Time and Tides at Sea Pines

Time and Tides at Sea Pines This morning we walked Murphy on the beach. January at Hilton Head is “low season,” so the beach was almost deserted. It was also low tide, but with bright sun and warm air. A few people strolled between the remnant dunes and winter ocean and we even let the dog off the leash. In high season Murphy would only be welcome early morning and late evening on the Hilton Head beach, the heat of the day...

Murphy the Short-Legged Beagle

I’ve had a dozen dogs in my life, many of them memorable for one reason or another. One of my early traumas concerns our family dog. When I was little more than an infant we had a daschund named Paula who was “in heat” and we had her in the house. A pack of male dogs had gathered around the back door, and I leaned against it and fell out among them. One bit me on the upper lip,...

Dog Time

This morning I slept later than I usually do, and I’m in a little bit of a panic. My alarm clock is gone. I’ve always had a dog to get me up, and I’ve written this column on dog time every Monday. But a little over a week ago Toby’s cancer got the better of him. He was almost 13, and that’s a lot of dog years. Now he’s gone, our house is dogless, and I’m...

Toby’s Golden Years

This spring our dog Toby’s been suffering from senior moments. He is a middle-sized beagle mix, but he used to jump like an Olympian into the truck or onto the bed or couch. Now his face is grey, he sleeps fitfully, and his back end is so stiff that he has to use doggy steps to reach the soft places he prefers. I never believed the thing about “man’s best friend” until...

Doggie Dove Bars

Our dog Toby has been eating cicadas the last few weeks. I limit him to three a day, though if I let him run free and wild amid the arboreal buffet I think he’d top that in a few seconds. You’ve all heard the cicadas. It’s our signature summer sound in the South. If you have hardwood trees you can hear them rasping in waves. It’s a sharp, rolling, rusty sound. The woods...

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