Category: Animals

Merry Christmas Herschell

Merry Christmas Herschell

I repeat this story every year…. On June 4, 2012 Herschell Hartzell-Curran left this earthly life and crossed the Rainbow Bridge. In case you do not know about the Rainbow Bridge, I will give you a short description. It is a place where our beloved pets journey and await a reunion with us…one day. Beautiful […]

Life

Life

This is a chapter from the book… butterflies and life… two parallels in nature. 

Ode to Madeline

Ode to Madeline

I wrote this story before the passing of my second granddog. Though sad, I tried to encapsulate my thanks, memories and love for this special animal.

Living, Loving and Losing a Dog

Living, Loving and Losing a Dog

As I write this many friends and family have lost pets this year… unreal.  We all know the loss… maybe in appropriate to say, but the pain is close to losing a human being. Maybe because our pets are really extended people in our life journey.

They Never Came Home

They Never Came Home

Each year when we remember September 11, 2001, the same thought passes through my mind. Whatever happened to the pets affected by the horrific explosions that claimed thousands of peoples’ lives? Those animals not directly hurt by the debris and smoke were lucky in one way. Someone, a family member or friend, would have rescued […]

My Sole Mate

My Sole Mate

Many people believe that at some time in their lives they meet their soul mate. I firmly believe that old adage based on my own personal experiences over a lifetime of seventy years. I had my “soul mate” episode with my little Maltese-Yorky, Herschell.

Wheels or Walking

Wheels or Walking

In 1990, I had several part time jobs. One was being a companion to a young woman who was a quadriplegic and mute, caused by an overdose of strong medication. She had been a resident of the County Nursing Home for ten years when her mother published an ad asking for a person to spend […]

A Life Never Lived

A Life Never Lived

There are many butterfly plants in my garden. Growing wild and planted by dropped seeds from busy birds, they proliferate by the end of summer. Being the “nectar” for hundreds of Monarch caterpillars, their green leaves come and go as the hungry, crawling “to be” butterflies prepare to spin cocoons.

The Squirrel

The Squirrel

As she opened the wooden door, there frozen with surprise, was the old gray squirrel. Holding one of my chocolate chip cookies, crumbs flecking his beard, he looked my neighbor right in her eye. She tells this story chuckling that the glance he gave her was one of guilt!

Gray

Gray

“Hey, Mom, meet MacKenzie” my proud son announced.  This introduction to my first granddog seems like yesterday.  Yet, fifteen years have passed. Yesterday, I again met MacKenzie as I walked into the house.  But age had robbed his puppy antics.  I looked into two sightless eyes, observed his stiff wobbling limbs as he slowly walked […]