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Relaxing in the recliner late Wednesday night with Pepper Jack, Lady Human — lounging in the recliner next to me with Cody on her lap — handed me a Kit Kat. 

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My week started with this text message: “Derek, I think you may want to sit down for a little fantasy advice and player picking with Janet this week!!”

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As the alarm went off on my phone, I contemplated remaining in bed. It was 6:30 a.m. on Labor Day, and for those who know me, there is only one 6:30 in the day that I am familiar with, and it’s not the a.m one.

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Impressed. That’s the word that comes to mind when perusing posts on the Adjust Your Altitude — Kodiak Participants Facebook group. 

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A few weeks ago, on one of my walks home from work, I checked in with Grandma C. 

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Dear Santa, 

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I gingerly turned the doorknob of the front door of my mom’s house, trying to be as quiet and sneaky as I could be. 

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I stood inside an exam room at the Kodiak Veterinary Clinic, grasping Gizmo close to my heart, trying to keep him from seeing the tears trickling down my whiskery face. 

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Let me squash the rumors right now. I am not going anywhere. You, the readers, are stuck with me rather you like it or not. 

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Last week in this space, I wrote about Pepper Jack’s early-morning walks. This week, let’s talk about his late-night outings. 

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I didn’t plan on spending part of Thursday afternoon chasing a ferret around the Clarkston Apartment, but there I was caught in some kind of game with Otis. 

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Opening up the mailbox and finding a white jury notice postcard is a mood killer. I received mine during the summer and, since I coach baseball during that time, got it shifted to January and February. 

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There was no Loyola-Chicago in this year’s American Kennel Club’s most popular dog breed rankings. 

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It’s been a depressing week in the Clarkston apartment, despite the fact that the Seahawks won and my fantasy football team is still kicking.