Hello FRIEND'S OF DHARMA!
I AM SAD.
NOT LONELY, JUST A LITTLE SAD.
MAMA AND PAPA,
NO WAY TO PUT IT LIGHTLY,
ACROSS THE POND!
Yes, up in the sky, through the clouds up high,
across the BIG BLUE WIDE,
they are gone,
AWAY FROM ME
INTO THE HANDS OF THEE
the SCOTS MEN YOU SEE!
Yup, they went to Scotland.
Going to hang out with the Albannach Boys and Sister Jacquie for a week.
WHAT A HOOT IT WILL BE.
Now I know that my Mama has been
telling me about this for months.
TRYING TO HELP ME BE READY.
WELL, I AM NEVER READY
MY MAMA AND PAPA GO AWAY.
But, it is after all OK
BECAUSE I'VE GOT SUSAN!
Now not everybody has a Susan.
ONCE UPON A TIME
us "FUR BABIES"
would go to kennels when
THE OLD FOLKS WENT AWAY.
Wizzer and Kira went to kennels
BUT IT BECAME
SO MAMA AND PAPA
Here is their story.
The last time Mama and Papa traveled and put "the guys" in kennels they were gone two weeks.
Kira went to a kennel in Merrimack. He knew the kennel owner very well
as he had helped Kira to LEARN HIS MANNERS. This trip Mama and Papa were gone two weeks.
THAT CAN BE LIKE A ETERNITY
TO A DOG
DON'T YOU THINK?
WE ONLY LIVE FOR TEN TO FIFTEEN YEARS.
TWO WEEKS IS LIKE, WHAT, A PEOPLE YEAR FOR A DOG?
And so when they came back, POOR KIRA, was just laying in the kennel, and clearly VERY SAD. They felt VERY BAD. It was not that the kennel owner did not take care of him well, it was just that
HE DID NOT KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO HIS FAM.
HE FELT ABANDONED.
Where was his LITTLE BUD?
For WIZZER, when Mama and Papa picked him up at his kennel,
HE DID NOT RECOGNIZE WHO THEY WERE.
He also was just laying there, not responding,
and anyone who met the WIZZER knew,
WELL THAT'S NOT RIGHT!
Anyway Mama carried him away from the place,
AND HELD HIM IN HER ARMS while Papa drove them home.
It was about ten minutes down the road before
HE REALIZED, HE REALIZED
THAT HIS FAM HAD COME TO TAKE HIM HOME.
He did not realize that it WAS THEM, THOSE THAT HE LOVED.
HE WAS SO HAPPY,
SO VERY TRULY HAPPY.
So the folks decided THEN AND THERE
that there would be not more KENNELS FOR THESE BOYS.
We have had many people take care of us over the years,
but SUSAN has been with us the longest.
It is great, we get to sit on the couch together,
JUST SHE AND ME.
EVERYONE SHOULD HAVE A SUSAN.
So Mama and Papa have a
I CAN'T WAIT FOR YOU TO GET BACK SO WE CAN START
OUR ADVENTURES TOGETHER!
Before you know it
we will be
ON THE ROAD AGAIN!
Love Dharma Dharma!
Hello FRIEND'S OF DHARMA!
Don't you just
LOVE GOOD FRIENDS?
Here is me and Kurt. I just finished licking his face. What a good sport, huh?
Kurt is the
MAN AT THE TOP
This is Nikko and he is a big 5 years old now
and a Siberian Husky.
Kurt is Nikko's
you name it.
What does this dog
AND I MEAN,
LONG, LONG, LONG,
AND I MEAN LONG WALK
in the woods in the
EARLY, EARLY, EARLY MORNING
with the BIG GUY.
Kurt says that when he greets him each day,
he HOWLS like the TRUE SIBERIAN HE IS at the first sight of his car.
At the window, WAITING, and WAITING and WATCHING from the window,
OUT HE RUNS TO GREET HIM. It always, ALWAYS puts a smile on Kurt's face.
"NOT A MEAN BONE IN HIS BODY", KURT SAYS.
"I think Nikko believes that EVERYONE is here for his entertainment". How cool is that.
Happy SNOW DAY Nikko!
Here is Christyann and JACK'S CREW.
