Monday, October 15, 2012

Reflecting on the Day

I don't know how often you got back and read your prior blog entries, but I do from time to time. It's fun to go back and see what you were feeling and thinking at the time.  It's also interesting to see plans you were making, or something you were hoping for and knowing now the results.

For fun, I thought I would post links to the five blog entries from around this time in years' past.  I hope they're as interesting for you to read (or read again) as they were when I wrote them... You can't say it hasn't been an amazing journey....

October 2007 - I had just left Minneapolis, MN for Buffalo, NY where I changed from a surgical resident to an Emergency Medicine resident.  I pondered my choice at times, but I was enjoying it so far.

October 2008 - One of many trips over the years with my mom to her favorite place, Laughlin NV.  I still have a big brandy sifter (the really big Spencer's plastic kind) full of coins.  All the state quarters have been collected.  And, we still travel frequently to Laughlin which I've written about multiple times before.

October 2009 - "Cowboy."  Even today reading the post back again, I remember this patient.  One of the many regulars who I have treated.  Still a poster child for every patient that really has disease and will die of it one day due to non-compliance.  Ride on, Cowboy, Ride on...

October 2010 - We were still exploring the new world we had moved to in Northern California.  I started a new blog.  I still drive my Jeep to this beach and have been back many times... now with my new dogs... now from my new house... I love this place...!

October 2011 - A city mouse goes back to the city and realizes she just might be a country mouse after all.  Although, I do love good food and fast cars... there's nothing wrong with that, right...?

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Life with Dogs....

“Dogs are our link to paradise. 
They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent. 
To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, 
where doing nothing was not boring--it was peace.” 
― Milan Kundera


 I'll have to admit, we got a dog through serious planning and research.
We started watching "Dog Whisperer".
I read the "How to Raise the Perfect Dog" book.
We went to dog shows and talked to owners and breeders.
I read a LOT of online articles.

We researched our breeds and chose Australian Shepherds for their
intelligence, agility and versatility.

I am not a dog lover;  I love cats.
We even have three of them.

Then we got our dogs, Dixie and Dillon.
Now I love my dogs.
Still not a dog lover, but these two take my breath away.


It's true that dogs live in the moment,
and I have learned a lot from them.

“Perhaps one central reason for loving dogs is that they take us away from this obsession with ourselves. When our thoughts start to go in circles, and we seem unable to break away, wondering what horrible event the future holds for us, the dog opens a window into the delight of the moment.” 
― Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson,