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I have almost this entire week free. A “free” week NEVER happens … but I had cleared my calendar thinking I would have a brand new puppy this week. I wanted an open schedule so I could bond with him, … Continued

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The Pet Adoption Process

Did you know how difficult it has become to adopt/purchase/rescue a dog? I had a friend go through the process awhile back. He joked about it taking nine months, the “interrogation process” he endured, endless paperwork, etc. He said it … Continued

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The Weekend Without Pictures

I hope you had a good weekend. I went to see Gone Girl. It was really good. I had read the book when it first came out. I always worry movies will be disappointing compared to the books they originate … Continued

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I’ve had a rough couple weeks. My sister’s accident. The puppy heartbreak. A rattlesnake hissing at me in my own garage. Terrible, painful, girl-parts tests. (The test was AWFUL!) I’m kind of down in the dumps. More than the disappointment … Continued

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This and That

•  I closed comments on the post about my heartbreaking puppy experience. Sometimes, when people know they’ve behaved badly, they try to save face by misleading others about what they’ve done and/or why they’ve done it. Maybe they even convince … Continued

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I had an unexpected houseguest yesterday. I arrived home at the end of the day. I was walking through my garage. I was lost in thought. I heard a hiss, and a rattle. I looked up to see a female … Continued

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The Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Weekend

I have learned some heartbreaking, but powerful, lessons about dog breeders recently. Over the last few days my Newfie dog breeder (Heartsease Newfoundlands on Vancouver Island, BC) has been talking to me about picking up *my* puppy. I have been … Continued

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Closet Issues

My bedroom has a very small closet. It also sits at a very strange angle making it impossible to add shelves and/or put in any decent type of closet organizer. I envy all those nice modern homes with big, gigantic, … Continued

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It’s Harvest Time

It’s harvest time. In California, that means it’s Wine Time. Grapes on the Vine:  Click on photo to purchase, or to view larger, in 24atHeart gallery. I had plans to depart tomorrow for five days in Napa. I wanted to … Continued