I sprang out of bed


On a normal night, I am a very sound sleeper. Dogs move around me, get in bed with me, bark… and I can sleep right through it.

But sometime early this morning Crystal cried out. I think she may have fallen off of the couch. I was up and with her so fast, even I was surprised.

She doesn’t seem any worse for the wear, but good grief, these dogs are going to turn me prematurely gray way before my time.

New treasures


I’m trying to make up to everyone. They will be the first to try out the new treasures in my little rustic studio.

Yesterday I hit pay dirt. The garage is not heated at all, so I’ve been in search of an electric fireplace. They are easy to find and quickly climb in price. I don’t have a lot of room to work with, it’s only a two car garage and the settees take up their fair share of room.

Once again, Craigslist came through. We were on our way to the greyhound picnic and because I tend to get a little nervous before photo sessions, I get quiet and Karen surfs on her iPad. She just happened to find this little beauty. It’s not huge, but boy does it throw some heat. Getting the flames to show up however, is a whole new challenge, I don’t think we are quite ready for prime time… yet. I’ll figure it out, until then it will drive me crazy.

My other treasure was the welcome dog. He was in the silent auction and definitely a must have.

Adjusting my attitude

First a quick update on Talley. She’s home resting peacefully by my desk as I type.

We really don’t know what happened. It was mild whatever it was. They x-rayed her leg again and there were changes once again in the shadow. At one point we considered just having the head of the femur removed, but now, I think we will just concentrate on keeping her comfortable.

Her blood pressure was quite high, but she works herself up into such a stew at the vet, that it possible that her blood pressure is related to stress.

For now, we watch, we wait and we worry.

My trilogy



Just a year ago

Timber and Crystal  

Wow, I can’t believe how quickly the last year has passed. I took this on our last day of vacation in Sunriver, Oregon. Crystal and Timber watched as we started to pack things up. I don’t think any of us were ready to come home.

Timber was so sick, we were really worried. We were using the Cuisinart so that we could liquify his food for tube feedings five times a day.

I don’t think any of us had walked so much as we hit every trail around our cabin.

There won’t be a dog vacation this year and I am very sad about that. I will be flying off to Rockport, Maine for a photography workshop and Karen will go to Boston to visit her mom. At the end of the week, we’ll meet up and do a little traveling before we come back to Oregon. We’ll have a great time, but I sure will miss the doggies.

So much has happened this last year. It has been a good year.