• Rowanberry Bubblegum

    January 25, 2018

    This dog. Did I ever tell you that when we first got Rowan, we put her crate in the girls’ bedroom so that she would bond with them and think of them as her “flock” and protect them from all the coyotes and bobcats and bears and cougars that roamed the hills? No? Well, we…

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  • Skunked! (plus Homemade Skunk Off)

    December 29, 2017

    Update 10/16/2018 — Rowan has been skunked FOUR TIMES over the last summer, and this DIY homemade skunk off recipe has worked every time!  Seriously, save your money and just keep large quantities of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda on hand! Stinky skunk dogs need homemade skunk off, and fast! As I was driving into…

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  • This Season

    July 17, 2017

    Getting a puppy in the summer was certainly a good idea, weather-wise. Sanity-wise, maybe not. I feel like a frayed wire. Jasper is on graveyard shift for the fourth or fifth summer in a row.  He’s constantly tired when he’s awake and, more often than not, falls asleep for a quick nap in the morning…

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  • Introducing Rowan

    July 13, 2017

    This is one of the things I remember from when my daughters were newborns – being awake, unwillingly, at 3:00 a.m. and trying to shush a wide-awake and inexplicably crying newborn.  Wishing for all the world that babies were as easy to take care of as puppies. Now my girls are seven and five, sleep…

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  • A Very Good Dog

    July 6, 2017

    It’s summer, finally. The days are long, the nights are warm and the flowers are blooming. I always spend a lot of time during this season watering the garden and Una, my 14-year-old border collie/blue heeler mix, likes to be there by my side. I’d like to say it’s purely because she loves me, but I…

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