Category Archives: health

Dexter’s Rebound

The days after our basement flooding were ones of great concern to me regarding Dexter’s progress. I suppose I shouldn’t have been so worried, and should have had more faith in Dexter, and in Amichien Bonding. The next day, as I had written in my previous post, I tightened up on all four areas of …

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Thank you, Dexter!

Dexter is moving forward. He continues to progress in his house training, working very hard to please us. Undesirable behaviors really do tend to melt away on their own to a great extent when there is no reaction to what you don’t want and a really positive reaction to what you do want. This little …

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He Never Asked for This

My husband, John, is a one in a million kind of guy. John is solid, upright, kind and quiet. Children and animals are drawn to him because of his stillness and gentleness. He refuses to indulge in anger, saying he’s never seen anything good come of it. In the almost twenty-eight years I’ve known him, …

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Caregiver Fatigue

Even the people with the best of intentions and greatest motivations for caregiving can get weary. I’ve been conscious of keeping my energy calm but upbeat, and have noticed as time goes on I’m getting more and more tired. In reviewing the schedule for the dogs, I realized that I’m losing some essential sleep time. …

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Small Victories

There are times when Dexter’s insistent barking and jumping plucks my last nerve and I begin to wonder whether he will ever come to a peaceful place. This is when I have to sit down and list those small victories that let me know he is truly moving in the right direction. Victories such as: …

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Just One More Day…

Just one more day. One more opportunity to see my mother, hug her, smell her, hear her laughter. Is that so much to ask? Was she a great mother? For small children, there was no one that could surpass her. She was fun, magical, curious, full of song and sparkle and love. For adolescents, not …

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Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

It is now April 12 and outside it is sleeting/snowing with occasional freezing rain. This comes on the heels of a promising week of rising temperatures that signal springtime in our little Vermont, along with the boiling of sap to make maple syrup. Generally speaking, once the sap is running the mood lightens; people smile …

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All We Need is… Self-Love

It’s is now the middle of March. We’ve cleared the holidays and people are in their right minds again (ideally), waiting with bated breath for spring to make a real, lasting appearance. The holiday madness has passed, and I’ve taken some time to reflect upon the bombardment of cries for love, love, love that seem …

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Going Au Natural

A few years ago, right around my fiftieth birthday, I decided I would stop coloring my hair. Go natural. This is no small decision, and it had taken me several years of contemplation and small attempts before I finally said enough is enough. At that point I had to attend to my gray roots every …

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I Resolve to Be Resolute in 2013

Happy 2013 to all! I love this time of the year, with all of the optimism that people display in making resolutions. I actually consider my birthday to be my New Year’s Day, heading into another year of existence, which means I’ve done some advance work ahead of January first and am underway. Generally speaking, …

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