For those of you interested Only in TRAVEL, I (Jack) wrote the blog between March 2010 and October 2010 during our travels west. We saw the most beautiful places and had the best time in our big truck and little trailer. See Blog Archive below.

Jun 22, 2012


Well, I had all good intentions of getting to my sister's this month or July, but several things on her end and mine will postpone the trip.

It is hot and humid here--my least favorite time of the year. I was raised without air conditioning--sometimes wonder how we survived! I never remember being hot when I was a kid, and I was very active.

Like many bloggers, my thoughts are with David and Sherry. I'm wishing for fall when we hear good news and that they are back to living their dream--like the Princess and the Cowboy.

Jack and I have been lazy though we take a couple of short walks per day, and then his sister, Susan (girlfriend) comes over to walk him to his favorite place. There's a couple that walk at the nature center with their big black lab named Jack, and Susan meets them and the two Jack's have a blast sniffing and smelling their surroundings. Susan said they greet each other and get along very well. Susan ran a race with them. The picture isn't too clear--I'm not sure where it came from or who took it, but she emailed it to me (#437). Susan is in great shape and keeps very active.
She is considering adopting a dog name Maddie. I'm trying to stay out of her decision even though she is asking me for my advice. She must make the decision and decide whether she wants to make the commitment. Maddie is in foster care, now, but Susan met her and said she's a lovely dog. She really does sound like a very sweet dog. I know I'll have to be "involved" to a degree, but I'll need to keep it to a minimum. Jack is my first priority, and he's getting older so I want him to have an uncomplicated life without another dog in "his" house. As it is, I'm committed to watching my son's pups and my granddaughters for some time in July, but we'll go down to his home so the girls can be around their friends. He's always been very friendly and accommodating to any dogs who come into the house, but since it's such a long time, now, that it's just the two of us I think he feels a bit put out, and he pouts. I do have to laugh at the looks he gives me--"Woe is me."

Jack has become afraid of the dark. I don't know whether he may have smelled a coyote OR whether he's not able to see as well as he once did. When he knows it's time to go out at night, he high tails it for the other end of the house, but I put a leash on him so he knows I'll be right with him. I can tell that he's very nervous, and literally runs back to the door when he's finished (I let go of the leash).

It reminds me of when he was young. Lizzie, who was black as the ace of spades, used to hide in the darkness and jump out at him, scaring him half to death! He'd get on the patio and look around trying to figure out which direction she was going to come from. It was the dog version of a spooky movie--funny to watch. I think she was getting back at him for all the tail biting he did when he was a puppy. :) During the day, she would lay up on the hill in the same spot every day and he would stalk her, stopping with foot in mid-air as though she couldn't see him. She would have a bored look on her face as it took him 15 minutes to get 30 feet to her before he pounced. Rich and I used to love to watch the fun and games. Yes, pay back is hell, Jack!
I didn't post this picture of him when we were in Charleston--he's such a handsome boy.


  1. Our girls are getting older and both have back problems so we try to limit their involvement with other dogs - especially big ones that want to play. A pet is a huge commitment for all of their life. And they are very expensive.

    1. So, I'm not a doting "Mother"! :) Jack's illness made me realize just how attached to him I am. Odd that a person who didn't acquire either Lizzie or Jack became the main caretaker. I had avoided having another dog in my life because I had a difficult time dealing with loss of the dogs in my childhood and in my younger years. Plus I realized just how tied down one is if you are committed to them. People think I'm crazy to rearrange my life around Jack, but he's been at my side any time I ever needed him. Expensive, absolutely? Jack was worth it, and I couldn't not do everything possible for him since he was so healthy otherwise when he had his problem with lymph vessels. Lizzie was a much different story--there wasn't going to be a peaceful end for her unless I provided it. I would have felt guilty if she had died in pain--so difficult to do, though my and Susan's responsibility.

