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Destinations, Dreams and Dogs - International adventure with a fast-track family (& dogs) of Old World values, adopting the Russian-Italian-American good life on the go…!



Our Scotties on an Autumn Stroll

Here are Misha and Grisha walking through the woods and past a quarry. They run up on the rocks and look for errant bunnies and squirrels and maybe a coyote, but I’d rather not think about that. Both of them love the beautiful, colorful fall leaves plastered on the path. Then the Scotties climb the…


Our Scotties & the Time Change

Most of us with dogs are used to getting up at daybreak or before to take them for their first walk of the day. Yet, ever since our clocks fell back one hour, all of the dogs that I know are rising anywhere from one to 1.5 hours early. No one sent them the memo….


The Photobombing Scottie

Misha the Scottish Terrier cuddled contentedly on my lap in the car. It had been a long autumn’s day of exploring. Passing several attractive, historic homes, I asked my husband to pull over so I could snap a photo. That’s when the dog sprang into action. He would not allow me to take the picture….


A Seaside Cottage

This is my favorite time of year, the autumn, when the fall colors explode in a riot of rapture and the air grows crisp. It’s invigorating and speaks of holidays and warm family times to come. The six of us are spending a few days away after a busy summer and a busier-still fall. Time…


Miracle at the Wayside Church

You know how it is on a long drive— tummies start to hurt, nerves begin to fray. It’s no different for our two Scotties, Misha and Grisha, who become a bit perturbed when they can’t stretch out exactly as they want. After awhile, they weren’t on speaking terms. And then they saw the country church’s…


An Apres-Rain Stroll with the Scotties

  It’s been rough with the non-stop, monsoon rains. So as soon as everything lightened up, our Scottish Terriers jumped at the opportunity to go outside. All appeared lush and green, even if not that autumnal just yet. I’ve been trying to train the kids to train the dogs. Problem is, they don’t always understand…


The Secret Life of a Scottie

 A beautiful day, slightly cool at last. The dogs head outside to inspect the back perimeter and make sure that our domicile is safe and secure on a sunny day. Misha sits still as a statue and bluejays surround him. Pensive on the wrought iron steps, leading to the urban garden. Usually, he runs like…


Friends Encouraging Friends

So many changes in so many friends’ lives. All of them good, all of them breakthroughs. It’s special to be able to cheer them on to victory, to be there in good times and bad. Isn’t that what life is all about, to give someone else an encouraging word and to rejoice with them when…


Thunder Dogs

The clouds rolled in, threatening and ominous. I was surprised as the family rushed to our evening meeting that it hadn’t started pouring, yet. But it was about to start. Thankfully, we arrived early and missed the downpour and deluge that came immediately afterward. However, many of our friends were stuck in it and squeaked…


When Your Baby is Hurt

It was quite late one night when I noticed that Grisha the Scottie was limping. Already fast asleep on our bed, I thought that he might have been stretching and felt some middle-aged stiffness setting in.   The first clue was that Grisha peered straight into my face and held my gaze, as though saying, “Help…