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Reminiscing: June 21, 2022

Reminiscing: June 21, 2022

We sat on the hillside overlooking the swaying trees and prairie fields. It seemed like yesterday that we were able to walk through the fields and cut beautiful wildflowers for arrangements. Of course, I would always have to be checked for thorns and ticks after we walked through the tall grass; but, It was so worth the adventure. It made us both wonder if the people that owned that prairie land now appreciate it like we did. Would they ever…

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Resetting Buttons: June 9, 2022

Resetting Buttons: June 9, 2022

Sometime, we all need a reset button for ourselves.  That is my excuse for skipping my blog last week.  Perhaps you had not even noticed that I skipped last week?  But, I am emerging with exuberance and motivation once again to keep some lightheartedness in all of our lives.   I think my trip to our local Subaru for  the car’s oil change helped me reset too.   At Subaru, everyone welcomed me as if I were their own dog,…

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Spotlights: May 26, 2022

Spotlights: May 26, 2022

Have you ever had that moment when you realize someone isn’t taking a photo of you, but the object behind you?   It is very much like when someone shows up at your front door and you are like, oh you!  But, you don’t want to hurt their feelings so you say, Oh HI, I had no idea you were going to stop and visit.  Then, I look and don’t see any type of dog treats, so  I bark at…

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Anticipation: May 14, 2022

Anticipation: May 14, 2022

I think you will agree with me that my past week was  filled with anticipation.  From severe thunderstorms to new blooming tulips and tree blossoms,  my eyes and ears are wide open.  Let me start with the huge thunderstorms I encountered this past week.    After quite a tranquil day, everything seemed to change when Nancy arrived home from teaching.  Suddenly, we were in the basement bathroom with a little radio listening to the weather updates.    From the weather…

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“Spring” in My Step: May 3, 2022

“Spring” in My Step: May 3, 2022

Finally, our  spring walks are giving us a little more “spring” in our steps!   As I walk,  I am acutely aware of the birds returning  from their winter  getaways.  To me, I think they are singing louder than ever, or is it that after their absence for the past six months, I am simply more appreciative.   Isn’t it interesting how we react when something returns after a journey away? After listening and looking up to see all the…

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Nothing ≠ Nothing: April 25, 2022

Nothing ≠ Nothing: April 25, 2022

Have you ever pulled a subject matter out of a hat and then, proceeded to write about it? Today, that is exactly what Nancy suggested.  I said that I am still perplexed that I don’t have anything to write about this week?    So, we threw in some topics.   The topics were root beer, PCA  dog show, weather, road construction, music lessons or none of the above.     I picked none of the above and decided all on my…

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Happy Easter! April 15, 2022

Happy Easter! April 15, 2022

Actually, I thought I would be writing my blog outside on the deck today; but, it is far too cold.   After   I managed to take a photo of the lovely flower pot our neighbor gave us, I went indoors.    To my delight, I  also realized that I could write my blog while watching the Minnesota Twin’s  baseball game on TV.     No, I am simply going to dictate my blog and have Nancy type it so…

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You Can Do This! April 8, 2022

You Can Do This! April 8, 2022

Why is it that when someone tells us we can’t do something, we are motivated to prove them wrong? Before I came to join my forever home, I was busy prancing in the show dog rings.   I recall that Jill (my breeder from Musique Standard Poodles)  was always confident in me with encouraging and motivating words.   But, even those times that I did not win in the show ring, her support and love for me was never diminished….

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All Joy, No Stress

All Joy, No Stress

There is a new song playing around us this past week. It is “All Joy, No Stress” by Rhett Walker.   The deafening blare of the radio came as a surprise to me  because Nancy rarely cranks up the volume of the radio.  In fact, usually songs with a strong bass line, annoy her.   Here are some of the words from the song.   “All joy, no stress.   No worries I’m blessed from early in the morning till the…

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Almost Done Grooming: March 22, 2022

Almost Done Grooming: March 22, 2022

There is dog therapy and then, there is human therapy.  I am pleased to announce that I was instrumental in being part of both this past weekend.    It wasn’t as though I was  yearning to be groomed until I was groomed!  I think Nancy trimmed 3-4 inches off of my winter coat, all while I felt so pampered in her arms. Yup, most of my clipping was done in her lap – don’t judge us, we are kind of…

