Should I adopt this doggie?

Alle missing mommy

Ya'll remember my dear beloved, Alle, right? She was the best, smartest, sauciest dog ever; my best friend, who was even graceful in her leave-taking...I have missed her dearly. When we talk about possibly bringing another dog into the family, I keep thinking, "I'm not ready."But then, last night this good boy came across my line of vision.I am so tempted to run and adopt him.I'm also hesitating, because he looks so much like Alle (as though he could be her … [Read more...]

Like God, a Dog is Crazy, Open, Runs-to-You Love

Alle on grass

This is so lovely, and makes me really miss my Alle. It reminds me of everything she taught me about love and about God. Which is a lot:I will never be half as loving as Alle was; that much love is a gift of grace, and one I lack. But I can remember my dear, beautiful girl and realize what she taught me about God — the constancy of a love so unconditional; a love that watches as you leave, waits so faithfully and runs to meet you when you return; a love that comforts in illness, consoles in l … [Read more...]

Our Beautiful Alle has Passed

Alle missing mommy

She had such heart.Our dear, beautiful Alle left us this morning. She had had an up-and-down sort of day, yesterday. When my elder son came to visit, she accepted his pats with a few wags of the tail, but did not rise for him. At supper, she was more herself, begging an "outside" snack, which we gave her. But last night she suddenly seemed very, very old and worn -- unresponsive.I went to bed asking Saint Francis to be with her -- that it if was her time, to keep her from … [Read more...]

Oh Unhappy and Biscuitless World!

Recaptured thanks to the wayback machine:Well, once again, I have been taken to task over an issue of food, by the Border Collie.Generally, breakfast around here is a cup of yogurt, a bowl of cereal or oatmeal and several cups of the magnificent Mystic Monk Dark Roast or Monk Blend Coffee. But I’ve been off my feed for a few days (which is no cause for alarm since I, unhappily, carry my own reserves on my Irish hips) and this morning nothing tempted me except a Stella D’oro Breakfast Tre … [Read more...]