It’s a Dog’s Life or The Year of the Dog

I’m a lucky dog! I had more fun in one year than most humans will have in seven.


January 2This absolutely counts as fun, when you’re dog tired. Shhhh, let sleeping dogs lie.JanuaryThe vacuum! If it weren’t for jumping on the bed, I wouldn’t stand a dog’s chance.


FebruaryIt’s a three-dog night, but one of me will do.


MarchLove me some pup tent.


AprilI know it looks scary, but this trail’s bark is worse than its bite.


MayPutting on the dog! All I need now is a poodle skirt and a houndstooth coat.


June 2Like my vest? Major doggy style right here.June 3The dog days of summer for her; the doggie paddle championships for me (life vest division).

June 4Hot diggity dogs love the river.

June 5We’re all BFFs till someone throws a stick; then, it’s a dog eat dog world and I can be meaner than a junk yard dog.


JulyHanging out with my booze hound while she has another salty dog.


AugustRunning a hound dog mile for her upcoming half-marathon.


September 3Every day has its dog.

September 2Doggie doo a side canyon? Yeah, I can do a side canyon.

September 7This girl just got her car and she’s taking me with her, but doggone it, there’s no leather seats in this thing.

SeptemberWell, dog my cats, it’s muddy out here.

September 6If you’re going to be kept on a short leash, you should at least have the window down.

September 4Doggie doo a cabin? Yeah, I can do a cabin.


October 2Yes, we know life is good, Rocket Dog. You’re barking up the wrong tree!

OctoberRock hound.


November 2Happy as a flea in a doghouse.

November 3I double dog dare you to ride down that.


December 2Running in the snow makes me feel like a dog with two tails.

December 5A little snow on the mustache and suddenly I’m a real publicity hound.

DecemberSo you think you’re ready to run with the big dogs?

It’s a dog’s life!

Travel Theme: Winter

What did you do on the winter solstice? Were you warm and cozy inside, working, or out playing?

My dog had to get out after five straight days and nights of sleeping on my bed (a 120-hour nap!), so we ended up celebrating the Winter Solstice for a few hours in the great outdoors of Western Colorado.


Nothing like BFF dogs playing in the snow to make you smile. And nothing sillier than a couple of 40-somethings going tubing with one little inner tube. Good times!

These photos are posted for Travel Theme:  Winter.

Amen. Bow Wow.

This post is written in response to The Daily Post’s Daily Prompt:  Michelangelo’s YOU. Your personal sculptor is carving a person, thing, or event from the last month of your life into the glistening marble of immortality. What’s the statue and what makes it so significant?

I would like a sculpture of a dog–any dog–with the poem shown below engraved upon it. These words, which express the unconditional, incomprehensible love that dogs show us humans, no matter how we treat them, and how that love is a reflection of the ultimate love, God’s love for us…

…such words should be presented and preserved in stone.

Since this sculpture is supposed to represent something from my life, I suppose the dog will have to be my dog, my golden doodle, the one who sees me off every morning, who naps on my bed and moves my personal items around the house while I’m away, the one who lives to be included in all of our family and outdoor adventures, even if it means just riding along in the car and waiting there patiently until we’re finished with whatever it was we were doing. Here are a few photos for the sculptor, to get you thinking, to spark some ideas. Good luck with that hair.

069God and Dog   

by Wendy J. Franscisco


I look up and I see God,

I look down and I see dog.

Simple spelling: G-O-D,

same word backwards D-O-G.

They would stay with me all day.

050eI’m the one who walks away.

But both of them just wait for me…

And dance at my return with glee.

Both love me no matter what…

Divine God and canine mutt.

I take it hard each time I fail

But God forgives, Dog wags his tail.

God thought up and made the dog

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADog reflects a part of God.

I’ve seen love from both sides now

It’s everywhere…

Amen. Bow wow.

I look up and I see God,

I look down and see my Dog

And in my human frailty…

I can’t match their love for me.

Crag Crest with Trooper

There is now an illustrated song of this beautiful poem: