When You Become Your Dog’s Seeing Eye Person

I’d be lying if I said we’re not struggling to keep going. The days—and nights—keep taking their toll.

Now along with Wink needing me to always be within sight inside (or he cries nonstop until I am back in view), we’re at the point where, even though we have a huge fenced yard and dog door that he’s used since he was a puppy, he won’t go outside anymore unless he’s tethered to me. So all potty breaks are now … Read more

The Peace of Wild Things

At a time when life’s uncertainties abound, I am reminded of the strength and healing of nature through the imagery in this poem.

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of

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How to Safely Contribute to Ukraine

IFRC logoIf, like me, you feel the need to do something, here is a legitimate and safe way to send money to help the Ukrainian people.

You can donate money right from The International Red Cross – Ukraine Relief Efforts website. https://www.icrc.org/en/donate/ukraine

Sadly, there are a lot of scam sites that are collecting money using the Ukraine crisis to lure people. Doing a little fact-checking, this is what I found about the ICRC. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) … Read more

How to Save Yourself a Trip to the Emergency Vet

Can’t tell you how many times over the decades and decades that I’ve lived with my animals that I wished there was a stop-gap measure before having to rush off to the Emergency Vet on nights or weekends. It would have saved me thousands of dollars.

Now there is an online service and app that may just do the trick. Fuzzy is a telehealth service for pet people with 24/7 access to customized pet care and product recommendations from vet … Read more

Dogs Can Recognize Their Owner by Voice Alone

A new study from the researchers of the Department of Ethology at Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), Hungary reveals that dogs can recognize their owner by voice alone, and they make use of some of the same voice properties as humans do. The study is published in Animal Cognition. Read the full article »

I never cease to be amazed at how many dog studies done by scientists are completely self-evident to anyone who actually lives with dogs.… Read more

Best Heirloom Seed Catalog

Happy days are here again! Nothing blows off the winter doldrums like getting my Bakers Creek Heirloom Seed Catalog. Because I grow organically and save my own seeds, I especially love these guys.

They offer one of the largest selections of 19th-century heirloom seeds from Europe and Asia. So if you’re looking for something out of the ordinary—and sustainable, look no further.

Bakers Seed Catalog

From their website: At Baker Creek, our mission is to provide the seeds of a sustainable food … Read more

The Gang’s All Here

In our family, it’s a tradition. Unless your present makes the present receiver cry, you didn’t find the perfect gift. Cait nailed this. She even had the artist include a dragonfly on Wink’s ear (which has special meaning for me). I blubbered like a baby.

To see the details close up, click on the photo.

Seriously, I think this might be the best, most thoughtful present I’ve ever received. I love the way the artist has combined nature into the … Read more

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