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The Life and Trials of Hamlet (Chapter 9)

I finally ventured out during the nighttime hours, my gray body even more so with the wads of dust and dirt clinging to it. It was a relief to be out in the fresh air again. The animals were going about their business as usual. None seemed to even notice me waddle over to Sarge’s cage. The big bird was preening himself, and didn’t notice me approach at first. I stood b…

Sharing Ones Heart with a Dog

Waddling in, he puts his dripping wet snout on the knee of my pants leg. Water absorbs, and he looks up at me. Soulful brown eyes are beginning to cloud slightly and when I look into them deeply I can see that he is aging. He doesn’t blink but stares right through my eyes, into my heart. Shifting on his front legs slightly, his head comes up higher as he stretches towa…

The Life and Trials of Hamlet (Chapter 8)

It was another cleaning day. We felt ourselves being jostled away as the cage was pulled out from the wall and the claws dove in after us one by one. The females were scooped up first and placed in a box on the floor, and we males were placed in the box next to them. I could smell Indigo freely in the open air of the pet store, and I immediately began chewing at the corner…

The Life and Trials of Hamlet (Chapter 4)

It was a Sunday. I had quickly learned the routines of the caretakers revolved around a seven day rotation. They named every day to keep track of them. Sunday was the day the store closed before the sun went down. It was everyone’s favorite day. The caretakers seemed to be in a better mood this day too. They seemed to enjoy leaving before the sun went down. I wondered if car…

Parrots: Not for the Casual Pet Owner

It takes a very special person to own a parrot.

Especially parrots that have come from less than desirable circumstances. Parrots are often re-homed several times in their lifetimes. Many species live as long as humans and are re-homed due to their owners dying, going off to college, getting married, having kids, and sometimes due to behavior and care requirements tha…

Molly, the Dog with Diabetes

Woof, my name is Molly and I’m a little dog with diabetes. Diabetes is an illness. Don’t worry. I am healthy now. My friends love me. My family loves me. I love them. I am happy.

I can do everything dogs can do. I just needed to learn to take care of my health. My life has changed since my mommy and daddy found out I have diabetes. I need to do cert…

Puppy Bowl XIV

It felt like -13 F outside with snow and fog, so it was a couch potato day. I took a break from writing my two on-going novels, housework, and job hunting to watch my annual joy: Puppy Bowl. Shown on Super Bowl Sunday on the Animal Planet, I enjoy this exciting sporting event more than most of the Super Bowls held later in the day.

Get with the program during t…

The Life and Trials of Hamlet (Chapter 6)

A rabbit fell ill one day. He stopped eating and had a bad smell coming from him that even we hamsters could detect from all the way across the room. When one of the caretakers picked him up one day to put him in a box, we could see that he had gobs of waste clinging to his rear end. The word “vet” was tossed around among the animals, and it triggered a memory from child…

The Life and Trials of Hamlet (Chapter 5)

As the time passed, the days began to run together. Save for the oddball Sundays, every day was pretty much the same. Howie and I had managed to not be taken yet, though I had been handled once or twice by customers by now and did not fight them. I do not know what made me unappealing to them, but they always chose someone else to take away in a box. This, I was gra…

The Life and Trials of Hamlet (Chapter 7)

I had almost reached my full size. Childhood had ended quickly and bitterly for us, and it was apparent with the increased fighting occurring within our cage. Puff had actually challenged Horatio once after another argument at the food bowl. Though Horatio won the fight, he did not get away without injury, as Puff had managed to sink his teeth deep into the older hamster’s…

The Life and Trials of Hamlet (Chapter 3)

The next day, Hilda was chosen by a customer. I hadn’t gotten much chance to speak with my sisters since we’d left the sick room, mostly because of the partition between our cages, but I had made eye contact with them and tried my best to convey comfort with my gaze. When Hilda was taken, it was towards the end of the day, close to closing time. We were all just startin…

The Life and Trials of Hamlet (Chapter 2)

The birds were right to fear Clipping Day. It seemed that on this particular day, the caretakers found joy in seizing birds out of their cages, wrapping them up in towels, and snipping off their wing feathers with silvery sharp looking tools. My brother and I could not help but watch this transpire in fascinated horror even while the other hamsters completely ignored it, u…

The Life and Trials of Hamlet (Chapter 1)

I awoke early that evening, after the caretakers had already gone, unaware of my whereabouts until another young hamster pounced on me and started jabbering on and on about a meeting. I went onto my back and pawed at him in defense, but he meant me no harm so I rolled back over and woke up my groggy brother to tell him about the meeting as well. A pale yellow light was …

