Donna Manders here with her dog, Luna.  Welcome to our journey.  More than a year ago I faced a dilemma: What should I do about Luna’s ruptured ligament in her right rear knee? Lots of people had opinions. Did Luna have a preference? Was she “game” for a big surgery with a significant recovery time to correct the problem? This blog was born to provide a forum in which to explore decision making about medical care for our pets. It has veered off in all kinds of directions since its inception. I offer this blog with the hope that it nurtures and advances kinship with our friends and fellow Earthlings, the animals.

Wild Geese

by Mary Oliver

You do not have to be good.

You do not have to walk on your knees

for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.

You only have to let the soft animal of your body

love what it loves.

Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.

Meanwhile the world goes on.

Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain

are moving across the landscapes,

over the prairies and the deep trees,

the mountains and the rivers.

Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,

are heading home again.

Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,

the world offers itself to your imagination,

calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting-

over and over announcing your place

in the family of things.


5 thoughts on “About

  1. So you decided to join the small clan of Uncle Spike followers Donna…. That makes me a happy blogger now – I really appreciate you making that special mouse click.

    Hope you like my upcoming posts and if you get bored one day, maybe you’ll enjoy trawling through some of my older stuff too.

    If you have any likes, dislikes or suggestions about my blog, just let me know, either through ‘comments’ or via email. Always welcome reader input 🙂

    Have a great old day…


    • Hi there, Uncle Spike. I love reading about the life you have created for yourself. Well done! Thank you for writing about it. You inspire those of us who dream of setting sail for foreign shores!

      Have a great old day, yourself. And, take care.

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