Monthly Archives: April 2016

How Can We Miss You if You Won’t Go Away


Dear Old Man Winter,

Not to be disrespectful to an elder but…please go away. Your sweet sister, Spring was here earlier this week with her lovely sunshine and warm temps breathing new life into a tired brown landscape, waking up tender blooms and even more tired uprights and pups sick of your constant returns to remind us how much we despise your all-to-long-of-a presence. After 87 visits to us over the past 6 weeks, we beg you to go gently into the night though immediately would be better and leave us the hell alone until next year. And take that stupid groundhog with you. You are both on the short list right now. Him for toying with us saying we’d have an early Spring and you for repeated arrivals as an unannounced guest much like Randy Quaid as Cousin Eddie from the movie, Christmas Vacation who drinks all the beer and generally makes the house look like a FEMA disaster zone. We’re done with both of you. We long for those 60 and 70 degree days with sunshine, blue skies, and soft breezes where she coaxed pretty tulips and perfectly scented lilacs to dazzle us. You, your snow mixed with a chilling rain and your lousy 30 degree temperatures with limited visibility can go away now and stop tormenting us. Please!


Two tormented souls shivering in Denver, one of whom needs to pee badly and won’t do it in the chilly rain/snow nonsense you keep tossing at us.

Hope wherever you are that you are enjoying a real Spring that coincidently matches with the calendar.

Live, love, bark! <3

A New Partner

Sam here. We went to the hospital and hospice this week and were joined by someone who was able to came along on visits with us. Normally, pet therapy teams operate alone so this was a great treat for me to have someone else by my side all day. Our new fur-iend Sandy, is joining our merry little band of volunteers at Pet Therapy. We were asked to have her shadow our visits to see what it is we actually do. Once again I did the work with patients and staff mom just drives me and holds the leash. She seems to be a weak link in this ‘pawtnership,’ but that’s a subject for another time. We arrived early and waited in the hospital lobby to meet Sandy and I got to spend loads of time schmoozing with a number of volunteers and visitors. I didn’t get my normal lengthy meandering in the morning because mom had this weird idea I needed a bath and to have my furs trimmed so I didn’t cooperate too much. Let me just say I AM NOT a fan of that process and absolutely despise having my feet furs trimmed!

finalAny who…yesterday was a super busy day at the hospital and fortunately I had plenty of pogo-sticking in me plenty of energy to spare for everyone. There were lots of comings and goings with people everywhere. I met the nicest man being discharged who was so excited to be going home to his own pup that he had been missing. He was willing to give me nice ear scratches so I wagged my tail for him and looked deeply into his eyes. He smiled and praised me for stopping to say hello. What…are you kidding, it’s what I do best! Saying hello is my middle name. Then we went up to the Senior Behavioral Health Unit and I was lucky enough to meet Phil who loved me from the first second our eyes met. He walked down a long hallway just to greet me and I felt the same and enjoyed his sweet smile, twinkly eyes and the stories he told. Usually there are more women at the unit so it was a welcomed change of pace that we were able to visit with a number of fellas this time. We never know what to expect on that floor but it turned out to be a great day for visits and Sandy enjoyed it as much as I did. Phil was a real special upright who has an amazing ability to connect with animals. Those kinds of people always make me feel extra special. The staff was super excited to see me perform my one and only trick, licking my chops on command. First I do one side, then mom asks me to lick the other side so I do it (I mean, how hard it that?). Then she tells me to do it again while holding on to an extra special treat so ‘natch’ I do it. I’ll do just about anything for those Zuke’s treats. We play this one side/other side licking of chops to the delight of everyone. No one seems disappointed it’s the only trick I do. I mean seriously even cats can shake paws, so why would I do something that easy? Why is it uprights think dogs want to shake hands with them anyway? Eew…they touched my feet – gah!!!

Sandy’s pup is a 2-1/2 year old Golden Retriever named Captain. No doubt he will command the pawfect ship once he officially passes the remaining  requirements. Sandy told me he’s super smart and so well-behaved with loads of energy. With her husband, the 3 of them will bring smiles and comfort to patients, staff and visitors alike. And she hopes to meet as many terrific people as we did.

Trust me, it was a very long day with lots of people to visit and chat with for a few hours, far more than usual for me. After we finished up, I was completely wiped out. I didn’t even eat dinner I was so tired. Being a therapy dog can be hard work but I completely love it. Keep your paws crossed I get to see Sandy again and get to meet her Captain soon! We wish them the best of luck as they begin their own comforting work in pet therapy.

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Live, love, bark! <3


Garden of Life

IMG_1895While we generally avoid vegetable gardening (the squirrels make it far to difficult for any reasonable success), our recent quarterly Pet Therapy newsletter included this recipe for planting a successful ‘life’ garden that we thought we’d share.

Recipe for the Garden of Life

Plant Three Rows of Peas:

  • Peace of Mind
  • Peace of Heart
  • Peace of Soul

Plant Four Rows of Squash:

  • Squash Gossip
  • Squash Indifference
  • Squash Grumbling
  • Squash Selfishness

Plant Four Rows of Lettuce:

  • Lettuce be Faithful
  • Lettuce be Kind
  • Lettuce be Patient
  • Lettuce Really Love One Another

No Garden is Complete Without Turnips:

  • Turnip for Meetings
  • Turnip for Service
  • Turnip to Help One Another

To Conclude the Garden, We Must Have Thyme:

  • Thyme for Each Other
  • Thyme for Family
  • Thyme for Friends

Water freely with patience and cultivate with love.

imageHere’s hoping  your garden is exactly what you cultivated and sowed.

