A pause for paws!

We are very fortunate to have a covered front porch, so we can sit outside and be sheltered from the sun. We take advantage of that at every opportunity, particularly at lunch time, and Ray has no problem joining us and stretching out on his mat … unless we just emptied a yogurt container, in which case his job is to clean it out before we recycle it!

Ray has always amazed me at how much dexterity he has if food is involved and, despite the limitations of his paws, he can quickly stabilize the container for as long as is necessary!

Nice work Ray, and great show of creativity!

More reflections!

Ray was the first dog that ever became part of my life. This was partly due to being raised with cats as pets, and no doubt also because of a bad experience (when around 14 years old) with a large white German Shepherd. Continue reading

Merry Christmas!

Christmas may be a time of year when we emphasize the conditions of the less fortunate, and also the giving aspects that many of us have as a core belief. Christmas can be an overwhelming time of sadness and despair as a result of the life experiences for so many … but it can also be a time for celebration.

Regardless of whether this is a religious celebration to you, or just a nice break from your usual routines, I hope that you will take advantage of the opportunity to just chill and enjoy! Continue reading