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Gracefully walking your dog through the aging process →

Published on January 13, 2018 in Dogs

These days, our animal companions are living longer than ever. But many of those last years can prove quite challenging given the rate of cancer, heart problems, degenerative diseases and orthopedic challenges that our older dogs face – just like the aging human population. The tests, treatment options, and supportive therapies can seem overwhelming when your dog is experiencing a significant health problem. The costs can be crippling. And while we all want our animal companions to stay with us as long as possible, what most of us really want is for them to be happy and have quality of life all the days that they are here.

Project Camino →

Published on December 17, 2017 in Interviews

I was recently interviewed by Brendan Bolton of Project Camino. Our interview touched on many different things, including my devotion to walking the Camino de Santiago, known in English as the Way of St. James, which is an ancient pilgrimage path across Northern Spain. Brendan has devoted himself to the Camino and interviewing people who walk it, so he asked me for an interview about the Camino and my book, The Endless Path.

Searching for gratitude this Thanksgiving →

Published on November 22, 2017 in Anecdotes

I know that by any objective standard, I am lucky. I have so much to be grateful for. I am not getting bombed every day for no reason and trying to avoid cholera like people in Yemen. I am not starving and living under the threat of death for expressing a thought like people in North Korea. I have enough food to eat and can pay my bills, which is more than a good percentage of my fellow Americans can say.

Meet handsome Dino Duperier →

Published on August 1, 2017 in Anecdotes

Meet handsome Dino Duperier. We adopted him almost two years ago when he was eight years old. We had been without a dog for several years after Gunny and Bacchus died. By chance, I saw his picture on a rescue web site, went to meet him at his foster Mom’s house, and he stole my heart. We weren’t really looking for a dog – our hearts were still pretty broken – but he seemed perfect for us and he was a dog who needed to be loved and valued, and the truth is we needed to be loved and valued, too.

When truth is stranger than fiction →

Published on July 3, 2017 in Anecdotes

If you have read The Endless Path, then you know that I did not enter into a relationship with my dog Gunny with any expectation that it would change my idea about what is or isn’t possible in the Universe. I just wanted a dog to love.

Happy 20th birthday to Gunny the dog →

Published on July 3, 2017 in Anecdotes

Ganimedes (“Gunny”) Duperier entered this world as a dog 20 years ago today. I did not meet Gunny the Dog until August 31, 2007, but as it turns out, I had known the soul inside of him forever.

The many languages of abiding love →

Published on June 21, 2017 in Writing

Several years ago, I read The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman. It was a real eye opener for me to realize that I could think I was expressing love for someone, but that they might not see it as love because they spoke a different love language. Sort of like me speaking German to someone who understands only Italian.

Ghost story →

Published on June 21, 2017 in Anecdotes

I posted this sign on my back door many years ago. Why? Because we had what we diplomatically called a “spirit problem” at my house. I was not the one to figure this out, my dog Gunny was.

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