Saving Bella

  Our Bella has been a very sick puppy this week.  Right on the heels of recovering from a nasty bout of Kennel Cough, she developed an autoimmune disease called juvenile cellulitis…or, as it is commonly known, puppy strangles. I’ve read more about this condition than I care to recount.  I am glad I have a sharp veterinarian who diagnosed her illness quickly because without treatment it can be fatal. How It Began At first I thought Bella had been bitten or stung by an insect or a snake.  On Thursday of last week she had what looked like styes … Continue reading Saving Bella

Echoes of Marley?

One of my favorite books of all time is Marley and Me by Josh Grogan. When I read it the first time I had two dogs of my own who filled my life with funny escapades…a Dalmatian and a Havaton. I wept heart-wrenching tears at all the touching moments of Marley’s life, and I laughed until I cried visualizing the antics described in Grogan’s chronicle.  I was even inspired to write my own tribute to my Dalmatian Shiner.  I thought I knew what it was like to have a dog like Marley. But I was wrong. Now…I have my own … Continue reading Echoes of Marley?

Bella’s will

On Sunday my husband conquered knee and achilles injuries and ran the race of a lifetime in Rome, Italy.  He finished 26.2 miles in a little under 4:50. I am so proud of him and wish more than anything that I could have been there to welcome him across the finish line.  I heard he had a great celebration afterwards with some authentic, homemade Italian veal and pasta, so maybe he didn’t miss me too much! Especially since I’ve never made him veal — ever — in seventeen years of marriage.  I just have a thing for babies, I guess. … Continue reading Bella’s will