Little Ellie Adapts

Originally published August 5, 2010 Okay, okay! I know an Ellie Update is due.  And, no, she hasn’t disappeared from the earth.  Quite the contrary.  We have been real busy.  And Ellie is making history – for developing real doggie skills after a life of more than four years in a puppy mill crate.   Here’s what…

The Trip to Get a Mini-Poo

During the first months of 2009, I had major upkeep done on my fourteen year old Toyota Camry.  New tires, new timing chain and A/C overhaul were the most expensive items.  Now, at the beginning of February 2010, I bought tire chains and took the car to the shop for a quick check-up.  Everything was…

So Let’s Find a Mini Poodle

  January 2010. After experiencing one losing roll of the dice, I was loath to try the pound again. What to do, then, about finding a companion for my 70s?  Why not broaden my search? At the time, I got some prescriptions filled over the internet.  I get my Birks from an internet source. And my…

In Pursuit of a Pet – Background

This story begins in early April 2009. Partnering with my then 9 year old grandson, Nick, we adopted a small terrier from the county pound . We named her Fifi, and for us, she turned out to be the dog from hell.  Although she was 3 or 4 years old, we were unsuccessful in getting…

Rings on My Fingers

When I was about 7 or 8 years old, I began to design jewelry.  Well, that was to design and redesign the same rings over and over. I would find a scrap of paper, then trace the outline of my hand, changing my stubby fingernails to great long pointy ones with dramatic half-moons at the…

Piano Playing Pup

My Aunt Alice was the eldest of my grandmother Martin’s children.  She married young and had at least a couple of children older than my mother who was grandma’s youngest child.   In their young days, Aunt Alice, Mother, and several of the other girls in that family were redheads with all the stereotypical redheadedness.  Along with…