Active animal lovers from Colorado, USA. (Fully vaccinated.) Hoping to settle in Hawaii after traveling the world for two years (mostly New Zealand). (We're in the Cook Islands at the moment.) Will continue to travel when we can.
Probably the best way to get to know us is to read some of the funny stories at Locuto -- especially "The Art of the Mountain Mutt." We've owned four houses and five dogs over the last 40 years. Nearly all of that time, we lived at about 8500 feet meters) altitude. We love to walk. A tired dog is a good dog.
Besides love and good care, animals require exercise, a regular routine, and creative engagement. So do we. We're not really "bucket list" travelers. We're happy to stay put and stick with a schedule. When not walking, we're often reading or writing -- and talking to critters.
We've watched dogs and other animals informally throughout our travels. In Picton, NZ, most of the animals in town knew us well. We bought a boat and were adopted by Monty, the marina cat. We walked several km nearly every day to feed carrots and apples to Bronte, an elderly horse. And several times, we stayed with Dylan, a soulful Welsh spaniel. When we first arrived in NZ, we stayed at a B&B near Waipu, where we gave the host's cairn terrier a workout. Old Billy fell into bed every night, exhausted. In 2020, we maintained a house and garden and guinea pig in Tauranga for more than a month.
Tricia is quite a botanist, and once managed a greenhouse. She also worked as a forester. She's GREAT with potted plants and thrives on tending them. She's also artistic, and a conscientious housekeeper. I received months of training as an animal communicator, though it has never been practical for me to make a profession of it. Writing keeps me anchored and available for animals and chores. In fact, those things work well together. Walking is a great way to break up my workday, and animals are wonderful companions.
When I was looking through my file of dog photos, I came across this letter I'd written in 2017, when we were taking care of a great old retired hunting dog named Sherlock:
9 May 2017
Notes on Sherlock
K&T's Dog Spa
Sherlock had a great stay. He’s fairly strong, though probably a little overweight from a farewell feast. He also injured his right front leg this morning – probably trying to get up. First real injury he’s had – though he’s seemed weak overall from time to time. As I mentioned, he’s eating well, sleeping well, and pooping well. He just has a little trouble getting around.
Vet report: Dr. Keeney confirmed general arthritis throughout, but says he’s otherwise fairly healthy (though no blood work done). She believes the primary issue is in the thoracic spine – the middle part. He responded well to two acupuncture treatments. The doc gave us one week’s worth of Rimadyl, the idea being that if you’re considering putting him down, it might be worth trying that for a week first, to see if he bounces back. We chose not to give him any of the drug yet – that’s up to you. If he’s till limping on that front leg this evening, it might be worthwhile to start him on it. You can always get more, of course.
Routine: Our routine has been to get him up and out for a qui