Cozy Tales: 11. Nosy Cozy

As my Cozy grew and grew, she seemed to get more and more nicknames. One of my favorites was Nosy Cozy, which is what we’d call her any time she’d stick her nose where it didn’t belong, which was pretty much all the time. We often called her Cozy Bear or simply Bear, since she looked like a black bear. Daisy was often called Daisy Bear for the same reason.

We called Cozy Baby Girl a lot, too. For Lauren and me, without children, Cozy was our first attempt at nurturing and growing a living thing with more personality than an iguana. She was our baby girl in every way, and she was doted on accordingly. (more…)

Cozy Tales: 7. Daisy

We were a happy family with two people and one big ill-behaved dog. Having somehow convinced herself that we needed more of a good thing, Lauren started to drop hints that we needed another dog. Coincidentally, the local paper ran an article about a two year old Saint Bernard that had been hit by a car. A vet had volunteered his services and the picture of this beautiful dog that needed a home graced the front page of the section. I was in love, and since he needed a home, I put forth the idea of adopting him.

We made some calls and discovered that we were about sixteenth in line since the article had brought this poor boy’s story to light and many dog┬álovers had offered to adopt him. I was happy that he would get a good home, but I was sad that it wouldn’t be ours. (more…)

Please Don’t Buy a Newfoundland Dog

Every year hundreds of giant breed dogs are put up for adoption or worse, destroyed because someone fell in love with the fluffy little puppy and brought it home, only to be overwhelmed by slobber, food, vet bills, and the sheer size of their full grown dog. If you cannot make a commitment to this (or any) animal to keep it forever, then please don’t get one. Would you give up a son or daughter because they got too big? Certainly not. Anyone who thinks a Newfoundland is any less than a child doesn’t understand the breed. (more…)

Annie and the Shower Trash

There is a large kitchen sized trash can in our bathroom. It’s not that we have large trash-can needs in our bathroom – far from it. What we have is a trash security problem.

Many years ago we bought a very nice stainless steel trash can for the kitchen. This wonderful container cost over $100, and has a spring-loaded latching lid. In order to open it, you push down on the top which then pops up under its own power. When you close it, it latches closed. It is an engineering work of art that serves a necessary purpose in our house. (more…)