Author Archives: ardaladog

The first year we had Ardala I was amazed that here was a pet that you could call and she would actually return to me; years spent with cats gives you a kind of Stockholm Syndrome regarding pet loyalty. Still, my recurring nightmare all the way until the very end was Ardala running out the […]


Ardala took her final journey this morning at about 8:30 am – I like to believe that trip across the bridge was a tail-windmilling full-tilt run. The last thing she remembers was being surrounded by friends old and new, and being fed chicken as she fell gently asleep. Thank all of you for your kind […]

Return of the little red wagon…

In the last three weeks I’ve written at least three blog entries which wordpress subsequently ate. I will be pasting this out of an Open Office document just to be sure. As a writer who tends to pour her heart out with words, I was so frustrated by this that I never wrote a revision. […]

It takes a village

A couple of months ago our rock star of a dog walker, Cheryl Stahl, called me at work to let me know that she had a hard time getting Ardala to even use her front legs on her walk. A very nice neighbor helped support Ardala’s front end while Cheryl worked the butt harness. We […]

Poop! The Musical

I look back at the last year and a half as a kind of Choose-Your-Own-Adventure book where I chose the wrong page at every turn. Unfortunately, you can’t just go to the last sentence before committing to read the page so it doesn’t count, and then shuffle back to the “right” one. But honesty would […]


It’s been a week since I’ve posted – Oh Noes! This month is pretty hectic, but I’ll leave another update this week. Honest. A preview: Pooping! Grooming! Seeing Old Friends! Right Foot Advancement! Action! Adventure! Romance! (OK, so maybe not so much of that last one) Until then, here is an adorable picture from the […]

Well now that you mention it, I would like a medal!

One of the more distressing things about having a dog in a cart is the number of times we run into people who thank us – for taking care of our dog, apparently. This week, among those who expressed gratitude were a neighbor, a co-worker and a fire-fighter. While it’s always nice to know I […]