Jack is a miniature schnauzer who Christyann fostered along with his four pack mates,
3 mini schnauzers and A schnoodle.
Does ANYONE HAVE A CLUE WHAT A SCHNOODLE IS?
Anyway, Jack is now an only dog and LOVES playing fetch, although he doesn't really understand the "BRING YOUR BALL BACK TO ME" part of the game. GO FIGURE!
Anyway, thank you to Kurt and Christyann for telling us about their animal buddies.
Isn't LOVE GRAND!
Well wasn't this
THERE BE PUPPIES HERE!!
Now when you think of puppies you think
SOMETHING OR OTHER?
the room was filled with
Thank you to
all who came to see the
The doggies there that morning were
REALLY REALLY BIG
THEN THERE IS
LITTLE OLD ME.
As you can see this is one
I was definitely the
LITTLE ONE IN THE GROUP!
We had a wonderful time.
And thank you so much for having us,
Ingalls Memorial Library in Rindge New Hampshire!
Love, Dharma Dharma
Hello FRIEND'S OF DHARMA!
What a great time we had.
Mama and Papa and I went to
Fitchburg Access Television
and I was on
"DISCUSSING FITCHBURG NOW "
VERY COOL IS THAT.
I got to wear my
BUMBLE BEE OUTFIT
THE WHOLE THING WAS SO VERY MUCH FUN.
Mama and I had
AND I MEAN EVER
been to a television studio before.
And so we went into the studio,
at 7:30 and sat in this room with
BRIGHT, BRIGHT, BRIGHT LIGHTS.
We sat around and chatted for a bit.
And Sam, she was great.
THANK YOU SAM!!
So, check out my video at FATV on FACEBOOK
if you are able.
Or HIGHLIGHT THIS LINK,
then RIGHT CLICK AND CHOOSE
FATV WILL OPEN,
CHOOSE LIVE STREAMING,
AND THEN "DISCUSSING FITCHBURG NOW"
and look for the
March 20th show, we are at the second half of the show.
I am trying to get a
copy of the link to send you and will when I get it.
Thank you everybody.
Hello FRIEND'S OF DHARMA!
Mama said she saw a sign the other day
AND IT SAID
that over 90% of Americans
I believe it!
Here is Me and Papa hanging out.
He was gone a whole week to
visit the SISTAS in Florida.
I MISSED HIM A LOT.
A WHOLE LOT.
I DID NOT KNOW
HE WAS COMING BACK.
I WAS SO BUMMED WHILE HE WAS GONE.
So I hope every one had as good a
St. Patty's Day
as we all did.
Here are a few more from the family album.
FRIEND'S OF DHARMA!
How do you like my new jacket?
I am looking like a doll
don't you think?
I had a great time today.
WE GOT SNOW!!
I LOVE SNOW!!
RUNNING AROUND, ROLLING IN IT,
GETTING IT INTO EVERY INCH OF MY
IT'S GREAT I'LL TELL YA.
Here is the back yard.
The old dried rose
hanging out in the vase
watching the snow
A memory of February
the rose sits quiet by
a sign a signal
it is love
Well, (a deep subject)
to celebrate my
new cover for my little book
Mama and Papa took me out to get
A BRAND NEW JACKET.
It has been a long time,
since I got one.
My self and brother Stoney were young
when we got new Christmas outfits,
OH WHAT FUN!
I hope you like my new book jacket
Christyann over at Hollis Publishing did it for us. What a WONDERFUL JOB!
Thank you Christyann!! Thank you to the many friends who helped us out and reviewed my book!
A GREAT BIG THANK YOU TO OUR FRIEND LIZ
who offered to give us a review for our book.
Here we all are together.
THANK YOU AGAIN LIZ!
HELLO TO CHAPEK AND KAFKA!
Then there is Lynn
Nellie's Treehouse Child Care Center
in Amherst N.H.
Mama and Papa had so much fun reading to
their little kiddies.
Hello "Little kiddies"
and thank you!
Then we have JoAnn Kitchel.
JoAnn is the
Mont Vernon Village Library.
She has helped
us to get my little book read at our
Mont Vernon Village School.
Everyone should drop by
and see the beautiful trees that
JoAnn created and decorated!
They are beautiful!!
THANK YOU JOANN!
