October 30, 2011

I shouldn’t tempt fate by saying this, but 2011 has been the worst year Chris and I have faced in our 25 years together.  I would even go so far as to say no other year comes close, not even the year my mom died, or my cancer year.

This year has been full of a series...

June 26, 2011

Ever accident prone, Chris and I have accidentally adopted a puppy.  This began as the idea of one of the teenagers we accidentally acquired sometime back.

“Let’s get a puppy!” she suggested.

“No and bleepity-bleep no!’’ we replied.

Still, the unwelcome idea, once s...

November 1, 2009

I am not a cat lady.  I want to make that clear.

Chris and I do have two cats and we think they’re swell.  Their primary responsibility is to provide a calm, loungy aesthetic to counteract our dogs’ bouncy, crazy energy.  They do this well.

But gradually over th...

March 16, 2008

This week we said “Adios” to Cinco.

Our fluffy eight-pound terrier mutt had become the punch line to a sad joke.  He was epileptic, had lost a leg to cancer years ago, and now, at sixteen, he faded to six pounds.  He also was afflicted with a creepy skin condition, ca...

November 19, 2007

Behind our house, past the back yard proper, is a space that was called a dog run when we bought our place.  We were excited, but our giant Labrador, Bob Barker, wouldn't have anything to do with it.

It was fenced to be invisible from the yard, paved with tiny, poking...

April 8, 2007

Milestones are funny things.  They're all about the present, but without the past, they'd be meaningless.

Living with the same human being - one you chose for this purpose - for 20 entire years is a big milestone.  There are bigger ones, but still.

One only child, an...

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All of Barb Guy's columns appear here. There are 159 of them, beginning in 2003 and ending in 2013. The newest one is on top and you can work your way backwards if you like.

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