Author Archive: betteratwriting

Trick and Eat

Dickens has me wrapped around his paw. At nine years old he has now decided that he only eats when he wants to. But he forgets that I have a rule in my house that if one of my dogs doesn’t eat breakfast or dinner within 10 minutes the bowl gets picked up off the …

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Rain and the Midwest Dog

When I was young we didn’t have dogs. I lived in the northwest where a steady rain would fall.  Now that I live in the Midwest I realize why my parents only let us have cats for pets. My dogs do like to run in and out of the house whenever it rains and I have no …

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By the Sea…

Today was a day for adventure. Dickens did not want to be on a leash, so I let him loose to go and discover the wide open spaces in the wet green space behind our condominium. Along the big expanse of green grass is also a creek that runs along aside it. Dickens is by …

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Dogs in Black and White

My dogs bark at everything. They bark at the leaves falling off the tree in autumn, a bird in the tree or the cat scratching in the litter box. They rarely bark at other dogs when we are on a walk because they are more interested in what they are smelling in the air or …

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Let Sleeping Dogs Lie

I learn so much from watching my dogs and cats sleep. Dickens, my Springer Spaniel, is dozing on his cushion across from me, with one eye open he watches the cat, Cinder, walk across the room to investigate a piece of straw on the floor. Dicken’s brother Eddie then gets up to also investigate which …

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Puppy Love

I have started training a new puppy for some friends of mine. She is a 9 week old Golden Doodle puppy. Her name is Spencer. They named her thinking they were getting a boy. Spencer is a wild child most of the time and I can say here that part of this is because her owners …

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Meow Alarm

Everyone needs two alarm clocks. One that has blaring music or a loud bleep, that you need to get out of bed to get to and one who wakes you up an hour later, when you are REALLY late, with a quiet meow in your ear!

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Christmas For Pets

Christmas is for pets plain and simple. Have you recently walked into a pet store at Christmastime and seen the festive displays of  pet stockings, seasonal pet collars with bells and ribbons, colorful green and red toys, antlers ears and even rawhide that is shaped like a candy cane? Some stores even put these items …

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Barking Mad

Barking, the one thing that both of my dogs do best! When I only had Dickens and he was a young pup, I taught him to bark when I gave him the ASL (American Sign Language) sign for it. It was great! He didn’t bark at anything or anyone. But along comes his adopted brother, …

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The Great Escape!

Eddy has become an escape artist! He knows not what he does. It is 85 degrees outside and I am getting ready to take my springer, Dickens outside for a walk. I usually tell Eddy to ‘wait’ when I go outside with my other dog, this time I forgot and so it goes. As soon as I …

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