The Life and Trials of Hamlet (Intro)

I was born in the back room in an old, filth incrusted fish aquarium with a large crack running down the left side, the result of a long drop by one of the more clumsy caretakers. It was a new and exiting world for me then. I came out of the darkness and entered a brand new, fluorescent lit world, surrounded by the comforting warmth of my siblings as we crowded against…

When to say when…

The photo is of my beloved 13 year old Beagle, Lokie. He is true to his name – the trickster god (for all the nerd fans out there). Lokie has been in my life for 8 wonderful years now and he has been with me through some of the most difficult and best times in my life. I use to work in Veterinary Medicine and Lokie came to the clinic injured from a run in with a coyote…

The Lucky Cat

You’re either a cat person, or a dog person. Me? I grew up with dogs, big dogs. Dogs so rough and wild and strong, that I’d have to pick my arm off the ground, and screw it back into the socket if a squirrel crossed our path. As you might imagine, I didn’t have a cat. Not that there’s anything wrong with cats – often I’d see scruffy toms scampering ‘round my grandparents’ …

Cats: Outside or Inside?

Like millions of other Americans, I grew up with cats. They have always been the dominant animal in our household, for no matter how many rodents, reptiles, and bugs I kept over the years; we have almost always shared our home with a cat or two…or three. So I’d like to think that while I may not be an expert, I know a fair amount about them based on my experience in havin…

The Dog Always Dies at the End

“The one best place to bury a good dog is in the heart of his master.”Ben Hur Lampman 

Wind and cold slap my cheeks, and makes a hard job harder. As my shovel bites into the frozen ground, I pause and wonder if it’s the right tool for the job. I don’t know where my pick is, and I don’t know why it never gets easier to bury a dog. He was a good dog, …

Hachiko Waits

“Histories are more full of examples of the fidelity of dogs than of friends.” – Alexander Pope

The faint smell of cherry blossoms floats through the air, as I sit on a wooden bench near the tracks. I’m growing impatient. Where is that train? I glance at my watch. It’s almost three o’clock. I look up and see the statue of the faithful dog Hachikō, [and I …


All life is one. The divine spirit animates all who share this planet and we have responsibilities towards each other. You cannot divide life into watertight, rigid compartments. All aspects of life, man and animal, must move forward together. The animal cannot be left while man makes his evolutionary ascent. –Silver Birch, the Indian Spirit guide, speaking throug...

Lost and Found: Ciara’s Story

Each year, according to, 3.9million dogs enter homeless pet shelters. Of these, approximately 15 to 20% of dogs are returned to their owners. The others are given up or animal control finds them on the…

Kittens for Christmas

I stopped by a local pet supply store today to stock up on kitty litter and dog food. I was drawn to the animals up for adoption near the checkout lines. There were several dear looking kittens there, all under a year old, including 2 siblings at 9 weeks. Nine weeks! That’s barely weaned! All were adorable and huggable and just what I would want under the tree Christmas mor...

“You Can Lead a Horse to Water…”

Most people involved with horses have heard the phrase, “You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink.” Unfortunately, while it may seem like a simple subject, getting a horse to consume the appropriate amount of water can be difficult. Age, body condition, fitness level and workload, reproductive status, environmental conditions, diet, and possible disea…

Rainbow Bridge: A Place our Beloved Pets Go

Have you heard of the Rainbow Bridge? Do you wonder where your beloved pets go once they pass on from our world?

In December 2012, when Grover, our beloved dog of seventeen years, passed away, we received a beautiful card. In it was a poem that brought both my Hubby and I to tears. It was the first time we heard of this Rainbow Bridge. I referenced this bridg…

Thoughts on Pets for Seniors

My mother, age 89, recently lost her four-legged companion of 10 years. Seuss was a white terrier mix and about 8 years old when I almost ran over her. Malnourished and flea-ridden, I cleaned her up and gave her to my mother as a Christmas present. I had named her Seuss because she looked like Dr. Seuss had drawn her, with her floppy furry feet, crooked broken tail, de…

Pet Bugs 101: Giant Millipedes

My first pet “bug” was a giant millipede. I was in high school and looking to score some extra credit points in Biology. The class had a modest laboratory with living subjects to observe and learn about. We had a ball python, a blue crab, a white rat, and various fish tanks. I was currently volunteering to clean cages after school and thought we could use …

A Pet for Christmas: 3 Things to Consider First

Oh joy! What better way to spread cheer to our youngsters than to have them venture downstairs Christmas morning to see a rustling box in the corner, hiding away the pet they’ve always wanted! Praise be to St. Nicholas for this living toy with which we can dote upon until the buzz wears off and it becomes Mom’s responsibility!

