Category: Jack

Cycles

  Inviting a pet into your life is an exercise in being in the now. When I was searching for my Jack, I read about different dog breeds, and there was one section I still find troubling—life expectancy. Jack is a Brittany, and the average life expectancy for his breed is 12-13 years. That’s not…

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Size

Lots of counting, tracking, and numbers this month. The United States just turned 239 years old.  This blog has been around for eight years this month.  Jack Jack Cutie Face will be one year old tomorrow and on the very last day of July 2015, I will be forty-four. I’m not sure what any of this means,…

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Hiked Up

The morning hike starts the same way every day. It is just past dark, but before sunrise when Jack and I set out.  He is always anxious, curious and a little nutty.  I am usually sore, always alert and making sure he doesn’t get into trouble.  We take the first few minutes to get settled.  Jack does…

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Fur

There are beings in this life that make the journey easier. They provide companionship and quiet comfort without strings.  They push you, mess you up, and leave hair everywhere. They only want the basics and you, just as you are, are always enough. Good energy, hard work, patience.  Jack will be ten months on Wednesday. Life is…

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Blue Morning Coat

This morning’s hike was a gift. It’s starting to get warmer here in the desert.  We are already into the 80s and the 90s are mere days away.  It’s the trade off for our wonderful winter.  Yucky hot summers.  I’ve been anticipating, taking all things that can melt out to my car in preparation. Summer is…

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Yellow Bandana

I don’t have much to say today. In fact, my mind is bogged down in the fictional world of Candidate: A Love Story.  The manuscript is due by 11/23.  That’s ten days…as the guy from that show Cake Boss says, “I don’t know how we’re gonna do it.” I passed frazzled on Monday.  It was…

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Sort

There’s Wait and then there’s Stay. According to Jack’s trainer, these two commands are very different. Wait means, “Hang on a minute and then I will ask you to come to me.  There’s a sense of anxiety with wait, an anticipation.” Stay means, “Stay where you are and when I’m ready, I will come for you.…

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Matchstick Jeans

Jack usually picks up a stick on his walk. It started on the first or second walk and now he does it most of the time.  He finds a stick and carries it in his mouth all the way home.  Sometimes it’s a little twig, other times it’s big and covered in growth or dirt.  We…

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