Posts By: Chris

What’s in a Name?

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When we were looking for dog names for Koda, I was looking for names that had a nice meaning. Koda – a variation of Dakota – means friend. I think Kelly may have suggested that name because it was the name of a character (I think a bear) in a show / movie the kids… Read more »

A House without a Dog is not a Home

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Yes, this post title is a little over-the-top. But for someone who has had pets their whole life and who just lost 3 pets this Spring/Summer, our house is missing a je-ne-sais-quoi energy. And that’s not really true. I do know the energy it is missing. It is missing the unconditional-love-of-a-dog energy. I didn’t write… Read more »

She’s Free Now

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My 14-year-old, wonderful farm dog Koda went to be with Columbus this morning. Kelly and I were both with her when she left this world. We got Koda when Kelly was 16, so Koda was one of her childhood dogs. And even this morning, when Kelly showed up, Koda got all excited to see her,… Read more »

The Birthday Gift

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My 60th birthday is in June. My husband surprised me at Christmas with a trip to Ireland and Scotland. That won’t be happening now. I was also going to do a mother/daughter getaway with my youngest, who is turning 30 this year. Our birthdays are 4 days apart by calendar, 30 days apart by years…. Read more »

The Last Chapter

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It’s been a long time since I wrote a puppies diary post, which began as an outlet for my experiences raising Columbus. Six years have passed, in fact. Koda is lame and mostly deaf and seems to have a harder time seeing in the dark. She’s going to be 14 next month, and I’ve been… Read more »

Happiest of Holidays to All (2019 update)

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Here is the (growing) Samoiloff family year in review. I hope 2019 treated you all well. Wishing you and yours a wonderful 2020!  We’ll start with Landon. Here he is last winter helping Papa with the wood. He LOVES helping papa with the wood. Every time he comes to the house he says, “Papa, are… Read more »

I dream of a better world

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I wrote this earlier this year. I’d like to return to writing more, because it is my happy place. So posting this dream that happened back in March…. I woke up from a bad dream last night with tears welling up in my eyes to overflowing. I know the source of his dream was for… Read more »

The Tree

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She ran towards her old friend, tears streaming down her face. They were at it again and she just had to escape. Home was not a happy place for her. But the woods nearby were. She ran to them, often. She was told to stay out of the forest, that teenagers hung out there, drinking…. Read more »

Merry, happy, joyous greetings, 2018

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This year has brought lots of introspection on how to remain steady while the world swirls around in chaos, along with the realization that if we don’t find that place of peace inside of us, we can get caught up in all sorts of drama, created either by others or ourselves. Life on this planet,… Read more »

Dazed and Confused

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I’ve been doing a lot of thinking tonight. I’m a thinker, it’s what I do. And then I try to put things into words. This one’s a hard one, though, because it has many pieces. Here are the pieces that came at me tonight and spun me around into a realization. I met one of… Read more »