It's Sam's birthday today. She's 4. Happy day, Sam. But, you are much older than I thought. Leslie and Sam New studies show that we have been calculating dog-years all wrong all this time. That one-year-equals-seven is not correct. Far too simple, it seems. A new study from the University of California San Diego School of Medicine published … Continue reading Happy . . . 53rd?!!
We are two months away from the release of my latest book, Walk with Sam: A Man, a Dog, and a Season of Awakening. Early reviews from Publisher's Weekly and NetGalley have been more than positive. That's so nice to see and, yes, I am thrilled, but Sam . . . well . . . … Continue reading The Excitement is Far Too Much
As many of us have come to find out, working from home is not as simple or as appealing as we first believed it would be. We can drop in some laundry, do some gardening, take morning coffee on the deck, go off on a midday neighborhood walk. But the reality is we are tethered … Continue reading Working from Home is for the Dogs
Almost cut my hair It happened just the other day It was gettin' kind of long Could-a said it was in my way —David Crosby, "Almost Cut My Hair" David Crosby may have been more of a cat guy, at least back in the day. But today he lives in rural California and reportedly has … Continue reading Almost Cut My Hair (Oh wait, they did!)
Raise your hand if you need a haircut. Almost everyone does. And then there is the matter of hair coloring. But I won't even get into that issue. You want more on that dilemma, ask the favorite woman in your life. But the haircut thing? We are all in this together. Certainly in the great … Continue reading Grooming, DIY Style
There is the old adage that many pet owners look like their pets. We've all seen photos like the one below of a dog owner and their pooch who appear as if they had shared their images in the mirror before heading out together. This one was posted, oddly enough, on the Dollar Shave Club … Continue reading Who Does Your Pet Look Like?
If your pet had a theme song, what would it be? I thought of this the other day when Sam was lounging near the entrance to the kitchen, her legs outstretched. Sam has incredibly long legs. It is as if she has no shoulders! That's when it hit me: "Long Cool Woman in a Black … Continue reading Long Cool Woman
Sam has been sheltering, keeping her distance from other dogs as we walk the neighborhood. And no petting. The people we meet on our walks these days stay six feet away, we wave, we smile, and we say hello. But Sam gets no rub on the head from the those we pass by. She misses … Continue reading Sam in Isolation #2
Sam is still getting her walks during these crazy times. Probably more than usual. Everyone, including her, needs to get out and walk around, even if it is six feet from everyone and every other dog. But while in the house, Sam's obsession with socks has escalated rapidly. Here she is with a pile of … Continue reading Sam in Isolation
During this this crisis, one of the things we can do is walk outdoors. In fact, it's been recommended as a healthy and safe way to break away from our isolation. But of course, through it all, social-distancing is still the responsible thing to do. And that, too, goes for Sam. We headed out on … Continue reading Sam’s Social-Distancing