Sunrises, February 26, 2024

Sunrises, February 26, 2024

Each morning, I eagerly run outside to catch the sunrise.  Astonished by the landscape before me, I return to  the house to alert Nancy.  She rushes on the deck, barefooted and in her robe with her camera in  hand.  She says she has to take at least twenty  photos before one    slightly catches the beautiful sunrises. Then, while I eat my breakfast, she sits sipping her coffee and writing in her journal.   Just about the time I am…

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A Rather Mundane Week! February 21, 2024

A Rather Mundane Week! February 21, 2024

Not that you should know the details; but, I was pretty sick last week.  Even though the tests came back negative, I still  have a sensitive stomach.  Perhaps we have to be sick occasionally, to fully appreciate good health?!   The medicines that Dr. Andy gave me on Thursday seemed to have helped me for now. Seriously, I was hoping I would get some food changes when I was ill.  I didn’t even receive chicken noodle soup or new treats. …

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Happy Valentine’s Day! 2024

Happy Valentine’s Day! 2024

Seriously, you humans have a day set aside to say to your loved ones that you love them?   Happy Valentine’s Day anyway, EVERY SINGLE DAY you should tell them  you love them!  Don’t get me wrong, I am certainly not your “kill joy” type, except when I see that it is the retailers making ton of money off of you all.   Why not just randomly pick a day to show someone that you love them? I suppose we…

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Super Bowl Sunday, February 11, 2024

Super Bowl Sunday, February 11, 2024

I suppose you are eager to learn what I think of Super Bowl Sunday?   Well, even if you are not curious, I am going to share my thoughts anyway, so here it goes.    First of all, I think any event that brings people and their pets together is worth celebrating.   Some may be watching the actual football game, while others are watching just for the expensive TV ads. Secondly,  who doesn’t like a gathering that seems to…

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February 9, 2024

February 9, 2024

You won’t hear me complaining, especially in this blog.   But, whoa this schizophrenic weather is getting quite interesting lately, don’t you think?  I suppose if Nancy needs to be dilgent about finishing up her tax data for her accountant, then, let it rain.   I can rest on the couch for hours  watching  her for hours because “hello” we are kind of attached  to each other if you have not noticed. With this move in the past year comes much trepidation…

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In the Spotlight: February 2, 2024

In the Spotlight: February 2, 2024

When I can’t get outside to be in the sunrise photos, I have to improvise with embellishing the photos to include us!   Talk about lazy, huh! Oh, not me of course as I am usually   just laying on the couch WAITING to go outside.  Notice how the sun is shining a spotlight on our backyard for me to take center stage?  In retrospect, I do tend to be the spotlight of events in our home (if you have…

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New Puppy, Meet Miche! January 19, 2024

New Puppy, Meet Miche! January 19, 2024

Perhaps, subconsciously I have avoided sharing the great news of the arrival of a new dog at my friend’s house, making that two dogs for them.     My friends host my webpage and I already love their first dog, Brioche.   So, when I heard that they got a new puppy, I was a little jealous.  Yup, dogs can be jealous too you know.  We just don’t like to admit it.    But, I suppose after having lived with…

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Sun Dogs, January 16, 2024

Sun Dogs, January 16, 2024

This morning, after eating my breakfast, I looked out our kitchen window to see the most breathtaking sunrise.    Since I can’t quite hold a camera yet, I nudged Nancy to scurry to  the deck with her phone.   Then, I made her go out every so often because it was so spectacular.    To my amazement, “sundogs” is the  atmospheric phenomenon..  According to Wikipedia, “A sun  dog  or  sundog or  mock sun also called a parhelion   (plural parhelia)  in…

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January 6, 2024

January 6, 2024

Sometimes,  I  approach my blog in the same manner that Nancy plays her saxophone.   Often, I know my goal for the blog; whereas, other times I have no clue where the blog will take me.   So, I begin with inhaling and exhaling, similar to long tones on a saxophone.    I may even try to clear my mind without any thinking.  Us dogs are constantly reminding humans to not worry, to leave so much alone.   Long tones…

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Happy New Year! Day 10: Spreading Joy

Happy New Year! Day 10: Spreading Joy

Keep in mind that the Ten Days of Spreading Joy are not in any particular order. The tenth day happens to be the first day of 2024.  Let us make one resolution, to spread more joy all year. Every day is special to me and I don’t recognize days or months like you do.  Stepping aside from this dog body, I constantly  ponder as if   walking  in your shoes. Maybe that is why I often don’t feel like a…

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Day 9: Spreading Joy

Day 9: Spreading Joy

After some friends visited the other day, Day Nine of  Spreading Joy is a no brainer.     Invite some friends over to spread joy!  Seriously, I have never had so much fun with any guests at any home.   Once you invite your guests over, make sure they know you are thrilled to be in their presence.  I felt like I was the guest in my own home as my new friend, Sue kept talking  and playing with me….

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Day 8: Spreading Joy

Day 8: Spreading Joy

To spread joy on day eight  of  the “Ten Days of Spreading Joy”  is the most obvious from a dog’s perspective.  No, it is not giving others treats and no, it is not even playing a ball game with your friends.   Come on, you know what it is!    Going for a walk will always spread joy!  Why just yesterday as Nancy  was shaking out the rugs out on the deck (and I was watching through the window pane)…

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Day 7: Spreading Joy

Day 7: Spreading Joy

I suppose you are wondering what day seven will entail to spread joy? I am learning that many of the days to spread joy  are intertwined.  Not all of the joy spreaders can include me to assist in the mission.   I can try to change that. On Christmas, Nancy and Greg went to an assisted-living home to sing, without me. Even though I don’t have the paperwork for being a licensed therapy dog, I could be such a joy…

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Day 6, Spreading Joy

Day 6, Spreading Joy

Today, I want you to think about the last time you made a magnificent difference in someone’s life?   Maybe it was that smile, phone call or a note sent via snail mail?  Or, when was the last time you were bold enough to leave your comfort zone  to share some kindness?    Obviously, I am rather limited in what I can do, so I have to constantly nudge my human companions to spread joy.   Day 6 is to…

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Day 4, Spreading Joy, Surprise Phone Call

Day 4, Spreading Joy, Surprise Phone Call

Tonight,  we were pleasantly surprised by a FaceTime video sent to us by Nancy‘s niece, Nicole. Her son Caleb, was reading out loud to us a book, titled “Hairy, Hairy Poodle” by Marilyn Singer.  We were amazed at what a brilliant reader Caleb has become as a first grader.   Caleb was not even aware that his kindness was spreading joy to us! Actually, we got a double dose of spreading joy when we FaceTime called Caleb to thank him…

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Day 3 of Spreading Joy, Hugs

Day 3 of Spreading Joy, Hugs

It is such a joy to divulge to you my secrets of spreading joy! Other than when I am hungry, I try to put everyone else’s needs before my own. Usually, all it involves is my keen intuition to sniff out possible joy magnets. Have you ever caught a glimpse of someone looking rather gloomy? If so, what did you do about it? Day 3 of spreading joy is another priceless gift, given freely! HUG someone! I hug my companions…

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Day 2, Spreading Joy By Being Present!

Day 2, Spreading Joy By Being Present!

Since I am back after my brief hiatus of  Nancy writing day  one of  the series on Spreading Joy, I decided that I should do a bit of research before I jump into this new assignment.   (If you may recall, it was her idea, not mine.)   So, I cheated a bit and found this on the computer of spreading joy.   You see, I already thought that I spread joy by writing my blog. Helena Green wrote, “The…

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