Okay, I guess you’ve figured out by …

Pet Bugs 101: Cockroaches

Cockroaches as pets? You must be thinking I’m crazy for suggesting it. Well no, I’m not clinically insane as far as I know, but I am a bit on the eccentric side when it comes to animals. I love all types of animals, especially the more exotic, less cuddly ones. Today, I’m going to teach you about keeping cockroaches. Before we get into that, let me give you a little…

Furry Blessings. The Power of a Wet Nose.

Lately things had become slightly harder than necessary as Time and Health had decided that we will be frien-emies for a bit.

Chronic illness along with an early Winter cold and mixed with not enough hours in the day to complete important tasks, had left me feeling a bit lost and very tired.

My bed and I built a strong unhealthy relationship these past couple…

Cats and Dogs


Cats, dogs, and other animals, provide wonderful pets. Dogs, are very loyal animals and show unconditional love, and require a lot of attention. Where cats and other animals not so much. A cat is pretty much for the most part a very independent animal. That will love you, when it wants to, although there are some, exceptions to every statement. The dog is o…


Woof, woof, woof Jingle bells

Woof, woof, woof jingle bells

Woof, woof, woooooof…woof woof jingle all the way……..

Want to make sure your pets keep singing Jingle Bells instead of the holiday’s blues? Some ideas to help follow:

Happy at home

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Velcro Dogs

You know, that one dog that’s always on alert when you’re on the move through the house. You make a trip to the refrigerator and they’re on your hip like a secret service agent. Walking down the steps, they’re right there looking for danger. Well, maybe not looking for danger. They’re just curious, bored, or perhaps it’s a trait of their particular breed? 

Here are…


Is it a cozy? Is it thriller/suspense?



When we write a book in modern times, it must fit into a pre-established classification. If the book doesn’t fit, the author must find a place for it as close to what the book’s topic might be. For nonfiction, this isn’t as important because the topics are usually obvious. 


For fic…

What Shall We Call You?

 In my last few articles I have been sharing my journey to becoming a dog owner and some of the things you need to consider when you decide to add this special edition to your family. I really wanted a dog and because of my allergies I thought I would never …

Which One Should We Choose?

 In my last article, “Whose Coming Home With Us?”, I shared the story of how, despite my allergies to dogs, we were able to find the right family friendly breed perfect for our home. After a great deal of research, we decided on a Yorki-Chon. A Yorki-Chon is a cros…

Which One Should We Choose?

 In my last article, “Whose Coming Home With Us?”, I shared the story of how, despite my allergies to dogs, we were able to find the right family friendly breed perfect for our home. After a great deal of research, we decided on a Yorki-Chon. A Yorki-Chon is a cross betwe…

When Love Finds Us

Denzel was destined to be my cat, I just didn’t know it at first.

I first met Denzel on the examination table at the veterinary hospital where I was working. Barely a year out of school, I was still keen, and not yet jaded by the realities that come with veterinary practice.

A young family was standing before me – a mom and two young children. They had found t…

Cannabis for Pets?

For many of us, pets are part of the family. And when they are hurting or sick, it breaks our hearts, and we would do anything to take away the pain.

This is likely why a growing number of pet owners are seeking our medical marijuana for their pets. 

Marijuana for pets!? 

You bet! And many of these pets’ owners are reporting overwhelmingly positive re…

Whose Coming Home With Us?

 If you are a parent, have you ever heard the question, “Can I please have a dog?” If not a dog your children may have asked for a cat, hamster, fish or maybe even a bunny rabbit. As I child I really wanted a dog, really bad. For years I thought my allergies would prevent me from a having a dog, I even had a very bad experience when I reacted to as I called it, a “so…

Pet Fur

As a dog owner and animal lover, I know firsthand that there are SO many amazing reasons to being a dog owner: having a trusty loyal companion, providing unconditional love and affection, and protection to name a few… however there has been one main downside my family and I have experienced over the past 4 years: dog fur! Our lovable 4-legged family member is of the shedd…

What Is Veterinary Hospice?