Live, love, bark! <3

Word(y) Wednesday

Looks like Spring has (finally) sprung in our neck of the woods. While out on recent morning and evening walks, it’s as if Mother Nature is saying “Lets Go Crazy” with visual tributes to the recent passing of Prince. While he wasn’t my favorite artist, I did enjoy a fair number of his songs. The past few days of world-wide adulation however has shed new light on this gifted artist and his life. His capacity to nurture aspiring new talent is unparalleled, his passion for so many causes and people and of course, those legendary guitar skills that were just wicked (remember the Super Bowl XLI performance of Purple Rain in an actual downpour?).

A Virginia Redbud tree blooming near our house showering the local street scene with “Purple Rain.”






Although I haven’t seen any “Little Red Corvettes” driving around or heard “When Doves Cry” from newly leafing out trees, all you have to do is “Stand Back” and see  there is a lot of purple being showcased. I’d like to think of it as beauty in the midst of sadness at the loss of a multi-talented artist and truly passionate human who was first and foremost, all about the music.


Where you were a fan? What’s your favorite Prince song or was it one of the many he wrote for others (i.e.  “How Come You Don’t Call Me Anymore“ by Alicia Keys, or “Manic Monday” by the Bangles, “Nothing Compares 2 U“ by Sinead O’Connor or “I Feel For You“ by Chaka Khan)?

Live, love, bark! <3

Tuesday Trivia (April 26, 2016)

Sam here. Everyone knows that dogs have pups and cats have kittens, but do you know what other animal babies are called? Here is the first of two lists mom and I found to test your knowledge:

  1. Armadillo
  2. Badger
  3. Camel
  4. Dragonfly
  5. Emu
  6. Ferret
  7. Gerbil
  8. Hedgehog
  9. Ibex
  10. Jackal
  11. Koala
  12.  Llama






  1. Pup/baby
  2. Cub/kit
  3. Calf
  4. Nymph
  5. Chick/hatchling
  6. Kit
  7. Pup
  8. Hoglet/Piglet/Pup
  9. Kid
  10. Pup
  11. Joey
  12. Cria

How well did you do? Interesting so many babies are identified as ‘pup,’ don’t you think? Don’t feel badly, mom and I totally bombed. I mean, whoever heard of a ‘cria‘ other than maybe a mama llama?? Ha, looks like I’m a poet! Be sure to check out the last part of alphabet babies next week.

Live, love, bark! <3

Velcro Dog

The Realities of Owning a Velcro Dog 

IMG_11001. You learn to pee in front of a live audience.

2. You feel guilty going to work…and have frequent meetings with your ‘editor.’final

3. … and getting the mail, and taking out the garbage. 

4. You must take small, cautious steps to avoid tripping.  Velcro dogs are ninjas.

5. You always check behind you before turning around (or don’t and then wonder why you didn’t). See #4

6. You get up carefully from the couch because you might step on a pup (see #4 and #). 

7. finalOnce your dog falls asleep on or near you, it is both illegal and frowned upon to disturb him.  Even if your limbs have fallen asleep.

8. They are always close. Too close. You own stock in lint roller companies (or should) because lint rollers are your other BFF. 

9. You make plans with your pup in mind… if they can’t attend, you probably won’t want to either. 

10. That feeling you’re being watched? It’s not in your head. 

11. You find yourself bringing home presents to apologize for leaving in the first place. 

12. When you sit or lay down, so does he. Usually on top of you.

13. They’re always unintentionally photo bombing pictures. Always.

14. _MG_4770-(ZF-2552-28389-2-002)-2When you go to the park, your dog would rather be by your side than play with the other dogs. 

15. Getting into a new relationship? Good luck, because your dog already thinks he’s your significant other. 

16. Good pictures of him are impossible because he is always too close to you or constantly manages to look away just as the shutter goes off. 

17. Personal space does not exist. 

18. And you don’t care about personal space when it comes to your best friend. 

19. They all think they’re lap dogs, no matter how small your lap is or how big they are. 

20. And best of all, the hugs and kisses never, ever stop! 

Another timely contribution (with some modifications) from our quarterly newsletter, courtesy of my friend, Mary Haack. Thank you, Mary! Wishing you a weekend of fun with your Velcro pooch.

Live, love, bark! <3

Sunshine Saturday

Sam here. So the “pawrental” units were working in the garden so naturally I had to snoopervise their progress. Luckily that time provided me with ample opportunity to work on my tan.

finalWhatever plans you have for the weekend, don’t ‘furget’ to use plenty of  sunscreen. Here’s wishing you a super Saturday.

Live, love, bark! <3

Earth Day ~ 2016

Today is Earth Day. Be kind to Mother Earth and all her creatures, especially in your garden. Happy Earth Day!

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Live, love, bark! <3

Definition of a Dog

Dog: A kind of additional or subsidiary Deity designed to catch the overflow or surplus of the world’s worship.


[From our quarterly Pet Therapy Newsletter, courtesy of Mary Haack, our devoted Editor Extraordinaire who finds some of the best material to share with our teams!]


Here’s to a day of overflow and surplus with the ‘deity’ in your life!

Live, love, bark! <3

Wordless Wednesday


Here’s hoping you don’t have to wait too long for anything today!

Live, love, bark! <3