SENIOR DOG FOR SENIORS At fourteen, Doc was still a spry old man. He bounded out of the doggie room every morning, excited about breakfast and family and walks and adventures. I should explain the doggie room. The house we rent has a sliding glass door with a three season room. It is heated and air-conditioned. Izzy and Doc have their own couch, piled with blankets and orthopedic dog beds and a full view on all sides of the backyard- […]
CRASH/BURN/FLOOD I was in the Bubble of Numb; that odd expanse of time after the death of a parent when you don’t quite feel the loss yet. When you are suddenly the head of the family, going through clothing and furniture and minutiae. When you “make arrangements” and call the life insurance and watch people […]
It was a large stuffed Stitch doll. My son has gotten it as a present it terrified him. He would not have it in his room. It was decided that Doc might liked something that he couldn’t tear up right away. And we were right, Doc LOVED it. He loved it in the way male dogs show their adolescent affection to legs and objects and other dogs. Stitch was his bitch. He loved it so much and so hard that the head fell off.
This year though, this year called out something else in me. I have long felt a fascination with wolves and their spirit and their nature. So this year, I hung my witch’s hat by the door and went full out wolfie!
The obese older squirrel is Chunk. He lives in the oak tree next to the driveway and prefers filberts. He is old and has some scarring across his back. He is a ballsy old man squirrel. I have caught him swinging upside down from the birdfeeder with his old grey head jammed inside gulping the seeds.
Would it ease your fears to see the balance of night and day? For centuries, we have assigned fear and danger to the night. I wanted to create a story about balance, about sisters who must share and perform their tasks. They are all friendly and positive in their own way. They care for people, animals and each other. They benefit everyone in completing their specific tasks and taking their turns.
In lieu of a complicated, wordy blog this week, I will simply present this video. It was made in 2 days. The artwork is my son’s – the awesome Connor McManis. He illustrated my story about Cougar: Fur Family. The voice is mine – such as it is. I’m literally sitting in the hot car with windows rolled up, singing into my iphone, downing herbal tea and ignoring my ear infection. Daz, my lovely artist boyfriend and skilled video editor, put it together for me. The words belong to the immortal Burt Bachrach – who is a master at finding perfect little niches in the human heart and celebrating them in song.
In my short time on this planet, much of it immersed in a fairy world of my own imagination, I had already discovered that things are not always as they seem. I decided that wolves are friends. Dogs are friends. Forest creatures are friends. I also decided NOT to be the little blonde girl. I wanted instead to be the wolf. The wolf is easily the smartest character in the story.