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We don’t deserve dogs.

I am a dog person. I love dogs, all dogs and right now, my true love is our pug Izzy. Cats are fine and all that but there is nothing like the love of a dog. Frankly, I am in awe of it. Izzy has no idea what goes on in our human lives. She has no clue what we do for a living, what the kids schoolwork load is like or the status of our health. Money is of…

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…