs) when our foster/adoption network completely crumbled.  long story short after some time it became clear tate & frankie were going to be staying with us for the long haul.  for several reasons they were unable to be integrated into our pack so they’ve been kept separate all this time.  dave has taken...

all-knowing

by | Friday, November 9, 2012 |

the universe seems to know things. these pictures were taken the day before zander's extremely unexpected loss... in hindsight i'm really happy i shared that time with him.

trick or treat

by | Thursday, November 1, 2012 |

it's time for the annual earthdog treat (see 2009 here, 2010 here, and 2011 here): row 1 (l to r):  simon, jewel, phineus, wilson row 2 (l to r):  indi, fletcher, watson, reilley row 3 (l to r):  speck, flanagan, carly, dooley row 4 (l to r):  benny, slater, zig, odin we hope you all had an enjoyable halloween!...

to quote dave's title "curveballs and heavy hearts"

by | Wednesday, October 17, 2012 |

yesterday started out as a perfectly normal day and quickly became a heartbreaking mess. if you’re a fan on our facebook page then you may already know we lost zander. we probably should have realized we were on borrowed time with him since his seizures started, they were so aggressive and we were having a hard time controlling them with phenobarbital, but we remained hopeful. even as i say that i know full well that even if we were clear we were on borrowed time it wouldn’t have made a...

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