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I’m an animal lover, a new RVer, and an author. I’m writing mostly humor these days because we all need it. Info about my books: http://www.dakotaduncan.com

CATS | HUMOR | FAMILY

A humorous look at the behaviors of aging cats.

Jasper and Max. Photo by author.

In our youth-obsessed culture, middle-age can seem like a curse but must we also burden our pets with such narrow-minded thinking? There’s a lot to be said for the confidence and experience that comes with age no matter the species.

I started thinking about this in the middle of the…


HUMOR | PETS | FAMILY LIFE

A humorous look at one of the most frustrating chores of pet parenthood.

Image by MeHe from Pixabay

I remember a time when I was so naive I actually believed I could toss my dog’s bed in the washer and dryer and have it come out looking reasonably clean and refreshed. I’d done so with our cat’s bed, so why not the dog’s bed?

The answer is that…


HUMOR | PETS | ANECDOTES

It’s not all pool parties and swag bags

Photo by Robert McGowan on Unsplash

I’m about to reveal a well-kept secret. Even though throngs of people believe that pet ownership is ultra-glamorous, it’s simply not true. Ignore what you see on social media — the private limo waiting as you and your cat dash out of a building in your matching oversized sunglasses, wearing…


Cats | Humor | Pets | Family

A Humorous Look at the Art of Providing Cat Treats

Photo by duan wen on Unsplash

Everyone loves a good treat, right? Cats, dogs, horses, humans — a little something special is always welcome. Wait. Did I just use the term “always” in the same sentence as the word “cats”? I’m funnier than I realized.

Growing up a dog person, I had to learn about cats…


cats | humor | pets

How many of these behaviors seem familiar to you?

Image by Navigirl from Pixabay

The problem with spells is that we often don’t know we are being influenced by them. OK, that’s not the only problem, but just go with me on this. One moment I was simply living my life, nothing seemed suspicious or off in any way. The next, I found myself…


humor | wisdom | self-awareness

Has my ordinary life turned into an outrageous sit-com?

Photo by Kate Oseen on Unsplash

Do you ever feel like your life is a TV comedy — one of those where the main character/narrator walks the line between self-deprecation and grudging wisdom? I’ve experienced these moments much of my life. I’ll be sitting in a crowded theater (PC=Pre-Covid) when everyone is quiet, waiting for the…


PETS | NAMES | ANECDOTE

Avoiding the Velvet-Ears Von Fuzzymeister mistakes

Image by cri92 from Pixabay

When you were a kid and allowed to name your first pet did it relate to the animal’s physical appearance? Spot? Fuzzy? Cat? Boots? Or maybe a favorite item — Blankie, Binky, Dorito (yes, I read that one in a group somewhere), Buzz (Lightyear), Princess, T-Rex, etc? Naming a pet…


Logic rarely prevails over the needs of the heart.

Image by Vicki Hamilton from Pixabay. (Not my babies, but the size difference is pretty accurate.)

Shortly after our cat, Squeakers, taught me that I am both a cat person and a dog person (See: Never Underestimate the Powers of a Determined Cat.), I had a strong urge to adopt an all-gray cat. Until Squeakers belly-rolled his way into my heart I had never really wanted…


A Lesson in Perspective

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

It’s all about potential.

OK, maybe not all, but a lot of how we view events in our lives depends on our feelings about their potential. This past weekend we had a camping trip from hell, but as I was taking a final stroll through the beautiful pines, heading to…


Who’s Training Who?

Max is a smart guy! Image by Author.

There’s no doubt that cats are smart. I’m not sure we even let dogs get away with half as much as cats — walking on counters, sleeping on our heads, dictating their own food and sleep schedules, the list is impressive. (See What if You Had Pet Privileges?) Cats have…

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