Oola and the Hose Monster

Oola and the Hose Monster

Our dog really liked drinking from the hose, but she hated having it splash her in the face. So she worked and worked until she got it just right–the water flowing full force straight down her throat, no splash. Watching her arrive at that exact position was like watching her wrestle with some kind of splash monster until she’d won. And every time I watched her do it, I held my breath until she’d conquered  the Hose Monster...

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Stella Goes Out for Coffee

Larger than life is a term applied to heroes. They leave an impression. Stella, our three-legged Great Dane, does that. She can go out for coffee and come home immortalized as a cartoon by Boulder’s Shoney Sien. Stella’s big, but gentle. She has a brown eye and a blue eye–not common in Great Danes. She likes to be petted but still manages to give the impression that she’s aloof, not needy. Treats?–her highness needs...

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Stella the Three-Legged Dog

Four years ago we rescued a three-legged Great Dane named Stella. Or she rescued my husband and me. Stella was hit by a car when she was five months old. Bad injury. The femur was broken and rammed through her hip bone. It’s a miracle she survived the accident and a second miracle she survived her previous owner who reportedly said, “If it doesn’t heal on it’s own, I’ll shoot her.”  She dragged her injured...

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