• celebrations,  personal,  things I love,  wellness

    Gratitude and Grace

    One thing I know for sure is nothing happens in a vacuum. It really takes a village It’s been said it “takes a village to raise a child,” and I can assure you that it takes a village to have a meaningful life. Without my “village” of friends and family NOTHING in my life would be possible. My village picked me up when I was literally on the floor, sobbing. My village sent me wine, books, socks, flowers, cash, moving supplies, humans, co-pilots (both virtual and actual), food and so much love that I can barely contain my immense joy and gratitude. If you don’t have a village like this,…

  • dogs,  seniors,  wellness

    When to Say Good-bye

    I hate thinking about it, much less writing about it, our dogs are not going to outlive us. There. I said it. I’m sad about it. My writing companion, Deuce, has been at my side or under my desk for nearly 13 years now. From the minute she howled her way home in a cat carrier (no wonder she was howling!) while I drove down I66 from Manassas to Arlington, I knew she would be my work companion. She’s a jester. She’s a talker. She definitely has opinions about my working hours and reminds me, regularly, to get up and have fun when I’ve been staring at this screen for…

  • dogs,  seniors,  wellness

    What does Vestibular Disease look like?

    On a Tuesday evening walk Deuce stumbled. The sidewalks are slightly slanted and she’s well into her 13 year (at least – after 13 I don’t like to count anymore). She’s had a partially torn CCL and has arthritis in her hips. I presumed the stumble was related to all that. (Isn’t that enough?!) Returning from work Wednesday, I was surprised that Deuce wasn’t at the door to greet me with her effusive hello and head butts. As I moved toward her she started to get up and then she fell over. She tried again, and fell on her side. Tossing the bag full of eggs and juice and fruit…

  • dogs,  wellness

    Oh Behave! At the Vet

    My dogs have never liked going to the vet and I’m sure yours don’t either. They get stressed which makes me one wigged out dog-momma. We all know that when we’re stressed our dogs and cats pick up on it and react accordingly. Years ago I had a chat with the front-line folks at my local veterinarian’s office to ask them what they wish pet-parents knew about behaving at the clinic and their wisdom makes as much sense today as it did in 2006. Following are some tips to help you, and your dog have a better experience. (Plus you don’t want to end up in the “vetiquette don’ts” I’ll…