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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

A Valentine from Cookie

February 11, 2013

Cookie Loves You!  Have a Happy Valentine’s Day!


Giving thanks for our pets and all that they give us

November 20, 2012

We open today’s post with this snapshot of a rare moment of canine & feline harmony:

Twenty minutes prior to this moment they had been fighting like, well, cats and dogs.  But at the end of the day, Cookie and S’More are fellow pet comrades-in-paws in our home.   They, along with our bird and our fish, contribute enormously not just to the culture of our home life, but also our family’s admiration, empathy, and respect for all animal life on planet Earth.  Living with these four beautiful animals has given us the chance to laugh at their antics, such as when Cookie licks S’More with affection and gusto, and S’More, completely disgusted, takes off.  We’ve marveled at their intelligence and ability, like when Swallablu bird calls for Cookie by name, greets you with a “Hello!” upon first sight in the morning, and sings the most beautiful, melodic songs, like the little Diva she truly is.  We’ve observed their definite likes and dislikes, such as Chip the Fish’s penchant to hide behind plants during the day, and Cookie’s sheer bliss when she gets a tummy-rub or is treated to some peanut butter.  All these small moments not only entertain us, they enrich us.  We know without a doubt that our pets each have unique personalities and souls.  They have likes and dislikes and experience both happiness and sorrow.  When the bird sits on my shoulder as I wash the dishes, when the cat jumps up on the desk and curls up next to me as I work, when the fish observes me from inside the fish tank reading to my children at night, and Cookie lays at my feet as I sit reading the morning paper, the word COMPANION comes to mind.   Finned, furry and feathered, our pets are true friends, unfailingly loving and loyal to us in good times and in bad.   They neither judge nor hold a grudge.  They just LOVE.  And for that simple truth, I give thanks for my beloved pets.


Cookie’s First Snowstorm

November 9, 2012

As if Sandy wasn’t enough drama, this Wednesday a snowstorm came to our area…putting seven inches on the ground for us!

Luckily, I had managed to pick up a doggie-puffer parka at Target (which, by the way, I am happy with – it’s their Boots & Barkley brand. Water-resistant, easy to put on, and nicely lines. )I wasn’t sure what Cookie would think about snow.  As you know, she really hates the rain.  But she does love to crunch on ice cubes at home.   Well, we were happy to discover that she LOVES the snow.  This little video captures some of her earliest snow moments.  Since the snowfall has ended she has been having fun discovering all the properties of snow: that it’s soft and fluffy and fun to plow through when it first falls, and then it gets hard and “crunchy” underfoot later.  Just like a kid, she loves to lick and eat the snow as well.  She has extra fun digging up and burying her bones now. She doesn’t seem to mind the cold at all, and if anything has been spending more time outside.   Her paw prints in the snow look like little daisies, and I now have to be careful when I walk her that she doesn’t pull, so I don’t wipe out on the black ice.  Definitely new territory we are (literally) walking into here!

I am still blogging from the road, (today we are at Cosi) as my home internet remains down from Sandy.   Cookie and I thank you for all of your support!  We hope you have recovered from Sandy and will keep the posts coming.  Warm and Fuzzies, Diana