Sparkle's summer splash

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With the cooler, drier (finally!) weather upon us, we've been taking long walks every morning. Sparkle's energy level is zooming, and she's... Read more

Sparkle is up 455 percent!

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Even though I still think of Sparkle as a "young" pup, she's piling on the pounds and the muscle. At a recent vet visit for a bordetella (kennel... Read more

A glorious day at Oberlin College

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We arrived at Oberlin College & Conservatory, guided by our GPS, after dark on a Sunday after driving from Chicago. The contrast with the... Read more

Sparkle savors the University of Chicago

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While daughter Betsy and I attended the admissions open house in the morning, my wife, Cathy, took Sparkle and young Josh around campus and... Read more

Sparkle soaks in Northwestern's beauty

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Our next stop after Purdue was Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., just north of Chicago along Lake Michigan. It was a perfect summer... Read more

Sparkle rides the rails

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On a recent Sunday afternoon, we joined the puppy-raiser club on an excursion on the Wilmington & Western Railroad in Delaware that was... Read more
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Convalescing at home

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After Sparkle got bitten through the backyard fence by a dog visiting next door Sunday evening, we whisked her over to the emergency vet and... Read more

Sparkle goes to the emergency vet

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On Sunday afternoon, we went on a relaxing train excursion in Delaware with the puppy club (more on that later) and were puttering around after... Read more