Chicken Soup for the Soul ‘Friend Friday’ Podcast with Amy Newmark

I thoroughly enjoyed talking with Amy Newmark on the Chicken Soup for the Soul ‘Friend Friday’ podcast. We discussed my stories, “Changing More Than Diapers” in the Empowered Woman book, about my experiences as an engineering student and coming full circle as an engineering professor, and “Teacher in a Fur Coat” in The Dog Really [...]

“There’s a Puppy at the Dump” – LightShine Canine: A Rez Dog Rescue

They have today’s game plan mapped out. On the Pine Ridge and neighboring Rosebud Indian Reservations in South Dakota, this “boots on the ground” group, small enough to sit at the same picnic table, has a list of dogs to pick up from calls that came in over the past couple of days. The plan [...]

Natchez Trace Cayenne: The Rest of the Story

The subject line stopped me in my tracks, “My Experience with Tony (“Mountain Man”) and His 31 Dogs”. Tony… Mountain Man. It had to be him! The first line of the article mentioned that Tony had been living deep in the woods of Natchez Trace State Park in Tennessee. My heart skipped a beat. The [...]

New Beginnings

The arrival of spring brought a wonderful message about a new beginning that brightened my day. Remember my 2012 story about the spirit dogs of Bimini (https://www.omegafields.com/blog/spirit-dogs-of-bimini/)? In March I received a message from Johanna, who rescued the yellow dog in the story that reminded me of my dog Cay. Johanna founded a rescue organization [...]

Derailing the Train

Well, I certainly didn’t see this coming. My oh-so-special dog Chase has been diagnosed with cancer. As cancer does, it came like a blow to the gut when least expected, and suddenly figuring out what to do about this fast-growing disease was our top priority. Chase had blood in his stools for a few months, [...]

A Note From Kenna’s Mom–Update!

Reposting (originally posted on September 18, 2008–see update below): Yesterday I received this wonderful message from Sheryl, Kenna’s mom. Kenna’s story is told in Chapter 17 of 8 State Hurricane Kate. Sheryl gave me permission to share this with you: About a month ago I received an e-mail from Kenna’s foster mother, Rebecca, letting me know [...]

Chase’s True Calling? Dog is Love

In January, Chase and I started taking a therapy dog class. The point of the class is to familiarize the human-dog team with the exercises they need to pass to become a Delta Society Pet Partners team. Chase has been waiting for me to get my act together for years. He loves to meet new [...]

Pondering Poppies: The Seeds That We Sow

June 2, 2006 was my last day with 8 State Hurricane Kate. You may have read her story in the book 8 State Hurricane Kate: The Journey and Legacy of a Katrina Cattle Dog. It was with great sadness that I spent that last beautiful early summer day with her, a perfect day to sit together on [...]

A Scaredy Pup Grows Up

You may have read my earlier blog posts about the puppy “Zulu” (now known as Cayenne), who joined our family in 2008. Cayenne turned four years old on June 17th, at least that’s our best guess. The youngest dog here, she occupies the bottom of our small pack. She’s the blond dog in the middle [...]

What Dogs Have Taught Me about Life, Love, and Myself

One of the best ways to get to know me is through the dogs in my life, so I decided to introduce myself through my relationships with them. Katrina rescue dog Kate taught me that an old lost beaten down girl who survived a Louisiana hurricane and flood and was displaced halfway across the country [...]