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Tag: Pets

Things I lost to the dogs and the lessons I learnt

Posted in Life & Love

PortiaLooking at Portia now, peacefully napping on her bed, the mischief that is perpetually swirling in her brain is not apparent. Yet, that scoundrel, aided and abetted by her brother, Ottie, have caused their share of havoc. Neither of them has ever chewed shoes or furniture, and long ago I learnt the trick of scattering a couple of cardboard boxes with a small treat inside before leaving the house, to be sure I will return to everything as I (mostly) left it.

(5) Things we love (about New York)…#66

Posted in Things We Love

Whitney rabbitI suffer from a bit of New York envy at the moment. All in all, I still think Los Angeles wins the race in the long run but this city dazzlingly array of options when it comes to virtually anything, so very neatly arranged within easy reach, just can’t be beat. And the energy is wonderful, if not sustainable.

What if all we needed was love and a brisk walk?

Posted in Life & Love

Love takes a seat

My mighty Ottie was not well: a funky skin irritation and a cyst above one eye, that was growing alarmingly fast, were worrying me. Time for a trek to the office of Dr. Martin, the urban equivalent of Dr. James Herriott of “All Creatures Great and Small”, a tv show I must have watched and watched again thousands of times.

(5) Things we love…#25

Posted in Uncategorized

image from salon.com
image from salon.com
  1. Youth:
    Love her or hate her, Lena Dunham is hard to ignore. I am most definitely in the “love” camp because I see her as a beacon of inspiration for a new generation of smart and uncompromising young women. Ms. Dunham can now list “writer” in her resume that already boasts director, actor and tv writer.

The unforeseen cost of loving a pet

Posted in Health

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Photo by Sophie Gamand. Please see at the bottom of the post for details

During those moments of procrastination or weakness, I can be found clicking away on the site of the boxer adoption shelter where Ottie and Portia came from. I scroll through the photos of all available boxers, read the cleverly cobbled together stories under their fictitious names and brood, thinking that I should be giving another dog a chance at a better life. I have the space, and cranky Ottie could be coaxed into loving a brother. What stops me every time is the thought of footing more veterinary bills. It’s not that my dogs have been sicker than most but it does feel like veterinary care has become unaffordable, at least in the States.

8 things about aging I learnt from my aging dog

Posted in Life & Love

sheepdogtrials2We know for a fact that animals experience a range of feelings, from sadness and mourning, to happiness and contentment but, unlike us, animals don’t experience self-pity, as D.H. Lawrence eloquently and bluntly expressed in his poem Self Pity:

I never saw a wild thing

sorry for itself.

A small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough

without ever having felt sorry for itself.

Wild at heart – city girl moves to the urban wilderness

Posted in Life & Love, Uncategorized, and Women's issues

Portia in food begging mode
Portia in food begging mode

On Thanksgiving night, a couple of years ago, after all the dishes were put away and the tv was playing in the background, I reached out to Portia with a biscuit. When I retrieved my hand, the tops of my fingers were smeared with blood and, upon further inspection, I noticed her tongue was bleeding. She had been feeling funny for a couple of days, limping slightly from what I thought was a hind leg sprain, and I had kept her at rest. But that much bleeding from the tongue was odd and worrisome and, soon, she started to look feeble and a bit confused. I rushed her to the emergency room where I was asked whether it was possible she had ingested rat poison.

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