Funny Tales

Tino and the Red Ants

Tino and the Red Ants

I haven’t told a Tino story in awhile and this one is a doozy. This dates back probably 11 years ago, when we lived in Pasadena and Tino was probably about 5 or 6, so he was in his prime. We frequently ran and hiked in Cherry Canyon, a nearby open space area with miles and miles of trails. &nb... »

Tale of Tails: Tino and the Surprise Visitor

Tale of Tails: Tino and the Surprise Visitor

One of my more scary stories of Tino has to do with a trip we took many years ago. We are not big travelers and we like to take the dogs with us whenever we take a vacation. Frequently we rent a cabin on Big Bear Lake and it’s a great relaxing time swimming, boating, hiking. We also like trave... »

Tale of Tails: Tino and the bird.

Tale of Tails: Tino and the bird.

When we lived in Thousand Oaks, our house had a small courtyard in the front. The courtyard was gated with a locked gate, so we frequently left the sliding door to the courtyard opened for Sally & Tino so they could go out and sun themselves while we were at work all day. Tino in particular love... »

Tale of Tails: Tino & the Deer

Tale of Tails: Tino & the Deer

In our continuing series about Tino and his mischievous run-ins with various critters, our next installment is about Tino & the deer. This happened many years ago – Tino was in his prime, probably about 4 years old. We frequently ran & hiked in a place called Cherry Canyon in LaCanada,... »

Tale of Tails: Tino & the Critters

Tale of Tails: Tino & the Critters

I have so many stories about Tino and one kind of critter or another – enough to fill a book. There’s: Tino & the rabbits – so many of those, at least a monthly story about rabbits Tino & the gophers Tino & the possum Tino & the skunk Tino & the coyotes (too man... »

Tale of Tails: Tino & the Crawlspace

Tale of Tails: Tino & the Crawlspace

I’ve written at length about our dog Tino. (See Tail of Tales) and told much of his story, but I have a million mini-stories as he had many humorous adventures. We retell them all the time: “Remember when Tino…” This story is about Tino and the crawlspace. We live in Californ... »

Coyotes!

Coyotes!

On our walk this morning, we ran into some pretty bold coyotes. I saw them first, luckily, and they were about 50 yards off. Usually when they see a person they scamper away, but one of them didn’t, he just sat there staring at us. I had both dogs with me, so it was three against one, but he j... »

Tale of Tails: Tino Part 6

Tale of Tails: Tino Part 6

Chapter 6 – Strength The art of life is a constant readjustment to our surroundings. Kakuzo Okakaur Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will. Mahatma Gandhi One day I noticed what appeared to be a scratch on Tino’s eye – just a little cloudy grey spot on his p... »

Tale of Tails: Tally (Part I)

Tale of Tails: Tally (Part I)

A Tale of Tails from a reader – Anne P. Getting Tally – Part I The dog came up from behind, running alongside me on the sandy beach, keeping pace.  At first, I was startled and concerned. Seemed like a friendly dog but I wasn’t sure. And why was it running alongside me, as though we were partn... »

Tales of Tails: Tino Chapter 2

Tales of Tails: Tino Chapter 2

Chapter 2 – JOY None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm. Henry David Thoreau   Happy the man, and happy he alone, he who can call today his own; he who, secure within, can say, tomorrow do thy worst, for I have lived today. John Dryden   The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may m... »

Tales of Tails: Maddie

Tales of Tails: Maddie

  A Tale of Tails from one of our Readers: Terri   A bedraggled flea-ridden little mess of fur greeted me as I returned home from school one day.  My younger daughter and boyfriend “rescued” this tiny little thing that had been wandering around outside his store, obviously dumped th... »

Tales of Tails: Tino Chapter 1

Tales of Tails: Tino Chapter 1

Chapter One – Fortitude Life is like an ice-cream cone. You have to lick it one day at a time. Charles M. Schultz (Charlie Brown)   I’ve learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances. Martha Washington &nb... »

Introduction to “The Book of Tino”

Introduction to “The Book of Tino”

Every dog-lover has a story to tell about a dog that crossed their path.  It may be a big dog or little dog, a smart dog or a ‘not-so-smart’ dog, but the common thread is they learned something from their encounter.  It may have been a very simple lesson about the joys of life and the contentment fo... »