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March 13, 2022

March 13, 2022

Gosh, once we get accustomed to daylight saving’s time, I think it is quite nice?!   There seems to be controversy about the whole idea of enjoying those extra hours of daylight.   I say, why wouldn’t people want to enjoy those added daylight hours?  During spring, it is lighter out earlier and stays light out longer. This reminds me when  Nancy reminisces about practicing saxophone at 5:30 AM in either soundproof rooms or the milk house on her parent’s…

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Meeting Sullivan (Sully): March 6, 2022

Meeting Sullivan (Sully): March 6, 2022

It was quite a typical day until  I finally met the neighbor dog that lives behind us. I had watched him prance that hill often.   I never wanted to interrupt his peaceful walks as he appeared to be contemplating all  the surrounding sights and sounds.  Us dogs give each other space. But then, while I was outside, Sullivan (Sully) and his companion appeared by our fence. To say how excited I was to finally meet Sully in person and…

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Baseball! March 1, 2022

Baseball! March 1, 2022

It is March and that means, baseball is right around the corner!  What? Did I hear right that there could be a lockout for the season Major League Baseball (MLB)?  Here is what Matt Snyder  from CBS Sports said  “Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association reportedly made progress toward an agreement for a new collective bargaining agreement that would end the owner-imposed lockout after a marathon negotiating session Monday that lasted until the early morning hours. MLB had…

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February 22, 2022: Tricki Woo

February 22, 2022: Tricki Woo

On Sunday,   the second season of “All Creatures Great and Small” aired the  last episode.  Not only did I love all the characters in the show, I learned that I certainly am not the only dog spoiled on this earth! I did a little research about Tricki Woo.  He is  a pekingese dog.    His own owner  is  Jill Clark.  Jill says “They’re incredible little dogs, the nicest, bravest little dogs I think I’ve ever met.  They have their…

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Valentine’s Week 2022

Valentine’s Week 2022

Ah, I missed wishing all of you a Happy Valentine’s Day!  Truthfully, I want to spread my love around all the time, so I guess it is OK if I am a day late.  To me, every day should be a day to say I Love You!   I hear it all the time in our home, whether it is human to human or human to me.  There are so many ways that we say I love you, right?  …

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Happy Birthday, Betty! February 8, 2022

Happy Birthday, Betty! February 8, 2022

I understand that one of my loyal readers is having a birthday this very day.   Let me say Happy Birthday, Betty!  Everyone at our house sends you wishes for a lovely birthday today.   I suppose if I wrote my blog every day that someone special we know  has a birthday, I would have to write more often.   Happy Birthday all of the February birthday people  out there. Just after we were informed that the Valentine sugar cookies…

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February 1, 2022: Coaching Kindness

February 1, 2022: Coaching Kindness

There I was, minding my own business when a woman accompanied by her  cute tiny dog came into the building.   I watched that little dog scurry into the elevator.   When the elevator returned, I looked all over for that dog. What? Where had it gone?  Were they trying to play hide-n-seek?   I looked everywhere for the dog.  I soon decided that it was not meant to be to make a new friend with that cute dog. Isn’t it…

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January 29, 2022: Left at Home

January 29, 2022: Left at Home

Today,  Nancy went to visit her Mom without me. Her only instructions  were clear and concise. I was to write a blog. C’est tout! (That is that’s all, in French.)  So I suppose I better write now because she’s on her way home. I can tell you that the news I am allowed to share on my blog is rather sparse. You are probably wondering what I did all day if Nancy was elsewhere? Well, I ended up staying home…

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January 20, 2022

January 20, 2022

Today, I was so happy I was there for Nancy when she arrived home.  She called me over and I melted into her embrace, knowing something was wrong. She didn’t need to say anything, she didn’t need to vent, she just needed my love. Isn’t that what friends are for?! Those of you reading this know that  us dogs have mastered the art of positivity.  We don’t judge you humans or give advice. We are simply present. As you seem…

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A Sad Week of Losing Ike: January 15, 2021

A Sad Week of Losing Ike: January 15, 2021

This week, we learned our dear friend Dana (and her family) had to say good-be to their  precious dog, Ike.  Dana and family, we are deeply sorry for the huge loss – Ike was so so special!    For years now,  we enjoy reading  Dana’s words of wisdom in the comments on this blog.  Through many of her writings, we have had the pleasure to read about her spunky and loving Ike.   When the time is right, we will…

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