Posts Tagged "puppies"

First things first – an update from Dominic

Posted by on Nov 15, 2012 in Written by Dominic | 4 comments

First things first – an update from Dominic

Heya, Dominic here. Mama’s too busy to write to you all right now – she said something about Florence Nightingale duty, a lot of consulting work, and a whole bunch of fabulous new projects that she’ll unveil in time. My sympathies, folks. I know what it feels like to drop down on Mama’s priority list. Did you know she shunts me off on a babysitter for a couple of hours almost every afternoon now? She says she’s working but I see her up there on the deck sometimes with daddy after he gets home from the office. They’re drinking gin and tonics and...

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Higgledypiggledy: Weekend Links

Posted by on Jul 17, 2011 in Miscellaneous | 10 comments

Higgledypiggledy: Weekend Links

Most people say that if you want to build a huge blog readership you should find your theme or your niche or your whatchamacallit – your topic that you write on again and again and again until becomes your brand. Then, they say, if you keep at it and write well your blog will take off like a cat with firecrackers tied to its tail and you’ll have hordes of people coming e-flocking. Yeah, well. This blog is an odd mishmash of stories related to pregnancy, marriage, family, life in Laos, humanitarian work, positive psychology, puppies, and ice-cream/chocolate. An odd mishmash remarkably...

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Puppy lessons in parenthood (2)

Posted by on Feb 25, 2011 in Parenting, Posts with photos | 4 comments

Puppy lessons in parenthood (2)

It’s lunchtime in the McWolfe household of (temporarily) seven. Chaos is reigning. The three and six year old are loudly demanding their lunch, Mike is trying to finish his before he has to go back to the office. The baby’s been strapped in his stroller. Zulu is meandering around hopefully. Mike and I watch as Zulu wanders over to the baby in the stroller. “Awww…” we say fondly as our little dog sniffs nicely at the baby’s toes, then moves upwards to the baby’s hands – exploring ever so gently and sweetly. “Good dog, good boy, nice gentle licking, good kissing of the...

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Monkeys, puppies, and pregnancy yoga

Posted by on Feb 8, 2011 in Life in Laos | 11 comments

Monkeys, puppies, and pregnancy yoga

So much has been happening that I’m not sure where to start. Perhaps with the bad, sad, news. I have been informed that Abu, the monkey, has escaped from his abode and has now been missing for ten days. This means no more monkey play time for me in the near future, and no more monkey photos for you. Mike said that Abu probably ended up in a perfectly lovely soup somewhere. I told him that no one likes him (Mike, that is, not Abu. Everyone liked Abu.) Well, everyone liked Abu except the person who actually had to live with him when he squeaked like a wind-up toy for hours on end, or leaped...

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In which I answer seeker’s questions

Posted by on Jan 13, 2011 in Funny, Writing | 12 comments

In which I answer seeker’s questions

Do you know that if you are an author you can now log into your author profile on amazon.com, look at the sales information for your book by state in the US for the last month, and track the rise and fall of your kindle and paperback sales rankings over time? I am not at all sure that this is a good thing (although I would like to thank December 2010 shoppers in Vermont, California, and Washington State). It took me considerable time after my book was published to break myself of the habit of checking my Amazon sales ranking several times a day (a habit I now call Amazturbation) and googling...

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Puppy lessons in parenthood

Posted by on Nov 12, 2010 in Parenting, Posts with photos | 6 comments

Puppy lessons in parenthood

OK, I’ll say right here and now that, despite my joking on facebook this week, I do not doubt that babies are harder work than puppies. And, obviously, the stakes are just a little bit higher. But, that said, I reckon that there’s some truth to puppies being a crash course in parenting. I so had no idea. A good friend, Jenn, wrote me several long emails about puppies before we bought Zulu home. Jenn is one of those amazing friends who is interested in my life and reads all my essays, but who also doesn’t hesitate to take a keen editorial eye and a red pen to those essays and...

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It’s a boy!

Posted by on Nov 8, 2010 in Life in Laos, Posts with photos | 19 comments

It’s a boy!

Two weeks ago, when Mike and I went to pick out our puppy, there was only a little boy and a little girl left in the litter that we wanted, and we picked the little girl. But yesterday when we went back to pick her up, Soumontha told us that the little girl had met with an unfortunate accident underneath the wheels of a landrover. The only one left was her little brother. Her little brother who whimpered and moaned whenever we picked him up, and who let the other 14 puppies walk all over him. Literally. Most of the litter was smaller than our little fellow but I saw more than one of them...

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A tale of two puppies

Posted by on Oct 27, 2010 in Funny, Life in Laos | 8 comments

A tale of two puppies

Mike should have known better, really. I was so happy at the prospect of finally getting a puppy that the thought of two puppies had never entered my mind. Honestly. Then, while we were on the way to the airport last Monday to be medivaced to Bangkok, Mike mentioned that he’d called the puppy lady and told her we wouldn’t be able to make our scheduled appointment at lunchtime that day, after all. It has turned out to be more difficult to find a puppy in Laos than we’d bargained for. Once we’d settled the fact that we definitely not getting the imported Samoyed (a question that was...

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