Mama's very own
home town librarian
Fitchburg Public Library.
Did you know that this Youth Library was the
first in the United States?
That before Fitchburg built this Youth Library
IN SOME LIBRARIES CHILDREN
WERE NOT EVEN
HOW IS THAT EVEN RIGHT?
And so some forward thinking folks came together
and donated money
CHILDREN OF FITCHBURG
from schools all over Fitchburg.
These children earned pennies.
OVER A MILLION OF THEM
and donated them to build THIS LIBRARY!
HOW VERY COOL IS THAT.
That is over
$10,000 dollars donated
JUST BY LITTLE KIDS.
That would be worth over $100,000.00 today.
All that just
I MEAN LITTLE KIDS,
CAN SIT AND
READ A BOOK!!
It was such
AN IMPORTANT EVENT
that the former first lady,
MRS. ELEANOR ROOSEVELT
CAME TO CHECK IN
ON HOW THINGS WERE GOING.
This is where
my dear Mama first came to
I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE STORY!
Hello FRIEND'S OF DHARMA!
Don't you just love a
My Mama was out the other day visiting someone
over in Greenville New Hampshire,
HEADING DOWN THE HIGHWAY
LOOKING FOR ADVENTURE.
So she is coming over the crest of a hill
getting ready to
GO DOWN THIS
OH MY GOODNESS,
THERE IS A FOX
IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD.
And, it is
WALKING UP THE HILL RIGHT TOWARD HER.
So of course our Mama slows down in her truck
THE LOVER OF ALL ANIMALS THAT SHE IS
and slows to a crawl toward this fox.
The closer Mama got
the slower she went.
STEP BY STEP.
INCH BY INCH.
IT'S LIKE A SCENE FROM
THE THREE STOOGES.
OH MY GOODNESS
MAMA TELLS ME NEXT.
IT'S NOT A FOX
IT IS A
ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
Now Mama knows instinctively that
THIS IS NOT RIGHT.
This little guy,
IS NOT GOING TO MAKE IT!
It is almost
ZERO DEGREES OUT!! YIKES!!
SHE IMMEDIATELY FEELS VERY SAD.
And so Mama slows the truck down,
OPENS THE TRUCK DOOR,
"HEY LITTLE GUY,
YOU WANT A RIDE HOME".
Which of course his response is
NO WAY JOSE!
MY MAMA ALWAYS TAUGHT ME
TALK TO STRANGERS.
And so he continues to walk up the hill.
HIS TEETH ARE CHATTERING
HIS WHOLE BODY IS SHAKING.
BUT OFF HE GOES
WALKING RIGHT TO
THE TOP OF THAT HILL.
he is not going to survive,
AND IT MAKES HER VERY SAD.
It reminds her of Duchess.
Her cousin's dog who lived next door when she was a child.
Our dear Merlie Boy once got lost in a snowstorm.
Mama and Papa went out to their woodland fire pit to cover the
wood because a big storm was coming and sometimes,
THE OLD FOLKS, HA HA, like to sit out and have a fire in the winter.
So our Merlin followed them out into the woods, the snowflakes just starting as they started out. So they are out there a while, and they look up and Merlin is gone, I MEAN HE IS JUST GONE. HE DECIDED TO GO OUT ON AN ADVENTURE OF HIS OWN. You can see his paw prints in the snow which is now starting to be a blizzard. So Mama goes and gets her snowshoes and poles and starts tracking him up through the forest, WANDERING HERE AND WANDERING THERE for about an hour and then the paw prints disappear. It was HEART WRENCHING she said. For, SHE REMEMBERED, SHE REMEMBERED DUCHESS!! All she could do was cry. And so she went back into the house and called Auntie Kelly who suggested that she drive around with me, Dharma, and to call his name because dogs can smell or sense when another dog they know is around. So Mama says, LET'S GO DHARMA, and we get into the truck and start driving house to house calling his name. The first house, no we have not see him, we will watch out for him. The second house, no we have not seen him, we will watch out for him. The third house, Mama gets out of the truck. I am in the truck looking out the window and wagging my tail. Mama who is calling Merlin starts to go up the stairs to another neighbor and she feels me bump her from behind. Dharma how did you get out of the truck? She says as she is turning. And there he is. Our Merlie Boy. Totally covered with four inches of snow on his back standing behind her. He had heard her call and came. In gratitude she knelt down, soft tears flowing.
