What Owns Me

I bend down and attach the leash to her halter. Her whole body wags in anticipation and she looks up at me with chocolate eyes, her fluffy ears cocked. Unlatch the gate and we’re off. Where will we go? This is not a charming neighborhood. These are small, mid-century, single level homes. You are more likely to … Continue reading What Owns Me

Did I mention I stole a dog?

My birthday always lands around Mother’s Day so my mom and I get together somewhere in between to exchange gifts. This year I came home with a little more than I expected. My mom lives in an old neighborhood with predominantly trailer homes. She inherited her trailer from her parents who placed it on the … Continue reading Did I mention I stole a dog?

Can a dog make you a better parent?

Before my husband and I had kids, we had dogs. We were the kind of dog owners that thought we were superior to parents of children because to us, dogs were clearly superior to children. They don’t keep you up all night crying, you only have to feed them once or twice a day and … Continue reading Can a dog make you a better parent?

The Gift with a Cold, Wet Nose

We recently got a dog who narrowly escaped being named Grover by my 4 year old. He’s a year old rescue dog with a gentle energy who is completely unfazed by the chaos of our home. I thought it was going to be a big adjustment but it turns out that it’s just like having another preschooler … Continue reading The Gift with a Cold, Wet Nose