The Bodhi Chronicles: Beach Dog!

Bodhi loves the beach, which isn’t much of a surprise. There’s very little that Bodhi doesn’t enjoy. He’s one of the most chill dogs I’ve ever met, much like Butterscotch of blessed memory. Butterscotch took everything in stride and enjoyed her days, and Bodhi is so much like her in that way. He’s been a joy to have on vacation with us. I think we’ll have to plan some more beach time in the future, for him and for us!

Bodhi Chronicles: Beach Week

We’re away for a week of R&R, and Bodhi got to join us this time. A friend has a beach home and she was kind enough to let us use it and bring Bodhi for his first beach adventure. So far he seems to enjoy it, but there’s very little that Bodhi doesn’t enjoy. We brought a sheet along to cover the couch, so we wouldn’t leave dog hair all over, and Bodhi has settled there with Marley, as he does as home, and he’s taken to the beach and ocean as if he’s always known it. Such an easy traveler. Life is good.


The Dog Nephews

Once a year, Marley and I get a week off, and this year we headed out to Sacramento to visit my sister, Audrey, and Marley’s middle son who is getting his PhD. at UC Berkeley in a subject I can’t even begin to explain.

Part of the reason for visiting Audrey was to get some serious schooling in using my camera and processing photos, and to say my brain is swimming is an understatement. Audrey has a blog here, in case you don’t know it. One look at it and you’ll understand that I’m in over my head as far as photography is concerned, but I am learning. I have a decent eye, but my technical skills have been far behind, and this week they’re getting a big bump up. The number of things you can fix with Photoshop is absolutely mind-blowing.

More to come later, but here are Audrey’s super sweet dogs. Under the careful eye of the camera master I worked on processing each of these photos for a half hour or more…hopefully I will get faster over time! But I’m learning lots, and having fun. More photos to come, once they are processed and pass muster!



We really miss Bodhi, who we hear is doing well with his first kennel experience. So it is lovely to have a couple sweet nephew dogs to cuddle in the meantime. The younger one even joined us in bed around 5 am. What more could you want on vacation?! (Well, two two dozen hot apple cider donuts we bought today didn’t hurt either.)


Back from Vacation: Off topic blog

Marley and I are back from a week away near the Pocono Mountains in PA. We haven’t had a week off in three years, so it was really good to get away, sleep past 6 am, do some hiking, visit a winery, have lunch with friends…did I mention, sleeping past 6 am? We love our animals and our clients’ animals, but it was lovely to sleep late, and have a hot breakfast waiting in the hotel lobby each morning. I even got to meet one of my blogging buddies (and two of her cats) who I only knew from her blog, and that was a treat. Apparently, one of the cats was scared of the toy I brought them and the other loved it…you can’t please everyone.  It is back to reality now, but before that takes over too much, here are some images from our hikes. The fall colors were still hanging on when we got there, lasting a little later than usual, so we were lucky.

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Vacation – Watkins Glen

Our recent vacation, in the Finger Lakes area of NY, seemed to be about two things: wine and water. We had a lovely day of being chauffeured around to tour wineries, and that’s hard to show, but I thought I’d share a few (off-topic) pictures of our water times. We walked through Watkins Glen and visited Niagara Falls (both sides.) Very different experiences!! Watkins Glen is quieter, with sweet waterfalls, the sound of which could easily lull me to sleep.

Here are just a few photos from our exploration there. I’m no expert with the camera, but tried to capture a little of the Glen’s beauty.

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Vacation Critters

Just home from our vacation (and yes, I am less cranky), and am wading through things that need attention. Luckily, there isn’t too much of it since I work with a fabulous group of folks who took great care of everything while I was gone – so thankful!

I will have some photos (non-critter ones) for you in a day or so, but in the meantime, here are the critters I got to hang with during our time away. Our B&B, Bragdon House in Geneva, NY had three resident critters, 1 dog and 2 cats. The black cat, Dexter, was around a lot and is a total sweetie and host extraordinare, so I was able to get my cat fix in. You might notice that he has a Cat Dancer in photos below – my gift to him and he loved it! And if you ever have a need of a good B&B in wine country, central NY, I highly recommend Bragdon House, not only for its lovely pets, but its terrific hospitality, good food, and the most comfortable beds in the world!

Here are Cookie, Dexter, and Millie:











“What do you mean, you’re going on vacation?”  Clearly, Thomas is not happy.




“Who will feed us? Scoop the litter? Keep those pesky dogs away from us? Who???”

“You know B,” I tell Thomas. “You like B, remember? She’s taken care of you before and everything was just fine. And L and R will be in to care for the dogs and make sure they get lots of exercise. All will be just fine. We’re only going to be gone a few days.”

“What — you’re going on vacation? Who said you could do that?” Butterscotch asks, awakened from her nap by my conversation with Thomas.




Sigh. Yes, we’re going on vacation. And as is usually the case, no good vacation goes unpunished. So much to get done before we go, and though I know all will be well, I do worry about our critters, and some that I care for regularly.

Poor Paris is still in his e-collar. His staples came out Friday and I was hoping the collar could come off (so was he) but not yet. A little more healing has to happen, and Paris just can’t leave a blemish on his body alone, so the e-collar has to stay. Poor guy.  It is supposed to come off on Monday and we will be gone, and if he chews on his scar and breaks it open I will not be happy (and neither will his caretakers!)


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And then there’s two kitties I care for every week. One has pretty advanced kidney disease. She is losing weight slowly, but has been stable. The other cat, normally the image of health, didn’t want to eat yesterday. That cat ALWAYS eats. Always. So I had a fretful night, but she was her usual little piggy self this morning. I had a long talk with these two and told them that they may not be ill this coming week while I am gone, or I will be very disappointed in them. That should work, right?

Luckily, I work with a fabulous staff and all will be fine. They are equipped to handle whatever comes the way of our pet sitting business, but I hope nothing too challenging gets tossed at them. In the meantime, Marley and I are going off to a lovely B&B that has two cats and a dog in residence (don’t tell my fur kids) and we’re going to visit Niagara Falls and a bunch of wineries, and generally be slugs for a few days. And the critters here had better behave themselves and stay healthy and sound, or there will be no biscuits or catnip when we return.