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Christmas With a Dog Means…

December 24, 2015

Christmas with a dog means there will be a few ornaments nosed or tail-wagged off of the tree.

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It means that wedges of cheese and salami will be snatched with glee from party platters, in front of guests who may not want to help themselves anymore after the fact!   It means that there will be less time for long walks due to all of the wrapping that needs to be done.  This of course leads to forlorn looks and pitiful whines while we try to get the wrapping and such done.  And with the door bell ringing all of the time due to all the deliveries and visitors, there is sure to be a lot of excited barking.

But beyond these minor mishaps, what Christmas with a dog really means is the boundless love and warmth that our canine companions provide us, each and every day, holiday or not.


Wishing you a very Merry Christmas full of Fur and Fun!

Cheers!  Diana






Help World Vets Help Pets in the Philippines

November 15, 2013

Hi Friends, this information comes from the good people at BlogPaws.  World Vets is organizing help for pet relief in the Philippines.  Please take a look and help if you can!   Visit World Vets at or on Twitter – @Worldvets    Woofs & Thanks, Cookie







Lipstick for lunch, butter for dinner

September 12, 2013

As manifested by this here blog, you know how much I love Cookie.  

Sometimes though, our dogs test our love and patience, such as when they remove from your purse and eat your two favorite (and luckily non-toxic) lipsticks.  Exhibit A, see front paws.  Note the doleful expression of the culprit.  


Well, it is time to switch to fall colors anyway… But when, during that very same day, your doggie also devours an entire stick of butter right in front of you, before you can utter one single word, it can give a beleaguered mother pause.   There’s a beast in my house!!!  And it’s out of control!!!

After a lifetime of having well-manered cats as pets, it never ceases to surprise me what kind of mischief Cookie can find her way into.  Luckily, it never ceases to AMAZE me the love this dog generates in our home and the world at large.  If I had a dollar for every time she has made someone in the world smile, there’s be thousands by now, and that’s no exaggeration.

I was really touched by the following post on the New York Times site yesterday called “Bad Dog” – a writer’s personal essay about love and loss in her own life as experienced with the companionship of her dogs, including her very handsome Aussie mix, Chance.  Don’t have the rights to his picture but if you click below you will enjoy it, and his story, and get some valuable advice about socializing puppies, should you have one at the moment.  Here’s the link:

Our days with Cookie are sometimes trying, but they are always sweet.  That’s what I choose to remember for when her next naughty moment comes.

Warm and Fuzzies, Diana

Happy July 4th!

July 5, 2013

Happy July 4th from Cookie & Co. – Check out this very fun blog “Every Dog Has Its Day” –

Every Dog Has Its Day

WHAT >> Australian Shepherd

WHERE >> Katonah, NY

WAGS FOR >> Playing fetch and peanut-butter flavored snacks

(thanks to Diana DeCubellis for the photo and be sure to check out more Cookie wonderfulness here:

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Come Home S’More Cat

May 19, 2013

Diana here. Apologies from myself and Cookie for our blogging hiatus.  It’s been a sad time for our family, and for awhile the words just weren’t coming.  First, after a long illness, we lost my beloved Uncle Charlie.  My Uncle was an animal lover and was especially fond of his dogs, who were his constant companions.  He doted on them, and often took them with him when he went out, whether it was for a walk on the beach or a long road trip.  His dogs Suzie, Mabel and Annie are now providing companionship and love to my Aunt Linda now during these difficult days.  Rest in Peace Uncle, and thank you for showing me how special it is to have a dog in this life.


Last Sunday, our beautiful S’More Cat did not return home, and has not been seen since.  She has vanished without a trace, and we are all worried, sad, and deeply miss her.  Each time I gaze outside at the yard, or look down by my  feet, or at her favorite spot on the couch, and don’t see her, my heart hurts.  I so want to see her beautiful little face, look into her bright yellow eyes – one just a little bigger then the other – and scratch behind her ears and feel her bunny-soft fur again.  I listen for  the tinkle of the little bell on her collar, search for her when I walk Cookie around town, and look for her face pressed against the glass doors of my house, asking to be let in.  Her food remains untouched, and the couch doesn’t have it’s usual supply of white fur on it.  Heavy, heavy, heavy sigh.  Without our kitty, I am so present to just what a presence she has been in our lives.  The truth is, we spend a lot more time with our pets then our extended family.  They are a key part of each and every day, as much so as the sun rising in the morning and the moon setting at night.  Without our cat my days just feel strange and off-kilter.  Time will tell if our kitty will come home to us.  In the meantime, we are grateful for the kindness and concern of our neighbors and friends here in Katonah.  I also learned about a great local rescue resource in my area called Community Cats, and of a website with helpful tips about what to do if your cat goes missing called  If you are ever in our situation, I recommend you take a look.

Cherish your pets, even on those days they are “high maintenance” with their shedding, clawing, and chewing.  Life is never the same when they are gone.  I have been talking to my children about how this situation with S’More is a true test of faith.  We’ve just got to have some right now.

Warm and Fuzzies, Diana

Happy Easter from Cookie

March 29, 2013

Wishing you a sweet-and-snuggly Holiday!  Easter Bunny, please hide some peanut butter bones for me!  Woofs, Cookie



Sorry I ate your pizza, Atticus…

March 24, 2013

Dear Atticus, 

Sometimes I am very naughty with you and your things.  Thank you for loving me anyway.


The other night, while you were having dinner, I lept up and stole half your pizza, right from your plate.  This was naughty, and I am sorry.  It smelled so good and I couldn’t help myself.  Thank you for loving me anyway.

I am sorry also for all of your clothes I have ripped from my playfully-intended nips.  Thank you for loving me anyway.

Then there was your lime green eyeglass case that I chewed, and your Thanksgiving Turkey decoration you made in art class and really loved.  The things that you touch smell so good I just want to eat them. Thank you for loving me anyway.  

Sometimes my feelings of love for you make me want to jump up and lick your face..and then my scratchy-claws give you a scratch instead, by mistake.  Ouch.  I know that hurts.  Thank you for loving me anyway.

Because I am a dog designed to herd cattle and take their kicks and blows, my skull is VERY hard.  So when I go to lick you and accidentally give you a big KLONK on the head with my head, I know it hurts.  Thank you for loving me anyway.

Your pencils and pens are very delicious.  Please remember to put them away, lest I forget myself.  Ditto for your recorder.

You are my boy and I love you very much.  I’m sorry I’m such a beast sometimes.  Thank you for loving me anyway.


Your contrite canine, Cookie