It was close to an ultimatum. One minute I was curled up on the couch, talking to one of my oldest friends curled up opposite me. Between us, Pettigrew lounged. The next minute I was contemplating the ending of a friendship that had spanned decades. How had this happened? Weren’t we just catching up after … Continue reading The Weather Outside is Frightful…*
Dear USPS, I never thought I’d be writing you a thank you note. While I appreciate that your carriers deliver our mail, my gratitude for this service has been tempered by the extreme reaction of my dog to your visits. Whenever we see you--your personnel or trucks--my lovable guy becomes a raging animal(!), ready tear … Continue reading Thank You USPS
I was contemplating this question and realized that while it used to be nicknames for Pettigrew (A Much Loved Dog Has Many Names) that I had in multiples, now it is something else to do with my fine furry friend. Warning: this post may get graphic. I will try to stay within conventional norms and … Continue reading The Inuits Have at Least 53 Words for Snow*: Which Words Are Central to Your Life?
In one of our local parks there is a water fountain that includes a doggie bowl. Yes, I had never seen one of these before either, but we live in a very pet-friendly neighborhood. Likewise Pettigrew was ignorant of the fountain’s use and showed no curiosity as we walked by it. Truthfully, I wasn’t in … Continue reading The Allure of Novelty
Wouldn’t it be great if there were a way to ensure a stress-free walk? One during which you encountered none of your dog’s triggers? Snap on the leash. Walk out the door. Relax and enjoy the day. No need to scan the surroundings for potential hazards or engage in tactical evasive maneuvers. Can I make … Continue reading PAWZ: A community-based navigation app for you and your pooch
I have learned that the female in my family was not completely honest when, some eight years ago, I was conducting interviews to choose my forever family. What can I say, I was young, naïve, and trusting. After they picked me up at the hostel where I had been staying, I took them across the … Continue reading In My Own Voice #11: A Classic Case of Bait and Switch
I love the fall. The days are shorter. Air crisper. Leaves changing color. Well, almost everything about fall. I don't love the dead animals. You read that right. DEAD ANIMALS. For some reason, animals seem to die more often, or at least more publicly, in the fall. Last week, Pettigrew and I had to temporarily … Continue reading ‘Tis the Season
My dog has a death wish, or maybe he’s trying to prove that cats aren’t the only ones with nine lives. He can be competitive that way. This week on one walk alone he cashed in two lives. It was the mail truck’s fault. We were on the sidewalk, minding our own business, when the … Continue reading My Dog Has a Death Wish
For the past several years I have taught an environmental education class for which I collect nature items once a week. Unbeknownst to Pettigrew, he provides deep cover for my early morning forays. As a woman walking her dog, I attract little attention. And, although I don’t miss the early morning hours, when Pettigrew insisted … Continue reading My Unwitting Accomplice
Just like Mr. Rogers, Pettigrew takes his responsibilities to his neighborhood seriously.