All of our dogs were sunbathers, even my keeshonds! Keeshonds that have a double coat to keep them warm in snow and ice. Dawn and Nabisco loved to go outside and lay in the sun. How odd that they loved a short naps and feeling overheated. Their two-layered coats grown for chilly Dutch barges and cool winters did not stop them from stretching out in a patch of sunshine until they were panting hot.
This senior dog, Babe, lowered her ears to let the rays warm another section of her forehead.
I believe Babe’s pet parents adopted her. She has become the neighborhood favorite, naturally mellow and happy to hang with guys or gals. She even tolerates little barky dogs like our Sydney (Please, don’t tell Syd that! He thinks of himself as a king, and believes he is the all time favorite of everyone in the world).
This is a Blog Paws Blog Hop. Have fun looking at the cute senior pets.
I tend toward thinking, reading a variety of nonfiction books, blogs and books designed to make me a better writer. When I’m not writing, working or thinking, I call a friend to go for a walk or work in the garden. Much of my time I give as a volunteer to two or more nonprofits. I volunteer as a teacher for youth at a Center for Spiritual Living (16 plus years) and as Redwood Writers Author Support Facilitator.
One of my all time favorite hair-brained comedies
As I shift my focus from writing nonfiction this season to completing my final revision of mystery book, Dog Leader Mysteries, I lean toward silly humor and dumb videos. Love wild black and white comedies too, like the movie “Bringing Up Baby” starring Kathryn Hepburn and Cary Grant.
Movie animals do amazing work
My only caution today is, don’t adopt or try to care for animals that need much more care, roaming room, food or interaction than you are willing to give. Think research, what type of life style do you live, are you active everyday and at the level your newly desired pet needs.
Rin Tin Tin, the world’s first movie star dog
I’ve read and written about Rin Tin Tin, and by the way, Lee Duncan found his pup on a battlefield in France during the first World War. After years of trying, Lee never replaced his rescued and beloved Rinty. None of the puppies had Rin Tin Tin’s willingness to work and to enjoy life with Duncan.
In a spirit of good humor, gratitude and peace, I close year 2013 short and sweet.
Thanks for reading.
Special thanks to those of you who have become friends by leaving comments, blog hopping with Blog Paws or WordPress.com.
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Highlights from 2013
My all time favorite photograph from my Canon SX50? See below.
We Are Hungry
I took We Are Hungry in Florence, Italy.
My favorite post of 2013?
Yoshi, the rabbit Alex rescued and helped save his broken and infected paw. Yoshi, means Good Luck in Japanese, and this little guy fought hard to get well, use his broken leg to hop on, then Yoshi found a forever home through the Sonoma County Animal Shelter. For more on Yoshi click Yoshi .
My favorite new blogger pal?
Russel Ray Photos cause he camps out on other people’s blogs. I think I’ll follow along, learning new stuff about photography, life and other cool WordPress blogs.
I do social media to promote Redwood Writers, the largest branch of the California Writers Club. Our motto is writers helping writers. I volunteer as Author Support Group Facilitator. I am so fond of all the friends I have made face to face through Redwood Writers, all the short fiction, memoir and novels I have read by members. So if you are a writer, do hunt for a local writers group or start one.
Blog Fun vs. Writing Fiction Drafts
Blogging surprised me, in that I find it fun.
Some posts I work out over time and send out first and second revisions to friends. I ask them to look at the overall appeal of the topic, the flow of the sentences and grammar. Once the bones look good to us, I polish up and add links, etc.
But the big mule kick for me, consists of a spark from a photograph, story or video, which sets me off and running. This post is one of those, just for the fun of it.
Today I grab my hat and catch sentences
as they drop from the sky.
Another writer in my critique group once said, “You edit yourself too much!”
Her scolding tone, hit a bull’s-eye on my skull. Yes,I am guilty of editing my stories out of existence. I have years of fiction and poetry in states of incomplete drafts. I need deadlines to finish anything, except blog posts.
She said, "I'm cold."
He said, "Well you're a writer."
Pulling on a sweater she asked,"What do you mean?"
He said, "Writers spend all their time hanging around drafts."
So if I take a reckless path next year, please follow.
My goal is to dive into publishing at least three short nonfiction works. Much of what I plan to write and polish will be in the vein of humor and animal welfare. Also I have larger interests to share on living green and healthier, fitness and Body IQ.
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Celebrate Throwback Thursday by taking a look at these historical pictures of pooches. All photos and captions courtesy of Getty Images.
1. 1860: A canine amateur photographer.
2. 1867: A Victorian family sitting outside their country home.
3. 1890: A woman posing for a portrait in a photographic studio with her dog.
4. 1890: Children of the Klondike area of Yukon Territory, Canada, sitting with their dog by a street sign. In the 1890’s there was a great gold rush here, yielding over $22 million worth of gold in one peak year of production.
5. 1895: A pet dog sitting on the dining room table whilst a couple has their dinner.
6. 1904: A party of holidaymakers at the seaside.
7. 1908: A young crocodile, the perfect new pet for ladies, as demonstrated by this woman and her dog at Bostock’s Jungle, Earls Court.
The rubbish collector is not stealing our stuff.
I do not need to suddenly stand straight up when I’m lying under the coffee table.
I will not roll my toys behind the fridge, behind the sofa, or under the bed.
I must shake the rainwater out of my fur before entering the house.
I will not eat the cats’ food, before they eat it or after they throw it up.
I will stop trying to find the few remaining pieces of clean carpet in the house when I am about to get sick.
I will not throw up in the car.
I will not roll on dead seagulls, fish, crabs, etc. just because I like the way they smell.
“Kitty box crunchies,” although they are tasty, are not food. I will not eat any more Kleenex or napkins and then redeposit them…