Lucky Teeth

First published in Oh Comely magazine ~ “Smile as wide as you can for the picture,” my mother reminded me as she ushered me onto the school bus

No Turning Back

(This essay first published in Oh Comely magazine) She found me in Arizona—the dog I always knew I’d someday have. I’d been traveling cross-c

Hold on to your heart: the rewards of adopting older and senior dogs

(A version of this article first published in Pawsitively Pets magazine.)* Tess Crossen was sure she’d “get roped in by a puppy or a younger do

I never intended to write a memoir. So, here’s how that happened…

(This essay first published in Good News magazine, May 2015, to honor and promote celiac disease awareness month.) I’m sitting in the cafeteria a

Mush

(Title essay from my memoir, originally published in The MacGuffin) Four months after moving in to the run-down mobile home, I still hadn’t g

Cat-Face

This essay/memoir excerpt first appeared in Pithead Chapel. ~ My boss admitted she’d hired me for my personality. Past events had inspired her to

Sled Team

A version of this excerpt from MUSH first published in Oh Comely ~ I declared a red alert for puppy arrival to all my colleagues and supervisor

Without Words

This excerpt from my memoir first published in Outside In Literary and Travel Magazine. ~ Kneeling between the leaders at the front of the lines, I

Benner Township Prison Welcomes Shelter Dogs

This article first published in Pawsitively Pets magazine February 2015 Positive reinforcement may not be what comes to mind when people think abou

Beyond the Bridge Pet Loss Support Group

by Tara Caimi for Pawsitively Pets magazine ~ Many pet owners have heard of the “Rainbow Bridge,” and for those whose companion animal has pas