Update, January 5, 2016
When I began this blog in 2009, the home page header image was a narrow slice of the photo above: our ten-year-old mastiff Bart. Ten is old for the ‘giant dog breeds’ as they are called, and he died later that same year. We still miss him, and our second mastiff, Jack, an adult rescue who died in 2014. Returning (I hope) to active blogging, I found the theme I’d used, Coraline, had been discontinued, and in choosing a new theme I also chose a new header photo (uncropped, below). It shows Jack, and our Ridgeback Imani, in the car reacting to a neighbor’s goats. Imani looks uncharacteristically fierce, Jack is the calm alert dog that he always was. It’s not exactly the photo I want but it’ll do for now.
The aboutme below is still pretty accurate. During the past few years my focus has been on helping my husband through a time of very bad health and many surgeries. Some of this I have blogged about where it seemed our experience might be helpful. I’ve had time to read, my lifesaver, but not much for writing and thinking. We’ve gotten through all but one acute problem and hope to see that improved so that 2016 can be the first of many better years for him.
aboutme (back in 2009)
The motto of nosleepingdogs is “No snoring, no lying”. The top photo is of our English Mastiff Bart, who certainly exemplifies the second part; as for the snoring, he does, but at the advanced age of ten his snores are soft and soothing. Really!
WordPress evidently cuts off usernames at 13 characters, so the WP username for the writer here is nosleepingdog, without the s of the blog title.
This blog has no specific topic/focus: I post about whatever interests me if I think I have something interesting to say. And the time to write a post and whip it into shape. I enjoy doing the thinking, research, and writing of a post; I look forward to learning from the comments of others, but ones that just say you read it and enjoyed it are rewarding too!
My working past includes being a zookeeper for many years, and working in university libraries. For some years now I have been coping with fibromyalgia, trying to increase the energy I have for things like researching pet topics. I do some volunteer work, giving away kids’ books at the local food pantry, and also participating in our library’s Friends organization. I’m a Mac user and enthusiast, a dog lover, and a fan of science fiction.
aboutme (October 2017 update)
There’s a new dog on the banner, our young English Mastiff Ziva. I couldn’t find a good head shot of her and Imani (the Ridgeback) both.
My husband’s long suffering is over. From his time in Vietnam he brought back severe PTSD and bone marrow cancer—multiple myeloma—which caused a compromised immune system, many hard to treat infections, finally a leg amputation. Every ration packs included cigarettes, which increased alertness and offered brief pleasure. Government sponsored addiction. Lung cancer caused his death.
We were together for nearly 40 years. He was a remarkable man, noble in mind, compassionate in action. Hard to live with in ways (the PTSD), and now agonizing to live without.