Monthly Archives: November 2010

Home Again, Home Again Jiggity-Jig

We’re back! And what a trip it was. Wednesday morning, bright and early, we dropped off Pablo with the sitter. He trotted off into the kitchen in search of treats without a backward glance. Ah gratitude your name is pug.

Then we took to the road, and except for a stretch in Virginia when we hit traffic, it was smooth sailing. In NC, we stayed with K’s brother and sister-in-law and their two darling offspring. Now I am not a big fan of children (as my daughter will attest), but these kids were cute. The girl, M, just turned 5, and holds lofty ambitions. She wants to be an astronaut, a doctor, and a princess when she grows up, and with the energy and will power she possesses, I’m sure she’ll succeed. The boy, O, is a toddler, very sweet and good-natured. Like my nephews at that age, he loves anything with wheels. After our Thanksgiving repast, their parents left them with us while they  took in a movie. After countless games of hide-and-seek and puppet shows, K and I were exhausted, but the children, bless them, were still going strong.

The day after Thanksgiving we visited my sister, T, and her husband, B. As an added bonus I saw my nephew, on break from college. B unfortunately had to head off to work (he works retail and it was Black Friday), but the rest of us had a delicious lunch at a local restaurant. Afterward we went for a much-needed two-hour walk. My sister’s dog, Pupzilla, led the way. Pupzilla is a year or two older than Pablo and still remarkably spry. Here she is standing guard while my nephew sleeps. Note her festive bow.

That night we had a fantastic dinner of Thanksgiving leftovers (B is a wonderful cook) that included all the usual suspects, as well as copious amounts of wine, an apple cobbler, and homemade ice cream. Yum!

We left the next morning, our backs a bit sore after a restless night on a rapidly deflating air mattress, and headed for home. A mere 9 hours later, we pulled into the sitter’s driveway to claim Pablo. Inside there were about seven or so dogs, big and small, all barking. It seemed a madhouse, but  the sitter remarked how much calmer things were now that several other dogs had left! She handed Pablo over to me, exclaiming how much she and her family loved him (naturally). Pablo, however, seemed pretty anxious to leave. He was trembling in my arms and didn’t stop until we were out of the truck and inside. On familiar ground again, he raced around like a maniac, barking for joy.

Like Dorothy said, “Oh, Auntie Em, there’s no place like home.”


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Fair warning: The two videos below are hard to watch, but worth it. I saw the first one on the website for Ardmore Animal Hospital, which is where we take Pablo. The staff at the hospital saved the life of a dog, badly injured and near death because he had been used as a bait dog. He’d been tied up so that dogs raised to fight could attack him. When the dogs were through, he was left to die. Amazingly he didn’t, although he required extensive surgery to repair his torn-apart face. Recuperating at the hospital, he met a family who fell in love with him and gave him a home.

Oogy (an affectionate  derivative of “ugly”) went through so much suffering, yet what’s most remarkable about him is how loving he is.

Oogy on Oprah:

A book trailer for Oogy

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Chain of Lies Now a Podcast

My flash fiction piece “Chain of Lies” was made into a podcast by the good folks at Every Day Fiction. Click here and listen to Matt Cowens with his plummy Aussie accent read it.


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Lady Lily

This past Friday was my daughter’s 25th birthday (that’s 175 in dog years, Pablo reminded me), and I took a trip to NYC to visit with her. We had a manicure, ate sushi in a Japanese restaurant, and caught up on each other’s lives. I also got the chance to see my grandkitty, Lady Lily (see above). It was wonderful to spend time with E and also to be back in NYC, my old stomping grounds.

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Pug Among the Gnomes


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Every Day Fiction: Today’s the Day

Check out today’s flash fiction story by yours truly at Every Day Fiction. No, it doesn’t have a pug in it.

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Why Did the Pug Cross the Road?

Your guess is as good as mine. To see what’s on the other side? To sniff a neighbor’s lawn? To piddle on a peony?

On his walks Pablo always has definite ideas about what route to take. And if you try to direct him elsewhere, he goes into the classic pug knee-locked stance and won’t budge. Most of the time I have no objection to him acting as tour guide. After all, it’s his walk, not mine.

There is, however, one particular route I try to discourage and that’s when he makes a right turn to W Road, a busy street with a steady stream of traffic whizzing both ways and no traffic light. Yet  sometimes, for whatever reason, Pablo gets it in his skull that he must cross W Road. He does this by lunging headfirst into the blacktop, oblivious to traffic. By now I know enough to hold him back, but the first few times we had some close calls. When there is a lull in vehicles we dash across the road. Then Pablo sniff a hedge or two, piddles on some leaves, and you guessed it, wants to head back. Another mad dash, and it’s safely back home. Until next time.


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