Zeppi is about a month away from celebrating her 11th birthday. She teaches me every day how to be more loving, more giving, more patient and more! She instinctively knows what I want from her and respects my wishes. She had good training when she was young and took it from there. She loves the guests and other dogs she meets…especially the UPS man. And, she’s still playful. For years, guests have taken videos of her playing soccer with her Jolly ball.

Before the snow flies we’re exploring the woods in search of the right branches to make a headboard. As the winter season approaches, the wood stove keeps us cozy in the cabin while I plan for the months ahead. Zeppi meanwhile is by the hearth sleeping. Dreaming of chasing her ball.