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Bipolar Cancer Husband No. 2

Posted on June 26, 2012 in Anxiety Cancer Diary Cats Dogs Uncertainty

I must confess that I still feel a little selfish when I remind people that I am under stress — perhaps more stress than Lynn.

Whines of 2012 — Updated 12/17/2012

Posted on April 24, 2012 in Anxiety Dentition Dogs Health OCD Spirituality and Being Whines

UPDATED: 9 September 2012 Let me count the ways the events of the past few months have screwed me. Note that there may will be additions as the weeks pass…so keep checking this article. It will be a mega-whine! First, my mother dies of a glioblastoma — brain cancer — the same disease that killed […]

Two Sad Dog Stories

Posted on February 1, 2011 in Dogs

The man walking his Boston Terrier along San Diego’s Prado didn’t see the problem. The choke chain made his little dog more controllable. You couldn’t have the yearling running about, being excited about the world. “Now he’s a good dog,” he said. I didn’t mention studies that showed that choke chains kill dogs by breaking […]


Give this boy my dog

Posted on January 17, 2011 in Dogs Encounters Hikes and Trails

I know they would have got on famously.


In the Splash Zone

Posted on July 30, 2010 in Dogs Travels - So Cal Video

Drake ran away from me on Sunday.


White Out

Posted on July 19, 2010 in Dogs Travels - So Cal

The waterline at Dog Beach runs nearly in a straight line from southeast to northwest. Chunks of gravel-pocked conglomerate shore up the low dirt cliffs for most of the length until dunes meet the sea at the reach adjoining [[Bolsa Chica State Beach]]. As I just noted, the beach itself runs straight, but for about […]


Down a Cliff Under Fragments of Cloud

Posted on April 20, 2010 in Dogs Hiking Weather

What made him do it? Had he gone to the edge and just slipped? Was he testing me? Or had he decided to hell with the road, he was going to take a short cut?


The Trail Guide

Posted on April 5, 2010 in Dogs Encounters Hiking

He was just lying in the road — not dead, but lounging as dogs do before a fire. Lynn passed him first and Drake followed. The two dogs introduced each other with a little friendly butt-sniffing, then the stray spread himself out again just below a bend on the Harding Truck Trail. A couple of […]


A Screech like a Crushed Hat

Posted on March 26, 2010 in Dogs

It was three a.m. and Drake would not leave the front door alone. So I harnessed him up and went for a walk in the night. Water from leaky sprinklers formed amorphous gray blob silhouettes on the sidewalks. Drake went from bush to bush, sniffing and leaving his urine autograph at each one. I grumbled. […]


Drake Shows a Bull Terrier

Posted on December 1, 2009 in Dogs Encounters

I took Drake out for an off-day walk — one where we do not go a long distance but stay close to home. This one took us through the back condo complex where we live into the front one and back into the back through a patch of grass where we often stop so Drake […]



Posted on October 12, 2009 in Cats Dogs

A man we know likes to take his cat for walks in the park. The man strolls down the street and the cat — a smallish gray tabby boy — follows along. Once at the park, Dude, as the cat is known, looks around and then follows the man home. The dogs in the park […]


Tears of Blood

Posted on September 22, 2009 in Dogs

A fellow around the corner keeps a pair of dogs that are too big and too mean for the neighborhood. Nevertheless, we try to respect his property rights. Drake, on the other hand, feels it is his devotion to inform those canines that he deserves their respect. He could get this plain enough by ignoring […]

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