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Things I tell my dog-how do you self-soothe?

How do you self soothe? Family, children, finances, health issues, we all have them.  I am neither pounding my chest, or feeling 'special' in this regard.  It just is what it is. Like many people, I struggle now and then. I am a talker. Talking is something that helps whether I am riding alone in the car or walking Izzy. I think walking the dog is the most cathartic. Izzy is our 10-year-old fawn pug.  She is deaf as a stump…

Life lessons from my pug.

Pugs are a breed of lovers.  They are gentle, kind and ready to take a nap at a moment’s notice.  You will not find them running for hours in a dog park or on the bike path.  They are not anatomically or emotionally built for it. Yesterday morning I was walking Izzy in our neighborhood.  It was warm and muggy and the walks in this type of weather need to be short for pugs.  None-the-less, I burned 545 calories in…

A Sicilian Message From My Pug

If you have a dog, you know that dogs cannot actually speak with words but they have no trouble getting their message across.  Years ago we had a 2 pound poodle named Sukki. She was so tiny and so cute and so very much a poodle. Sukki did not like to be anything other than the queen and if such anti-Sukki treatment occurred, she would wait until no one was looking, go upstairs into the master bathroom and pee on Chip's…

God’s best- a dog.

I love my dog Izzy. She is an 8 year old Pug and a very large part of our family life. Izzy is aging and things are beginning to change.  Her hearing is gone, her shoulder is sublaxed and basically she is a pug so say no more. I took her to the vet recently because she was having an issue with her tail, yes her tail!  As we sat waiting for the doctor Izzy became agitated and the one…

Would you like to share my cheese?

I was in line at Perreca's waiting for a slice of pizza.  A gentlemen behind me with a broken accent and looking very much like Chris Botti was struggling to make a selection of the cheeses offered.  I suggested that he pick the Locatelli.  It is a wonderful cheese with a bit of a bite.  So we are chatting and the line is slowly moving.  Finally, he turns to me and says, no lie, "would you like to share my cheese?'…