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Everyone owns his or her own consolations. Whether you believe that things happen for a reason or you believe you will someday be reunited with your dearly departed or you simply take comfort in the community created by such a loss, a memorial will gracefully cradle your grief. Memorials are important because of their healing power. They are tangible, sharable, …

For the last 17 years, really since the moment I first imagined putting adoptable pets online, it has been difficult to know where I stop and Petfinder begins. Confusing yourself with a website has its ups and downs. Mostly ups, if your identity confusion is with a place like Petfinder. “Me, my website, and I” are honored to be “Auntie” …

Keeping critters safe from MY rambunctious pets this summer is my top summer pet safety project, as you know from my June blog. But during this month of picnics and camping, fireworks and boating, it is also important to keep in mind your pet really is safer at home. And even when you all stay home together, be extra vigilant. …

All winter long I pine for spring and summer. I forget that summer means black snakes are eyeing our new chicks, coyote mothers are extra hungry to feed their pups — scaring the small-dog walkers, and our own irascible dogs seem intent upon poking their noses into places where baby copperheads lurk. But, honestly, most of my “summer safety” energy …

The last few times I’ve baked cookies, I’ve reached for the stick of butter I set on the counter to soften, only to realize I must have forgotten to get it out. Chalking my experience up to forgetfulness, I got a new stick from the fridge. Later, I discovered a cache of waxy butter wrappers in the backyard. All the …

One day my dad and I were walking along the trail by my home, accompanied by my goats, when he halted in his tracks and exclaimed, “Oh, migosh. You’re the crazy goat lady!” “Excuse me?” I said, surprised by the surprise in his voice, not to mention the characterization of me as — a lady. He repeated, “You’re the crazy …

The highs and lows of February leave me feeling extra philosophical, or maybe this is disorientation. Your parents, or their parents, might remember an Arthur Godfrey (or Anita O’day) song called “Yea Boo.” A cheeky chorus chimes in at the end of each line, hollering “Yea!” or “Boo!,” depending upon their relative delight or despair. Anita sings, “I know a …

I am begrudgingly coming to terms with the idea that I have a part-time office chicken. If I were a heroine in a Janet Evanovich novel, this would be sort of a lead-in to “How did my life spiral so out of control?” My office chicken, a real one (not the funky, brightly colored one gracing my mantle since my …

We got a new puppy! His name is Pinto, and he is a nut in every happy puppy way! So in honor of the New Year, and all the puppies out there, let’s resolve to do what I like to think of as “tickling the dragon’s tail.” The next time you see your young dog or foster pooch just lying …

Yesterday, on vacation, I was enjoying a luxuriously deep sleep. Then, an extremely large, cold, wet nose planted itself firmly in my ear. HELLLOOO! It was Tiki, a voluminous chocolate Labrador, checking in on me, his houseguest, in true Lab style. Rudi, his only slightly shyer sidekick, was next in line. Both are former shelters dogs that now live the …

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