Loss of a Different Kind

Loss of a Different Kind

In these terrible times of multiple losses and deaths, the separation of children from their families, widespread hunger and poverty, the forced isolation brought about by the coronavirus, it might be difficult for anyone to appreciate what the loss of my furry four-legged companion might mean to me. Until that last Monday of the year, at 11:30 a.m., when our beautiful Australian Cattle Dog, Django, took his last breath in our arms, I was never alone. He was a working dog, and I was his job. He followed me everywhere I went, sitting patiently by my side while I spent what must have seemed to him to be meaningless hours at my computer. Django slept by our sides and shared in our food. He didn’t have to beg—he was simply included. He knew his place, and it was...

Belonging to the Critter Club

Belonging to the Critter Club

It has often struck me, as indeed it has struck most of us who love our dogs with great passion, that the length of life allotted to dogs is exceedingly short. In my humble opinion, this is an unfortunate failure on the part of Mother Nature. After losing my beloved English cocker spaniel in the late 1980s, I swore never to have another dog. The loss was too hard to bear. I could not conceive of going through it all again. Years later,  after moving to New Mexico and living in a house with land, surrounded by open spaces nearby, my husband and I again revisited the idea of a dog. We went back and forth, researching different species and thinking about what breed would be best for us. They all fell short for one reason or another, and then with my many orthopedic...

Just For Fun: Best Christmas Gift for Django

Just For Fun: Best Christmas Gift for Django

After my “bah humbug” blog, I thought it only fair to share about Django’s Christmas. He does have the most fun, because he spends Christmas Day (as do we) with the Firestone Clan and all of their musically named dogs. “Django” is for Django Reinhardt, the French gypsy guitarist. When we named him, we decided to follow in the fine Firestone tradition, as our dogs form a pack. Django was so looking forward to all the dogs he would be seeing there on Christmas Day; I’m never quite sure how many! Last year Django acquired an additional toy, as we got one too many. A blanket with a kiss This incredibly soft blanket is gifted to Django by Lynn and Lynda Miller, who have two small ones for their little dog, Tillie. All the proceeds go to rescue dogs. The other side of...

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