Things to be thankful for…

“Take time daily to reflect on how much you have. It may not be all that you want but remember someone somewhere is dreaming to have what you have.” ~Germany Kent This morning I’m counting my Blessings. Such a simple thing to do, and it always makes me feel richer. I like to count them […]

For The Love Of A Small Dog…

“Happiness is a warm puppy.” ~ Charles M. Schulz   This small red bundle of energy who we now know as Rufous Dog only came into our lives on Monday, but what a difference his presence has already made. Harry hasn’t stopped smiling. He now has a playmate, a buddy, a brother. They play together […]

Five Things I Love About Being Home At My Farm

“To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter… to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird’s nest or a wildflower in spring — these are some of the rewards of the simple […]

What Love Looks Like

“Love is not love Which alters when it alteration finds, Or bends with the remover to remove. O no, it is an ever-fixed mark That looks on tempests and is never shaken; It is the star to every wand’ring bark, Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.” (Sonnet 116)” ~ William Shakespeare, Shakespeare’s Sonnets […]

Pretzels and Early Morning Strolls

“I can’t think of anything that brings me closer to tears than when my old dog—completely exhausted after a hard day in the field—limps away from her nice spot in front of the fire and comes over to where I’m sitting and puts her head in my lap, a paw over my knee, and closes […]

Keeping Bert Quiet…

“The way you help heal the world is you start with your own family.” ~ Mother Teresa   Nurse Bert is healing well from his cruciate ligament surgery. Next week he’ll have an x-ray to see if the bone has healed. If it looks good, the vet says Bert will finally be allowed to run free. He’ll […]

Bert’s Latest Operation!

“Doctors?” said Ron, looking startled. “Those Muggle nutters that cut people up?” ~ J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix “I saved a man’s life once,” said Granny. “Special medicine, twice a day. Boiled water with a bit of berry juice in it. Told him I’d bought it from the dwarves. That’s the […]

Was He Born This Way?

“Right or wrong, it’s very pleasant to break something from time to time.” ~ Fyodor Dostoyevsky This is a picture of Harry, known to some as Cafe Dog. It is, in fact, our very first picture of Harry, taken two years ago. Pretty cute, huh? In retrospect, there is a worrying glint of mischief in […]

A Very Hurried Post Because…

“Tantrums are not bad behavior. Tantrums are an expression of emotion that became too much for the child to bear. No punishment is required. What your child needs is compassion and safe, loving arms to unload in.” ― Rebecca Eanes, The Newbie’s Guide to Positive Parenting   Thanks for your understanding as I write this post […]

A Not-Unexpected Delay in Plans

“Most of the things we need to be most fully alive never come in busyness. They grow in rest.” ~  Mark Buchanan   There has been a lot of resting going on in our house just now. Harry, home from the vet and minus his big broken molar, needs plenty of rest. He’s content to lie […]

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