Dog Day Afternoon

“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.”
                                                                                       Roger Caras

Today is a remarkably clear day. The temperature is in the low 60’s with just a slight breeze. A perfect day for a stroll. So, I went for my usual walk this afternoon.

There were lots of people walking, but I noticed the majority of the people out today were walking their dogs. Some people had more than one dog. They had young dogs and old dogs. Watching all the happy owners with their dogs, I spotted one dog that was especially happy. I couldn’t resist but stop and checkout this perky pup.

The puppy was a five month old golden retriever named Lexie. As soon as my eyes met Lexie’s, she came up to greet me immediately. Her friendly and proud owners told me all about her and how they had opted out of a trip to Hawaii to purchase Lexie. “She was their new baby.”

When I got home from my walk, I looked up the meaning of the name Lexie. To my surprise, I learned that the name Lexie means, defender of mankind. What an appropriate name for such a beautiful and loyal animal as a dog.

I wonder if Lexie’s owners are aware of the meaning of their dogs name? I like to believe that they named her Lexie because of what she stands for. But if they aren’t aware, they no doubt understand how special Lexie is and believe a trip to Hawaii is less important than a dog day afternoon.

Shine On

The Art of Selfies

“In 2021 pet vanity is the latest trend.”

A selfie is one way to show off your impeccable fashion, as well as proof that you did something or met someone cool. It’s even turned a few lucky, ordinary people with no special talent, into having a profitable career.

Selfies have been around for more than thirty years. It became popular after Paris Hilton and Britney Spears posed for a selfie.

I was surprised to learn, the first selfie was taken in 1839 on a daguerreotype camera by Robert Cornelius in Philadelphia. Cornelius was an amateur chemist and photography enthusiast. He took the image by removing the lens cap and then running into frame where he sat for a minute before covering up the lens again.

As if there isn’t enough selfie competition, lately the animal kingdom has gotten into the game. Animal selfies are not only amusing, but they might even make you a bit jealous. Some of them are indubitably photogenic.

From wild animals to domesticated pets, these creatures have perfected the art of selfies. 

Shine On

On the Lamb

“I want my children to have
all the things I couldn’t afford.
Then, I want to move in with them.”
Phyllis Diller
On the Lamb
Star with Herd Kaitlin with puppies


Hope all you fellow Blogaholics had a good Mother’s Day. As a mother, I contend, every day is Mother’s Day because our caring for and worrying about our children never ends.

Before we were all quarantined, my son asked what I would like for Mother’s Day? The answer was easy for me. I wanted to spend the day with him and visit a 40-acre private ranch in Camarillo that raises lambs, as well as breeds and trains Border Collies.

To my surprise, my son contacted the ranch and was able to schedule a private tour as long as we wore our face masks.

What a great escape from being locked up for almost two months. The fresh air, the smell of alfalfa hay and the interaction with all the farm animals was just what I needed.

We had a wonderful visit this weekend at the ranch interacting with the domesticated grand menagerie. We were able to not only feed and hold the baby lambs, but our tour guide Laura gave an amazing herding demonstration with her dog Star.

The highlight of our ranch visit was being introduced to 9 of the 6-week-old Border Collie puppies.

If you live in the Los Angeles area, I highly recommend scheduling a visit to this wondrous ranch, On the Lamb.

Shine On