Walking the dog in the cemetery

A portion of the cemetery where I like to walk with the dogs.

One of my favorite places to walk with my dog is a small cemetery just a few minutes from our house. It's quiet and I enjoy meandering amongst the gravestones, reading the inscriptions and wondering about the lives of the people buried there. I worry sometimes that it might be disrespectful, me and the dog, trodding around on top of people at rest. So when I take Bandit, I stick to the paved roadways to avoid him peeing on every marker. Today I took Bailey with me for the first time, … [Read more...]

Dogs and cats and spirits, oh my! – Halloween and your pets

For the last 24 hours, our dogs have been unusually worked up. Barking, fighting, and generally squirrely. (OK, I guess I should add "squirrelier than normal.) Last night I made a joke that maybe, on the day before Halloween, the veil between the dead and the undead had lifted a bit early.   A joke, but I do believe that animals are sensitive to spirits. And since this is a very important time in pagan religions, when it's believed that the veil between the dead and the undead is at its … [Read more...]