Thursday, August 29, 2013

Letter from Zak

Dear Tootsie,

I am very proud of myself. I can jump up on tables! My dad says that I look the soul of innocence. Who, me?

My dad doubts that a sausage doggie could (or would) jump up on such a table. I told him that down low doggies do not know the word "impossible." Am I correct? Dad says you would not do such a thing, even if you could. Is he correct?

Your fur cousin

Monday, August 26, 2013

Jet Lag Update

I'm over my jet lag. I'm pretty good at transitioning time zones -- even nine of them -- because I'm a savvy little sausage. But Mom. Geez! What a creature.

Mom says, "Jet lag makes me feel upside down."

"Like this?" I ask.

"Exactly," Mom says, "but not as beautiful as you."

A week later: Mom is reading all night -- when she isn't prowling -- and she is a sight to behold at NOON the next day. Poor thing. Can I bark, "Frumpy, Mummy!"?

Mom starts a new semester today -- teaching -- and she intensifies work on her writing project. Though it's all on the Internet and at the computer, suggesting she can swing in and out of it, she would definitely like to swing more into it. She's tried everything for jet lag over the years. What to do?

But as she says, "Our commute between continents happens all at once about two to four times per year, and we're very lucky to have our perspectives broadened. Jet lag, or no."

And I say, "If we wag, we can wag on."

Here is my no-ear look for my dear friend Danna. It's an accurate jet lag look, too. (Check out that stone Swiss hut behind me!)

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Rest in Peace, Dear Ester / Cara Ester, Riposa in Pace

Dear Hearts and Kindred Spirits,
Cari Amici Lettori,

This past Friday morning, my sweet Collie cousin Ester traveled across the rainbow bridge.
La nostra dolcissima Ester ci ha lasciati.

Aged 13, Ester lived a great life filled with cuddles and a whole lot of love.
Aveva 13 anni, passati in mezzo a tante coccole.

Ester loved her signature beach walkies.
Ester adorava le passeggiate sul mare.

Ester aged gracefully and her matronly beauty continued to shine through until the end.
Fino alla fine, Ester ha mantenuto intatta la sua bellezza.

Dear Ester, run free with Keisha and Daisy in the big meadow in the sky. You will be missed.
Carissima Ester, ci manchi tanto.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Jet Lag for the Down Low

Jet lag makes me feel like I have a big head. Does it look like I have a big head? Streaming thoughts are part of jet lag, too. So is wanting dinner at 3am Central Euro time because it feels like 6pm Pacific Time (the previous day). Dachshunds get jet lag, too!

It is Wordless Wednesday, but I wanted to tell you about my jet lag. Do you think I actually have a big head?

Monday, August 19, 2013

Wotten-Waven Summer

Dear Truffle & Grandpa,

Thank you for a wotten-waven summer!

I really appreciate your advice, Truff, about helping Mom to be present no matter the continent. It was so much fun to chat face-to-face rather than through Skype.

Thanks for letting me air hump you with impunity. Thanks for all our walkies.

And, Grandpa, thank you for always taking such good care of us, for reminding Mom not to worry, for always welcoming us home, and for taking us to the lake. Truff told me that the lake water gives him a new lease on life.

What a wotten-waven summer! We love you.


P.s. If you freeze cawwots from the garden, will you save some for me?
P.p.s. Dachshund Daddy: here we come!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

My Sneeze

When I sneeze, I hit my snout on the ground. I'm very low to the ground. And I hit my snout hard. It hurts. This is "Wordless Wednesday," but I'm not being wordless. Because I wanted to tell you about my sneeze.

Monday, August 12, 2013

For Dachshund Delights & Family

Dear April & the Dachshund Delights Family,

We are so sorry for your loss of beloved Katie. We loved wise Katie and her beautiful frosty face. Our hearts go out to you. Travel well, dear Katie, to the Rainbow Bridge.

Tootsie & Family

Monday, August 5, 2013

Air Hump: The Official Dachshund Airline

Prepare for takeoff.

During flight.

Prepare for landing.

We know you have many choices for your airline travel. Thank you for choosing Air Hump.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Wahclella Falls

If you're ever driving on Interstate 84 along the Columbia River Gorge (near Portland, Oregon), take a break and hike to Wahclella Falls. It's less than two miles (round-trip) and the payoff is incredible! Take Exit 40 (Bonneville Dam) and follow the hiking signage -- wotten waven!

Saturday, August 3, 2013

My Friend Danna & My Ears

My friend Danna loves my ears, and my ears are needed for her healing now. Please send my mom's human friend Danna the power of the paw for all her human healing. Please keep Danna, her son, her kitties, and her friends in your prayers. Thank you so much. Love, Tootsie

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