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Pamela Coyle Coyle Communications - Part 2
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For the love of Dog, Chapter 5

September 17, 2010

Pilgrim is not our only four-legged family member. He wasn’t even the first. Shadow came into our lives more than 11 years ago, during a gorgeous New Orleans spring. Shaun met her first, at a no-kill animal shelter, and fell in love. We were ready for a dog and the next day, he brought her [...]

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RF: Bamboo Bonanza

September 13, 2010

Random Fact liked bamboo before bamboo was all the rage in clothing, linens and sustainable flooring. Can you say “Tiki Bar?” September 18 is World Bamboo Day. Fun facts about bamboo don’t quite equal the distinct number of bamboo species but a day dedicated to the stuff is a good excuse to share a few. [...]

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For the love of Dog, Chapter 4

September 9, 2010

Two weeks after surgery, Pilgrim’s progress was behind schedule. He could not walk without support, though he could stand. The surgeon wasn’t alarmed but wanted to get our boy on track and called in the expert. Dr. Lisa joined us in the exam room. She had met Pilgrim the morning we admitted him for evaluation [...]

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RF: Butter or bust

September 5, 2010

At this time of the year, Random Fact’s thoughts turn to the Minnesota State Fair with apologies to all the Minnesota peeps because to them this week’s entry is not random at all. But the butter busts beckon. Each year, one devoted artist spends six to eight hours a day for 12 days carving the [...]

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Dear Katrina,

August 30, 2010

I meant to write over the weekend to note your 5th birthday but I was busy living my life. You were in my thoughts, though. It was inevitable. Television was filled with retrospectives that I didn’t watch. National Public Radio on Friday morning had so many Katrina-related interviews that I turned the radio off. A [...]

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For the love of Dog, Chapter 3

August 26, 2010

Pilgrim did not walk after three days. He did not stand on his own for nearly two weeks. It was even longer before he could roll himself over. The surgery took place Tuesday afternoon, and Pilgrim came home Friday at the end of the business day. His back third was shaved, with big crescent-shaped sutures [...]

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For the love of Dog, Chapter 2

August 19, 2010

We adopted both of our dogs in New Orleans when they were young adults, about 18 months old, according to their first vet visits. Shadow was first and Pilgrim followed more than a year later. For a decade now, we’ve been a pack of four. Shaun and I have some gray hair and so do [...]

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Random Fracking Fact Returns

August 15, 2010

Apologies to RF devotees for the lapse in weekly tidbits.  Random Fact is back with a word that combines contemporary science fiction, deep drilling for natural gas and ponderous EPA study. The mining industry call is “frac’ing,” though news media typically use “fracking.” Gritty characters of the newer “Battlestar Gallatica,” or “BSG” to fans, also [...]

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For the love of Dog, Chapter 1

August 12, 2010

The written clinical description rarely captures the total picture. The words are objective, detached and a bit cold. “Pelvic radiograph bilateral moderate to severe hip dysplasia – left hip luxated craniodorsally; bilateral sacroiliac luxations.” The x-ray images didn’t need translation. Pilgrim’s pelvis was no longer attached to his frame; it was askew and hovering at [...]

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Emerging from the lost month

August 8, 2010

The short story is that late on the night of July 4, one of our dogs got hit by a car, had major internal injuries, had surgery and is recovering. July 2010 is one month of our lives we’ll not get back but it provided much time for late-night reflection. Pamdemonium will explore the long [...]

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