Dear Dogs

A pet-loving friend sent this to me and cc’d a copy to Andrew. There’ve been several versions that have made the rounds. It still cracks me up.

Dear Dogs,

When I say to move, it means to go someplace else, not switch positions with each other so there are still two dogs in the way.

The dishes with the paw print are yours and contain your food. The other dishes are mine and contain my food. Please note, placing a paw print in the middle of my plate does not stake a claim making it your food and dish, nor do I find that aesthetically pleasing in the slightest.

The stairway was not designed by NASCAR and is not a racetrack. Beating me […]

By |2008-01-29T13:24:02-05:00October 30th, 2006|Dogs in General, Funnies|2 Comments

Wanderings–Pete’s Pond

Pete’s Pond is a National Geographic real time video of the African wildlife that uses this watering hole. Cait and I’ve seen –and heard– elephants, hyenas, all kinds of birds, and some lionesses, among other animals. Best viewing times: 4-8 pm EST (night viewing) and 12-4 am EST (dawn and early morning viewing)

From the National Geographic site: “Pete Le Roux carved Pete’s Pond into the landscape as his answer to the rampant poaching and senseless killing of Africa’s wildlife. Le Roux believed wildlife could repopulate the reserve if they avoided the Limpopo River, where poachers lurked. Using the remnants of an old irrigation system from the area’s failed attempts to grow cotton, he built a pond as an alternative watering […]

By |2014-01-28T20:04:08-05:00October 29th, 2006|Nature|0 Comments

A Great Day to be a Student


Cait has been pretty lucky with her teachers so far; they’ve all been good for her. This year is her luckiest yet. She has a teacher who loves the outdoors as much as she loves teaching kids. Every year, this teacher takes her class to the Nature Trails as part of her science unit. She uses nature to help bring science alive.

Today, for the second of several trips, Cait’s class spent an hour hiking through the woods, observing and recording. They measured, they listened, they sat by a stream and took notes. They found animal tracks (the picture on the […]

By |2016-10-24T09:57:02-04:00October 27th, 2006|.Cait and Me, Nature|0 Comments

Buffalo Girls

One of the last books I read just before Caitlin was born, almost eleven years ago now, was Larry McMurtry’s Buffalo Girls . How do I know that for certain? Because in that book is the chorus to the song, Buffalo Girls. It goes:

Buf-falo Girls won’t you come out to-night,

come out to-night, come out tonight,

Buf-falo Girls won’t you come out to-night,

and dance by the light of the moon.

And why would that chorus be memorable to me? Because in those early sleep-deprived days, when Cait’s idea of a long nap was 10 minutes, that was the only song, of all the songs I sang to her, that […]

By |2016-10-24T09:57:02-04:00October 26th, 2006|.Cait and Me, .My Favorites|4 Comments

Looking Up — The Orionid Meteor Shower

Like dogs, I find that people fall into two main categories–those who look down and those who look up. By down I mean looking at what’s in front of us–the earthly things. By up I mean looking at what’s up in the sky–the vision of things happening overhead.

Like Graidy, who, as part bird dog, instinctively looks up to find movement (as contrasted by Kiera, my herder, who instinctively looks down and around for movement) I’ve always been drawn to looking up.

I’ve been a star-gazer since I was a little kid. It started back when I had to take my first dog out one last time before bed every night. While she was looking down and sniffing around, I was looking […]

By |2016-10-24T09:57:02-04:00October 25th, 2006|.Cait and Me, Nature|2 Comments