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The Devil’s Leash

I have a confession to make. Please don’t think less of me or think me a hypocrite. I had to …

The Big Ask

Half Moon is asking to go pee. No big deal, right? It is to me. Halfie has intervertebral disc disease …

A Loyal Companion | She Works Hard for the Money

She Works Hard for the Money

Morning walks with the dogs are one of my favorite times of the day. I love the quiet of the …

A Loyal Companion | Half Moon And The Half Pipe

Half Moon and the Half Pipe

Why do I doubt him? After all the times he’s proven he can, why do I think he can’t? Well, …

The Surprising Importance of an After-Dinner Mint

Dottie was supposed to be a hospice dog. A 15-year old Dalmatian, she was surrendered to our local shelter by …

Weightless

He’s not moving. Jordan’s Golden head has settled onto my chest and upper arm, his chin pressing into the belly …

A Loyal Companion | The Housing Inspector

The Housing Inspector

Houses just aren’t built the way they used to be. Foundations crack and sink into the earth, walls and roofs …

You Come Too

A dear friend loaned me a book of poetry she’d discovered and purchased for her bright young daughter. I’m not …

I Feel Your Dreams

Helen is draped across my lap, her head lolling over my left hip while her ribcage rests gently on my …

Merry Christmas!

I know it’s May—and frankly, it could be October or July, it wouldn’t matter—but it’s always Christmas morning in our …

My Coat of Arms

Rich gold and velvety black, the wingspan exemplifies its paradoxical promise. The artistry of the swirls and dashes and dots …

A Man for All Seasons

This piece originally appeared in the Women’s Sports Foundation newsletter in 1995. My father passed away in October 1994, just …

Nota Bene

Harley, Helen and I have just returned from a walk in the woods. Forty-five minutes is about all Harley can …

Lucky

Beautiful mornings are different here. It’s 65 degrees, overcast with a steady 10 mile per hour breeze. It’s not windy, …

Learning to Fall

A brilliant pair of orioles is working on two blocks of suet in the mesquite tree. They swing gently in …

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Canine Mobility Books

The first two books in the Loyal Companion Guide series, Sit. Stand. GO! and Emotion to Motion help you recognize, record, and accommodate your dog’s mobility challenges, as well as understand the emotions behind the movement. Filled with photos and worksheets, these books are your guide to helping your dog lead the best life possible.