Lily may be a little dog, but she’s had a taste of glory: When I unloaded five hay bales next to the garden (destined to be mulch), she saw her opportunity and took it. After a considerable time observing her kingdom from the top of the mountain, she discovered new perspectives from inside it. Alas, […]

Our chicks may only be a couple of weeks old, but they’re already expressing adolescent discontent with their box. So yesterday, the hot, sunny, calm afternoon granted their wish: It was nice enough to move them out from under their heat lamp into the Great World Beyond. In a cage, of course. The chicks quickly […]

It may be unorthodox to ask your husband to pick up some chicks on the way home from work, let alone react with delight when he succeeds. But when the chicks he picks up are this cute, who could object?

For years, a lonely tulip has lived along our fence line. Maybe it was planted by a previous owner; maybe it escaped from a long-forgotten garden. Whatever its provenance, every spring the yellow flower beams like a lone star in a green firmament: Always lovely, always alone. But this year, a golden twin appeared. The […]

Brownie and Veelie used to be a Thing. They’d been together since duckling-hood, and when they hit sexual maturity (with a vengeance, in Brownie’s case), they became mates as well. They would waddle around the yard, Veelie remaining demurely in Brownie’s wake. With Brownie’s sleek dark brown body and white head complementing Veelie’s luminous white […]

Sometimes a dog’s life is tough. Sometimes he just needs to cuddle up with a stuffed hedgehog. At least until a fuzzy menace arrives to usurp the hedgehog. It is indeed a dog’s life.

Who needs tulips and daffodils when you can have a good ol’ fashioned blizzard? That’s certainly what the Easter bunny brought us THIS year. At least, after several weeks of quarantine, we have a fresh and exciting reason to stay home… Happy Easter anyway!

The ever-playful Lily took a break from annoying Court–and Court took a break from BEING annoyed–so they could curl up together for a nap. The world may feel like it’s falling apart, but it’s still full of moments of peace. And those moments will sustain us.

We all know that the world’s turned upside down and that many businesses have closed their doors. Unfortunately for Lily, our local vet clinic wasn’t one of those businesses: I had a longstanding appointment to get her spayed on Thursday, and by golly, they honored that appointment. They even removed a stubborn baby tooth while […]

Lily wouldn’t eat her kibble, and Court was hovering on the sidelines, waiting to swoop in and (being a gentleman) remove eating from her to-do list by doing the job himself. So I did what any normal pet owner would do: I dropped some bits of kibble into her water dish. Man, was that a […]