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wmtc: what i’m reading: welcome to the goddamn ice cube

Canadians might be disappointed to learn that Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube: Chasing Fear and Finding Home in the Great White North is not about Canada.

We sometimes refer to Canada as the Great White North, but the Canada that most Canadians inhabit has little in common with the stark landscapes that author . . . → Read More: wmtc: what i’m reading: welcome to the goddamn ice cube

wmtc: pupdate: happiness is a cancer-free dog

Tala’s stitches were removed last week, and we got the full biopsy results: clean margins all around. The surgeon says she does not expect to ever see us again. A week later, I’m still feeling waves of joy and relief. Allan takes the good news in strid… . . . → Read More: wmtc: pupdate: happiness is a cancer-free dog

wmtc: hooray for tala

Tala is doing great! Of course she was exhausted and a bit wobbly when she came home, but now she’s well rested and back to herself. And she looks a whole lot better without a disgusting, oozing tumour sticking out of her side! More importantly, there’… . . . → Read More: wmtc: hooray for tala

wmtc: in which i ride an emotional roller coaster and get off at the top

Short version: Tala has had surgery and has a very good chance of remaining cancer-free. Whoo-hoo!It’s been a crazy couple of days. Monday afternoon we hear the biopsy results. Tuesday morning we have X-rays done. Our vet recommends a top surgeon who i… . . . → Read More: wmtc: in which i ride an emotional roller coaster and get off at the top

wmtc: i’m not ready for another broken heart, or, nothing says mortality like your sick dog

Tala has cancer. As it happened with Cody, We found a lump. First I was sure it was a cyst, then I was hoping it was a cyst, now I’m just hoping it’s not an iceberg. There’s a big ugly tumoury thing sticking out, but this type of sarcoma is k… . . . → Read More: wmtc: i’m not ready for another broken heart, or, nothing says mortality like your sick dog

wmtc: diego is on tv! (and dogtopia is amazing.)

When we dropped off Tala and Diego for their vacation, a film crew from Breakfast Television was there. The results are here, and Diego is all over that video! (There doesn’t seem to be a way to embed it, so please click!)If you look carefully, you can… . . . → Read More: wmtc: diego is on tv! (and dogtopia is amazing.)

wmtc: off to vancouver

I struggle to find time to write even a small fraction of what I’d like to post here. But there’s one thing I’ll always write about: my travels. And there are never enough of them.This morning we are flying to Vancouver, our first time there. A few day… . . . → Read More: wmtc: off to vancouver

wmtc: dogtopia: a dog hotel comes to mississauga (and we give it a great review)

When we travel, we’ve always had someone stay over in our home with the dogs. In almost 30 years of dogs, we only boarded our dogs once. It was not a good experience, and we never did it again. Also, for many years, our schedules also required a dogwal… . . . → Read More: wmtc: dogtopia: a dog hotel comes to mississauga (and we give it a great review)

cartoon life: max solves the middle east crisis

Okay, not really. The Middle East crisis is a pretty big crisis and I can’t solve it. But — We’ve been avenging ourselves on Middle Eastern countries for 911 and fighting a “war on terror” now for 14 years. Did we win yet? Has terror stopped? Does anyone feel safer?     I’ve given […] […] . . . → Read More: cartoon life: max solves the middle east crisis

wmtc: a gray rug, a black kong, a happy white dog

We need to get rugs or carpet runners for Tala; she’s slipping on the wood floors when she and Diego play. But with one heavy shedder and one heavy drooler, we’re not too keen on buying nice rugs. While looking for something else at Ikea, we found a rug they were promoting: $17! They’re not . . . → Read More: wmtc: a gray rug, a black kong, a happy white dog

wmtc: in which we (re)adjust to apartment life

On August 30, 2015, we marked 10 years of life in Canada.

On August 31, we moved from our rented house to a high-rise rental apartment, likely our last move for a very long time.

The move itself was an absolute nightmare, a Murphy’s Law Spectacular. I don’t even want to bore you with . . . → Read More: wmtc: in which we (re)adjust to apartment life

wmtc: preparing for the inevitable and diego’s mid-term report card

As the days count down until we move from house to apartment, I’m having trouble shaking my sadness.

