Our Pets

It seems like everyone has owned a pet at some point in their life.  Or, perhaps, the opposite is true.  Regardless of who owns who, pets are a member of the family and give unconditional love and affection.  If you have photo of current or former pets that you would like to share with others, just send them to me and I will take care of the rest.

Following is just a few simple "facts of life" that all pet owners know:

To be posted VERY LOW on the refrigerator door - nose height.

  • Dear Dogs and Cats, The dishes with the paw prints are yours and contain your food. The other dishes are mine and contain my food. Please note, placing a paw print in the middle of my plate of food does not stake a claim for it becoming your food and dish, nor do I find that aesthetically pleasing in the slightest.

  • The stairway was not designed by NASCAR and is not a racetrack.

  • Beating me to the bottom is not the object. Tripping me doesn't help because I fall faster than you can run.

  • I cannot buy anything bigger than a king sized bed. I am very sorry about this. Do not think I will continue sleeping on the couch to ensure your comfort. Dogs and cats can actually curl up in a ball when they sleep. It is not necessary to sleep perpendicular to each other stretched out to the fullest extent possible. I also know that sticking tails straight out and having tongues hanging out the other end to maximize space is nothing but sarcasm.

  • For the last time, there is not a secret exit from the bathroom. If by some miracle I beat you there and manage to get the door shut, it is not necessary to claw, whine, meow, try to turn the knob or get your paw under the edge and try to pull the door open. I must exit through the same door I entered. Also, I have been using the bathroom for years --canine or feline attendance is not mandatory.

  • The proper order is kiss me, then go smell the other dog or cat's butt. I cannot stress this enough!

  • To pacify you, my dear pets, I have posted the following message on our front door:

To All Non-Pet Owners Who Visit & Like to Complain About Our Pets

  • They live here. You don't.

  • If you don't want their hair on your clothes, stay off the furniture. (That's why they call it "fur"niture.)

  • I like my pets a lot better than I like most people.

  • To you, it's an animal. To me, he/she is an adopted son/daughter who is short, hairy, walks on all fours and doesn't speak clearly.

Remember: Dogs and cats are better than kids because they:


  • Eat less

  • Don't ask for money all the time

  • Are easier to train

  • Usually come when called

  • Never drive your car

  • Don't hang out with drug-using friends

  • Don't smoke or drink

  • Don't worry about having to buy the latest fashions

  • Don't wear your clothes

  • Don't need a gazillion dollars for college, and

  • If they get pregnant, you can sell their children


Rudy - A picture of devotion to Jim and Tookie

Nothing like a cool bath to quench your thirst.  A tongue for all occasions.

This is "Deuce" as in "Deuce and a half."  He is only 9 months old and is well on his way to being a "Horse."

Repeat after me....Aghhh...she is soooo cute.  And, of course, her newly adopted patents, Dan and Mary, couldn't agree more..
Welcome to Woodside Duchess!!

This is our newest member of our family.. Her formal name is Dame Foxy Red Roxy.  She looks well behaved now but we all know what Lab puppies are really like.  Katy bar the door!

This is "Notorious" Buddy. If you lucky, might hear him braying.

Chelsea is 19 years old!  Whoa!  If my math was better I would know what that is in "dog years."

Sam, our newest member of the family is a 2 year old Arab.

Lupine and Cody, taking some much needed rest after a long hike.

Casey was our first Irish Setter.  He loved to run but was always by our side. 

For some unexplained reason, Casey held this pose for several minutes on his own.  Kinda like, "Yeah, I'm handsome."

Katie was out second Irish Setter.  She was known as our "California Dog", often preferring to lay down to eat.

Murphy was Ken and Carol's (Patsy's sister and Hubby) Irish Setter.  Unlike most Irish Setters, he was smart as a whip!

This is Murphy's glamour photo.  He didn't win any prizes but clearly gave it his best shot.

This is Cooper, namesake of CooperOC.  He belongs to Bill and Steph, our daughter and Hubby.  Has all the traits of a yellow lab except he is well behaved.

I think this was Cooper's first encounter with "real grass."  He didn't quite understand what it was, but he knew he loved it.

This is Ferris (left) and Charlotte.  They belong to Brian and Suzanne (Our Son and better half).  Wonderful dogs but, boy are they BIG!

Patsy loves BIG dogs. 

This is Egon and Gozer.  They share a home Brian and Suzanne.

This is Carma.  No one owns her. She did, however, live with Bill and Steph.  A cat like no other.

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