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Floundering Fortitude

Floundering Fortitude

I often joke that I must have been the testiest twit in a previous life because Gavin is the pokiest creature I’ve ever met. Even though he thrives on routine and loves snuggling and sleeping at my mom’s house on kitchen days, getting him out the door weekly provides me with monumental moments to practice patience. … View more

Loving Kindness

Loving Kindness

Despite months and at least thrice daily research to find a new home for Gavin and me, I’m exactly where I didn’t want to be five weeks from my lease ending—nowhere. And I found a new lump in his mouth last night that he’s getting checked out tomorrow. My brain is simultaneously in overdrive and… View more

Making Space

Making Space

I finished all my kitchen duties and made a quick supply run. When I came back and mentioned that I would unload the car, not one but all three of my extraordinary employees separately asked, “do you need help?” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve prepped the kitchen for our production days, and I… View more

Mirth & Mayhem

Mirth & Mayhem

Gavin was a total twerp to leash train. He refused every greasy, gross hot dog, meatball, and cheese morsel I offered him. And, every time I thought I shortened his walk enough to keep him from becoming frustrated, his butt-biting stress relief occurred sooner. I can’t tell you how many times I desperately yelled to… View more

I See You

I See You

My brother Matt always greets Gavin by saying softly, “I see you,” as he pets him. And, every time I watch Gavin’s subsequent nuzzling and oozing, my heart feels lighter and my soul warmer. That’s what we all want. To be seen and loved for exactly who we are, right? It’s even one of Oprah Winfrey’s… View more

Case of the Woo Hoos

Case of the Woo Hoos

My sweet boy loves lounging, especially in the wintertime, preferably under the covers. Even when someone he knows and loves walks into the room, he lazily slithers off the sofa or bed and then stops to stretch before wiggle-walking toward them. If snuggling were an Olympic sport, Gavin would win a gold medal. But, when all of Gavin’s… View more

Bird’s-Eye-View

Bird’s-Eye-View

Last week, kerfuffles and complications seemed to be the theme. I could have handled the gushing water in my basement. Or, bounced back from barricading from and fervently sterilizing the kitchen after the maintenance guy with the raging cough my landlord sent to fix the leak left my apartment. I would have moved on after saving and… View more

My Grinchy Heart

My Grinchy Heart

This past Friday was my soulmate-dog-in-heaven’s birthday, my Finn, and I felt his vibrant presence all day. Gavin bounced and bopped through our walk despite not seeing one person for him to greet. I soared through my morning order-picking and packing routine with a rhythm I rarely find. And I did a silent happy dance when… View more

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