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Category Archives: Dogs

Bean Snuggies…

Now, I’ve had quite a response to my recent post on my L.L. Bean slippers. (By “quite a response” I mean 3 notes and a long distance phone call from Kentucky – which for me is a record breaker.)

Anyway, more needs to be said. Wearing a pair of L.L. Bean slippers for 20 or so years and unashamedly wearing them “in public” is no disgrace. A badge of honor, I should think. Granted, they come to smell a bit and there are marks of distinguished aging, such as scuffs from rocks, stains from spilled liquids of different sorts and even a few neat little holes that developed when certain enthusiastic puppies were cutting their teeth across the years. Good memories!

These are things that can be easily dealt with if one’s spouse becomes unduly critical. A trip through the washer and dryer leaves them compromised, but now with marks of the aging process, proudly shared with all who would see. A few small strips of duct tape don’t do much for their appearance, but do cover up some of the rips, so offensive to some. I’ve noticed that during a rainstorm they keep your feet snug and dry. Mr Bean would be pleased.

At any rate, I want to assure those who do not understand the Bean mystique that they need to look closer at these noble objects that bring back so many wonderful memories. And to Sue Ann in Kentucky, I must say that Santa will NOT bring me 20 pairs of new slippers this Christmas. I don’t have that many readers…

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Waiting for Godot…

Mother used to tell me that anticipation is always greater than realization. I thought she was nuts at the time, but as so often is the case, the wisdom of mothers grows with age and absence.

This holds true right across the board. Amy and Oliver are not so sure of that, but they’re dogs. What do dogs know?

The Kids are Sparkling…

Trips to the groomer are always relatively fun. We used to have an Airedale, Ginger, who would come home very pleased with herself. She would always trot up to the Christofferson’s and sit on their front porch until they came out and took her picture. After considerable praise, Ginger would come home all full of herself.

Today was that kind of day for Oliver and Amy. They were sporting ribbons to celebrate the event.

Two Fine Dogs…

Except for the years of student living, I’ve never been without a dog. There’s something about a good dog friend that makes the world go round.

These days, living as we do in a life-care community, completely independent in lifestyle, we have two. They are both Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, the gentlest, most loving of the breeds I know. They are Oliver, an aging guy of 11…

and Amy a winsome, lively young girl of 4…

When they are off, being groomed or something, the house seems strangely vacant. When they are around, and they almost always are, life is richer and happiness is ever in full supply.

More Experimentals with IPhone…

I hope I’m not boring you to tears with this, but I’m having a ball learning photography all over again with my new IPhone. Here’s another of Amy, the wonder dog.

Amy and the IPhone Camera…

I’ve been experimenting with the camera on the new IPhone. At first it was a confusing mass of inadequate pictures – until I began to discover what they call “apps” for the IPhone photography. Things began to pick up and my imagination and enthusiasm increased. I will forward a few to you as I learn more.

This photo is of our Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Amy, who is enjoying her “chewie”. She is giving me her “look”.