Merlie, Merlie, thank you for coming home.
about LOST DOGS.
AND THE DESPAIR
THAT HITS YOU IN A WAY,
WHEN THEY DON'T COME HOME.
So she turns the truck around
and at a far distance starts following this little guy.
At the top of the hill he decides that he is
GOING TO TAKE A RIGHT
into the Frost Mountain View Farm.
So Mama follows him
and down he goes
down the snow covered road
past the animal paddocks
and the barns
and all the farm equipment in the yard.
SUDDENLY OUT COMES
a pit bull.
He is following
the little guy around
SAYING HELLO IN THE FRIENDLIEST WAY.
YO QUIERO (I want) TACO BELL!!
And what is funny both dogs have the same coloring.
Like they are related some how.
Bentley lives with two siblings, Arman, a white long haired chihuahua and Tutu a raga muffin tiny brown little thing.
There are often discussions about dogs and how they behave.
Is it nature (genetic background, type of dog)
is it nurture (how they are raised) that is the most important factor in how they turn out?
Something to think about huh?
WHAT A WONDERFUL DOG BENTLEY IS.
To finish our story.
And so our little
we don't know his name yet at this point
but he does remind of the
Yo Quiero (I Want) Taco Bell commercial
visited with Bentley for a while but still would not
COME IN FROM THE COLD.
So he started heading out the back parking lot of the farm
and Papa John told me that it went into a trailer park
into the highway.
There is a tragedy ready to happen Mama thought.
So Mama turned around and went out the road,
and down the hill
and up the highway
and into the road into the trailer park
from the other end hoping to keep him off the highway.
Here was our little
TACO BELL, still shivering and chattering and
COMING IN FROM THE COLD
COMING DOWN THE BACK ROAD FROM THE FARM.
By this time it is almost a half of an hour that Mama has been following him
and he clearly came from somewhere
IN THESE TEMPERATURES
FOR A LITTLE GUY LIKE THIS
Eventually the little Taco Bell
went into the yard of one of the trailers
Mama just moved to the side to watch.
A car starts to come by and the man says,
A LADY IS DRIVING AROUND
LOOKING FOR A
So Mama stays with the little guy and a car
coming from the farm starts to enter the trailer park,
and this is where we meet Katie, who says
OH MY GOD,
YES, HE IS MINE,
I THOUGHT SOMEONE
PICKED HIM UP
CARRIED HIM AWAY!
She opens her car door and in he jumps
STILL CHATTERING AND SHIVERING.
Then she tells Mama her story.
is the story of
ALL DOG OWNERS.
Katie takes care of her elderly mother who is ill.
On this day,
our Taco was being especially idgie.
When Katie let him out for his "business"
it was exactly at
that her mama needed to be taken care of.
When Katie realized her little guy
was still outside not very long after,
HE HAD ALREADY DECIDED
TO GO FOR AN ADVENTURE.
SO OFF HE WENT,
DOWN THE HILL,
OUT OF THE TRAILER PARK
UP A MAJOR HIGHWAY
AND UP THE ROAD
WHERE OUR MAMA FOUND HIM.
Really, all you can do in a situation like this is have gratitude.
Which you can see our Katie and her little guy have for each other.
AND GUESS WHAT?
HIS NAME IS
How funny is that.
Taco is part Chihuahua and part Dachshund, so
he is known as a
Ha, isn't that funny.
I think doxies are related to EVERYBODY!
EVERYONE WAS SO HAPPY
FOR TACO'S HAPPY ENDING,
WE COULD JUST CRY.
Thank you everyone for your contribution to this story!
DON'T WE JUST LOVE HAPPY ENDINGS.
Here is 56 seconds of BENTLEY FUN!! Thanks for joining us. Dharma Hugs. Dharma Dharma
Hello Friend's of Dharma.
How do you
HONOR AND OLD DOG?
ANYONE WHO HAS LOVED A DOG
Time seems to move so slow,
when life is
AT THE EDGE.
a moment is precious
because you realize that it is the last
or one of the few last
that you will have.
We had thought that we would
honor Merlin by giving him the best until
it was time to MOVE ON.