      Your two cute little "frankfurter pups" (that's what we called them when I was a kid) could be easily hurt if a dog Jack's size landed on their backs--as unintentional as it is, it can happen. Just recently, a little one on a leash was killed by another dog in a dog park near here. Just awful.

      Thanks, as always, for reading Sandie. I know my posts must be a terrible drag for people who aren't "into" dogs. :)

  2. I'm with you on the heat. I don't remember it being as uncomfortable when I was a kid either. We drove from Ohio to Florida in a car with no AC in August and visited with an Aunt in Ocala who also had no air conditioning. Maybe it's just my faulty memory.

    Thank you so much for your wishes for us. I'm wondering it it is you we have to thank for the anonymous package delivered this afternoon to us?

    Please tell Jack we think he is mighty handsome and a lucky fella to have such a loving caretaker.

    1. Hey, Sherry! I spent a summer on the Loxahatchie River in Jupiter FL, babysitting. I don't remember feeling hot! Remember the cars with the little triangle windows on the front windows of cars--guess they were used to direct the breeze!

      You know you and David are always in my thoughts as well as so many other bloggers, Sherry. The tables could just as easily be reversed, and knowing the type of people you are I'm sure you would feel just as helpless as we all do. The only thing we can do is offer our words, as inadequate as they are at times.

      I've been pretty lucky to have Jack, too. Pups are a great comfort when you need them. Thanks, as always for reading. You and David amaze me with the way you face each and every challenge.

  3. What a great story about Lizzie and Jack. What a wonderful memory.

    Our dogs ARE our best friends. Fred brings so many smiles and out right laughter to my life.
    He does such goofy things sometimes. I don't know how I managed without him.

  4. I agree, JoJo.
    Just a Dog

    From time to time people tell me, "Lighten up. It's just a dog."
    or "That's a lot of money for just a dog."

    They don't understand the distance traveled, time spent or costs involved for "Just a dog".

    Some of my proudest moments have come about with "Just a dog".
    Many hours have passed with my only company being "Just a dog"
    and not once have I felt slighted.

    Some of my saddest moments were brought about by "just a dog".
    In those days of darkness ,
    the gentle touch of "Just a dog" provided comfort
    and purpose to overcome the day.

    If you, too, think it's "Just a dog", you will probably understand phrases like
    "Just a friend" or "just a sunrise" or "Just a promise".

    "Just a dog" brings into my life the very essence of friendship, trust,
    and pure unbridled joy. "Just a dog" brings out the compassion and patience that make me a better person.

    Because of "Just a dog" I will rise early,
    take long walks, and look longingly to the future.

    For me and folks like me, it's not "Just a dog".
    It's an embodiment of all the hopes and dreams of the future,
    the fond memories of the past, and the pure joy of the moment.

    "Just a dog" brings out what's good in me and diverts my thoughts
    away from myself and the worries of the day.

    I hope that someday people can understand it's not "Just a dog."
    It's the thing that gives me humanity and keeps me from being
    "Just a man " or "Just a woman".

    So the next time you hear the phrase "Just a dog",
    Smile because they "Just don't understand"..

    Author unknown. Dog Quote complements of Pooches on the

  5. Jack is beautiful. And that Lizzie has quite the sense of humor! Stay cool and I've been seriously thinking about a good set of raingear so that I can enjoy this BC weather more. I think you're onto something!

  6. Levonne, what a nice surprise to see there is a comment from you. Yes, Lizzie had a great sense of humor! Jack and I miss her very much.

    We broke a record from 1878, today. 106 degrees. Yuck. It's so beautiful on the west coast that I felt it was foolish to let the rain bother us. Heat is another thing. As long as we could keep dry we went, as I said we didn't have to fight crowds! The coast took on a mysterious demeanor in the rain and fog. Not to be missed. Just as beautiful as in the sunshine. I've seen the fog close in, in seconds, and just as magically disappear. Don't miss it. Thanks for reading.


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