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Book Spotlight: The Dog that Talked to God by Jim Kraus

About the book:
Recently widowed Mary Fassler buys a miniature schnauzer and her world is turned on its side in the middle of her grief. Rufus speaks, and not just to her. He also talks to God. And then Rufus begins sharing advice that could result in major changes.

Read an excerpt of The Dog that Talked to God by Jim Kraus.

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2010: Faces of Maisie

This gallery contains 18 photos.

(The many, many faces of Maisie.) (All the photos are clickable if you want to see them larger.) Maisie brought us much joy in 2010, as did all of you! I’m looking forward to 2011.


You’re 1 year old today. You’ve grown a lot since we met you, less than 9 months ago. Oh, excuse me. Maybe these nice people want to see your eyes … You make us laugh!

Naming Maisie

I said I’d post about the process of naming our puppy once we’d settled on a name. (Sometimes I love naming things, but often it’s very difficult for me.)

I guess I’ll start at the end — using her name will make writing this post so much easier and I’ve already declared her name on Twitter.

Our new puppy’s name is Maisie.

Maisie is short for or derived from Margaret — it’s of English origin, which I thought was appropriate since our pup’s an Old English Sheepdog. Apparently Henry James wrote a novel called What Maisie Knew. For me, though, the literary tie-in is to Maisie Dobbs, the eponymous investigator of Jacqueline Winspear’s series.

Other names we considered

(bolding the most serious contenders)
Princess Buttercup (Surely you get this Princess Bride reference? We’d have shortened it to Buttercup, *not* Princess.)
• Salma (as recommended by BabyNameGenie
• Darcy (after Mr. Darcy, of course)
Miányáng (means sheep in Mandarin, as far as I can tell)
Miányáng Gou (and this is sheep dog)
• Colinette
• I tried to come up with feminine versions of Bennet (as in Elizabeth) and Beckett (as in Samuel), but to no avail.

Maisie was a name that came to me quickly, and there were lots of reasons I liked it. I almost decided against it, though, when I learned of another dog in town with the same name. No other name really stuck, though. And I realized the chances our Maisie will hang out with that pooch are pretty slim, so we decided to go with Maisie.

Maisie’s been with us 1.5 weeks (It didn’t take that long for us to name her, it just took that long to find time to blog!); she’s 15 weeks old today. She’s very hard to photograph, because she’s never still — unless she’s napping.