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 [...]

On the Move

Over the summer I was offered a new job in Wisconsin, the state where I grew up. I wanted to move back closer to my family, and I love the Madison area. So in September, after I had lived in Minnesota for 31 years, and in the same house for almost 26 years, we made [...]

Just Being

Earlier this year I wrote about taking a therapy dog class with Cay, and how far she’s come since she first arrived here as a practically-feral adolescent 8 years ago. I had decided to enter Cay in the class because of the response she’d shown to my niece’s children, fetching the ball over and over [...]

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 [...]

Finding Our Way

Fall is here already. Where did the summer go? I had vowed that this summer would be different from last year, when Chase was diagnosed with colon cancer just after the 4th of July. The rest of that summer revolved around his care and cancer treatments. Then we discovered in September that Bandit had multiple [...]

Meaningful Work

We all want to belong and feel useful. Most of us are happiest when we have meaningful work. Our dogs are descended from long lines of herders, retrievers, hunters, guard dogs, and other dogs who became companions to people because they did useful work. Nowadays, sleeping at home all day while the family is at school and work can [...]

Enjoying the Winter That Almost Wasn’t

We haven’t had much of a winter here this season, at least by Minnesota standards. Not much snow, not very cold weather. It seems like the temperature has hardly even dropped below freezing. By the time you read this, I might be trying to dig my way out of a snowstorm. But while writing this [...]

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 [...]

Angel Animals & Angel People: The MVHS Woofer & Hoofer

Cay and I had a great time at the Minnesota Valley Humane Society Woofer & Hoofer walk on Saturday. We’re grateful that our friend Sylvia joined us in our book booth and donated to the MVHS. Send article as PDF to