Duke’s Last Hurrah

At first, she denied the dog was hers.  But my husband Steve was sure it was her dog because the other Golden Retriever that had been at our house, a young pup, was right there in her yard.  She finally admitted that the dog lying in our garage was her dog when Steve told her that the dog had not caused any trouble and we just wanted to help him get home.   Showing Steve her arm, which was in a sling, she told him she was not allowed to drive and that her husband wasn’t home.  Steve told her that wasn’t a problem, that he’d drive the dog to her house now that he knew whose dog it was. Continue reading

Playing Possum

Our female Saint Bernard, Neva, was a runner.  For the first two years of her life, I could only take her outside on a leash because whenever the opportunity to go for a run through the neighborhood arose, Neva took off.  I chased her through fields, through the woods, even through a neighbor’s open garage; she went in through the overhead door and out the open man-door that lead to their (thankfully) fenced in back yard. Continue reading

The Case of the Missing Pumpkin Pie

My husband Steve and I have hosted Thanksgiving at our house for more than thirty years. Despite the fact that we have the logistics of holding such a feast down pat, it seems like every year there is something that does not go according to plan.  One year the turkey was done too early, another year it took too long to cook.  One year the oven broke the day before Thanksgiving and we had to replace the baking element.  And then there was the year that Thanksgiving was almost ruined for my son Aaron, whose favorite part of the meal is the pumpkin pie. Continue reading

The Good-Looking Goat

I saw the goat first.  It was walking along the woods at the edge of the field heading towards the road.  When I pointed it out to my husband Steve, he went into the garage and came back with some dog food in an old metal coffee can.  Standing in the driveway, he began shaking the can.  The goat turned and headed in our direction. Continue reading

The Chipmunk, the Washer and My Ass

Three years ago when I arrived home from work I head a scratching noise coming from behind the dryer and I immediately knew that there was some type of critter in the flexible dryer duct that leads from the dryer to the vent mounted on the outside wall of our home. I knew without a doubt that there was an animal in the dryer duct because it had happened before. Continue reading

Lucy and Ginger

My husband Steve and I have had at least one Saint Bernard at any given time for the past 16 years.  To accommodate them, we have a kennel, that is actually a 12 foot by 20 foot building that is insulated and fully equipped with water and electricity.  Surrounding the dog kennel is a large fenced in area that allows our dogs to run and play all day without direct supervision. This has worked out well for us and for the Saints.  Saint Bernards, which were originally bred in the Swiss Alps, love being outside and they love the cold and snow .  Although their kennel is insulated, and although we have wall heaters for it….we’ve never had to turn on the heat; the dogs have a very natural ability to keep themselves warm. Continue reading

The Flea Circus

When I was a little girl I desperately wanted to see a flea circus.  Having seen them on various television shows and in the cartoons in the Sunday papers, I couldn’t wait to see one in person.  When I asked my mother where we could find a flea circus, she told me that she didn’t know but that she didn’t think someone could really train fleas to do tricks. She said she thought the whole idea of a flea circus was itself a trick.  I didn’t really understand what she meant, I just knew I wanted to go to a flea circus.

A few weeks ago my husband Steve and I, along with some friends, went to the Sherman’s Valley Heritage Days in Blaine, Pennsylvania.  This annual event features old farm equipment, steam-powered engines, people in period costumes, home-made baked goods, arts and crafts and this year… ta-da…Marty’s Flea Circus!  It took me fifty years, but I finally found one.flea-cart

Marty, flea wrangler extraordinaire, told the audience, which was mostly children, the names of the fleas and from where they came, including one that he got from Evel Knievel. The trained fleas did all kinds of tricks, from moving steel balls to being shot out of cannons and jumping into cans.  Unfortunately, now that I’m in my fifties, my eyesight isn’t as good as it once was and I had trouble seeing the tiny fleas. But the children, whose eyesight is not yet aged, saw them clearly.  flea-trick

Daily Prompt:  Tiny 

© 2016 All rights reserved

Wolf Sanctuary of PA

Lately Facebook seems like it’s a place for people to disagree about everything from politics to the best apple pie recipe, but sometimes a gem sneaks into my feed.  Such was the case last week when Only in Your State made a post about the Wolf Sanctuary of PA.  As it turns out, this little gem is located within thirty miles of my home but until I saw it on Facebook, I had no idea it existed. Continue reading

Batter up!

I was in bed watching television late one evening when my then college-aged daughter came out of her bedroom and said, “Mom, look at Jo, she’s just running back and forth in the hallway.”

I looked towards the doorway of my room and saw Jo, our Cocker Spaniel, shuffle past my doorway, then shuffle past again, going in the other direction.

“I don’t know what she’s doing,” Kinsey said as Jo ran by again, her nose pointed up towards the ceiling.

“It looks like she’s watching something,” I said.

Kinsey looked up.  “Bat!” she yelled as she ran back into her room, “It’s a bat!” Continue reading