Travels with Charlize, On the Road Again Continued

We’re on the road again, Charlize and I, this time with company. Alexis and her two Yorkshire terriers Mimi and Zsa Zsa are making travel even more fun. We left early Wednesday morning, the 4th of February. We crossed over Snoqualmie Pass in spitting snow but the road was clear. On the eastern slope the …

Continue reading Travels with Charlize, On the Road Again Continued

Travels with Charlize-48 Unintended Consequences

Lately I am beginning to think that Charlize is upset with me. I think she’s worried that something I wrote, information I believed would be helpful, is being used for nefarious purposes.  Because the reach of the Internet is global the potential harm is spreading, and she’s worried about dogs and cats everywhere. Antifreeze poisoning …

Continue reading Travels with Charlize-48 Unintended Consequences

Travels with Charlize-12 Charlize is a Bully

I would never have anticipated it. Charlize is probably the friendliest, most calm dog around strangers I have ever been responsible for. When we arrived at my son’s home in San Diego she met their Golden Retriever, Bentley, for the first time. I’ve known Bentley since they got him as a puppy. He’s a lovable …

Continue reading Travels with Charlize-12 Charlize is a Bully

Travels with Charlize, in search of living alone

The Start I was holding her close, cradling her head in my arms when she died. As I write this, it was thirty days, three hours and thirty-six minutes ago. April 23rd we would have celebrated fifty-three years of marriage. I’m coping, sort of. “Well,” she said, pulling the nasal tube flowing oxygen out of …

Continue reading Travels with Charlize, in search of living alone

Sweetness Watkins dies of kidney failure

She was back again. Sweetness was a thirteen-year-old collie dying from chronic interstitial nephritis. Each time the Watkins family brought her in, I thought her long struggle was over. Mr. Watkins carried her in, struggling despite the fact she had been shedding pounds off her originally much too plump frame for the past several months. …

Continue reading Sweetness Watkins dies of kidney failure

My dog has some lumps on her skin. Do dogs get skin cancer?

Tumors of the skin are probably the most common tumors seen in dogs and can be of many different types. Those that originate in the epithelium, the outermost layer of the skin, include papillomas (warts), cornifying epitheliomas found within the layers of skin, various forms of follicle cell tumors, tumors of the sebaceous glands, tumors …

Continue reading My dog has some lumps on her skin. Do dogs get skin cancer?