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The Secret Spot, Pt 4

The Secret Spot, Pt 4

The Secret Spot, Pt 1

The Secret Spot, Pt 1

Marty’s photo of the day #4038: When Deb and I moved to the Bitterroot Valley, in 1996, we could go to almost any trail and hike for hours without seeing another person. That has changed, as the valley has become a tourist destination. Even so, Deb and I still have our Secret Spot, which is […]

The deer and the slow dog

The deer and the slow dog

Yummy stuffed bones for your dog

Yummy stuffed bones for your dog

Stashed fawn

Stashed fawn

Marty’s photo of the day #4013: It’s baby animal time on the Essen Wildlife Refuge. Yesterday morning, a doe ran right up to my dog, Nellie, and me, trying to distract us, and then last night, my wife, Deb happened to step outside just in time to see likely the same deer stash her fawn. […]

Flowers of waves

Flowers of waves

Marty’s photo of the day #4010: All the rain this year has made for spectacular waves of wildflowers at the Essen Wildlife Refuge, surrounding Deb’s and my house. A few weeks ago, the white flowers of the serviceberry bushes were everywhere; then they were replaced by the yellow flowers of arrowleaf balsamroots; now they are […]

Must . . . stay . . . awake

Must . . . stay . . . awake

Marty’s photo of the day #3951: This photo is from last summer, at the end of the first day of Nellie’s first backpacking trip. After hiking twice as far as Deb and me, Nellie really wanted to take a nap. But what if the day’s adventures weren’t over? She must keep her eyes open—just in […]

A dog and her toys

A dog and her toys

Marty’s photo of the day #3936: Nellie is one-half golden retriever and one-half Australian cattle dog (which also makes her one-quarter dingo). Consequently, she is the most intelligent dog Deb and I have ever had, and she requires a lot of mental stimulation. Each morning—no matter what the weather—I take Nellie to an open section […]

Two for the dog

Two for the dog

Marty’s photo of the day #3932: Nellie would like to announce: “I caught two Frisbees at once!” (She didn’t.) and “I’m such a good dog that I deserve two cookies when we go inside.” (Well, okay.)

Taking a break

Taking a break

Marty’s photo of the day #3887: Marty: “Just enjoying a break from writing my latest novel. This one will be my best ever. Not only is it hilarious, but it is also controversial enough to be banned by Republican-controlled school boards from coast-to-coast.” Nellie: “I’ve been watching you write all day. We finally get outside, […]

Football with the Dog

Football with the Dog

Marty’s photo of the day #3884: Nellie: “Seriously Dad. When are you going to put away that camera and do something really important, like play football with the dog?”

Winter has no decency

Winter has no decency

Marty’s photo of the day #3877: I am a fan of winter, but only if winter has the decency to drop below freezing and stay there. This winter (in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana) is my least favorite winter in twenty-five years. We get snow—Yay, skiing!—and then it gets warm enough to start melting the […]

Nellie from Down Under

Nellie from Down Under

Marty’s photo of the day #3862: After Deb and I adopted Nellie from an animal shelter, we had her DNA tested. She is one-half golden retriever and one-half Australian cattle dog (which also makes her one-quarter dingo). Those bloodlines have given her the most unique personality of any dog we’ve ever owned. Being that half […]

In love with snow

In love with snow

Marty’s photo of the day #3839: I’ve always had dogs in my life, but none have enjoyed the snow as much as Nellie does. Whenever we have new snow, she’ll run through the forest surrounding our house, exclaiming in her own language: “Look at all this white stuff! It’s everywhere! Oh, this white stuff is […]

Winter games

Winter games

Marty’s photo of the day #3830: Every morning at 8:30 Nellie comes into my writing room and stares at me until I take her outside to play Frisbee. Although she does catch the disc, doing so isn’t a high priority for her. She would rather retrieve the Frisbee and then pull it away a split-second […]

Laying on paws

Laying on paws

Marty’s photo of the day #3826: I’m not allergic to anything, and I have never had a reaction to any shot—except the Moderna shot. Deb and I got our boosters on Wednesday, and we both had a reaction. For me, it was as if I had gone several rounds with a heavyweight boxer. I ached […]

Nellie in the grass

Nellie in the grass

Marty’s photo of the day #3811: Nellie helps me look for snakes in the tall grass, at the American Prairie Reserve, earlier this summer.

Nellie and the elk

Nellie and the elk

Marty’s photo of the day #3809: My dog, Nellie, gets credit for this shot. Yesterday I took her outside for a pee break and she immediately sniffed the air and charged into the woods. I assumed it was just her five-times-daily inventory of trees containing squirrels, but then she barked and froze. Just ahead of […]

Thanks to all . . . except the skunk

Thanks to all . . . except the skunk

Marty’s photo of the day #3797: Nellie thanks everyone for all the birthday wishes yesterday—except the skunk! Yes, last night I took Nellie outside for her final pee break before bedtime. She’s really good about staying in sight at night, but last night I stepped into the garage just long enough to toss a bottle […]

Happy Birthday Nellie!

Happy Birthday Nellie!

Marty’s photo of the day #3796: Happy Birthday to Nellie! She is two-years-old today. Well, since she was a stray, adopted from an animal shelter, I’m not sure of the exact date. But based on the age estimate from the animal shelter and the fifteen months she’s lived with us, I am likely within a […]

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