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Category: Life with Shayna

07Apr13: Celebrating the 11th anniversary of our adoption at the CASPCA

07Apr13: Celebrating the 11th anniversary of our adoption at the CASPCA

April 10, 2013 | By | Add a Comment

As I describe in my upcoming book, April 7, 2002 was the happiest day of my life.   For that was the day that after a long, long search, I finally found the “right” first dog for me – at the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA (CASPCA).  From 2003-2009 or so, every April 7 I brought a cake and […]

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Our visits to the Senior Center

Our visits to the Senior Center

April 2, 2013 | By | Add a Comment

In February 2013, I contacted the nearby Senior Center, to express my interest in bringing Shayna for some visits, because she seems to have a real knack for putting smiles on older folks’ faces. As noted in my upcoming book, and elsewhere on this blog, I’ve seen this over and over again – she can […]

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Shayna and “Katie Bug”

Shayna and “Katie Bug”

April 1, 2013 | By | Add a Comment

One recent warm afternoon, Shayna and I were sitting on the patio at Panera, when along came an acquaintance of ours and her niece, Katie, who’s all of three years old. Katie (nickname: “Katie Bug”) and Shayna instantly fell in love, and is just as sweet as you can see in these pictures. She brought […]

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20Feb13: Day trip to UVa; glowing Shayna

20Feb13: Day trip to UVa; glowing Shayna

February 22, 2013 | By | Add a Comment

As I describe on this site and elsewhere, the University of Virginia, and particularly the Rotunda, is one of my and Shayna’s favorite places to visit.  For me, it’s where my spiritual journey to rebuild my life after 9/11 began – and to ask for help to find the “right” first dog for me.  For […]

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24Jan13: “Sidelight Shayna”

24Jan13: “Sidelight Shayna”

January 25, 2013 | By | Add a Comment

Several of the people who are closest to us have commented about how Shayna seems to “glow,” physically and spiritually. But trying to photograph a black dog can be tricky, even if she does glow. The other night, however, the lamp on the end table happened to be positioned perfectly to catch her physical glow […]

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19Jan13 – Toy training at Albemarle High School

19Jan13 – Toy training at Albemarle High School

January 20, 2013 | By | Add a Comment

It was a relatively warm day today (low 50s), so we did our after-lunch toy retrieval training at Albemarle High School. I comment in the video that she’s gotta be one of the smartest females I’ve ever met – which I guess either (a) means that she’s as brilliant as I think, or (b) doesn’t […]

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18Jan13: Drive to and walk through McIntire Park

18Jan13: Drive to and walk through McIntire Park

January 18, 2013 | By | Add a Comment

We’ve had a pretty rough last 11 days, since Shayna developed a new medical problem, nothing serious, but terrifying nonetheless given her underlying diagnosis, which is devastating.  The good news is that she is rapidly mending from her current malady, and was very amenable to going out for a ride this very cold morning, to […]

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03Jan13: An amazing gift from one of Shayna’s friends

03Jan13: An amazing gift from one of Shayna’s friends

January 5, 2013 | By | Add a Comment

An amazing gift for Shayna, from an amazing fabric artist, that came completely out of the blue.

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08Dec12: A walk around UVa, and visiting with Mr. Jefferson

08Dec12: A walk around UVa, and visiting with Mr. Jefferson

December 9, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

On this warm December day, we took another long walk around UVa, Shayna chased her ball, and we visited our “sacred ground” in front of the Rotunda, where I began my quest for renewal – and to ask for help in finding the “right” first dog for me – eleven years ago. I took this […]

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08Dec12: My Kickstarter book crowd-funding campaign is LIVE!

08Dec12: My Kickstarter book crowd-funding campaign is LIVE!

December 9, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

If you don’t know, Kickstarter is a website that enables aspiring artists, musicians, filmmakers, inventors, etc., to submit their project ideas and funding needs to the general public, with donors receiving some value in return, often the product that is being funded.  The catch is that unless the entire budget is raised, the campaign sponsor […]

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