Quill Cloud

When I am sick, I like to stay home, curl up in bed with lots of pillows and my pets, and eat green Jello. Sometimes I’ll take a warm bath. If I can, I’ll try to get a massage. If my throat is sore, I’ll have a hot lemon and honey and I’ll sip it whi…

A New Way To Approach Veterinary Hospice

Sickness. Cancer. Dying. Death. 

These words likely bring up images of darkness and make us feel heavy, sad, and often times, angry or hopeless.

Loving. Living. Sharing. Caring. What emotions and images do these words trigger? For most of us, they bring up warm, happy, content feelings and sunny images. 

So what if we changed the context of…

Can I Have A Dog Mom – PLEASE!

 I always wanted a pet. Not just any pet but a dog and not just any dog but a Husky. I learned early on that would not be my fate. When I was about three or four years old I often attended family oriented work gatherings with my Mom. At one particular event we went to the owner of the home had a beautiful and what at that age I thought was a “soft and fluffy” dog. I couldn…

For The Love Of Dog

I wanted to write article this month about dogs. I love dogs and I love animals in general. But this month I had to take my sons dog to the vet. I actually feel like he’s my dog really, because I babysat him so much and he lived with me several times during his 10 years on this earth.  The vet says he has cancer…soft tissue sarcoma. It wasn’t the cancer and lump bulging on…

Are You Ready For Man’s Best Friend

You always hear about the great positive reasons to have a dog. I even shared some in my last article, They’re More Than A Companion. But if we are honest, not everyone should have a dog. There a few things you must consider before you make a commitment to bring…

Cat Lady

Cat Ladies have such a negative, lonely persona attached to them but why is that? Why is so bad to love an animal and want multiple of them. It is not an issue if a family or single person has a dog but as as soon as a single female is known to have a cat or has been single to long…watch out you could be the next “cat lady”.

I have nothing against do…

Miss Marley – RIP

This is one of the most difficult things I’ve ever had to deal with. My dads beloved Marley is dying of kidney failure. Marley is a miniature English Bull Terrier and she turned 5…yes only 5 years old. 

It’s just so hard to know when it is “time.” I prayed and prayed that she would give us one final parting gift and die on her own in her sleep…but she is such a f…

They’re More Than A Companion

  I can still clearly remember the day we picked up our two dogs. I really wanted a dog and my Mom would always said no. One day she surprised me and said yes. We did the research and found the perfect breed for our allergies – Yorki Chon. When most people think about having dog, the first thing they think about is how dogs make great companions. But, not only do they make…

Training the Super Horse (Part TWO: The Charger)

Imagine it, if you will. You are trotting along at a nice pace at the end of a good training session. You decide to end it with a nice, controlled lope. You give the proper cue, and all hell breaks loose. Your horse’s neck arches and drops down; he throws his head and tail; and takes off at a much faster speed than you wanted. You can sit through his pace, but he will NEVER…


We named her “Ninotchka,” which quickly became “Nina,” after the character Greta Garbo played in her first comedy role, in 1939. For those of you not familiar with old movies, the tagline for the movie was “Garbo laughs!” Known as a dramatic actress, aloof and reclusive, she was the reigning queen of romance in her day. But I digress. Our Nina is a Silken Windhound, a rel…

Who Really Rescued Whom?

On December 6, 2013, Hubby and I said goodbye to our beloved dog of 16 years, Grover. He was seventeen years old, and up until 2 months before he crossed the Rainbow Bridge, he was healthy and acted like a two-year-old pup. He fell sick suddenly. It all happened so quickly. We were devastated. The silence in our home was deafening….

Training the Super Horse (Part ONE: The Spooker)

Our old buckskin Quarter Horse, Starbuck, was worth his weight in titanium, because he would literally teach kids how to ride. He didn’t run off, he didn’t go faster than the speed he was told to go, and he NEVER spooked. That sounds unreal, but I literally can’t think of ONE thing that scared him. He was also over 30 years old when he passed away and was the stockies…

Dogs have feelings too!

In the picture above is Rebel, when my dog Charlie passed away, I decided to foster dogs in his memory. Rebel was around 5 years old at the time, and had never lived in a family. He went from being homeless to living in a kill shelter, to living in a no-kill shelter. He had never had a family to love him, hug him, cuddle with him, teach him and basically be there for him….

This makes me laugh…Why is my dog staring at me?

For humans, pooping is not generally the time to lock eyes, but dogs don’t worry about things like that. They’re not staring at you to ask for privacy. In fact, quite the opposite.In the wild, a defecating animal is vulnerable. By staring at you, a member of their pack, your dog is making sure that you’re keeping watch for any potential boddies, and is watching your body l…