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Dog's Life: Lifestyle
In the Dog House
The kids have flown and now canines rule the roost
 Not long ago, I was a black-haired, freckled-faced 28-year-old mom of four little ones—two boys and two girls, all under the age of six. It was heaven on earth. I was keenly aware of it. I often said, “These are the best years of my life.”   Who’d have thought it would all come to this, and so fast?   In what seems like a blink of an eye, I am now 49. My hair is still mostly black, but the grey...
Dog's Life: Lifestyle
Dogs on Ice
Lessons learned from a near-disaster
One crisp winter day, my friend Kate and I went walking on nearby farm land. The two of us had taken this walk many times over the years; that day, we had eight dogs with us. The four dogs in my charge were all “grand-dogs,” as were three of the four accompanying Kate. After about an hour in the brisk, 20-degree air, we headed back to our cars. As we neared one of the farm’s three ice-covered...