Category: Talking Dogs

The Darkest Hour is Just Before Dawn

At four o’clock this morning, I awoke to my husband stealing past me to the bedroom door holding a flashlight. I asked what was wrong, wondering if the home invaders were waiting at the bottom of the stairs, and he motioned that Punchy, our… Continue Reading “The Darkest Hour is Just Before Dawn”

Fat Dogs

Fat dogs in their precious coats waddle through the gate, treading the ice like swimmers in the pool’s deep end In the clearing, an overcoated man with a fat dog sits on a bench, his hand resting on his cane His fat dog runs… Continue Reading “Fat Dogs”

My Walk with Swirl and Punchy

It is snowing. It is snowing hard with big, storybook snowflakes like we made in third grade with white paper and blunt-nosed scissors. In our bedroom, Swirl is sleeping stretched out on the floor on a little girl’s flowered quilt, a half-eaten roll of… Continue Reading “My Walk with Swirl and Punchy”

Retirement Village

We liked looking at other people’s fine dogs but we got homesick for our own. So we came back from Duluth today while the Beargrease sled dog teams were still running, to retrieve our own two sled dogs from the kennel. Before the kennel… Continue Reading “Retirement Village”

Instructions

End my life, I say Copper pennies on my eyes When sweet dogs are gone

Graduality

It took putting a blanket on the floor and sweet talking him for five minutes to get Punchy to hang out with me in my office. It’s a first, him laying there while I type. He’s a very tentative dog. Sort of like a… Continue Reading “Graduality”

The Mystery of Punchy’s Rankness

We’ve been puzzling over it, Punchy’s rankness, figuring at first that it was the accumulation of eleven years in the dog yard with all the spit and mud and rolled-in dead things that might have fallen from the trees or been passed dog to… Continue Reading “The Mystery of Punchy’s Rankness”

Jan’s Little Book Starring Two Talking Mutts

They’re gone now but the fascinating conversations of Minnie and BowWow live on. Yes, after overwhelming popular demand (by my husband and one other person), I’ve published a compilation of Minnie and BowWow’s remarkable conversations. Who would’ve thought two ordinary-looking dogs could have such… Continue Reading “Jan’s Little Book Starring Two Talking Mutts”

Mentorship

Swirl has taken his role as mentor very seriously. He’s introduced Punchy to several dog parks, shown him the ways of the urban world, and how to shake off all that old sled dog yard stand on the roof of your doghouse culture. So… Continue Reading “Mentorship”

The True Meaning of Punchy’s Bath

Punchy has a bow on his collar. He got it because he went to the groomer and had a bath. Yes, this 11-year old sled dog who got washed only by the rain all his life smells like shampoo and conditioner. While he was… Continue Reading “The True Meaning of Punchy’s Bath”

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