BULLIES come in all ages

BULLIES come in all ages
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Surround yourself with positive people,
energy, and situations;
always avoid negativity.


Life is too short to wake up with regrets.
So, love the people who treat you right.

Forgive, and then forget about the ones who don't.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

I'm Juz Sayin'

Tell me I'm clever, Tell me I'm kind,
Tell me I'm talented, Tell me I'm cute,
Tell me I'm sensitive, Graceful and wise,
Tell me I'm perfect--
But tell me the truth.

~Shel Silverstein

Happy Trails,

Monday, March 29, 2010

Monday's Memory~ Honey Bun

Honey Bun (HB), the lop-eared rabbit, lived a healthy and happy life as my classroom pet for 10 years. Having a rabbit in the classroom had a wonderful calming effect on the students. She was litter trained and spent most of the day out of her cage.

Easter was HB's favorite holiday and she was always present for the annual egg hunt at school.

I still see former students and parents who ask about HB. It saddens me to have to report that she passed away, peacefully in her sleep, 3 years ago.

If you're looking for a special book to add to a child's Easter basket, I highly recommend, Leo the Lop by Stephen Cosgrove.

It is a delightfully illustrated book about how Leo and his bunny buddies learn one of life's most important lessons.

I DO NOT RECOMMEND giving live bunnies as Easter gifts. HB had been an Easter bunny, returned to the pet store, and was living her life in a cage in the pet store warehouse. Apparently, animals returned to pet stores cannot be resold, because stores can no longer guarantee the animals' health. A friend who worked at the store asked me to rescue HB. Honey Bun was one of the sweetest animals I have ever known.

Honey Bun, enjoying her favorite snack, raw sweet potato,
on my desk at school.

Happy Trails,

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Sunday is for Family

Mother and Daddy

This was Mother and Daddy 's engagement announcement photo used in the Savannah News Paper.
They were married March 26, 1950
at Sacred Heart Catholic Church on Bull St.
in Savannah, GA.
They spent their honeymoon on a train headed for Daddy's new Marine Corps post assignment, Philadelphia, PA.

Mother had never been out of the southeast.
Suddenly she was married to a Polish Catholic Marine from Erie, PA, and she was living in Philadelphia, PA. 
I think Mother was pretty "spunky" for her day!

Happy Trails,

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Lost Balloon

If you know Princess, please tell her we found her balloon, stuck to a tree limb in our woods, looking very much like a pink UFO. At least that's what Mom thought for a split second when she caught the shiny thing out of the corner of her eye.

Anyway,  it's Princess's birthday and we woud love to reunite her with this pretty, pink, crown balloon.

Thank you!

Happy Trails,

Friday, March 26, 2010

Sassy Says

Don't confuse fame with success.
Madonna is one; Helen Keller is the other.
~Erma Bombeck

Happy Trails,

Thursday, March 25, 2010


Happy Trails,

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

I'm Juz Sayin' ~Slunder

Spring is Nature's way of saying, "Let's party!"
~Robin Williams

My daffodils were not happy Monday as we had intermittent snow showers throughout the day.
In the early evening I went out on the deck to chase away a squirrel.
It was sleeting and I heard thunder!
Happy Trails,

Monday, March 22, 2010

Monday's Memory-Davey and Goliath

Does anyone else remember Davey and Goliath?

I think Goliath was a Chocolate Lab.

What's your guess?

Happy Trails,

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Sunday is for Family

Great Aunt Alta, Uncle Jack (holding me), and Grandma
Frederick County, MD

Great Aunt Alta was my maternal grandmother's sister. She was quite proper in her mannerisms and speech (aka An Old Maid), and she made me feel very uncomfortable as I got older.

Uncle Jack was Mother's baby brother. He was always my favorite uncle. As a little girl I wished Uncle Jack was my big brother and would come live with us.

Being an only child could be lonely at times.

Happy Trails,

Saturday, March 20, 2010

March Madness

Happy Weekend Everyone!

