Old Dog, Much Loved

Brooke here. Thanks mainly to medical science but in no small part to higher-quality pet foods, humans aren’t the only ones living longer.   The average life expectancy for dogs is rocketing up; most dogs will live several years longer than they would have just a couple of decades ago.  Which worked out great for me, […]

Oh that’s just nasty.

Brooke here.  I was weeding the Vestigial Lawn and found this: It is: (a) definitely a tooth; (b) definitely the size of a human tooth; and (c) definitely looks like a human tooth.  Whether or not it is actually from a human is beyond my knowledge of disgusting things I’ve found in my backyard.  It’s […]

A Year with Zu

Brooke here.  It’s raining and nasty and I can’t get back out under the Japanese maple, so this is another post about dogs. Zu has been with us for a year. He’s decidedly not a Rottweiler and is not quite a Doberman, and there’s something sort of Shepard-y about his face.  He’s certainly a snugglet, […]

Not Dead! But weeding isn’t sexy.

Brooke here: It’s not.  Weeding isn’t sexy.  Sexy in the sensationalism way, I mean; who am I to judge if your fantasy world involves killing dandelions?  But it’s not fake-sexy, it’s really not fake-sexy, and neither is housecleaning or raking or leaf-blowing or any of the hundreds of maintenance tasks that you have to do […]

Matter of perspective, really.

Brooke here: I’ve been reluctant to write about this, as problems with the dog invariably reflect on the owner.  However, there’s nothing quite like watching a pit bull snap up a yorkie terrier and shake it like a dead rabbit to put things in perspective.*  More on this later. Zu developed some serious behavior issues […]

Pool Progress Shots

Brooke here: If I crane my neck in an uncomfortable way, I can see the pool from my office window; it no longer drives me to Irish up my tea (helpful hint: liquor-tea is an abomination).   Since the pool is the single largest project we’ve accomplished thus far, I thought it would be nice […]


Brooke here. Me: Get out. Dogs: Hot. Me:  I know the last time you went to the bathroom.  You’re due.  Go. Dogs: We’re good.  Ask us again around midnight.  Maybe one or two in the morning.  It’ll be cool then. Me: Out. Dogs: This linoleum?  This linoleum I’m lying on?  It is awesome. Me: OUT. […]

The Vestigial Lawn

Brooke here: There are the beginnings of a lawn.  Wait, no, that’s not important.  Let me rephrase… there is now an area where there is no ivy. At one point, the space between the house and the pool was a lawn.  It really couldn’t have been anything but, as the ivy doesn’t have a firm […]

Snakes! (doing it)

Brooke here.  What with the bat and the black widow, at this rate I’m terrified to think of what the next animal-related post might be about: Not that I should complain, what with Louisiana and Mississippi being underwater, but we’ve had quite a lot of rain over the last few weeks.  It’s hindered most of […]