Category: dogs

  • the year of the dog

    2018 was the year of the dog. We said goodbye to Stella the rat dog and hello to Ripley the indefatigable.

  • rest in love Stella the Rat Dog (7.25.2004 – 10.14.2018)

    Once upon a time, James quite unexpectedly brought home a stray dog. We named her Dali. For balance, I told James I’d bring home a dog of my choosing someday, and we’d all live together in a dog-centric version of the nuclear family.


    Introducing the latest addition to the family, Ripley the terrier-poodle-chihuahua-pug-shih tzu. But who’s counting.

  • quality of life

    We had to take our 13.5-year-old dog Stella to the vet yesterday. A white spot appeared in her left eye a couple of weeks ago. We assumed it was related to her encroaching blindness, which we learned about at her last vet visit a few months ago. Or maybe she’d scratched her cornea on a […]

  • going home again

    Links Hotel El Capitan Lei Low Pinkerton’s Barbecue Morningstar

  • I think Safeway’s going to call CPS on me

    “But you don’t have children, Crystal. Why would they do that?” Two reasons: copious amounts of alcohol and ham and ham gravy baby food. Let me back up. Did you know small dogs (like Chihuahuas) often have major issues with their teeth? And that I share my house with Stella, a Chihuahua-Rat Terrier mix? And that […]

  • the grass IS greener

    We’ve lived in California almost two years now, but we haven’t been here long enough to separate legit weather concerns from TV weatherman hype. In Houston, every storm system in the Gulf presented the opportunity for SEVERE WEATHER graphics and ominous music, even if said storm posed no threat to the area. So I wasn’t […]

  • Treffen #17

    Treffen is an annual caravan of vintage VWs that journeys down Highway 1 from the Canadian border to the Mexican border. This is their 17th trip, but it was the first time they had a “Show & Shine” in Pacific Grove. There were dozens of beautiful Buses, Bugs and (my beloved) Karmann Ghias. They’re continuing southward today, […]

  • they once were wolves

    Does an animal that finds its asshole, an ice cube and its owner’s face equally delightful to lick care about seeing the Hollywood sign? Does an animal that chases its own tail, surprises itself by farting and is scared of the vacuum want to go to the Grand Canyon and marvel at the enormity of it all? Does an animal that, at […]

  • recent goings on

  • turning the camera around

    As of yesterday, we’re a month away from the one-year anniversary of our arrival in Pacific Grove. Since I haven’t really shown much of the town we live in beyond the bit that lies along the coast, I’m going to share some snaps I’ve taken recently. Pardon the image quality–most of these shots were taken from […]

  • Jackson’s Index

    Number of hours spent in the minivan we rented to drive home for Christmas : 70 Miles driven : 4,309 Least paid for regular unleaded gas : $1.99/gallon (in Texas) Most paid : $2.99/gallon (in California, near the airport) Weather conditions driven through : snow, fog, rain Most fun, yet undocumented, coincidence : passing mile 420 on […]