By Kathy Dunnehoff

I didn’t know I needed a dog, until I had one.

Last November, mostly at the urging of my daughters, I brought home¬†a 6-week-old Yorkie. I vetoed a couple of names for the one I’d only had a chance to use on a character, Tally. It doesn’t mean much to anyone outside my family, but for us it’s a wonderful lake we love.

Tally, the dog not the lake, looked at me once and I became irrationally enamored…

Tally - ride home

(I know, right?!)





I thought the thrill of having her greet me at the door after a long absence (taking out the garbage or checking the mailbox, for example) would lessen over time. But it hasn’t…

Tally sitting over my arm
I’m sure a therapist could shed some light on the situation (and speaking of shedding, Yorkies don’t ūüôā¬†Although the Montana Women Writers author Ann Minnett is a retired therapist, I believe, and her last post was about falling for her puppy!

At least I’m not alone in my nuttiness for a dog.¬†My entire family is under¬†this one’s¬†spell, and when they’ve headed out to their days, it’s just Tally¬†keeping me company¬†in my office and I’m reminded…

Tally on lap on back

I didn’t know I needed a dog, until I had one.¬†

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Love and Work

By Kathy Dunnehoff

I fully appreciate that for most folks, there’s little connection between their work and what they love. ¬†It’s Love or Work too often.

But I was lucky enough to be raised by a man who believed that if you didn’t look forward to Monday, you should rethink what you do for a living.


My dad was an elementary school teacher for 32 years, and at 88 has students stop by regularly for coffee… students who are now silver-haired grandparents and still appreciate the joy of learning he brought into his 6th grade classroom every day.

When it was time for me to choose my profession, it was an easy decision to make. I knew from my own elementary school days that I was born to be a writer.

And so I lived happily ever after as a productive and profitable author.

Well‚Ķ despite plenty of procrastination, I do manage to produce, although not nearly the quantity or quality that I dream of creating. And I did have a stellar year of profits in 2012. Yep, you heard me, 2012. That was after a couple of decades of writing, and, yeah, that’s now 2 years in the rear view mirror.

So, what was I saying about love and work?

That’s right. I love what I do.

I love the struggle of it, and the get-my-rear-in-the-chair drama every day. I love that my income is a gypsy that arrives in a beautiful caravan and departs having picked my pockets.

I love that I actually wear pajamas until noon. I love that while my boss can be a pain, she’s mostly a lot of fun to work with.

I love that my puppy is right now asleep beside me hogging most of the warmth from the space heater.

 Tally & space heater standing

I love that my spotty income encourages me to teach more, and that when I’m in the classroom sharing what I love about writing, other people sometimes fall in love with¬†writing too.

I wish for you this Valentine’s Day, love for the work of your life whatever form that takes‚Ķ¬†¬† “If a woman loves the labor of her trade, apart from any question of success or fame, the gods have called her.”- Robert Louis Stevenson


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