Category Archives: DOGS

GOOD-BYE, SWEET BOOM

I woke up around 4:30am today to the sight of an owl swooping into the branches above me and taking away a rat, which protested loudly as it departed. The owl, huge and gray, vanished as quickly as it arrived. … Continue reading

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RAT NEST

I am taking a break today from my one-man war against the unholy fortress of bougainvillea in my backyard. It has recently been colonized by a populous young rat family. I became aware of the rats because I’ve been sleeping … Continue reading

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BOOMER THE INCONTINENT

They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. But I’m learning that an old dog can teach an old man new tricks. My 14-year-old goldendoodle Boomer has deployed three strategies simultaneously to retrain me — senile barking, separation … Continue reading

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A VERY GOOD DOG

People ask me all the time, ‘Is your dog friendly?’ My dog is a lot of things — old, lazy, mostly blind and deaf, senile. Friendly? Sure, if you lie down next to him and pet him for 45 minutes. … Continue reading

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ON THE OTHER END OF THE LINE

It’s thrilling to feel a fish tugging on the line. After all the waiting around, your heart jumps at the first sudden jolt, followed by the frantic pulling, diving, and darting. The drama unfolds underwater. The anticipation builds as you wait … Continue reading

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