Author Archives: Doranna Durgin

About Doranna Durgin

Doranna's Blue Hound Beagles posts sometimes first appear at her WordPlay blog, along with chatter about horses, high desert living, and sometimes even writing. Her Book View Cafe titles can be found right here. She can also be found at doranna.net, Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

The Pro-Choice Beagle Boys

Tell you what. I am so sick of other people being all up in my business. Trying to control my personal decisions about my dogs when it comes to spay/neuter, collars, car crating… For one thing, no matter how much … Continue reading

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Reframing the Journey

The last time I blogged through, I was pondering the effects of a rut of bad luck/stresses/downturns in a number of areas in my life–the slow transition to floundering joy and the sensation of ongoing loss and failure. The solution, … Continue reading

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Beagle Baditude

Lately I’ve been exploring baditude. Not external baditude, which involves acting out on others, but internal badittude. I am big. I am bad. I am making an impact instead of having an impact made on me. Like that.

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A McKittypants Love Song

I got everything ready to write this blog, and then promptly went outside to the fenced area of Arroyo Minor to take the dogs for a walk-romp. They enjoyed it. Me, I was just looking for courage. About a month … Continue reading

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Plague Cat

As soon as I saw Mr. McKittypants, I knew he would break my heart. (No. Not quite yet. But he’s working on it.) He came to us young–a born feral, behavior modification flunk-out—an unadoptable cat. We needed a barn hunter … Continue reading

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Tracking Dog Wreckcellent

It can be hard to work with genius. Take Connery Beagle. He’s honest and hardworking and loves to sing his song of self, and did I mention honest? By which I mean internally as well as externally. He’s not so … Continue reading

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Beagle Bashfest

So, hey! Miss P, Beagle Beautiful, won the Westminster a few weeks ago! Beagle Beagle Beagle! She is a lovely bitch, with personality and elegance and the most beautiful expression. And Beagle owners everywhere are bouncing around in the Land … Continue reading

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Gone to the Dogs

There’s a thing going on in the dog world these days. It’s not a good thing. It can be hard to talk about objectively, simply because we do all care so very much about our dogs, and the fate of … Continue reading

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Taking the Long Road

Sometimes, it takes years to unravel a training issue. Sometimes…a decade! I’ve been running ConneryBeagle in agility for…well, nearly that decade (although he obviously wasn’t competing in those first training months). He’s almost eleven, winding down his career, and basically … Continue reading

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Puppygarten

“Oh, I know!” I told myself, all full of excited optimism, “I’ll blog about Baby Tristan’s learning process!” As usual, I didn’t take into account the fact that I’d be so caught up in the process itself that the blogging … Continue reading

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