Living with dogs

On a much cheerier topic (or not as the case may be) I might have just mentioned that Daughter #2 and her husband Alex relocated to our area this fall. Winters in Chicago are challenging at the best of times and not fun at all if you are trying to manage to keep your feet while walking a rambunctious dog on ice and snow.

So they are out here, temporarily in our house.

Actually, having talked with several of our friends in the area, this is not at all uncommon. Adult children moving in for various lengths of time sometimes with spouses, partners, off spring and pets. Friends over in Marin mentioned that with the recent move out of daughter & husband they found themselves missing the dogs.

Me? I could very easily live without these two.

Dog #1v

Dog #1v

Dog #2

Dog #2


Both obviously look sweet and innocent. Not a pup that would attempt to climb on a table, or a counter or dig through the trash. Oh, no, not them…..

Did I mention that one of their favorite activities is barking? Since we replaced the windows this past year traffic sounds are just about absent. But that doesn’t mean that we still don’t get squirrels in trees hanging there laughing or deer strolling across the grass discussing which of my trees they are going to decimate this time.


The third book in Nora Roberts Guardian Trilogy was released yesterday. I am partway through in audio. Mike Lewis’s new non-fiction book – The Undoing Project was also released. I had already placed it on my list of books to get; reinforced by an interview on NPR. Unfortunately he isn’t reading his own work this time, but the reader seems to be ok.

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About Holly

fiber person - knitter, spinner, weaver who spent 33 years being a military officer to fund the above. And home. And family. Sewing and quilting projects are also in the stash. After living again in Heidelberg after retiring (finally) from the U.S. Army May 2011, we moved to the US ~ Dec 2015. Something about being over 65 and access to health care. It also might have had to do with finding a buyer for our house. Allegedly this will provide me a home base in the same country as our four adult children, all of whom I adore, so that I can drive them totally insane. Considerations of time to knit down the stash…(right, and if you believe that…) and spin and .... There is now actually enough time to do a bit of consulting, editing. Even more amazing - we have only one household again. As long as everyone understands that I still, 40 years into our marriage, don't do kitchens or bathrooms. For that matter, not being a golden retriever, I don't do slippers or newspapers either. I don’t miss either the military or full-time clinical practice. Limiting my public health/travel med/consulting and lecturing to “when I feel like it” has let me happily spend my pension cruising, stash enhancing (oops), arguing with the DH about where we are going to travel next and book buying. Life is good!
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8 Responses to Living with dogs

  1. Cheryl Linn says:

    Well, if they run off a few deer will they be forgiven an occasional garbage forage? They are so CUTE!

  2. Tara says:

    Love the update!! You are one AMAZING woman!!!

  3. Alison says:

    That beautiful Golden looks like he/she has chased a lot of balls over the course of his/her life.

    And is that really the tail on that second dog?

    • Holly Doyne says:

      yes, that is her tail. The US has stopped docking tails on the breed. It does make a pretty good sting when it hits one’s leg

  4. Christiane says:

    Sorry !!!! But these two “Fellmonster” look just hilarious !

  5. Beverly says:

    the dogs look gorgeous (even if you don’t entirely agree!). Especially the golden one.

  6. Chere says:

    Sweet and innocent? I don’t know, to me they look like the sort
    to do mayhem JUST when your back is turned….

  7. Carmen says:

    I think the dogs are adorable. Of course, that is easy to say, having never met them….

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