I’m not supposed to be here

I’m not supposed to be here

“I’m not supposed to be here right now.” An anguished big sister spoke those words on Friday morning at her 18-year-old brother’s funeral. I can only imagine how surreal that moment must have been for her. We aren’t supposed to be...
Limiting beliefs and a dead possum

Limiting beliefs and a dead possum

One of the exciting aspects of owning a Goldendoodle is the Golden Retriever half of Cooper’s genetic make-up. Our five-month-old puppy loves to retrieve things. Whether he finds a shoe, a used paper towel roll or a large stick, Cooper will proudly carry his...
Puppy advice on how to be a better human

Puppy advice on how to be a better human

I was in my early 20s when I first noticed that my disdain for dogs wasn’t the norm. I would be walking with a group of friends when we would approach a dog. I would naturally stand back or even cross to the other side of the street when I saw a dog, but my...
Where do we go from here?

Where do we go from here?

Last Thursday, my college freshman and I gathered in the dining commons of the university he attends to have breakfast with 35 people who were mostly strangers to us. We were asked to grab a marker and a piece of posterboard and write in large letters a word that...
Cooper goes to kindergarten

Cooper goes to kindergarten

Last night, we took our four-month-old Goldendoodle, Cooper, to his first Puppy Kindergarten class My 15-year-old daughter and I were fairly confident as we got Cooper ready to go off for this big adventure. For the past month, we have been working hard on training...