Writing in a vacuum

My third newsletter has lots of fun and serious articles. You do not want to miss it. REALLY.

But, besides a handful of people, no one has bothered to check it out (yes, webstats are great things until you find out no one is paying anything you say any mind). It’s kinda like contests I put together to GIVE STUFF AWAY that no one bothers to enter …. oh my :0)

Maybe for the next issue I need to hide a secret word or image somewhere in the issue and tell folks the first person to find it wins something.

My spirits were buoyed, though, when I received this post from a Golden breeder (with some English Golden Alfie relatives no less).

Dear Rochelle, You could not have described more perfectly your newsletter: “Sometimes laughter, sometimes tears. But always food for the soul.” I laughed at the start, and I cried at the end—and yes, so much food for my soul.   Thank you for sharing it! — Sincerely, Felice Haggerty www.gazngoldenretrievers.com

I also read a lovely thank-you by a hurtin’ Kelley Baldwin, just having lost her Golden girl Chaser on June 19th. But, she may not count since she was one of the wonderful authors who contributed articles for the issue.

Through the wonders of social media a few months ago, I met the founder of Land of PureGold Foundation. The foundation promotes the human-canine bond and responsible pet ownership, and also funds cancer research and treatments for working dogs for animal-assistance therapy, search and rescue, etc.

Rochelle first contacted me after reading one of my columns, which featured my Chaser. She wanted to reprint it in Pet Talk, her foundation’s newsletter. Of course, I said YES! Just a few short weeks later, she returned the favor by providing us with a great resource – http://www.tripawds.com/ – after learning about Chaser’s osteosarcoma diagnosis.

As if Rochelle hadn’t helped us enough…she continues to amaze me. In this month’s foundation newsletter, she included a two-page feature on my Chaser. Others will read about her journey and her life. It is ways like this my Chaser will live on. You can read it here (pages 7-8).

I love Kelley’s Life Like Mine blog, as her writing is always so spot on. She needs to be writing for some comedy shows. She really is that good. And, I was thrilled to see at her blog another tribute to Chaser, just stumbled upon by her hubby.

Even after she’s gone, our Chaser continues to surprise us. … It’s the website for the Veterinary Speciality and Emergency Center. We took Chaser there for her eye exams. I guess they decided she was beautiful too.

We always joked she could have been a movie star. However, it was enough she was a star in our hearts.


Golden Alfie’s summertime views

My third newsletter has lots of fun and serious articles. You do not want to miss it. REALLY. Just click here. I only briefly talk about my hubby’s summertime obsessions, one being his garden. We are the only folks for miles around with such a garden, a huge organic garden that is unbelievable.

Check out the new raised beds and Inspector Alfie. I’ve also included some fun photos of Alfie at the pond. He really loves stalking the frogs, but we have to watch him as he has been known to catch a couple.

Be sure to click on the photos for supersized views!

Alfie outside our fenced garden (wood with deer fence attached to top)

Alf hanging out at the sugar snap peas, early in the season

One of the 3 raised beds showing early romaine & lettuce growth

Lots more growth from the early planting

Alfie at the pond

Alfie just checking it all out at the pond area