Thursday, April 19, 2018

New Writing Online!

I'm thrilled to share several new pieces of writing online. One is a book review of Sophfronia Scott's beautiful essay collection "Love's Long Line" (Ohio State University Press). Read the review at "Brevity," here.

The other piece is a special post, "My Mother's Forestland," for Agricultural Climate Network. Read that, here.

In other news, I have a book review and personal essay of doggie literature that will come out in the journal "Fourth Genre" spring 2019.

As ever, Tootsie helped with the writing and editing! She's a very good dog.


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Flight Practice Begins, Again!

Our form needs assessment, but we're thrilled to be back in the air.


Sometimes, especially after lots of practice, we cuddle on a mountain.


Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Flight Practice Begins, 2018

In Tuscany, over Easter, we had an unexpected flight practice!


And we ate this "Colomba," a sweet bread from our favorite pastry shop, Gelato Café. (Tootsie does not eat it.) The same big bread we eat for Easter in Italy is the same as the big bread we eat for Christmas in Italy. "But it is in a different shape!" says Dachshund Daddy.

Called: "Colomba di Pasqua" (Easter) and "Panettone" (Christmas), respectively. 🐰 
[P.s. This one has pear and chocolate bits.]

Friday, March 9, 2018

A New Friend?

Just before we met Bandit, the very good-looking doggie in the photo below, Tootsie had been barked at by a tiny chihuahua who was wearing a tiny Swiss sweatshirt. She was still shaking when Bandit came along. As soon as he came up to her, she stopped shaking and started wagging at a very high frequency.

Tootsie loves big dogs; I think they remind her of her fur-brother Truffle.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Happy Birthday, Grandpa!

As Ren & Stimpy say, "Happy, happy; joy, joy!" Or maybe Verdi has something else to add?


For a Verdi birthday treat, follow this link, here.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Dachshund Grandpa Made Us a Bench!

Grandpa designed and built our bench so that we could transport it home from Idaho to Switzerland as airplane luggage, and then we could set it up in our special entrance spot, which Grandpa had previously measured.

Dachshund Daddy took the lead but we all worked as a team to put it together. Thanks, Grandpa, for including the necessary tools in our luggage! The bench is made of oak with a touch of teak.






Thank you, Grandpa, for our bench. We love it!

Friday, February 23, 2018

New Clothes and a Squeaky Toy!

Dachshund Delights is the best. Tootsie loves her new squeaky toy, which Dachshund Delights included as a gift, and she loves her made-to-order Hold-a-Dog Harness, Snap-a-Danna, and raincoat.


Do you ever have trouble finding clothes that fit? Every item from Dachshund Delights fits because it is made to your size. For dogs only, no humans. All breeds welcome!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Waddles & Walkies for Safety & Peace

It is a sad week in our country of origin, and we are heartbroken by the loss--by the slaughter--of innocents. There is absolutely no reason not to ban bump stocks and AK-47 rifles. None. Our hearts go out to all affected by terrorist gun violence.

Since we've now lived abroad for ten years, we've spent quite a bit of time thinking about America and about what it means to be an American. If it means to go grocery shopping with a man wearing a Confederate flag jacket, a pistol on his belt, and three extra clips on that same belt, including dark shaded eyeglasses, well, count us out. If, on the other hand, it means to celebrate the ability of a population to vote out politicians who are not protecting children, then, count us in. It's a relief to live in a country, Switzerland, where one does not fear being assassinated at a school or university or concert. We wish you might experience this feeling of safety and peace, too.

And so... in short, we turn right now to the small, graceful joys that make daily life meaningful and that fill it with love: walkies with our champion waddler, our Tube of Fur.


Sunday, February 11, 2018

Scout on Sette Termini and Thoughts on the Constitution

After surviving a major health crisis last fall, I feel renewed and rejuvenated. I go on substantial walkies almost every day, and I've already been on several long hikes. One thing that has changed in my life is that I don't bark at big dogs anymore. If you don't believe me, here's some photographic evidence from my recent encounter with Scout.


Scout is four years old and loves hiking.


I met him on Monte Sette Termini, east of Lake Maggiore. You can see a tiny piece of the Lake in the photo below, taken from the summit meadows (just over 3,000 ft above sea level). It's hard to tell, but the photo also shows a German Shepherd running around the meadows. I didn't bark at him, either.


Barking used to be my way to remind European dogs that we Americans enjoy freedom of speech as a result of the First Amendment. Now that I'm older, I've come to realize that a savvy sausage need not bask in American exceptionalism.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Writing Ideas

Here's Tube of Fur seeking immediate paw-proval for a new writing idea.

And here's Tube of Fur after abandoning that new writing idea.




Monday, January 8, 2018

Ready, Set, Go

Tube of Fur is thinking of the new semester.


She's all dressed up and ready to go!


Saturday, January 6, 2018

La Befana 2018

Tootsie does not understand why HumanMomRenée & Dachshund Daddy get to eat these Italian pastries for La Befana...


while she has to eat dry kibble from a Tupperware bowl. At the very least, the kibble presentation could be vastly improved.


La Befana is a witch who delivers chocolate or coal. (She's also known as Frau Perchta. This is All King's Day, but celebrated in Italy and southern Switzerland as La Befana.) La Befana looks rather like the witch on stick that you see in the United States for Halloween. Or she looks kind of like this (though this witch is from a trail marker in Germany).


Here's a throwback to an earlier post we wrote about La Befana.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Dog Socks!

After my illness this fall and winter, I've recovered some solid footing.
xo Tootsie


Check out the amazing store Socks Dreams where we found these paw socks to celebrate the 30k words HumanMomRenee wrote during November.




Monday, January 1, 2018

Buon Anno e Tanti Auguri!



I'm praying that 2018 is a year of peace for all. A dog can dream. Xo Tootsie
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