I’m very aware of the privileged position I’m in. We were able to find a really nice apartment, and although moving is expensive, we’ll be able to absorb it. Right now we have a ridiculous amount of . . . → Read More: wmtc: preparing for the inevitable and diego’s mid-term report card

wmtc: dogs, apartments, and anxiety: in which diego returns to school

As I mentioned (almost a month ago now), our pack of four is moving to a new den. We’re going to stop renting houses, as we have done for the past ten years, and move back to apartment life. Although I’ve adjusted to the idea, I’m no happier about it. I’m heartsick that we’ll no . . . → Read More: wmtc: dogs, apartments, and anxiety: in which diego returns to school

centre of the universe: Bones in my pocket

So I’m sitting on the chesterfield, having my tea and thinking how nice it would be to have a patio I could sit on to have my tea and do some writing of a lovely spring morning, when what to my wondering eyes should appear to port side but a little damp black nose and . . . → Read More: centre of the universe: Bones in my pocket

centre of the universe: Why we can’t be friends when you’re in Hawaii

My cousin is in Hawaii right now, and I have vowed that she and I can NOT be friends until she is home. Now. She’s a professional photographer, so all of her pictures of her little “vacation” are fucking gorgeous, and because I am not at all petty or jealous, I’ve decided that I’m going . . . → Read More: centre of the universe: Why we can’t be friends when you’re in Hawaii

centre of the universe: Storytelling Month – Dogs

To celebrate Storytelling Month, I’m going to tell you at least one story per week in February. These are all true stories. You know how you sometimes get in to the middle of a situation and then you wonder “how the hell did I get here?”, and then you spend the rest of the night . . . → Read More: centre of the universe: Storytelling Month – Dogs

wmtc: pupdate!

It’s been a very long time since I’ve posted a pupdate.

The short version: Tala is doing great!

You may recall that some years back, shortly after we adopted Diego, our Tala was diagnosed with cauda equina syndrome. Thus began a long, slow process of rest, rehabilitation, and experiments with medication. Our little girl’s wild . . . → Read More: wmtc: pupdate!

Dead Wild Roses: How to tell if your Dog is involved in a Sex Scandal

Never doubt the frown. 🙂

Filed under: Humour Tagged: Dogs, Frowning, Humour

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wmtc: garth hudson returns to big pink

This week, Columbia Records released The Basement Tapes Complete, six CDs of music made by Bob Dylan and The Band at the house they lived in – the legendary Big Pink – in West Saugerties, New York, during the summer of 1967.

Although The Band, and Bob Dylan, and Bob Dylan and The Band, are . . . → Read More: wmtc: garth hudson returns to big pink

wmtc: rest in peace, canine with a brave rebel heart

When I blogged about him a few years back, he was called Kanellos, the Greek rebel dog. Somewhere along the way, English-language media dubbed him Riot Dog. He was also called Louk, short for Loukanikos. Louk, Kanellos, and also Thodoris may or may not have been the same dog.

Whatever his name, he was . . . → Read More: wmtc: rest in peace, canine with a brave rebel heart

wmtc: this year’s mini garden and a mini pupdate

This year’s garden-ette is completely out of control! In a very good way. Here’s June.

And here’s today.

No idea what I’m going to do with all the zucchini. Neither of us bakes, so zucchini bread and muffins are not an option. Guess I’d better start Googling…

This eggplant is tiny . . . → Read More: wmtc: this year’s mini garden and a mini pupdate

wmtc: this year’s garden-ette and sweet dogs in their small backyard

Here are some visuals for this post. This year’s crop, we hope: eggplant, zucchini, tomatoes, basil, and thyme.

As you can see, it’s a fraction of the backyard we used to have, and kind of bare. But it does the job! We’re putting a canopy over the patio.

“Wither thou goest…”. Diego . . . → Read More: wmtc: this year’s garden-ette and sweet dogs in their small backyard

wmtc: please speak out against horrific cruelty to dogs

A long time ago, I watched a PBS show about dogs. At the end, there was a short segment about the domestic canines’ suffering from human maltreatment or neglect. That segment included a short piece on the trade in dog meat for human consumption. In one image, faraway and a bit blurred, I saw something . . . → Read More: wmtc: please speak out against horrific cruelty to dogs

wmtc: this year’s garden and diego’s new favourite food

Three years ago, we planted our first-ever garden, really a tiny garden-ette, growing two tomato plants and some daisies. (I had forgotten about the flowers til I saw that older post.)

I really enjoyed growing the vegetables, and was surprised and pleased to learn that it wasn’t very time-consuming, at least not on this level. . . . → Read More: wmtc: this year’s garden and diego’s new favourite food

wmtc: you can never have too much interspecies love

I’m working on a few actual posts, where I actually write something and you might actually read it. Until those materialize, please enjoy these fine examples of interspecies love.

First, the incredible story of Mr. G. and Jellybean.

Read more about it here. Bring a tissue.

Next, friendship is not just for funny little grass-eaters. . . . → Read More: wmtc: you can never have too much interspecies love