Pet Names – how many do you have?

Why do we give people, pets, inanimate objects and (shudder) body parts pet names?  Aren’t the originals good enough?  Or, maybe, the original wasn’t the right name in the first place….  I have always given my dogs nicknames, probably because I’ve never been good at naming things and, inevitably, get it wrong.  We named our … Continue reading…

On Dogs & Cats…and Chickens

Life with pets is always interesting and anyone who thinks that man is dog’s best friend is sadly mistaken – cat is dog’s best friend…. In another life, we had a very wily, black cat and a very gentle Saint Bernard. First, the scene: I and mon mari are in the kitchen.  I am washing … Continue reading…

Life’s a Beach…. or should be once in a while

As I sit at my desk to begin the work for the day (today is ‘computer day’ vs. yesterday which was ‘weeding day’ – god my life is regimented…..and boring!) first the little brown dog (75 lbs/35 kilos) comes running up the stairs to see if it’s time for second walk.  Disappointed to see me … Continue reading…

La Abandonada

I am a dog lover, always have been.  However, after 25 years of various animals I was thoroughly enjoying a 'pet-free' life in Andorra.  The neighbor's dogs were available if I felt the urge to pet something but if my husband suggested a few days in Barcelona we were off with no worries.  Freedom!  It … Continue reading…

Dog Meat? or Meat for Dogs?

It is in the supermarkets and the small local food shops that one notices the most striking differences between life abroad and life in the Midwest.  In all villages and cities there are greengrocers: selling only fruit and vegetables; fishmongers selling only fish; various meat shops: selling chicken and other fowl; pork and sausage; beef; … Continue reading…