Susan C. Willett

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Tug Bouts

Tug Bouts

Ah, the joys of a good game of Tug. There’s nothin’ quite like it. Two forces pulling in opposite directions with only a plush toy in the middle. A battle of wills, of strategy, of physics.  And some happy growls and wagging tails. It could be human or canine on the other end. Perhaps there’s […]

By January 19, 2012 Read More →
Letting the Cat Out of the Bag

Letting the Cat Out of the Bag

I’d like to reveal a secret, to “let the cat out of the bag.” I’d like to, but the cats aren’t telling. Anyone who knows cats can probably tell you a few things about cats and bags. As in, cats go in them. Actually, it’s kind of hard to prevent. If you put a bag […]

By January 11, 2012 Read More →
Behind the Scenes

Behind the Scenes

A behind-the-scenes look at the making of Corinne’s student film, from a dog and cat perspective.

By January 6, 2012 Read More →
Scene 2, Take 1: Jasper’s next scene

Scene 2, Take 1: Jasper’s next scene

I’m just waiting for Jasper to require sparkling water, his own trailer and a personal petter. That is, if his film acting experience goes to his head. Last week, I wrote about Jasper in his role as Jake, a dog character that appears in my daughter Corinne’s senior thesis film, Emily’s Revolution. In his first […]

By December 27, 2011 Read More →
Lights! Camera! Jasper!

Lights! Camera! Jasper!

The script called for my daughter’s senior thesis film called for dog that was a “big goofball.” Jasper was perfect for the part.

By December 19, 2011 Read More →
Sticks Together

Sticks Together

What is it about sticks? It seems everybody likes them. Dogs like ‘em of course. Jasper and Lilah, sticking together. Pun intended. But people have been known to play with sticks as well. When my daughter Corinne was little, she had a pet stick. To anyone who has young children, it would come as no […]

By November 14, 2011 Read More →
Snow. Fall.

Snow. Fall.

The snowstorm nor’easter that slammed the east coast on October 29 wreaked havoc in our neck of the woods.  At the time, trees still had their leaves; many of which hadn’t even begun to color, let alone drop. The leaves caught the heavy snow like cupped hands, and the overburdened branches bent and then broke […]

By November 10, 2011 Read More →
Snow Kidding

Snow Kidding

I don’t think anyone really believed it was going to happen.  Flurries aren’t unheard of in October, but a full-fledged snow storm? With actual accumulations and snow sticking to the streets? Hardly likely.  I don’t think I’m alone this year in my irritation about the Christmas decorations that already started crowding out the Halloween candy […]

By November 3, 2011 Read More →
Drop on by

Drop on by

We live on the first ridge of the Watchung Mountains. Of course the Watchungs are New Jersey versions of mountains, which means, really, nothing more than large pointy hills. And one would think, if you live on the top of a mountain (or a large, pointy New Jersey hill), that one wouldn’t have problems with […]

By October 27, 2011 Read More →
Hum along with me

Hum along with me

They are tiny, irredescent acrobats. Their smallness inspires the casual observer to think “adorable” and “delicate.” But they are bellicose warriors of the sky, extremely territorial, and capable of putting on an aeronautic display to rival the dogfights of World War II pilots. A juvenile hummingbird flies past a butterfly bush. Hummingbirds are incredible creatures, […]

By October 19, 2011 Read More →