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I See a Lot of Dehydrating in My Future

Asian pear harvest I love my Asian Pear trees. I have two different varieties, both of which are prolific without spraying. One ripens by mid-September, and this tree ripens mid to late October.

The first time I tasted these, I was surprised by the satisfying crunch followed by a rush of sweetness and juice. They taste like a cross between a sweet pear and a hint of concord grapes!

As part of my food forest, these pears provide food to snack on … Read More

Two Bodies, One Heartbeat

2 cavalier puppies sleeping on 1 dog bed
I know this is becoming a bit of a theme here—the Kenzie/Riley love fest. But in all my years of living with animals, I’ve never seen anything like it…

I keep thinking about how lucky they are. And then I think how lucky I am to get to witness this every day.… Read More

Tonight’s Light Show

Looking at the western sky and wondering what those two bright stars are? They’re actually planets. Venus (bottom) and Jupiter (top) have been moving together throughout February 2023. Tonight and tomorrow night (weather permitting), February 21 and 22, 2023, you’ll be able to see the moon join them later in the night.Read More

5 Things You Should Not Cut Off Your Dog

Since we’re all adults, I’d like to discuss a few dog parts that have really good reasons why they should never be cut off a dog. Animals come with all the body parts they’re meant to have. If it’s there, it’s there for a reason. Certainly, none of the following should be removed for human vanity reasons.

1. Male Dog Penis Guide Hairs

dog penis hair Some people feel compelled to trim male guide hairs (don’t know what the technical name is for … Read More

101 Poisonous & Hazardous Things that Can Harm or Kill Your Dog or Cat

poison signAlways around the holidays. animal emergency rooms and poison control call lines start getting swamped. To help keep you out of the ER, here’s a list of many of the items you need to keep at top-of-mind awareness to keep your dogs and cats safe. Many of them, you’ll already know. But some may come as a surprise. Click to download a PDF version that you can print. 

Leading Causes of Accidental Dog and Cat Injury and Death
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My New Dog

beagle Meet Bob. My new dog.

He’s a pound puppy. Well, actually a pound old man; he’s around 8 years old. And he’s sweet as can be.

I know I said I was going to wait at least a year but…


I sort of am still waiting.

Bob is a dear friend’s dog that we’re dog-sitting for. Her usual standby wasn’t available and she had a terrible experience trying someone on Rover.com. (Not all Rover experiences turn out poorly. You … Read More

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