There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning.

The heart can hold a paradox.  Just as we continue to grieve for the loss of sweet Dorothy, we have welcomed another four-legged  into our home and our hearts.  Kelly reminds us that it is always best to say "yes" to life.


Velma Kelly O'Dare (Called "Kelly")
-- my mother's maiden name --
 is a Golden Retriever and was born on Christmas Day, 2003.

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
Some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they're a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
For some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

     -- Rumi, "The Guest House," in The Essential Rumi trans. Coleman Barks with John Moyne (New York: HarperSanFrancisco, 1995, 109. Thank you, Coleman!


I'm growing up fast!


Six Months Old and loves her Invisible Fence!


In the midst of one of many daily FRAPs (Frenetic Random Activity Period) also known as "Puppy Bursts" or "Puppy Zooms"

Kelly tongue

Whadda ya think? Is Kelly’s tongue too long for her body?

Kelly Christmas Scarf

Ready for the holidays wearing her fabulous Christmas scarf
 a sweet gift from her cousin Chloe-Dog!

Kelly Snow 1

 Kelly’s first snow -- Loves it!

Kelly Backyard

Hanging out with her favorite toy -- Pinecones!

Kelly Leprechaun 3

Dressed as a Leprechaun for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

St Pat's after parade02

Kelly and best friend Jessie, tired after parade and yearning to ditch their Leprechaun outfits.
They raised more than $600 for the Coastal Humane Society thanks to our generous sponsors!