Monday, August 29, 2011

You'd Never Know

You'd Never Know

You'd never know that she had surgery a week ago.

You'd never know that she tore two ligaments in her knee.

You'd never know that she has an L shaped plate holding her broken bones together.

You'd never know that the six screws allow her to be bionic.


Because she smiles like she's the happiest she's ever been.

Because she still snaps at her siblings.

Because she flexes her joints like it's a natural part of her being.

Because she moves with the swiftness of an athlete.


The patches from the IVs.

The shaved patch from her epidural.

The slight limp after a short stint in the yard.

The shaved leg with the furry paw.

This is my husky-doodle...and I'm so happy she's healing quickly.

Notice the furry tip of her shaved husky-doodle

Happy as can be with her furry brother.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011


Out of the corner of my eye, I noticed that my dog had turned to stone. It was as if Medusa had worked her charm. I quickly made sure that she was breathing and then became curious. I had to find out what had caught her attention. My eyes scanned the yard like a word search puzzle. Birds? Squirrels? Bunnies?

Oh no, her hairs are beginning to raise and her legs are stretching like a sprinter. I began to run towards the screen door...the hairs on my arms raising as well.

                  NO             SASHA!               STOP!

A creamsicle of fur blurred past my vision as my Husky bounded off the deck. I followed, in what felt like slow motion as the events unfolded before my eyes.

The mound of fluff flew down the hill as my dog quickly closed the gap. The grace of the chase caught me by surprise. Please don't let this end terribly.

Sasha's eyes got big as she launched off the rock wall at the bottom of our hill. Did she forget that it as there? (We've only been home for 3 days after being away for a year.)

When her feet touched the ground, a loud howl came from her toes and traveled out her mouth. My heart exploded as I landed by her side. This could not be happening. I closed my eyes to hold in my panic...when I opened them, the creamsicle was melting out of my view.

Update: My pup did not end up breaking her leg like I feared, but did rupture the ligament in her knee. She's preparing for surgery and an 8 week recouping period.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Golden Thieves

Emerald green. sapphire, and gold catch my eye as I soak up the last rays of sun for the day. Why is my ivy sparkling like jewels on a royal crown? My curiosity has gotten the best of me. As I rise from my sunning spot, the jewels begin to flicker...reflecting the precious last beams of light.

What in the world?

Scarab like creatures are cluttered over my mess of ivy. My mind quickly tries to process what it's seeing. I can't help but begin to recite pages from The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Visions of hole covered leaves are coming to fruition. These emerald colored beetles are devouring the leaves like a bedtime snack.

My narrow focus begins to widen as I notice the destruction these small creatures have caused. Huge sections of lush, green ivy have transformed into gold-plated, hole covered leaves. My birch tree looks like the seasons have changed over night. The once abundant leaves now litter my lawn.

These thieves in my garden MUST GO! I will miss the beauty of NH but will not miss their crawling critters. Japanese Beetles....Be Gone!

Benny Mazurphoto Flicker© 2005