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An Autumn Doggy Walk

Misha and Grisha, our Scottish Terriers with the Russian names, love this time of year. The crisp air and brisk wind must remind them of their genetically-native Scotland. They’ve invited you to join them as they remember a recent constitutional out-and-about. It was a usual day, the two of them appearing suspicious and simply too…

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From Selfish to Sharing Scotties

Our big Scottish Terrier, Misha, just turned 8 years old. His younger “brother”, Grisha, is 6-1/2. Each is the source of the other’s joy… and angst. For his birthday, we gave Misha a lime green Hurley bone. This indestructible rubber toy remains the only item, apart from a Kong, that their strong teeth will not…

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On Dogs and the Divine

Dogs are Divine. At least ours are. Not to be confused with a deity, of course, but so many of their traits (other than chasing anything that moves, licking their private parts, and barking non-stop) prove to be more admirable than our own. You know, the whole unconditional love thing…. I love my little fur-babies,…

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Scotties Who Survey Their Kingdom

It was a very rainy day. Very rainy. So rainy that I didn’t want to go out and play. When the deluge finally subsided, I decided to stay on the back steps and survey my kingdom, but not put one paw onto the soggy yard. So here I sit, sniffing, enjoying, blinking beneath my bushy…

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A Pet’s Passing

I am thankful for every day we enjoy with Misha and Grisha, our amazing black Scottish Terriers. They are big love machines with little guy bodies on sturdy legs, happy to run, eat, and sleep. And of course do their big business, which they’ve been doing a lot of in recent days, but that’s another…

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Our Dogs Send Me Selfies

Benedetto and I went out to lunch a couple of hours away for his birthday. The kids kept everything under control in our absence. We enjoyed adult conversation amongst fine linen and even finer art. Round about my husband’s key lime tart with vanilla sauce and raspberry coulis, our dogs, Misha and Grisha, started participating…

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Another Funny Summer Flick

Do you want a movie full of adventure, a bit of Russian language, and dogs? Look no farther. This is a film with no swearing and plenty of good messages. The bad guys get into trouble, and the good guys/dogs come out on top. On Netflix, our family watched yet another in the series of…

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Cancer-Locating Canines

We’ve all heard of bomb-sniffing and drug-routing dogs, but a recent report from the U.K. tells of a woman’s dog who alerted her to… cancer in her body. Strange but true, Emilie Clark reveals that her miniature dachshund, Mia, was the first one to let her know that she had a problem. The five-year-old rescue…

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The Doggies Go to a Sleepover

Our little lovey Scotties headed out for their very own sleepaway. In order for our family to spend one or two days away, Misha and Grisha had to go to a friend’s house. There, they played footsie under closed doors with cat friends who were tucked away when they came to visit, while our boys…

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The Nocturnal Routines of Confused Scotties

My dogs are mad at me. In honor of Mother’s Day, the Scottish Terriers got to stay with me as my son and I wind up our several months of remaining more-or-less at the dacha while he completes his final high school tennis season. It’s heady stuff, but what do the dogs know? They lick…

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