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Sleep comes very naturally to most of us and in our family it isn’t uncommon to find many the beings fast asleep.  Below is a compilation of five images, each with at least one member of the family asleep, and two of the images (top and bottom) contain four family members snoozing.


With sleep come dreams.  Perhaps it’s the dreams that make sleeping so enjoyable.  I’m sure that Daisy, Franklin, Sadie have chased a rabbit or two in their sleep, and that Suki and Dino have captured the birds in the bushes outside the kitchen window more than once.

Or, perhaps it’s taking the opportunity – with those who you feel safe and love – to rest up for the challenges that we face each day.  Either way, may we all hold on to and pursue our dreams and enjoy the time we have with those we love.

Thanks to A Word in Your Ear for this week’s A Word A Week Photo Challenge: Sleep!

A Word A Week Photo Challenge: Old


Eleven years ago we got our first dog as a couple.  I still remember how excited, and scared, we were.  We named her Daisy Mae.

Gene Weingarten, in his and Michael S. Williamson’s wonderful book, Old Dogs: Are The Best Dogs, provides the following insight, leveraging an earlier reference to Kafka, on how we see ourselves in our dogs:

When we watch our dogs progress from puppyhood to old age, we are watching our own lives in microcosm.  Our dogs become old, frail, crotchety, and vulnerable, just as Grandma did, just as we surely will, come the day. When we grieve for them, we grieve for ourselves.

The meaning of life is that it ends.

Daisy’s become slower, can’t walk as far, and she can be a little crotchety.  When I think about her passing, I cry.  But when I come back to present and I see her lying next to my chair, or warming my side of the bed, I smile.  I think to myself how much I appreciate the gift of her life and how I cherish each moment, knowing that these moments aren’t unlimited.

Daisy is part beagle and part basset hound, and according to Wikipedia, a beagle has a life span of 12-15 years, and a basset hound 11-12 years.  If you add them up, I figure she’s going to live another 12-16 years!

Watching her grow old is one of the great pleasures of my life, and no matter how much longer she lives, she’ll be with us for the rest of our lives.

Responding to A Word A Week Photo Challenge: Old.

Our non-human family members mean everything to us.  We share our lives completely.  If you’ve visited before you’ve likely already met them, but I couldn’t resist the opportunity to post more photos:

Daisy Mae

Daisy Catches Scent

Sadie Sue

Sadie - Portrait


Suki Deep in Thought

Being with our family helps me remember that we aren’t alone, and that there are non-human beings that are smart, experience emotions, and loving.  I learn from them each day in many ways, but perhaps the most frequent reminder is that our actions – both conscious and unconscious – impact those around us.

Daisy, Sadie, and Finnegan after there first date.

First Date Threesome – Doggy Style

In response to the WordPress Weekly Writing Challenge published on March 4, 2013.

Finnegan, or Finn as his girls call him, came over for his first date with Daisy (sitting on the right) and Sadie (laying down on the left).  Judging by the smiles on their faces, Finn knows how to show his dates a good time.

He opened with a stroll through the neighborhood.  Not following the “normal” path, Finn took the girls down untraveled streets with wild, extravagant scents.  Their euphoria created a frenetic pace for the first half of the trip, and it wasn’t until they reached familiar territory that the girls found their footing and settled-in to really get to know Finn.

Daisy was aloof, feigning disinterest in Finn, while Sadie tried to woo Finn with her slender form and passionate gait  During the latter half of the walk, Sadie caught Daisy glancing at Finn out of the corner of her eye.  Knowing that her chance to best Daisy would be off-leash, she took a mental note and kept pushing Finn for the lead.  Finn’s legs, long and slender, ensured his lead position as he pointed out many attractions for the girls to experience.

Back in the yard, as the leashes came off, Sadie sprinted over to Daisy to tell her what she thought of Daisy’s flirting with Finn.  After a brief shouting match, it was clear that Finn was man enough for both girls, as he stepped in between them and got them to play a game of three-way chase.

Eventually, it was time to go inside, grab a small bite to eat, and say their goodbyes.  That’s when the picture was taken.  Simultaneously exhilarated and exhausted, Daisy and Sadie could no longer stay on their feet.  Their wide smiles and tongues tell their story of time spent with a special boy. And Finn, sitting with peaceful contentment knew that he was the man.  He’d provided the girls with an experience they wouldn’t soon forget!