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Monthly Archive for April, 2011

Chet is passing

Chester is making his transition.   For months now I’ve counseled clients with dying pets and now I get to practice what I preach. The countdown began 6 days ago.  The first two days he purred like mad and wanted to be held.  I hauled him around the house, accomplishing what I could with one hand […]

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I play around with clairvoyance. It was summer and I sat in the window of a coffee shop with my blog designer, the inestimable Bethany of Unique Think.  Just outside sat a beautiful Shar Pei.  He was golden brown, the color of an oak floor.  He was also young and perfectly behaved.  He sat quietly […]

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Most days, I found in a pile on my lawn.   I’d stand a foot or two away and look at them. On their best day, skunks are lumpy and slow.   It’s exaggerated in the very young.   As the babies grew more animated they began to react to my presence and it was hilarious. First, a […]

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Not a problem! Here’s what she’s saying: “Can you do it again? Is that all you got? Can you do it more quietly? More quietly, more quietly! Do it the cute way.”

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Years ago, we had a skunk living under our front porch, just below the bedroom window.  She was there for months and she had a slow leak.  Some nights the smell kept us awake.  It was impervious to windows and siding and in particular did not respond to rage. Occasionally, she’d fire a warning shot, […]

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Apparently it’s time for a children’s book review.   Let’s take a break from ! My child was splashing while I perched near the tub.  We were having a chat.  Our 16-year-old cat drifted into the bathroom, shouting about something or another.   Maggie has a regrettable voice; she sounds like a chain-smoker and she’s loud.  Now […]

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We met by chance at the airport.  She was a student with a 9-month-old Scottish Deerhound, a rescue who’d had several homes. The usual mix of exuberant and clumsy, he also had digestive distress that matched his person’s emotional ups and downs.  I thought he was probably feeling nervous about the future. Were the ups […]

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