Thursday, November 20, 2014



In the year 2001, I was working 50-hour weeks, 
commuting 10 hours a week and living in a 
townhouse that would never have allowed a 
dog. Early one morning I had a vivid dream. I 
dreamed I sold everything I owned, bought a dog, 
packed up my station wagon and traveled across 
the country camping with my dog in the national 
parks. The dream was so delicious, it left me 
blissful for days. As it turned out, I was able 
to live that dream—and Kendra was that dog. We 
didn't make it all the way across the country, 
but in many ways she and I traveled a lot 
further. For twelve years we were practically 
inseparable. I worked from home, camped with 
Kendra in the remotest places and became a 
spiritual contemplative. Kendra made that 
possible. She was my soul's companion and my 
ferocious bodyguard. I have no doubt that we 
came together under a spiritual contract that we 
made long before either of us was born, and it 
cannot possibly be expressed in words how 
grateful I am to her. I have told her so many 
times that I am sure she knows: Kendra, thank 
you for coming to earth to be with me. I love you with all my heart."

Sunday, November 2, 2014


My sweetest pup Tat (short for Tatiana) left us on October 23, 2014 after 16 long years. She was a very special dog that touched many lives – I wish words could convey how truly amazing she was. So many people said they never liked Chihuahuas until they met Tat. (Why do Chihuahuas get a bad rap?) In her younger years, she was quite rambunctious and loved to play fetch and snuggle. As she got older, her favorite activities were sunbathing and napping. Even as a senior dog, Tat still looked like a puppy with her flop ears. She gave the best greetings every time you came home, so excited and happy to see you again. She even did a little laugh! Sixteen years is a long life for a dog. Tat created so much love and happiness in this world. Her essence of beauty and love will live on in so many wonderful memories. RIP, my little angel.

XO, mama

Friday, August 8, 2014


After a very brief, valiant bout with cancer, Huck passed away peacefully at home at sunset yesterday, with his head snuggled in my lap, Ross and I stroking and loving him along the way. 

It goes without saying that he was the best dog in the whole world.  It is comforting that he was hiking and chasing birds just a couple of weeks ago. And the last thing he did was to go to the beach to sniff, paw, wade and greet other dogs—he died with wet paws.  And prance: he pranced until the very end.

He had a wonderful, wonderful life, a brief illness with just enough time to say good-bye, and a good death.  We should all be so lucky. 

But, oh, how I will miss him.


Sunday, June 8, 2014


In loving memory…

Check out the link to a short video of Benny playing ball with Oskar a few weeks ago.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014


Dear Friends and Family,
Kashtanka passed away peacefully on May 3, 2014.  She let us know it was her time, and she was euthanized at home on her favorite bed.
We miss her terribly, but we can't help but smile when we remember our Kash stories. She was an amazing dog! She brought us so much joy and we are grateful she was ours for 18 years!
We're glad she had a chance to meet you...enjoy the attached slide presentation of Kashtanka in Azerbaijan, Baltimore, Hawaii and her final resting place of Seattle.
Here's to Kash - 

Georgine and Richard


My beloved Brodie lost his battle with kidney disease on May 12, 2014.  Although we tried, he just couldn’t hold on any longer.  It seems like only yesterday he was just a little, playful kitten, who loved to ride on my back, but I was lucky to have had him for 15 years.  I will miss his company, his chatter, silky fur, and beautiful baby-blue eyes.  What a handsome boy he was and so gentle and sweet.  May you rest in peace and run free with your brother, Coco, on the other side until we all meet again.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014


Our dog Toby is greatly missed. He had been my companion for my entire adult life and became the friend, protector, and patient plaything of my 4 children. He had many doggie friends and outlived them all. I know he must be so happy to be reunited with his two best friends, Gabe and Tilli. 

Everyone who met Toby loved him and his dog sitter gave him the nickname, "Gentleman" because he had good manners and was always happy. 

He loved to swim though it took him a while to figure it out. For about a year he refused to enter the water. One day I just picked him up and threw him in and after that it was a real struggle to get him out! He used to swim and fetch sticks in Lake Chelan for hours until we forced him to take a break. He loved to range on wide open spaces and investigate all the smells and sounds of a new place and bring back any interesting things he found on the way (usually something stinky!)

In his older years, Toby preferred to hang around and only occasionally frolic with his dog buddy, Kai. Just a week before his passing, he played in the sun for a couple hours and showed more energy and life than the younger dog. 

His constant presence in our lives was a source of peace and joy to us for 14 years. I'm so thankful that Dr. Rickman was able to help me release Toby to greener pastures in the most peaceful and comfortable way possible. We will never forget our very best friend.