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Anecdote | Pet Ownership

The story of this discovery

Illustration by Dakota Duncan

What superpower would you choose? We’ve all asked and answered this question at least once in our lives. As much as I would like to be able to teleport anywhere in the world, or fly instead of driving my car, it’s not happening. I don’t have a superpower. However, I do think one of our cats, Jasper, has one.

No, Jasper can’t fly, or lift several times his own weight, or become invisible (that I am aware of). His power is a bit more subtle. I’ve been observing him carefully and his power is unquestionable. …

My experience with an animal communicator

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Simply defined, animal communication is the transfer of information from one animal to another. In the world of animal communicators, humans are one of the animals.

I first heard of animal communication about 20 years ago when I saw Lydia Hiby on a local news show. She was supposedly “talking” with people’s pets to solve problems and even find lost pets. She was apparently sending and receiving messages through mental images and feelings. Although this was entertaining, I was skeptical.

A few months later, my then-partner gave me a session with Lydia as a Christmas present. She knew I wouldn’t…

I am not sure if some of this is meant to be humorous. I see the "humor" tag on here, so I am guessing so. This is an entertaining story, which is probably the point. Thanks for a fun read!

I like how you have illustrated the differences in dog parent types. As others have pointed out, there are many people who bring their dog's to the park that shouldn't be there at all because they are too aggressive. I am with the camp of folks who would rather see helicopter parents than those not involved enough. It is great…


For me, that dog was my first Rottweiler, Apollo.

Image by Ilona Krijgsman from Pixabay

How did your “best dog ever” come into your life? If you are a dog lover, there’s an excellent chance you just pictured a scene with a dog from your childhood, or the first dog you adopted once you moved out on your own, or maybe the dog your children grew up with. Perhaps the dog was a gift from your parents, or a stray who wandered into your life, or one you adopted from a local shelter. Was it love at first sight, or a more rocky relationship at first as you got used to each other’s quirks? …

Meeting the Rottweiler Parents

Image by Tom Frydenlund from Pixabay

The day you pick out your new dog, or she picks you, is one you never forget. As it turns out, meeting your dog’s parents can be equally memorable.

I got my first dog as an adult when I was in my mid-20s. After having fallen instantly in love with a Rottweiler in the park, I did my research and decided that was the type of dog for me. I found local ads, talked with breed clubs and rescue organizations, and contacted anyone I could find who was expecting a litter. …

Image by Jan Steiner from Pixabay

While it’s true that I have been mostly in quarantine for over a year now, I don’t think I’ve lost my mind. Not about this, anyway. Even though courses by writing experts and articles offering wonderful advice about improving your writing abound, I believe your furry faithful companion can provide some valuable guidance.

Get You Moving

Taking your dog for a walk is wonderful exercise for you and your dog. Most of us spend way too much time sitting and can truly benefit from a regularly scheduled walking break. …

What Size is Your World and Does It Change?

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Have you ever noticed how your world constantly changes in size? Last Friday my wife was playing a modified chase game in the house with our dog, Kola. It’s not an especially vigorous game, so when she cried out in pain and hit the floor, I thought she’d just stepped on something, like a Lego piece.

After a short time of just trying to breathe, she told me she heard something in her ankle pop. We thought for sure she’d torn, or otherwise injured, her Achilles tendon. …

Internal Thoughts vs. External Actions

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Today I’ve been thinking about the differences between what people are thinking internally and what the external experience is for others. This path of thought started when I read an “empty nester” mom’s social media post about her adult children not coming to visit for Christmas.

She said that her kids claimed when they were teenagers she always smothered them with her questions and interest in their lives and they couldn’t stand to be around her anymore. She felt like she was showing an interest in them and expressing her love. They experienced it as smothering interrogation.

I suspect the…

Battling Resistance vs Being on A Wrong Path

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Have you ever found yourself pushing and pushing on a door trying to make it open only to finally notice a large sign that says, “Pull”? I’ve been wondering lately how to avoid pushing.

The tricky part for me is recognizing when pushing is appropriate and when there is an easier way. In life, signs aren’t always printed in your native language in letters ten inches high. Sometimes a task that feels difficult seems like a challenge.

Challenges can be fun and exciting, so I proceed as if it is a puzzle to be solved. I skip what appears to…

A Personal Account Of Taking One Small Step Forward

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I love the idea of decluttering and getting rid of unwanted/unneeded items. No, that’s not right. I love the idea of living in a decluttered, calming environment but the reality of doing the work to get there tends to prevent me from moving forward. This is my account of finally dealing with just one box.

This past summer my 15-year-old daughter and I did a pretty decent job of cleaning the garage. We took everything out to the driveway, swept, and tossed obvious garbage, like ripped boxes whose contents needed a new home.

We tossed a dresser full of mouse-contaminated…

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