To Valerie… in memoriam

December 9, 2008

Just a nod to a woman I met this summer through an old high school friend. Her name is Valerie. Her sister-in-law from Montana sent her an email about a Hurricane Katrina survivor, a pony named Molly. Molly had been abandoned by her family as they fled the hurricane. In all the excitement of the […]

A shout out to Diane Sawyer

December 9, 2008

Several years ago, Diane Sawyer did a story on a family that had a multiple-birth event. They had six or seven babies, I can’t remember the details. A few years later, Diane went back to visit the family and see how things were going. The kids were a few years older and all very healthy […]

Going green?

June 4, 2008

I am dryer-less… waiting on a part to come in so I can replace the broken part. So I have hung 100 feet of clothesline. 1. Watch where you walk. Don’t just look up at the clothes line. Remember this area is shared with the dogs and there may be some doggy doodle under the […]

Dumpster Diving

June 3, 2008

I met the gang for dinner Friday night uptown at the Mexican restaurant. Bekka was there with a new friend. She introduced me as the dog woman for all the dogs I have and herself as the cat woman for all the cats she has. After dinner, she, her friend and I were talking in […]

Cattery cats move in

February 21, 2008

The cattery for Otis and Layla is done (you can click the photos to see a larger images). Of course there are some little touches I want to add, but the cats are in. Layla appeared in the street last Wednesday after some rain showers just as they usually do at dinner time. I went […]

The little things…

February 12, 2008

A neighbor down the street moved out of their home towards the end of December — a foreclosure situation. They took their horses and dogs, but left behind two cats. So I started feeding them. Same time each day, twice a day. They became accustomed to the schedule and even started looking for me at […]

Charley Tan the Man

January 23, 2008

I lost Charley this day to a tumor he developed in his mouth. Together we fought it since it appeared in September. Funny how disease opens your eyes to things you either did not notice or took for granted. Charley ran the house, and all the dogs respected whatever he said… even if he wanted […]

Sweet, sweet Baxter


October 24, 2007

On September 15, Baxter was diagnosed with lymphoma. He is 3 1/2 years old… a baby with a very grown up disease. It’s been quite a ride to this point with all he has been through, but yesterday, he could not get himself up. It’s like his hind legs have become spaghetti. I tried to […]

Ponderence about bending over

June 12, 2007

I was thinking about bending over to pick something up the other day… I was getting ready to start collecting bowls to feed everyone. I walked to the first bowl and thought, “I hate bending over to pick that up.” In the next thought, I realized the ridiculousness of that thought because it was a […]

The incredible sameness

May 22, 2007

I wanted to comment on the frustration of the incredible sameness, but my mind is in a warp right now where I am challenging even my own perception of the incredible sameness. What IS the incredible sameness of life? It is where each day follows the same pattern of the day before and the day […]

Bobbie: In Memoriam

April 2, 2007

A friend just called to let me know that Bobbie passed away over the weekend. He, Mattie and Timmy got out of the yard, and with his nose glued to the ground, Bobbie took off heading down the road out into a busy street. Whatever he smelled apparently took him back and forth across the […]

Brazos Valley no-kill shelters give animals a reprieve

February 20, 2007

By WHITNEY LITTLE Eagle Staff Writer Technically Gail Allen has no sons or daughters, but she has more than 100 children. The woman behind The Cat’s Cradle, a no-kill animal rescue shelter outside Navasota, has been housing cats and kittens for nearly 10 years. Allen shares her 125-acre home site outside Navasota with more than […]

Passing of “Squirrel”

February 17, 2007

I just wanted to make note of Squirrel’s passing… she was a large part of the extended family. After cleaning up the yard this morning, I decided to check on this funky tree I have growing near the back of the property outside the dog area. I think it is a prickly pear ash which […]

What the hell is burning???

February 15, 2007

If you want to heat something on the stove, don’t forget to lift the burner covers and remove the toy cat balls Diego has hidden underneath. They really stink when they burn.

Questioning our superiority

February 15, 2007

It has been said and written many times over the years that man is superior to animals because of his/her ability to reason. But I am here to say that that ability in and of itself is NOT enough. Just as a weaker opponent can overcome his stronger foe by concentrating on the opponents weaknesses, […]

Happy Valentine’s Day!

February 14, 2007

I went to dinner last Friday night with “the gang.” Karen’s husband, John, brought roses for all the girls. Beautiful and they smelled so good! As I was leaving the restaurant, I started thinking about what I would do with this rose — my cats will tear it apart, spill the water and then the […]


February 12, 2007

The pondering of the day is actually left over from yesterday and seems to be a recurring one: HOW do dogs have the uncanny ability to get restless in the last minutes of a movie or a project you are working on? Yesterday, I had invested almost 2 hours into watching a movie on tv. […]

Taters in a Barrel

February 7, 2007

Just want to add this info a friend emailed to me so I know where it is when the time comes. What does this have to do with the pack? Alternate source of food for me and yet another project I am pondering. Peggy M. Mills tells us how she grows her… Taters in a […]

Ahhhh… that elusive thick green lawn

February 7, 2007

Well, it’s February and we are flirting with spring-like humidity and temperatures — the windows are open, so my mind turns to once again having a wonderfully thick, green lawn… something I lost when “the pack” invaded my little corner of the world. Combined with lots of rain, they quickly reduced my yard to a […]

The benefits of sunshine

February 6, 2007

Ever notice how hypnotic a sunny day is in the winter after weeks of rain to a bunch of critters? Pretty sweet. The dogs pile up in a couple places around the yard and soak up as much of it as possible. Several can be seen sleeping on their backs letting their stomach soak up […]