Category: Pets

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River’s Love Story

Almost two years ago, a couple of months after our beloved Nutty passed on, my husband and I decided to get another dog. The family felt very off-balance, just wrong. I am allergic to dogs, so our breed choices are limited. We searched local shelters, and no non-shedding […]

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Nami on the Loose!

Nami, our 13-year-old Bengal cat went missing in late July. She is an indoor cat with access to our backyard through the pet door, but our backyard is protected with The Cat Fence . (The current Cat Fence shown in the link looks like prison fencing; our 15-year-old […]

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My Week in Pictures

I had to take Sugar, our Goffin’s Cockatoo, to the avian veterinarian across the city because he was breathing hard and making funny noises with each breath. When we stepped out of the car, storm clouds were rolling in. We never felt the hail or rain, as it […]

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My Week in Pictures

This week, instead of writing about my life right now, I wanted to share it in pictures. Despite the  snow showers we are having every few days, it is still spring. I’m sorry if the photo quality isn’t up to my usual standards, these were all taken with […]

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Russell Sprout Gently on My Mind

I’ve been thinking about Russell Sprout lately. (If you missed his passing, it is mentioned in an earlier post about loss in general, 8 Lessons about Letting Go.) He was pretty aloof most of the time, not what I expected. I’ve had such affectionate cats, that I didn’t […]

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Making Friends

Making friends used to be much easier for me, back when I was young and naïve. The setbacks, traumas, abuse, betrayals, and rejections I experienced as an adult changed that, and I was not so eager to meet someone new. Honestly, I don’t seek friendships casually. I observe […]

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Embracing Risk

“Take risks. If you’re lucky you’ll be rich; if you aren’t you’ll be wise.”  – Ancient Chinese Saying I was raised in a culture of risk avoidance, and I was well into my adulthood before a counselor suggested that I needed to learn how to take risks. Risk […]

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8 Lessons About Letting Go

I’m not very good of letting go of a good thing. If it’s good, I want to keep it, but sometimes it’s not my call. I’ve experienced a lot of loss this year; four of my pets have passed away and for each I’ve had to let go. […]