Our Squirrely Week

I have to take a break from our usual dog posting to share a rescue story of a different variety. The other day, we were unloading the dogs from the Jeep when suddenly Tiki bolted to the end of her…



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Grief is a hot potato

Ever since I started this blog, and even moreso since writing All Dogs Go to Kevin, people write to tell me about their pets who are no longer with them.

They used to apologize for writing, or say they weren’t even sure why they were telling me about their pet, but most people don’t do that anymore. I think they know that they don’t need to explain.

As followers of the blog know, I love birthdays. Birthdays are fun, and I love love love that my birthday coincides with National Dog Day. I always celebrate. This year, though, I could barely be bothered. It was so bad that I got a card in the mail last week from a relative and it took me a full minute to figure out why, exactly, she was sending me one. It was more than not feeling like celebrating, it was as if my brain consciously turned it off.

Part of me wondered if it was because I was finally getting sick of getting older, if my rotten back and increasing-in-number doctor’s appointments were finally clueing me in that birthdays stink. I went about my routine for the day, ran some errands, and came home to scrounge up something to eat for lunch.

And then I understood.

I have never in my life spent my birthday day by myself. Mom never would have let that happen. With the kids in school and my husband at work, it would have been inconceivable to her that I would eat lunch by myself, and we would go out. Always. Today, however, I was alone, and in that moment all the little sadnesses that piled up just felt like more than I was ready to hold.

So when people asked me how my birthday was, I said, “meh,” because it was true, and then I said, “I really miss my mom.” It probably was not the answer they were expecting or really knew what to do with, but it was honest and I had to say it.

2008/03/12 Hot Potato by Jason Taellious under Creative Commons license

2008/03/12 Hot Potato by Jason Taellious under Creative Commons license

Because grief is like a hot potato burning in your hands. If you don’t toss it up in the air to give your hands a break every once in a while, they get burned, and then you drop it and then have to pick it up with blistered fingers. The need to let go of what you are holding onto, for just a second, is all that lets you continue to carry it around.

So when people write, I get it, I really do. Because while many people look at someone walking down the street tossing a hot potato in the air like they’re nuts, wondering why they can’t just put it down, I just nod. It is too terrible and precious to throw away; all you can do is wait for it to cool down. It will.

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#PawPromise Adoptable Dog of the Week: Leo

A little guy with a lot of love to give, Leo is a six-year-old Yorkshire Terrier who lives for rolling in the grass and cuddling with a human companion. A pedigreed pup with AKC papers, Leo had pet…



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Yellowstone scales back search for missing swimmer

Yellowstone scales back search for missing swimmer
After nine days of intensive searching, authorities in Yellowstone National Park are scaling back their efforts to find a missing swimmer. Feiyang “Isaac” Xiang, a 21-year old seasonal concessionaire employee from China, was last seen being swept down
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Public meeting set for Yellowstone winter-use plan
Yellowstone National Park will hold a public meeting on Monday, August 10, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Visitor Information Center in West Yellowstone, Mont., to discuss the park's draft Winter Use Adaptive Management Plan. The draft plan outlines a …
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A banded linsang as a giraffe-weasel

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Banded linsangs are creatures that have commonly been referred to as civets, but both linsang species from Asia are actually a sister group with felids. They are the closest thing to a cat that isn’t a cat.

This depiction was made by John Curtis, who never saw one alive. The only one he ever saw a specimen collected on the Malay Peninsula by Major-General William Farquhar.

The real animal is actually quite a bit more stunning.


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What is the Christian Wilderness? By stephanie reck (Guest Article)

  The Christian wilderness can be defined as a period of testing and refinement. It may seem during this experience that you have a dark cloud that hovers over you. You may have also encountered several losses during the wilderness time. It can seem like God is distant and does not care or hear your…



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Until My Name Is Known by Sonya Contreras (Book Review)

Until My Name Is Known by Sonya Contreras My rating: 5 of 5 stars Reading, “Until My Name is Known” I was really impressed by the level of commitment Sonya has shown the Book of Exodus and although this is a fictional re-telling of what could have happen, the author shows a love and desire…



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Latest Mange Mites News

Scratch that Itch: Pig Mange
What could this be? A. The symptoms you are describing sound like pig mange or hog mange, which can cause severe irritation and itching. Hog mange is caused by a mite known as Sarcoptes, scabiei var. suis, which is sometimes referred to as scabies.
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Humane Society: Malnourished puppy's condition 'unspeakable'
He had a horrible case of demodex mange,” said Renner. “All I could do for him that night [Friday] was get him in and get him comfortable.” Renner said demodex mange is a type of mite that gets on the skin. Most dogs actually have these mites on their
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What was Junggarsuchus?

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Latest Pet Itch News

Poison ivy identification and treatment
That means if you have a dog and they like to sniff (and of course it will), then, at some point, they WILL dive headlong into the stuff. … First it was bought by Johnson & Johnson (Band-Aid Anti-Itch Gel) and then it was taken over by Benadryl as
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From animal to human
Our family pet dog is in heat again, and our yard is being invaded by every male dog in the neighbourhood looking for only one thing. Panting and drooling, they follow her around, and will be discouraged neither by shouting (from me or their owners
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