A Tale of Two Tails

I am not a dog person but I’m trying hard to become one. Because I have a dog, and I think it would help. Actually, I have a puppy, which, I’m learning, is vastly different from having a dog. As a family we’ve had two dogs and maybe all the homework my 7th grader comes home…

Unexpected Miracles

(I’m pulling from the archives. “Unexpected Miracles” appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul: What I Learned from the Cat, 2009)             I have failed as a cat parent.   My little cat Maisey, when she was just a smidgen over a year old, was going to be a mother. At first we weren’t sure.  Perhaps…

Goodbye Tilly

We had to put our dog to sleep today which, as my son pointed out, is just a nice way of saying she died. She was old and sick and quickly losing control over bodily functions, and it was time. As I write this, Tilly is not sitting at my feet under my desk. Taking…