I mean like
how long is it to the
We had not a clue.
And so as emergencies arose, we
problem solved solutions.
We talked with Dr. Jill,
ultra sounds, and medications and
food changes and massage and
well, you get the drill.
We were open to anything
the universe could offer us.
We did not know that the offer would come on a
We did not know the offer
GIFT OF RELIEF.
THIS IS HOW
WE WERE GOING
TO HONOR HIM.
As if he himself were saying
IT IS TIME!
Over the previous four months
we camped at KOA in Philly with Merlin
walking their grounds by the pond every morning.
We camped at the Hancock site at the White Mountains
National Park in Lincoln New Hampshire listening
to the Swift River flow behind us watching the fire burn at night.
We camped at the Assateague National Park with the ponies
where Merlin and the painted pony met up an our camp site.
We met cousin Roy in Virginia who loved him, on sight.
Each adventure carved into our hearts,
our memories of our
Once we got into January,
I lay many times on the floor with Merlin.
Giving him every pat that he fully deserved.
I stood in the middle of the night
helping him get up off of the ground outside
because he had to go.
One more of a hundred times because his
old muscles had lost tone and he could not longer lift himself
once he tripped and fell down.
It was funny though because though he could not lift himself up,
once he was up he tottered along, like the old man that he was.
He loved walking up and down our dirt road till the very end.
His last walk with Bumble Bee
was about a week before
HIS TIME CAME.
We put a belt of Papa's around his waist,
secured with duct tape (ha, ha),
to give him a
quick lift whenever he needed.
IT WAS VERY HELPFUL.
He lay next to the couch on the wood floor,
which he could not get up from,
until the very end.
He did not like the rugs
put down just for him so that he could get up on his own.
It made him feel too hot.
He tolerated our keeping him on the rug so that he could have some
He allowed us to keep him covered with our bear rug
giving us the eye like,
"Mama, is this really necessary?"
What a good sport.
But on that Thursday after
days and days
of just not feeling good,
and all those things happening that we could not control
we moved toward an understanding,
and embracing of the gift offered us.
What can we do for him
to prevent misery?
We did not want "misery" for our "old Man"
after a lifetime of
love and joy that he brought into our lives.
And so, in gratitude we called our Dr. Jill,
and told her we thought it was time.
And so Friday night, at the end of the day,
we brought him to her.
Our trusted one.
That we had the option to say,
"it is enough".
And so here is our goodby for our Merlie Boy.
1/26/2006 - 2/1/2019
WE LOVE YOU MERLIN!
Dharma Dharma & Company
HERE I AM
WHERE HE LAY
NEXT TO THE
THIS IS WHAT
I DID WHEN THE
What is it like
to have one leave your life?
To walk through the door
expecting happiness and joy
silence greets your smile?
People say dogs do not have emotions
like people do,
THIS IS NOT TRUE.
I find myself
LAYING IN MERLIE'S SPOT.
He is newly lost to me,
only a few weeks past.
I find that I
SNUGGLE IN STONEWALL'S PLACE.
Gone this past year and three quarters.
But it feels like yesterday.
IT FEELS LIKE YESTERDAY!
I snuggled up tight
to Papa's left hip
while we sit together
on the rocker
as he watches his shows.
THIS WAS ALWAYS STONEY'S PLACE.
I find that I lay in Stoney's sunbeam
as it moves across the
as if Stoney himself is saying himself
"Hey Dharma, how are you today?"
I find it
WARMS MY HEART.
IT WARMS MY HEART!
MY OLD BONES.
When I go into the sun room
AND I MEAN ALWAYS
CHECK OUT THEIR DOG DISHES.
LAYING ON THE FLOOR,
AS IT WERE.
ONE LARGE dog dish,
and ONE SMALL.
IT'S OWNERS DOG COLLAR
THE SMELL OF BROTHERS
AND I SMILE.
FOR I ONLY REMEMBER
THE GOOD TIMES NOW.
RUNNING WITH STONEY WALL
IN THE HORSE ARENA.
OLD MAN THAT HE WAS,
WOBBLING DOWN THE ROAD CHASING ME.
I MISS YOU GUYS.
LOVE AND HUGS.
Chell Sommese is a retired teacher.