A Love So Sweet, A Life So Complete

“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” —Roger Caras

Dogs Family Fiction Faith & Foodies Ernie & Dora Hiers

Our family

Look at these two munchkins.

Dogs are wonderful teachers.

They teach us so much about embracing and loving their differences.

One is energetic and practically bounces like a bunny. He races and slides on our wood floors and would make a wonderful addition to a roller derby team. He’s stubborn, willful, and barks his impatience. While he enjoys an occasional cuddle, he seems to prefer exploring on his own.

Our older boy prefers a long nap over playtime and he’s so incredibly patient with the little. He lived with his first human owners for 8 years before being surrendered to a shelter. Understandably, the big guy suffers from separation anxiety and doesn’t like for me to be out of his sight. He even puts up with our endless walks to help him slim down to his healthy weight just because he wants to be with me. He howls, a long mournful wail, when we leave him alone. But he’s only barked a few times.

Dogs make our lives better.

Dogs Make Our Life Better Fiction Faith & Foodies Ernie & Dora Hiers

They add zest and joy and sparkle to our days. They give us a reason to get up out of our chairs and go for a walk. You might have just scolded or stepped on them (as in my case with the little), but they have short memories. Dogs give wet, sloppy kisses and dish out love without conditions.

What about you? Is your life better because of a dog?

Losing Weight is NOT Easy!

Losing weight is NOT easy!


When I first saw Que in the shelter, he’d already shed 30 pounds from the time his owners surrendered him four months prior. Thirty pounds in four months! And in just a little over a month, since we’ve had him, he’s lost almost ten more! He lives for his half cup of food two times a day and…


Can you imagine? His favorite treat is frozen green beans. He doesn’t care for them thawed, though. lol. And if I still have another closed tight in my hand, he knows it! Can you blame him?

“If you think dogs can’t count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then give him only two of them.” ~Phil Pastoret

Losing weight is NOT easy.

He’s worked hard. The shelter enlisted the help of the community and volunteers offered to walk him. Now, at our house, every time we go outside for a potty break, we make several laps around the house. In the evenings, he rides to the park where he gets a change of scenery for…you guessed it, more walking.

Losing Weight is NOT easy Fiction Faith & Foodies Ernie & Dora Hiers

Our big fella. Still another 30 to go.

Losing weight is NOT easy.

I can relate. I was active in sports into my 20’s. After two kids and working at a sedentary desk job, forty pounds found their way around my hips and waist. With the Atkins diet, I lost those forty pounds, but it’s been a real struggle to keep the weight off. Like a teeter totter going up and down, up and down.

Maybe with all this walking, I might drop a few pounds too. Even so, they’ll probably find their way back again. lol.

What’s your pet’s favorite treat? Do you struggle with maintaining a healthy weight? What’s helped you?