Susan C. Willett

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And Then There Were Three

And Then There Were Three

I knew it was only a matter of time. Jasper and Lilah were growing up; Lilah was becoming quite the young lady, very well mannered, and there were only slight vestiges of her skittishness left, really only apparent to those of us who knew her when she was younger. Jasper, the comfort hound, was also […]

By March 9, 2011 Read More →
Feeding Time at the Zoo

Feeding Time at the Zoo

There are two main shows every day…and a shorter version at night. There’s singing and dancing. Obstacle courses. Leaping and jumping. Wrestling and hissing. Snuggling and licking.Oh, and there’s dinner.That’s what feeding time is like for the animals in my household.A typical “dinner”–what we call the meals my menagerie gets fed–goes something like this:First, someone […]

By March 1, 2011 Read More →
Rosie (2005 – 2009)

Rosie (2005 – 2009)

I have to admit it was love at first sight. At 3 months, Rosie had short, wavy caramelly-tan fur. She had a black saddle on her back and a white zipper of fur on her chest. Her ears couldn’t seem to decide if they wanted to stand straight up or if they should relax and […]

By February 22, 2011 Read More →
Photos: Flying Squirrels Boris and Natasha

Photos: Flying Squirrels Boris and Natasha

A photo shoot featuring flying squirrels Boris and Natasha

By February 12, 2011 Read More →
Gliding in the Night: A Visit from Flying Squirrels

Gliding in the Night: A Visit from Flying Squirrels

Flying squirrels some to visit.

By February 6, 2011 Read More →
Fire and Ice

Fire and Ice

The day began with freezing rain that fell upon thimble-height snow.  As light filtered through the clouds, branches became slick and shiny.  The trees in the woods behind our house were clearwhite limned, giving the forest a chilled, yet delicate air. Ice-coated limbs bent sadly with the weight of their cold burden. Encased leaves, sticks […]

By February 2, 2011 Read More →
Athena and her Precious

Athena and her Precious

“It’s my precioussssss.”  I can almost hear Athena channeling Gollum from Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings books. It haunts her, this precious item; she desires it greatly. The Precious?It’s a hair tie…an elastic hair band. The coated kind. Thick. A garden-variety, 10 for 99 cents, put-your-hair-up-in-a-ponytail stretchy circle. And it’s very, Very Important to Athena. […]

By January 30, 2011 Read More →
What the Snow Reveals

What the Snow Reveals

A walk around our property gives me a peek into the lives of the other residents with whom we share our outdoor space. Their stories are written in the snow, but I’m only slightly familiar with the language, and thus can only guess at the authors and their meaning. Walk with me:My dogs have provided […]

By January 23, 2011 Read More →
Kelsey (1984 – 1997)

Kelsey (1984 – 1997)

It was probably not the best way to pick out a pup. My husband at the time wasn’t too keen on having a dog, so I thought if he made the choice, he would be more likely to warm up to the idea. At the shelter, there was a litter of what looked like sheltie […]

By January 17, 2011 Read More →
Welcome to the Winter Games

Welcome to the Winter Games

I can only try to imagine what goes through Jasper’s or Lilah’s heads when they see that it has snowed. That said, it was pretty easy to guess the first time they encountered the cold white stuff on the ground last winter.  Both dogs were thinking, “The ground is covered with Snacks!”  If you’ve ever […]

By January 16, 2011 Read More →