Happy Trails,

Friday, March 19, 2010

Sassy Says

Laugh as much as you breathe and love as long as you live.

Happy Trails,

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Oh, Pooh!

Iditarod Restart, March 7, 2010
Willow Lake, AK

See the lady on her hands and knees? That's me!
See the pile highlighted in yellow? That's dog pooh!
I had just jumped over pooh, while holding the dog line, slipped on the ice, and successfully completed the "roll away from the sled" maneuver. 

Let's just say, my feelings weren't the only thing hurt.

Happy Trails,

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Wordless Wednesday


Congrats, Lance and Dogs!
Happy Trails,

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

I'm Juz Sayin'

Home is where you go when you're tired of being good.

Happy Trails,

Monday, March 15, 2010

Happy Third "Gotcha Day", Buddy

Three years ago a big, handsome, young, black Lab was found roaming the streets of Helen, GA, picked up by Animal Control, and brought to the shelter where I was a volunteer.

He was absolutely beautiful and crazy, barking and throwing himself onto the cage when anyone walked near him. When I was finally able to get him on a leash and out to the exercise yard, he calmed down and I saw a sweet, confused, gentle soul. We made eye contact and I was convinced this was a pup who would make a wonderful companion. My original intention was to "foster" and socialize the big, goofy boy until his fur-ever home could be found...
And we all know the rest of that story.
I took these photos of Buddy (at the shelter) to show Hubby the "foster" dog I was bringing home. Hubby just smiled. He knew Buddy had found his fur-ever home even before I did!
I Love You, Buddy!

Happy Trails,

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Sunday is for Family

Daddy and Me
Savannah, GA
~Aug. 24, 1974

Happy Trails,

Friday, March 12, 2010

Thank You Ina, Ron, and Pups

Ina and I spent Wednesday afternoon together, taking Halle to Paw Prince for a new pink harness. I bought a bag of salmon cheddar treats for my own pups.

We then went to Ina's to spend time visiting with her sweet pups before meeting Ron, Ina's husband, for a lovely dinner.
Ina and Ron are wonderful and certainly spoiled me!
Meeting Ina, Ron, and the pups was one of the highlights of my time in Alaska.
I only wish we didn't live so far away from each other.

My Dear Ina,

Thank you for opening your home, your pups, and your heart to me!

Ina's pups' booties...

Edited to add (March 11. 10:30 PM EST)
My flight arrived in Atlanta, 8:30 PM, Thursday!
It's great to be home!

Happy Trails,

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Warren Palfrey's Dogs

People often ask me why I travel from Georgia to the Iditarod.
Need I say more?

Happy Trails,

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Iditarod Restart

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The official restart was Sunday, March 7 on Willow Lake.

I handled for rookie Hank DeBruin and his beautiful team of Huskies from Haliburton, Ontario.

I hugged them all for Khyra!

And, yes, I did fall-TWICE!!!

It's hard to keep a Southern girl down.

Both times I was able to catch up with the team and I made it to the starting chute. Standing under the Iditarod start banner was a thrill!

I wished all the dogs and Hank a safe, healthy, and happy trip to Nome.
I had several comments regarding dropped dogs yesterday. Long-distance sled dog races, such as the Iditarod, require mushers to finish with only those dogs who started the race. Although none may be added to the team after the start, they can be dropped at any checkpoint and for any reason. A maximum of sixteen dogs may start in an Iditarod team, and at least five are required to be in harness to officially finish. Reasons for dropping dogs are numerous. Attitude problems, fatigue, illness, immaturity, injury, being “in heat,” lack of speed and musher strategy, are the more common ones.
Dropped dog care and management is highly organized to provide for the safe return of the dogs to Anchorage.
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Happy Trails,

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Flight to Skwentna Checkpoint

 Click on photos to enlarge.

I flew on a Cessna 182, (in the co-pilot seat), out to the Skwentna checkpoint today...all the dog teams were gone, but we saw several dropped dogs being transported by plane to Anchorage.

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Happy Trails,