My Muse is currently silent; happily, puppy cuteness speaks volumes. Here are a few adorable moments from Lily’s first two weeks in our family: It’s not a dog’s life yet, but it sure is a puppy’s life. Advertisements

This summer’s sad story is finally arriving at a happy ending. (Actually, a beginning…) We still miss Caesar, and we always will, but a new puppy named Lily has arrived to help fill the void he left. We found her at a nearby breeder’s farm, and for Sage and Lily, it was love at first […]

We still miss Caesar every day, but fresh happiness is on its way in the form of a new puppy who will be old enough to come home with us next week. In the meantime, Brownie the Duck is proving to be surprisingly comforting. Hope is indeed the thing with feathers.

Caesar’s absence still haunts us; we miss him every day. But life moves on, and so does the school year. I present to you a newly minted sixth grader:    

One reckless driver. One little dog crossing the road. Two broken hearts. The world is full of greater tragedies; broken hearts are a dime a dozen. But for Sage and me, this loss is everything. We’ll heal. We’re already starting. But “If only” and “Never again” are hobgoblins, creeping out when I least expect them, […]

We’ve recently acquired three ducklings, yes, but our little dog Caesar is aspiring to become a fourth. He lounged with them: He walked with them: He even begged for meal worms with them: Alas, although the ducklings tolerate Caesar’s presence, they’ve shown no interest in admitting a small dog into their ranks. Which is just […]

My duckling Ophelia had a long, graceful neck; luminous, creamy feathers; and a friendly, flirty disposition. And she turned out to be a boy. So Ophelia had to rejoin her–oops, his–other siblings at my neighbor’s farm lest two males prove too rough for my little female Veelie. (There was no question of parting with the […]